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

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Flood (Jars of Clay) w/Dan Haseltine - Episode 610

October 21st, 2020


The halfway point of Season Six is a big one, with a massive crossover hit from the '90s, and a seminal piece of CCM, Jars of Clay's "Flood." We'll get into all the greatness of the song, it's instant and unique …

Dirty Dancing Double Feature: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" + "Hungry Eyes" w/Franke Previte Interview - Episode 609

October 14th, 2020


Our first-ever Double Feature! This week we're covering two songs, both featured on the same movie soundtrack, and both co-written by the same guy, Franke Previte! In this XL episode we'll talk about:

- Weird stuff in …

The Ultimate Van Halen Playlist (Bonus Pod)

October 9th, 2020


Leave it to JP to tastefully turn grief into a fun game. 

In the wake of the tragic passing of Eddie Van Halen earlier this week, we had to get …

Biggest Part of Me (Ambrosia) w/Burleigh Drummond Interview - Episode 608

October 7th, 2020


It's a stone-cold groove, man. And the chords, my gosh, the chords!! The boys drool over the sheer musicality of one of the most versatile bands in …

"Ready to Go" (Republica) + Saffron Interview - Episode 607

September 30th, 2020


One of the most energetic frontwomen in history brings us one of the 90s’ most rockin’ songs. Youll hear right away why Saffron was the perfect …

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) + Rupert Holmes Interview - Episode 606

September 23rd, 2020


This week we're talking about the catchiest little ditty about cheating on your spouse you ever did hear, and we are joined by the brilliant and …

"Superman (It's Not Easy)" - Five For Fighting w/John Ondrasik Interview - Episode 605

September 16th, 2020


One of the most gut-punching songs of the 21st Century is about the Man of Steel admitting he's not so strong, and it comes from a band that's not really a band. Does that about cover it? Very special interview with …

Must Be Hard Being You (Clark Beckham) - Episode 604

September 9th, 2020


American Idol Season XIV standout and runner-up Clark Beckham joins us to talk about his funky, fun single "Must Be Hard Being You," life beyond …

I'll Still Be Loving You (Restless Heart) - Episode 603

September 2nd, 2020


Restless Heart was a country music sensation, but they weren't always beloved by the powers-that-be. We'll talk about it with frontman Larry Stewart …

Reunited (Peaches & Herb) + Linda "Peaches" Tavani Interview - Episode 602

August 26th, 2020


Our excitement for being back together for Season 6 couldn’t be contained in just one episode—we had to bring along Peaches and Herb to explain how …

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) - Episode 601

August 19th, 2020


Season 6 starts with a bang! Neil Diamond, the Jewish Elvis, gives us one of the most iconic singalongs of all time, and yer boys are back to break it down. In this episode:

- Neil’s almost-stage-names, the *better*  of …

Bonus Pod: Ernest Goes to Camp

July 22nd, 2020


To give you something to chew on between seasons, we present our dive into the music of classic '80s movie Ernest Goes to Camp! We'll dig into our favorite songs and tidbits, plus:
- The actor from the film who turned …

Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd) w/Dave Barnes - Season 5 Finale

June 17th, 2020


Very special guest Dave Barnes returns to co-host our Season Five Finale! This week we cover Southern Rock’s magnum opus, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd—aka Bro-hemian Rhapsody. In this episode:
-Yeah yeah, southern rock, …

Show the Way (w/ David Wilcox Interview) - Episode 519

June 10th, 2020


The penultimate episode of Season Five hits us right in the middle of the feels with one of our all-time favorite songs, and one that couldn't be …

Best Day of My Life (American Authors) - Rivalry Week 6 - Episode 518

June 3rd, 2020


The happiest, most commercial song of the 2010s is the divisive topic for our 6th installment of Rivalry Week. Rob loves it; JP hates it--it's the …

I'll Be (Edwin McCain) - Rivalry Week 5, Episode 517

May 27th, 2020


It's Rivalry Week time once again, and this season we kick off with a song JP loves and Rob HATES. It's Edwin McCain's smash ballad, "I'll Be." Let us know who you side with!
Join our Facebook group for weekly threads …

Some Kind of Wonderful (w/Mark Farner Interview) - Grand Funk Railroad - Episode 516

