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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

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

Night Moves

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

The Waverly Sound

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

Fashionable Tracks

Danceable ones, too, from (among others) Beyoncé, Rihanna, Destiny’s Child, and, yes, Freezy

All Work and No Playlist? Hardly!

Here are Donna Summer, Howlin’ Wolf, Queen, Betty Everett, and more


Beck, Ray Charles, the Beastie Boys, Vans Morrison and McCoy, and more

Randall Poster’s Bumper-to-Bumper Blues Playlist

Lily Allen, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Traffic
(naturally), Sly & Robbie, and More

Randall Poster’s Deep-Summer Playlist:

Ella Fitzgerald, Vampire Weekend, the Meters, and More …

Randall Poster’s Midsummer Playlist: Nino Rota, Irma Thomas, and More …