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The essential Lou Reed: 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