The essential Lou Reed and Velvet Underground: Stream our Spotify playlist here

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Lou Reed made music from the early 1960s right up until his death this weekend at age 71, so it’s hard to do his career justice in a single playlist. But the EW staff has compiled a list of 28 tracks from VU and his solo career that at least gives a snapshot of his musical legacy.

Check out our (nonlinear) list below, and share some of your own favorite tracks in the comments.

Here’s the full list of songs for non-Spotify users:

1. “Sweet Jane,” The Velvet Underground
2. “Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed
3. “Rock & Roll,” The Velvet Underground
4. “Perfect Day,” Lou Reed
5. “Femme Fatale,” The Velvet Underground
6. “Pale Blue Eyes,” The Velvet Underground
7. “Sally Can’t Dance,” Lou Reed
8. “Venus in Furs,” The Velvet Underground
9. “I Love You, Suzanne,” Lou Reed
10. “White Light/White Heat,” The Velvet Underground
11. “Vicious,” Lou Reed
12. “Dirty Blvd.,” Lou Reed
13. “I’m Waiting for the Man,” The Velvet Underground
14. “Satellite of Love,” Lou Reed
15. “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” The Velvet Underground
16. “Berlin,” Lou Reed
17. “Rock and Roll Heart,” Lou Reed
18. “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’,” The Velvet Underground
19. “Last Great American Whale,” Lou Reed
20. “Romeo Had Juliette,” Lou Reed
21. “She’s My Best Friend,” Lou Reed
22. “Coney Island Baby,” Lou Reed
23. “Heroin,” The Velvet Underground
24. “Who Loves the Sun,” The Velvet Underground
25. “Stephanie Says,” The Velvet Underground
26. “Street Hassle,” Lou Reed
27. “Downtown Dirt,” Lou Reed
28. “After Hours,” The Velvet Underground


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