May 20th, 2020


"All the girls in the world beware!!!"
As a happenstance, our episode for the week of Memorial Day in the US brings us a classic from the kings of Assembly-Line Rock, Grand Funk Railroad, and we've got a riveting …

Cat's in the Cradle (Harry Chapin) - Episode 515

May 13th, 2020


The storyteller's storyteller give us the ultimate song about fathers and sons. Grab your tissues for Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle." In this …

Special Guest Nichole Nordeman - Episode 514

May 6th, 2020


One of our all-time favorite artists and writers, CCM legend Nichole Nordeman, joins us to talk about her life and career. Check out her latest …

Always Be My Baby (Mariah Carey) - Episode 513

April 29th, 2020


What can you say about Mariah Carey? She’s one of the most revered and celebrated artists in history, and arguaby the greatest singer of all time.
- ‘90s R&B, man. 
- Mariah’s embarrasing “Aaron Rodgers at the NFL …

Everybody Wants to Rule the World (w/ Dave Barnes) - Episode 512

April 22nd, 2020


Very special guest Dave Barnes returns to co-host this episode on one of the all-time greats from the 1980’s, Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to …

California Love (2Pac and Dr. Dre) - Episode 511

April 14th, 2020


Out on bail, fresh out of jail…and that’s just JP!  This week is our love letter to one of the most mind-blowing collaborations of all time…2Pac and …

Blinded By the Light (Manfred Mann's Earth Band) w/ Lead Singer Chris Thompson - Episode 510

April 8th, 2020


It’s one of the great misheard lyrics of all time: “Wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.” This week we go straight to the source: Chris Thompson, lead singer of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, joins us to …

Photograph (Nickelback) - Episode 509

April 1st, 2020


Canada’s greatest export Nickelback is the topic today, and we can’t wait to talk about the fresh maple syrup that is their legendary track, “Photograph.”
In this episode:
- Chad Kroeger, the original Tiger King? The lead …

Respect (Aretha Franklin) - Episode 508

March 25th, 2020


The one and only Diva of Divas, Aretha Franklin, is up to the mic today, with her legendary classic, “Respect.” We’ll talk about Aretha’s history (and her shared birthday with Rob), her music, her writing and arranging …

Turn Your Love Around (George Benson) - Episode 507

March 18th, 2020


This week we celebrate one of the literal greatest guitarists and musicians to ever pick up the instrument, not to mention his status as a legendary singer and performer of pop and R&B. The genius and range of …

White Wedding (Billy Idol) w/ Phil Feit- Episode 506

March 11th, 2020


It's a nice day to start again! This week we talk about Billy Idol's hit "White Wedding," its roots and origin, and overall awesomeness. Plus a …

I Love You Always Forever (Donna Lewis) - Episode 505

March 4th, 2020


It's the most adorable song of the 1990's on this week's episode! Bob your head and feel the warm hug that is "I Love You Always Forever," a song that is somehow amazing even though its title feels like it was made up …

Let's Stay Together (Al Green) - Episode 504

February 26th, 2020


It’s the perfect intersection of Valentine’s month and Black History Month—Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” is without a doubt one of the greatest love songs ever penned, and Al Green is without a doubt one of the …

Let's Dance (David Bowie) - Episode 503

February 21st, 2020


The pop hit that made David Bowie a mainstream star and introduced Stevie Ray Vaughan to the world is our topic this week, and we've put on our red shoes, which are obviously a metaphor for...systemic racism? Oh, wait. …

A Special 100th Episode with Dave Barnes (Valentine's Day 2020)

February 14th, 2020


Happy Valentine's Day! We’re celebrating 100 episodes with a very special in-studio guest: artist and songwriter extraordinaire Dave Barnes! We had the privilege to pick the brain of one of modern Country and Christian …

Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) - Episode 501

February 7th, 2020


Season 5 kicks off with a true American icon: the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, and his signature song. We'll walk you through Johnny's story, including the writing of the song by June Carter Cash (well, probably) and …

Season 5 Teaser!

