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The EP: 13 Songs That Capture Our Moment

Author: The New York Times

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We weave together sound and story this multi-track collection. It’s a window on how we listen to music — and how we talk to each other about it — right now. Some of our favorite writers tell us about the songs they can’t stop listening to, and what those songs might tell us about the world today. More at
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Welcome to ‘The EP’

Welcome to ‘The EP’


We compiled a playlist of songs that tell us where music is going. Hosted by Jake Silverstein, the editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, and Nitsuh Abebe, a story editor, it features some of their favorite writers and the songs that spoke to them this year. Find the magazine’s music issue at
Wesley Morris on Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd on Missy Elliott’s “I’m Better.”
Hazel Cills on Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side.”
Greg Howard on Shirley Caesar’s “Hold My Mule.”
Angela Flournoy on Solange’s “F.U.B.U.”
Alexander Chee on Rufus Wainwright’s “A Woman’s Face — Reprise (Sonnet 20).”
Jenny Zhang on Mitski’s “Your Best American Girl.”
Thomas Chatterton Williams on Kanye West’s “Fade.”
Charles Aaron on Charles Bradley’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.”
Margo Jefferson on Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “The Trolley Song.”
Steven Hyden on Metallica’s “Spit Out the Bone.”
Ruth Graham on James McMurtry’s “Copper Canteen.”
Jonathan Mahler on Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker.”
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