A special new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast focuses on songs of comfort in our all-too-troubled times, with Taylor Swift, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and the National’s Matt Berninger all weighing in the music that’s giving them solace right now.
“During this time I’m definitely turning to musical nostalgia to find comfort,” says Swift, who’s posted a Spotify playlist of her selections, doubling as a celebration of Women’s History Month. “And some of the artists I’ve been listening to are the female songwriters I would listen to obsessively while I was in my formative years.”
Stevie Nicks weighs in on the glories of Harry Styles’ Fine Line; Sheryl Crow gives a glimpse of her social-distancing life with her kids in Nashville and explains why she’s been listening to music from her childhood, while Berninger expresses hope that great art can come out of the current crisis.
Also in the episode, Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt for a live discussion, while Rolling Stone staffers Brenna Ehrlich, Samantha Hissong, Kory Grow, Hank Shteamer, and Jason Fine also weigh in with their picks, from Bon Iver to the Police to the death metal band Ulcerate.
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