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Songs with Atmosphere

A selection of 14 songs that defy description

Sore Losers

A collection of songs for people who’ve turned on themselves, by self-critical artists such as the Buzzcocks, Lyle Lovett, Jackie Ross, and more

Spin the Bottle

Music is like wine: the more there is to go around, the better. Herewith, songs from long-playing records for long-lasting summer days, from Gene McDaniels, the O’Jays, Prince, and more

Flight Songs

If you can’t get enough of our winged friends’ melodious music, you just might love these tunes that pay tribute to them, from Jimi Hendrix, Regina Spektor, Townes Van Zandt, and more

Counting Birds

A sampling of tracks from For the Birds, a new project that proves that we are all birds

British Broadcasting

Disheartened by the incessant drumbeat of horrid news? These songs—by Jarvis Cocker, the Animals, and others—will evoke the bulldog spirit of the English and give you strength to carry on

The Hills Were Alive …

… with the sound of rock ’n’ roll music. And many of the finest strains on the West Coast were emanating from Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward’s house

Prized Scores

Here’s to the music that makes films swing, from Philip Glass, Nino Rota, Alexandre Desplat, and others

Once and for All

Some acts get lucky, and some don’t. We’ve collected the songs for those who lie somewhere in between: the one-hit wonders

Panic Stations

Songs for the faint of heart, from Helen Reddy, Floyd Cramer, Bo Diddley, and more

Brick and Mortar

Get off Zoom and into the office, with these songs—by the Isley Brothers, Willie Hutch, the Talking Heads, and more—as your soundtrack

Winter of Soul

Warm tracks for cold days, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bobby Womack, Syl Johnson, Millie Jackson, and more

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Take the bitter with the sweet this Valentine’s Day with these tracks by Earl King, Ike & Tina Turner, Esther Phillips, Fats Domino, and more

A Musical Feast

Music maketh the meal, and these tracks—by Curtis Mayfield, Guru, Moby, and more—are here to prove it

Shelter from the Storm

Climate control from John Lee Hooker, Lucinda Williams, Joe Henry, and more

Gossiping with Ghosts

Find comfort in conversations with the spirits you’ve been avoiding all these years, and in songs from Them, John Doe, Etta James, the Carpenters, and more

The Best “Bad Girl”

A collection of magnificent songs by—and otherwise related to—the late, great Ronnie Spector, rock ’n’ roll’s original “bad girl”

New Year’s Resoluteness

Songs for the hopeful and indefatigable, from the Impressions, the Persuasions, and the Bob Dylan

Island Time

Cool down the pace in the New Year with Jamaican music from Dennis Brown, Sly & Robbie, Popcaan, and more

The Magic Mountain

Don’t neglect your dreams this holiday season. Escape to the Alps with these songs from Beyoncé, Haim, Tems, and more

Movie City

Songs from films set in Gotham, from the Ronettes, Harry Nilsson, the Bee Gees, Public Enemy, and more

See for Yourself

A collection of songs that will help you consider whether you are—or are at least part of—a work of art

Song Cycle

Music that forms a world apart from this mad one, from Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, Rod Stewart, Doug Sahm, and more

De-sensitization Station

Songs you think you know, from Bruce Channel, Dion, the Staple Singers, and more