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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

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.