January 31st, 2020


We're so excited to announce the start of Season 5, coming at you first thing Friday, February 7 with "Ring of Fire" by the legendary Johnny Cash! This season is already one of our favorites, and we can't wait to share …

I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf [Season 4 Finale]

November 29th, 2019


The most epic song of the 1990's is the perfect finish to an epic Season 4! Settle in for the journey into Jim Steinman's insane musical drama and the story of the sexiest lip-sync job of all time!
Also in this episode:
- …

Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters) - Rivalry Week 2, Episode 419

November 22nd, 2019


If you’ve been with us on the show before, you may already know how JP feels about Dave Grohl. Well this week you’re gonna find out why. Rivalry Week Pt 2 focuses on “Monkey Wrench” by the band Rob …

Grease (Soundtrack) - Rivalry Week 1, Episode 418

November 15th, 2019


RIVALRY WEEK returns for Season 4--Rob and JP go head-to-head on something one loves and one hates! 
In week 1, we talk the Grease soundtrack, which JP loves and Rob detests. 
Whose side are you on? Tell us in our …

Ain't Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations) - Episode 417

November 8th, 2019


We know you wanna leave us, but we refuse to let you go! Let's sing with some soul this week as we dig into the Temptations' enduring hit, "Ain't Too …

Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) - Halloween, Episode 416

October 31st, 2019


It's frickin' bats! The Prince of Darkness graces the pod ever-so-serendipitously on this Halloween edition, and we get into the heavy rock greatness that is "Crazy Train."
Also in this episode:
- Why Ozzy keeps getting …

Smooth Operator (Sade) - Episode 415

October 25th, 2019


Officially our smoothest episode ever, we dare you not to walk away singing this one for a few days. Sade brings the cool as season 4 rolls on!
In …

Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers) - Episode 414

October 18th, 2019


It's our 2 year anniversary, and what better song to celebrate our love for each other and for you than the stylings of Dolly Parton and Kenny …

Hard to Handle (Black Crowes) - Episode 413

October 11th, 2019


It's hard to ha-na-na this week, as the lads dig into this modern rock classic--er, classic rock classic? Classic-modern-contemporary-oldie? …

Jeremy (Pearl Jam) - Episode 412

October 4th, 2019


::Trigger Warning::
This week's episode covers and references true events that touch at the heart of current American tragedies, and specifically …

Blue on Black (Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) w/Robby Wade and Bonus Jimmy Wallace Interview - Episode 411

September 26th, 2019


"Blue on Black," signature hit from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, hits the pod at full throttle this week. Our first taste of the blues on the pod …

Buddy Holly (Weezer) w/ Joey Abbot - Episode 410

September 20th, 2019


Oooweeooo, we can't wait for this one! Weezer's Blue Album gem Buddy Holly gets the Great Song treatment, with returning special guest Joey Abbot! In …

The Joker (Steve Miller Band) - Episode 408

September 6th, 2019


He's no Joaquin Phoenix, but he'll do. Steve Miller, the chillest rock legend maybe ever, graces the show for the first time with his classic, "The Joker." We'll learn about his love for '50s doo-wop and maybe some …

Forever Young (Rod Stewart) - Episode 407

August 30th, 2019


That instantly recognizable voice. That beautifully leathery face. That mole nobody really talks about. It’s Rod Stewart, blessing the show and the …

Shattered Dreams (w/Clark Datchler of Johnny Hates Jazz) - Episode 406

August 22nd, 2019


Our first interview episode of Season 4 is a great one! Clark Datchler comes in hot with his opinions on subgenres, the streaming era, and modern pop music, and picks out a few artists he believes are doing pop well in …

Livin' on a Prayer (Bon Jovi) - Episode 405

August 16th, 2019


The definition of arena rock is Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," and there's nothing you can do to stop it. Stick around to the end to yell the key change with us, because otherwise we made ourselves hoarse for nothing.

