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Fare-Thee-Well, 2020 Close out the year with Frank Ocean, the Avalanches, Brian Eno, Waxahatchee, and more

Breaking Out Is Hard to Do The director of The Queen’s Gambit reveals which songs he plays when the well seems to have gone dry

Away with Words Everybody’s talking, but what’s the point when we have these songs from Charles Mingus, Art Farmer, Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, and more

Breakfast Nook Feeling ambushed in the A.M.? These tracks—from Dion, Alan Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, Little Eva, and more—will help you find the high ground

Come Up Smiling If the blues are getting the best of you, look no further than these tracks from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Tears for Fears, Andra Day, and more

Life’s a Gas Step back from this mad month and see things at a remove with music from Annie Lennox, Amen Dunes, Rose Royce, the Moody Blues, and more

Take It to the Limit … and Perhaps Beyond Hit the open road with Nena, David Bowie, DMX, and Herbie Hancock

Reborn on the Bayou Head way down South to find the source of modern jazz, with tracks from Snooks Eaglin, King James & the Special Men, the Meters, Eddie Bo, and more

Don’t Murder Me Songs are like people: some shine and some don’t. Here’s a collection of songs that definitely shine, from Benny Goodman, the Gipsy Kings, Bobby “Boris” Pickett, Eddie Noack, and more

Heebie-Jeebies Don’t let this spooky time of year get the best of you. These songs from World Party, Lou Reed, Sam Cooke, and others will help light the path

Another Side of Springsteen Call him by his name. And dive deeper into Bruce with these 20 outtakes, bootlegs, and lesser-known tracks from his albums

This Land Is Your Land Finding it difficult to recognize America? This collection of songs will remind you what the country’s all about

Learning to Fly Step off the edge with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, Rostam, Billie Holiday, and more

Autumn Armagnac Mellow melodies to suit the season, from Big Star, Billie Holiday, Eva Cassidy, Neil Young, Yo La Tengo, and more

Out of Africa A selection of songs from the birthplace of humanity, by Fela Kuti, Swamp Dogg, Mahmoud Ahmed, Rihanna, and more

Being There There’s no substitute for seeing a concert in person, but these tracks will tide you over until that’s a possibility again

Not All Roses See both sides of love with these songs from Bryan Ferry, Bertrand Burgalat, Carly Simon, Krisma, and more

Mixed Up A collection of day-altering songs from Rodriguez, Françoise Hardy, Iggy Pop, Minnie Riperton, and more

On the Terrace A collection of heat-resistant tracks to help you embrace the swelter, from Fleetwood Mac, Letta Mbulu, Shuggie Otis, Nino Nardini, and more

Stay Unplugged Acoustic antitoxins from Aimee Mann, the Kinks, Amy Winehouse, Eric Clapton, and more

Canon Blast Sweet melodies from the Great American Songbook, as played by Louis Armstrong, Paul Robeson, Benny Goodman, Gene Austin, and more

Warm Ways Songs built to withstand the heat, from Fleetwood Mac, Delaney & Bonnie, Etta James, the Detroit Cobras, and more

Push a Little Harder Sick and tired of it all? Keep on keeping on with Joe Cocker, Curtis Mayfield, Charli XCX, Emitt Rhodes, and more

Dancing and Dreaming Songs to lift you out of this slump, from Thundercat, the Zombies, Steely Dan, Cymande, and more