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10 cool Spotify playlists: Phish soundchecks, country duets, drinking songs

Stevie WonderKanye WestDixie Chicks (music group)Phish (music group)George MichaelWhitney HoustonWaylon Jennings

Album of the Year Winners by thegrammys: An out-sized playlist that includes every category winner. Travel from Henry Mancini’s Music From Peter Gunn through Stevie Wonder’s silly three-album mid-’70s period to Phil Collins and George Michael’s Faith to Taylor Swift. (On second thought, maybe stop at Stevie Wonder.)

DAT SHIT CRAY by Annie Ngo: Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Drake, Miguel, Trey Songz, Kanye West. All bangers.

Slow Dance by Jenny Nicholson: For some, this list of songs by Whitney Houston, Chris Deburgh, Mazzy Star, Journey and many other softies is reason to rejoice, to grab their sweeties and cuddle. For others, it’ll be hard to choke back the hurl.

Road to Malawi by Joe Hartley: All African artists, like Fela, Cheikh Lo, Freshlyground and Spoek Mathambo, with permission to add new tracks as users see fit.

White dopes on punk by Brett Terpstra: Pre-’84 tracks by Black Flag, Motorhead, The Damned, Bad Religion, The Circle Jerks and lots more. Not for folks with heart conditions.

Welcome...to the Kingdom of Drink by Bill Bragin: Songs about, yup, drinkin’, including the all-time greatest drinking song ever: John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” Also: Gil-Scott Heron, Waylon Jennings, Kiss, Stew, Asphalt Orchestra.

Leading Lady Mix by Brianne Burrowes: Pumped-up mix for strong independent women, with tracks from Madonna, Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and … Tom Petty.

Wild Flag's Country Duets by mergerecordsofficial: George and Tammy, Dolly and Porter Wagoner, Gram and Emmylou, Loretta and Conway. Compiled by Wild Flag’s Rebecca Cole.

Phish Soundchecks by Andrew Hitz: Yeah, they throw obscurities in there when they’re setting up the sound (“Spooky,” “Blue Bayou”), and sometimes they just jam for a long time. Surprise, surprise.

Favorite Improv by Tim Webb: Coltrane, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra. Free jazz heaven.

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