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A New Way to Hear The Amplifier (Plus 5 More Whistling Songs)

A New Way to Hear The Amplifier (Plus 5 More Whistling Songs)


Since we started The Amplifier — gasp — almost a year ago now, there is one question I’ve been asked over and over (and over): “When are you going to start putting your playlists on Apple Music?” If you are one of those many people who inquired, I have great news: That day has finally arrived.

Starting with today’s Amplifier, we’ll be including links to stream our playlists with either Spotify or Apple Music, in addition to YouTube links to individual songs. And while I’m at it, I’ll respond to a few of our other most frequently asked questions to make sure you can hear the music.

Where do I find the new Amplifier playlist each Tuesday and Friday?

There’s a main playlist on both Spotify and now Apple Music that we fill with the new songs every time we send out a new Amplifier. So you can always click there and find the latest edition.

How can I listen to an older Amplifier playlist?

We archive all of our previous playlists on the streaming services, too. You can find them by accessing The New York Times account page on either Spotify or Apple Music. (We’ve added the 10 most recent Amplifier playlists to our Apple Music account page and will continue to archive the older ones throughout the next few weeks.) If you’d like to read a previous send and can’t find it in your inbox, all of them are on the Times website, too.

What if I don’t subscribe to either Spotify or Apple Music?

Don’t fret! Spotify features a free, ad-supported tier that allows you to listen to playlists once you make an account. Apple Music also offers a one-month free trial. Plus, as always, we’ll continue to post YouTube links to every song we mention.

Also, about Tuesday’s playlist … how could you possibly put together a mix of whistling songs without noted whistler Andrew Bird?!

OK, admittedly this one isn’t a general Amplifier FAQ, but quite a few of you asked regardless! To test out our new Apple Music option, and since so many of you had suggestions of your favorite whistling songs, I thought I’d publish a kind of deluxe edition of Tuesday’s playlist, now with five extra tracks.

Enjoy, and check back next week when we’ll have some fun Grammy-themed playlists to get you ready for this year’s ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 4.

The future’s in the air, I can feel it everywhere,


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Listen on Apple Music.
We update this playlist with each new newsletter.

“In Praise of Whistling in Pop Music (Deluxe)” track list
Track 1: Billy Joel, “The Stranger”
Track 2: Caroline Polachek, “Bunny Is a Rider”
Track 3: Peter Gabriel, “Games Without Frontiers”
Track 4: Peter Bjorn and John, “Young Folks”
Track 5: Paul Simon, “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
Track 6: Dick Hyman, “The Moog and Me”
Track 7: Juelz Santana, “There It Go (The Whistle Song)”
Track 8: John Lennon featuring the Plastic Ono Band, “Jealous Guy”
Track 9: Guns N’ Roses, “Patience”
Track 10: Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”
Track 11: Andrew Bird, “Oh No”
Track 12: Meat Puppets, “Maiden’s Milk”
Track 13: The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Daydream”
Track 14: The Scorpions, “The Winds of Change”
Track 15: Toots Thielemans, “Bluesette”


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