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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around the World in a Decade Think globally, act … well, globally. The best of the new from the last 10 years, including Avicii, Rihanna, Kanye, Luis Fonsi, Drake, Lorde, Jay-Z, PSY, and more

Music to Festoon By Jollity and beauty from Joni Mitchell, Lena Horne, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Louis Armstrong, the Pogues, Eartha Kitt, and more

Once More unto the Holidays Reliably spirited tracks from David Bowie, Prince, Dire Straits, XTC, Talking Heads, Ice Cube, Buzzcocks, the Clash, and more

Bomb Cyclone All systems go, weather and otherwise: tracks from Tom Petty, Beth Orton, James & Bobby Purify, Fiona Apple, the Staple Singers, ? & the Mysterians, et al.

Thanks Again Michael Kiwanuka, J. J. Cale, Marvin Gaye, Massive Attack, Nina Simone, and Sly & the Family Stone are among those who know just how to say it

Come On in My Kitchen Music to cook by, from Domenico Modugno, Roberta Flack, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, the Temptations, Renato Carosone, and more

Sum of the Parts Tracks from albums you should hear lots more of, courtesy of Bowie, Coltrane, Dylan, Prince, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, the Stranglers, and others

From Marty Scorsese’s Movies What do Hoagy Carmichael, the Ronettes, Artie Shaw, the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, and Dropkick Murphys have in common?

Halloween Charade An All Saints’ party with Patti, Billie, Neko, Nico, Emmylou, Bruce, Lucinda, and more—some with full names!

College Tour 2019 A road trip with R.E.M., Kanye, Django Reinhardt, Post Malone, Joe Turner, and more …

Dancing in the Air Chic, the Temptations, Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, the Trammps, the Pointer Sisters again … and more

Mad About the Girl Judy Garland, Jeff Buckley, Noël Coward, and more

September Songs Fontella Bass, King Curtis … Willie Bobo! And much more

Show Tunes The O’Jays, Bette Midler, James Brown, Bobby Darin, and more