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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

A Smile Session

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

Stay in Touch

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

Off the Beaten Track

Cool new songs from Frank Ocean, Glass Animals, the 1975, 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

In-Between Songs

Talking Heads, Daniele Luppi, Cat Power, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and more

Get Out

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

Disco’s Dad

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

Earthly Delights

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

Sonic Tonics

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

Fire-Escape Songs

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

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

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?

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

Leap of Faith

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

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