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Looking Ahead And maybe even up? Bright tunes from Ian Dury, the Pixies, Liz Phair, Frank Zappa, Wingy Manone, Elvis Costello, Mary Weiss … and more

Doctor’s Orders Old-school remedies for winter doldrums, from (among others) Bobby Womack, Bobbie Gentry, Jean Knight, Elvis Presley, and, yes, Carol Douglas

Eightysomething Back to the glory days of the Human League, Fine Young Cannibals, Tom Tom Club, Suzanne Vega, Madonna, General Public, and Grace Jones

Hoosegow Rock Confined to quarters? Little Richard, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Kanye West, Dr. John, and the Main Ingredient are among those who can help

Super Tracks for Superheroes What do Ennio Morricone, the Meters, Nina Simone, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, and Rage Against the Machine have in common? Just listen

The Great Oscars Soundtrack Featuring the Kinks, Anton Karas, Lana Del Rey, Ennio Morricone, Ry Cooder, and Ellie Goulding, with a special appearance by the Electric Prunes

Valentine’s Day After So, how’d it go? Really? Well, maybe Nick Cave, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Ferry, Millie Jackson, Todd Rundgren, and the National can help

Famous Last Words Death doesn’t stop narrators in songs from expressing themselves, as tracks from Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones, the Shangri-Las, and others prove

Leap of Faith Extra! Extra! A February 29 soundtrack from the Velvet Underground, Fiona Apple, the Pretenders, Billie Eilish, Mink DeVille, and more

Songs That, Well, Cook The author of See You on Sunday spends time in the kitchen with PJ Harvey, Uncle Tupelo, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Fela Kuti, and others

Warning Tracks This Ides of March, the foreboding will be palpable. Some earlier prophecies from the Beatles, Marvelettes, dB’s, Leonard Cohen, Sly and the Family Stone, and others. Et tu, Ann Peebles?

Music for Shut-Ins (Part I) The world is on a short leash these days. But you can tug at it. Madness, Noël Coward, the Kinks, Dusty Springfield, Benny Goodman, and others can help

Fire-Escape Songs Step outside yourself with Memphis Slim, Sharon Van Etten, Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, the Shins, Bob Dylan, and more

The Year in Pop Music, So Far Cool new songs from D Smoke, Carly Pearce, Christine and the Queens, Tame Impala, and more

Sonic Tonics Lose (or find) yourself in tracks from Aphex Twin, John Coltrane, an Environments album, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and more

Earthly Delights Consider the fragility of your natural habitat with songs from Marvin Gaye, R.E.M., Childish Gambino, and others

Disco’s Dad Groove yourself back to a more carefree time with Giorgio Moroder–produced tracks by Blondie, Donna Summer, Daft Punk, and more

Get Out Take an (imaginary) trip with Frank Sinatra, Noël Coward, the Plimsouls, the Talking Heads, and more

In-Between Songs Talking Heads, Daniele Luppi, Cat Power, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and more

Tear the Roof Off the Sucker Cut a rug in the comfort of your own home with Donna Summer, Blondie, the Weeknd, James Brown, and more

Off the Beaten Track Cool new songs from Frank Ocean, Glass Animals, the 1975, and more

Stay in Touch Send a message with the Band, Split Enz, Bonnie Raitt, T. Rex, and more

A Smile Session Tracks to turn frowns upside down, from Vince Guaraldi, Toots and the Maytals, Bob Dylan, Dorothy Ashby, and more

Quality Control Songs that have been selected for your listening pleasure, from Sly and the Family Stone, the Staple Singers, Gang Starr, Paul McCartney, and more