At the end of each month, our daily newsletter The Morning Commute purges its Spotify 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, I like to single out the dozen or so tracks making up the cream of that harvest’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 an August for the history books:

“People Say” – Wu-Tang Clan

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows” – Gang of Youths

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Unchained Melody” – Lykke Li

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

  • “Clean slates, dictated statements, and ‘just too much animosity'”

 

“War Is Coming (If You Want It)” – Car Seat Headrest

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Endless” – Obongjayar

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Somebody You Found” – Japanese House

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“The Way You Used To Do” – Queens of the Stone Age

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Hands On Your Knees” – GoldLink, feat. Kokayi

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Mess It Up” – The Preatures

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Valley Boy” – Wolf Parade

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 

“Recite Remorse” – Waxahatchee

The perfect soundtrack for reading:

 
 

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