At the end of each month, our nightly newsletter The Evening Commute purges its Spotify playlist rolls like they’re full of ID-less voters in order to start the latest lunar cycle anew.

However, to honor those truly exemplary songs that helped us get through the month that was, we like to single out the dozen or so tracks that make up the cream of that month’s crop…

 
So, with a nod to the stories they soundtracked and their choruses still stuck in the back of our minds, here are the top tracks from this the January of our discontent:

“Cry for the Aliens” – The Brazen Youth

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“I Know A Place” – MUNA

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“I Don’t Dance” – The Wanton Bishops

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Lover or the Loved” – The Blackeyed Susans

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“JFK” – Lambchop

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Pure Comedy” – Father John Misty

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Strength and Weakness” – Oddisee

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“True Love Will Find You In The End” – Daniel Johnston

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“My Dog’s Eyes” – Zammuto

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“It Ain’t Good Enough” – Dow Jones and the Industrials


The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Revenge of the Nameless Ranger” – Modern Baseball

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 
 

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