When Doves Cry (Prince & the Revolution) - Episode 404

August 9th, 2019


The greatest song in pop history? The transitive property suggests *maybe.* Regardless, this song and its iconic album are in the upper echelon of pop (or funk-rock) history. Jam along with us and the late, very great …

Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel) - Episode 401

August 2nd, 2019


The boys are back in town! …is not the song we’re kicking off Season Four with. No no, we’ve gone VERY big for the premiere of this new season, with a trilogy of episodes we’re calling the Genesis Family Tree! Starting …

Invisible Touch (Genesis) Album Listen - Episode 402

August 2nd, 2019


Part 2 of the Genesis Family Tree is a full-album listen through the album that changed the game for Genesis and catapulted them into the pop music …

The Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics) - Episode 403

August 2nd, 2019


The Genesis Family Tree closes out the first week of Season Four with one of the greatest songs of the 1980s, courtesty of Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford’s side project, Mike + the Mechanics!
In this episode:
- All the …

Bonus Pod: Nonsense Lyrics - Episode 323

July 10th, 2019


Your money's no good here; this one's on the house! Back with another bonus episode to make sure you don't forget us before Season 4. This time we're talking about our favorite nonsense lyrics--the nah nah nah's of the …

Bonus Pod! "If You Like/You Might Like" - Episode 322

June 21st, 2019


A bite-sized minisode for your listening pleasure, as we gear up for Season 4... Our favorite CCM "If you like this artist, you might like this artist" comparisons. Don't know what we mean? Promise you will after you …

Best of Season Three - Episode 321

May 31st, 2019


It's the best we could do. At least if it sucks, there's almost two hours of it!
As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow on social to …

November Rain (Guns N' Roses) - Episode 320, Season 3 Finale

May 17th, 2019


For the Season 3 finale, we talk the epic masterpiece that is “November Rain.” Guns N’ Roses brings all the feels and mood swings and breakups and makeups and maybe getting hit by a freakishly huge hail nugget to the …

You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon) - Episode 319

May 10th, 2019


Two episodes left in Season 3, and we have no quit! Going hard right up to the end, this week with the super-fun, walking around downtown with your hands in your pockets, not a care in the world pop ditty "You Can Call …

I Wish (Skee-Lo) - Episode 318

May 3rd, 2019


The debut smash from Skee-Lo will instantly take you back to the playground, and we've got the scoop on the song this week! Grab a basketball and meet us at the court (so you can keep us company on the bench), and let's …

Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas) - Episode 317

April 25th, 2019


FINALLY we answer all of you SCREAMING for prog. We have heard your cries, and we have answered with the McDonald's cheeseburger of progressive rock: Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son," the classic that has served billions …

Easy (The Commodores) - Episode 316

April 19th, 2019


It's Easter week, and with a wink and a nod to that most holy day we celebrate one of the great lines in pop history: "I'm easy like Sunday morning." …

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits) - Episode 315

April 12th, 2019


An instant classic episode about one of the biggest, most enduring rock hits of the 1980's. Remember that weird old homophobe who used to hang out at …

Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper) - Episode 314

April 5th, 2019


The Unusual One herself, standout pop legend Cyndi Lauper is the topic this week, and we will celebrate her beautiful weirdness with a song that is …

Centerfield (John Fogerty) - Episode 313

March 29th, 2019


Baseball season is here, and we feel like celebrating! We're ready to put on the cleats and the eye-black, hit the turf and, well, probably pop up to the shortstop, but still. Baseball is back! Get the season started …

Rivalry Week 2 - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor Swift) - Episode 312

March 22nd, 2019


We're back at each other's throats again this week over country-turned-pop princess Taylor Swift.  In this episode:

- JP relies on Ad Hominem attacks to keep himself from being swayed

-Max Martin is a modern pop …

Rivalry Week 1 - Iris (Goo Goo Dolls) - Episode 311

March 15th, 2019


On this pod, the rule of thumb is "celebrate." But in an unprecedented move, this week we're covering a song that one of us hates! Rivalry Week 1 …

Higher Love (Steve Winwood) - Episode 310

March 8th, 2019


BRAAAAAANG me some 80's square-tie-wearing pop! One of the most talented guys in pop music, Steve Winwood's been making hits since he was 15! He's played with the biggest names in the industry, and fashioned a Hall of …

Old Time Rock And Roll (Bob Seger) w/Jim "Moose" Brown Interview - Episode 309

March 1st, 2019


AKA "Hard Truths About the Music Industry."
You don't get more classic rock than this. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (well, actually...let's …

**MUSIC + COMMENTARY** Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix Experience) - Episode 308

February 22nd, 2019


This week we close out Black History Month with a celebration of one of the great rock albums of all time--"Are You Experienced?" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience! Listen along with Rob …

