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Rue du Petit Rejoice in life’s cryptic moments with this soundtrack from Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, Jim James, Aisha Badru, and more

Guilty Treasures Allow yourself to indulge in these songs from Carly Rae Jepsen, the Guess Who, Stephen Bishop, Cher, and more

Country Comfort Country songs for aficionados and newcomers alike, from Gary Stewart, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Glen Campbell, and more

Autumn Almanac A selection of music—some mellow, some spirited—for fall, from Elvis Presley, Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, Darondo, Big Thief, and more

Against the Grain A collection of songs in the maverick vein of Karen Dalton, by Elizabeth Cotten, Odetta, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and more

Capers Corner A soundtrack for the mischievous, from Joe Jackson, Jimmy Cliff, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, and more

Feel Flows Soothe your soul this September with tracks from Django Reinhardt, Jonathan Richman, Donna Summer, and more

So Long, Summer Whether you’re over the season or clinging on for dear life, tracks from the likes of Willie Nelson, the Kinks, and Rosemary Clooney will serve you well

Alive and Well If you’ve missed going to concerts as much as we have, this collection of live tracks will get you excited for all the shows ahead

Backside Bash Ride the wave to summer’s end with tunes from Allah-Las, Tortoise, Brant Bjork, and more

The Sonic Route Savor every second of this fast-waning summer with songs by Fred Neil, Angélique Kidjo, Patsy Cline, Paul Brady, and more

I Want My MTV! On the 40th anniversary of the music-television channel, one of its co-founders remembers the songs that started it all

Soul Stirrers Tracks to turn on your love-light and give you a soulful strut, from Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Katie Webster, P. P. Arnold, and more

Songs with Atmosphere A selection of 14 songs that defy description

Tracks of Your Tears Feeling down even though things are looking up? You’re certainly not alone. Allow yourself some time to run the full gamut of emotions, with songs from Lana Del Rey, Roy Orbison, Julie London, Dr. John, and more

Mood-Swinging Songs to get you in the right frame of mind, from Billie Holiday, Sharon Van Etten, the Band, Sidney Bechet, and more

Cheer Up! Still finding yourself snared in despair? Slip loose with these tracks from Barbra Streisand, Charles Trenet, Lena Horne, Eydie Gormé, and more

The Name Game Sometimes, musicians make it personal. Herewith, tracks from Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Dave Edmunds, Chuck Berry, and more

Flowery Verses Music, like gardens, is often better when you don’t have to do the work yourself. Let Jerry Lee Lewis, Nina Simone, Bobby Vinton, the Wailin’ Jennys, and others do the heavy lifting this spring

Odes to the Office Dying to return to your place of work? (Or are you back in the office and doing your dying there?) Herewith, a collection of songs that will make you feel better in either case

On the Road Again Tunes to complement your wanderlust, from Willie Nelson, the Coasters, Laura Nyro and Labelle, Van Dyke Parks, and more

Stoop Slide Brush up on your boogying with these numbers from Brett Dennen, Mathien, Haim, Mayer Hawthorne, and more

Déjà Voodoo Reggae covers of non-reggae songs that will make you think twice, from John Holt, Peter Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Alton Ellis, and more

World-Wise Songs about our precious planet, from Moondog, Nils Frahm, the Turtles, Rare Earth, Koko Taylor, and more