The 25 Best Tiny Desk Concerts, Period
There's just something special about a Tiny Desk Concert. Since its introduction in 2008, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert has been one of our favorite things to watch on the internet. It's a great way to see artists (and the bands) we love or are just discovering going hard for a stripped-down, intimate performance set in an office environment.
It's no easy task finding the best Tiny Desk concerts; after all, they have an incredibly expansive catalog of performances from the best artists in the world. We decided to make it easy for you, and compile a list of the best Tiny Desk concerts out there. Many of the Tiny Desk videos are at over ten million views, with the majority of the countless concerts at over a million views. Lo and behold, here's our list of 25 of the best Tiny Desk concerts.
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25. King Krule
King Krule has built up a ton of genuine support from across the world, and one of the major building blocks in his long-spanning journey includes an incredibly memorable Tiny Desk concert.
Tems' name has been everywhere for the last couple of years, and Tiny Desk was lucky enough to have her perform on their concert series. As you'd probably expect, she absolutely killed it.
BADBADNOTGOOD has taken modern jazz to new levels, and their Tiny Desk concert will show you everything you need to see about the band to understand their musical prowess.
Next up on our list of the best Tiny Desk concerts is Sampha, who made a major move in 2022 with his feature on Kendrick Lamar's latest album, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers. This Tiny Desk concert will show you everything else you need to hear from the amazing talent.
21. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib go together like peanut butter and jelly. As if their collab projects weren't enough evidence of that, their collab Tiny Desk show will prove it to you for sure.
20. Wu-Tang Clan
Whenever the Wu-Tang Clan gets together, you know it's gonna be something for the books. In this instance, they absolutely bodied this concert together, giving some trademark Wu-Tang flavor to the famed concert series.
After his appearance in Mac Miller's legendary Tiny Desk concert (which we'll get to a little later), Thundercat needed a performance of his own on the show, which he did in true Thundercat fashion, of course. To no surprise, he killed it.
18. Burna Boy
We recently mentioned Burna Boy on our article about the top Afrobeats artists to tune into, and for good reason. He's been doing major things for a while now, and this Tiny Desk performance is no exception.
Khruangbin is one of the most respected bands in the modern age of music, and their Tiny Desk performance sums up exactly why that's the case.
Masego has been known to body any type of live performance, and so he did on his Tiny Desk concert. How could you hate on this incredible performance?
15. Tom Misch
Tom Misch makes top-tier music, and he went on Tiny Desk to share it again with the world in a new format. Though it's relatively high up on our list, don't be mistaken; it's one of our favorites.
14. Daniel Caesar
Daniel Caesar has an unbelievable ability to get on the mic and perform. His Tiny Desk concert goes to show just how much talent he's got in store.
13. Harry Styles
Harry Styles has built an absolute cult fanbase, and it's not hard to see why. His Tiny Desk show was one to remember, whether you're a fan of the former One Direction member or not.
H.E.R. has stamped herself as one of the top female artists in the world, and for good reason. This particular performance is a healthy reminder of this fact.
T-Pain revitalized his longevous career with a Tiny Desk concert, one which reminded listeners everywhere why they fell in love with his voice in the first place.
10. Young Thug
During the pandemic, Young Thug absolutely bodied his at-home Tiny Desk performance. Take a look for yourself, this particular performance is one of our favorites.
9. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is one of the most highly regarded artists in the world, and this comes at no surprise to anyone who's had a phone in the last ten years. His Tiny Desk show proved to be one to remember.
8. Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator takes performing very seriously, and that was made totally clear within his Tiny Desk concert. Not many other artists could even come close to what he can do on his own musically.
7. Jorja Smith
Jorja Smith's voice is revered as one of the best in the world, and her Tiny Desk performance only highlighted that truth even more. Take a look for yourself.
Usher reminded his wide-spanning fanbase of exactly why his music is so special with his relatively recent Tiny Desk concert. Not many other artists have anywhere near the amount of hits that this man has.
BTS has taken over international airwaves in recent years, so it was only right that they were given a chance to show off their stuff on Tiny Desk.
4. Sting and Shaggy
In one of the most incredible (and surprising) duos of all time, Sting and Shaggy came together to give listeners a Tiny Desk concert that they couldn't forget, even if they tried.
3. Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals are one of the top bands of our generation, and it's perfectly clear why. If you need a reminder of why that is, take a look at this Tiny Desk performance.
2. Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa has the most-streamed Tiny Desk concert of all time (at the time that this was written), with over 104 million views. If you've taken a look at her numbers on any other platforms, this should come as no surprise.
1. Mac Miller
At the number one spot on our list of the best Tiny Desk concerts is Mac Miller's performance, which sadly was one of the last videos that he was a part of before his tragic passing. This performance has lived on as a constant reminder of every reason why we love Mac Miller. From the top-tier music to the heartfelt energy he shares, for once it feels easy to pick our favorite on a list.
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