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For the days you just need a pounding bass drum to usher you into the workplace, or for the evenings you need a strong female vocal to soothe you into the weekend, a loud dose of brass instruments may be the ticket. Sometimes you just need the “Pennsylvania 6-5000” to transport you to some blue skies.

Take the A Train to the sunny side of the street with this playlist of big-band classics that will infuse your day (and outlook) with some of the enduring American spirit. Big band music was known for uplifting morale during World War II, and its tunes can offer a timeless boost for today’s listeners as well. So turn up the volume and see if these tunes don’t have you swaying along.