The Great Song Podcast

The Great Song Podcast

Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history with love and excitement, and interviewing some of the writers and artists behind them.

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May 11, 2022 67 min

Tracy Bonham is the woman who broke the algorithm. After "Mother Mother" in 1996, no other female solo artist topped the modern rock charts until Lorde in 2013(!). In this week's episode we break down her breakout single and lament, once more, the industry politics that kept her next album on the shelf for 4 years before its release.

Plus we talk to Tracy about her passion for music education, her song "Devil's ...

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"Kiss Me" is one of the biggest hits of the '90s, and the self-titled Sixpence None the Richer album is an enduring classic full of rich songs and complex emotions, a real standout in the CCM genre, and a major pop crossover that *should* have won the band a couple of Grammys--but we'll get into that. Lead singer Leigh Nash joins us to talk about her Sixpence days, her latest project "The Tide," and more. Pl...

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Cardinal Black are so new they don't even have an album out yet.

But when we heard them, we couldn't wait to talk to you about them. One of the smoothest, most interesting groups to come along in a while is bound to be one of your new favorites, and they're a perfect way to close out Modern Men of Pop month.

Enjoy meeting Cardinal Black!

Also:

The “Clue” of pop/rock bands

One of the literal Best New Guitarists in the Wo...

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Modern Men of Pop Month continues with one of our favorite up-and-coming acts, who we've affectionately dubbed "The Ultimate Touring Partner." Stephen Day can do it all, and we're digging into his musical fun-bag this week. We'll talk about a few favorite tracks, and the diversity of his latest project, "The Shapes I'm In." Also In this episode:

“Just based on his face, I would trust Stephen Day in a...

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April 13, 2022 64 min

The Whitney Houston of male singer-songwriters (there's more context in the Patreon version, but that'll do for now) brought us a fire album in 2014 appropriately titled "Heatwave," and the opening track "Get to You" is our focus this week for Modern Men of Pop month. We'll chat with Matt Wertz about insecurity, jorts, and much more.

Oh, and we have an impromptu rap battle.

Join us on PATREON for early a...

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Modern Men of Pop month kicks off with boy genius Cody Fry, a brilliant young talent whose sentimental anthems and grooving pop tracks have set TikTok and Spotify ablaze. We'll talk about the opening track to his 2021 album Pictures of Mountains, as well as several other tracks from that album and his career, including his latest gorgeous outing, Symphony Sessions. Also:

“Cody Fry will give you feelings. If you want to feel som...

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YES, it's baseball season once again, and we're celebrating in style with not one, but TWO of our favorite baseball-related creators, social media legend Aaron Chewning and Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski! We're fully covering two songs, both connected to baseball and specifically the Braves, and believe us when we tell you--you have no IDEA the impact of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Plus:

“P.O.D. But...

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The ultimate trio of adult contemporary powerhouse dudes gave us one of the absolute hardest movie songs of all time, so it's only fitting that we become a trio once again with our very own D'Artagnan, mister Dave Barnes! We dig deep into this incredible track from Disney's The Three Musketeers soundtrack, plus discussions of all things relevant, and some of course irrelevant.

Check out Dave's latest tunes and the &...

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Movie Month's third tasting comes from the 1989 classic/disappointment/dud The Wizard, starring Fred Savage, Beau Bridges, Christian Slater and more. The movie may have flopped as well as the Nintendo Power Glove it promoted, but "Send Me an Angel" from its soundtrack became a hit for Australian outfit Real Life not once, but twice! We chat with frontman and synth wizard David Sterry about the songs popularity, its rebi...

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From Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey comes our next Movie Month entry, the grand, uplifting power ballad, "God Gave Rock and Roll to You"...2? We'll answer all the questions and cover the significant versions leading up to this rock monster's inclusion in the film, and we'll chat with writer and original performer (as part of Argent) Russ Ballard.

Also:

- The wild journey to the opening key of this song

- Argen...

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Movie Month returns with one of the all-time iconic soundtrack songs. From Rocky III (and pretty much every Rocky movie thereafter) comes Survivor's signature hit, "Eye of the Tiger." Original Survivor lead vocalist Dave Bickler joins us to discuss this song's journey to the big screen, why the movie version differs from the album cut, and oh yeah...being the voice of the single most successful radio commercial fran...

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Let’s be honest, there was a lot of brooding going on in the ’90s. But this week’s track may have been the most brooding thing to come out of the whole decade, and we all loved it. The grim story of The Verve Pipe’s “The Freshmen” is on the show this week, and we chat with writer and frontman about its creation, the downside of the music business, finding creative freedom and more, plus:

- Being crowd pleasers

- ‘90s shirt fashion

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Multi-talented writer, producer and scorer Chad Fischer chats with us this week about his Lazlo Bane track "I'm No Superman," the story behind its inclusion in the TV show "Scrubs," his friendships with Zach Braff, Lisa Loeb, Colin Hay and more. Oh and rocket ships. Also:

- Jimmy the cab driver

- The song's serendipitous path from a backyard barbecue to Scrubs

- The incredible connection/love triangle scenar...

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Valentine's Day calls for a great love song, and they don't come much better than Lanco's #1 smash "Greatest Love Story." Frontman and eponym Brandon Lancaster joins us, and the conversation starts off with some fascinating revelations!

Also in this episode:

— The NSYNC secret hidden in plain sight

— Lanco’s “Bachelor” moment

— JP and Brandon’s mirror life

— Fat Giraffe

--The artist Brandon Lancaster would “Yest...

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Season 9 kicks off with a worldwide classic! Get your disco boots with the goldfish in 'em and let's get to dancing with the Village People classic, YMCA. In this episode we'll learn the origin of the group, the song, and the dance, and we chat with founding member Felipe Rose, aka "The American Indian Chief."

Also:

- A touching song from a fart,

- Are you a lazy emmer?

- Stump the Genius from our guest!

Welcome...

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January 26, 2022 86 min

Some of the funniest and favorite clips from seasons 4-8 of The Great Song Podcast, presented with almost zero context.

Highlights include:

Bette Middler and Linda Ronstadt

Chocolate Rain

Rod Stewart and Sandpaper Toast

Farmers Only

The Thin Blue Line

Mariah Carey and Tiffany Amber Thiessen

Philanthropiness

Finger Love

NASCAR names

...and much more. Enjoy!

Your friends, Rob and JP

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Stuck with no TP, a desperate spouse struggles with the betrayal and downright stench of the realization that there's no paper. This real-life suggestion from Jeremy Parker leads us to a rather unique playlist. Enjoy.

What did we leave out? Let us know what song belongs on the official playlist, and we'll add our favorite!

Best of The Great Song Podcast Vol. 4 next week, followed by the Season 9 premiere!

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A tale as old as time. No, not THAT one. This week's prompt comes from Rich, and it's a perfect example of reconciliation and the power of forgiveness.

What did we leave out? Let us know what song we should have included in the playlist, and we'll add our favorite selection!

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This week the boys tackle a playlist for the ultimate camping trip—one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. And it's up to you to tell us what we left out! Check out the official playlists and tell us what song you would add—we'll add our favorite to the list and credit you.

Let's go camping!

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/59IxEM24Qt4u7xr48aypb9?si=ebb335e5978149dd

Apple Music ...

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Series 2 of Playlist My Life begins with a hilariously awkward, but totally true, scenario set in an '80s Christian recording studio—how could we resist??

Let us know what song is missing, and we'll add our favorite to the official playlist!

Got a scenario for Playlist My Life? Submit it by clicking the "messages" button at https://playlistpod.com.

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