**COMMENTARY ONLY** Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix Experience) - Episode 308

February 22nd, 2019


This week we close out Black History Month with a celebration of one of the great rock albums of all time--"Are You Experienced?" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience! Listen along with Rob and JP …

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston - Episode 307

February 15th, 2019


The height of 80's fun pop (and maybe the single most catchy tune we've covered yet) comes to us in the form of Whitney Houston's smash hit. Rob and JP continue the show's Black History Month celebration with one of the …

Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) - Episode 306

February 8th, 2019


Groove along with us as Black History Month continues! We’re talking about the most down-to-Earth music legend of all time and celebrating his classic hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
In This Episode:
-“Grandma’s Hands” and the …

Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight & the Pips) - Episode 305

February 1st, 2019


Let's Pip it up! The pod is celebrating Black History Month and kicking it off with this classic ear worm from Gladys and the lads. 
In this episode:
- The original title of this song was what now?
- Fat-back bass 
- Pips, …

Enter Sandman (Metallica) - Episode 304

January 25th, 2019


Awww, yea-heh!! Get your rock fist in the air and bang that head with us as we dive into Metallica's signature song (at least if you're posers like us!).
In this episode:
- We definitely say some stuff that Metallica …

You Make My Dreams (Hall and Oates) - Episode 303

January 18th, 2019


Bop along and get ready for the feel-good earworm of 1981, Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams."
In this episode:
- A Philadelphia gang fight
- What is …

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Bryan Adams) - Episode 302

January 11th, 2019


There's no love like your love! Grab some arrows and impress your favorite maiden with Bryan Adams' 1991 classic ballad. Also in this episode, we learn a LOT we didn't know about Shania Twain and we accuse Bryan Adams …

Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson) - Episode 301

January 4th, 2019


Sha-mone! Grab your crotch and turn up your winter coat, it's time to give one of the all-time greats his due. That's right, Michael Jackson is our Season 3 opener, and we can't wait to deep-dive into his inspirational …

Christmas Time is Here (Bonus Episode)

December 14th, 2018


AKA "Why Willie Mays and Coca-Cola are Responsible for Your Childhood." Deck them halls and all that! Get in the Christmas feels with Rob and JP, and …

Best of Season 2

November 23rd, 2018


All (well, most of) the funniest moments from season 2, including a few moments not included previously. Have a good laugh at or with us, and we'll see you at season 3 unless we've got something devastatingly sneaky up …

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) - Season 2 Finale, Episode 225

November 2nd, 2018


Oh yeah! We went big for the Season 2 Finale and tackled one of the most epic rock tunes of all time! Here's everything you want to know about Queen's signature classic, plus tons of our world famous sidebars™. Thanks …

The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels) - Episode 224

October 27th, 2018


It's the week of Halloween, and in tribute we're talking about our favorite song about the devil! Rob and JP talk Satan, fiddles, and a weird amount of baseball for a song about...well, Satan.
As always, leave us a …

Tiny Dancer (Elton John) - Episode 223

October 19th, 2018


Hug a buddy and sway along! We've got Sir Elton's classic crowd-pleaser in an episode chock full of goodness as we ramp toward the end of season 2. …

When the Night Comes (Joe Cocker) - 1 Year Anniversary Show w Phil Grande Interview

October 12th, 2018


Our very special 1-year anniversary show includes one of our all-time favorite Joe Cocker jams, and an interview with Joe's lead guitarist-slash-our-new-bff Phil Grande (in what turned out to be his final interview).

Free Fallin' (Tom Petty) - Episode 221

October 5th, 2018


A year after his passing, the lads honor Tom Petty by covering his signature song. Also, our top fictional bands, and how this song can be described perfectly in a six-second Vine. (RIP Vine and Tom.)
As always, leave us …

Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh) - Episode 220

September 28th, 2018


One of the most unique guys in rock brings us a delightfully cheeky song about stardom. In this episode:

Intentional sloppiness

Tambourines in church

September (Earth, Wind & Fire) - Episode 219 ft. Janson Furrow

September 21st, 2018


Janson Furrow joins the boys for the danciest dance floor jam maybe ever! Dare you to get up and groove with GSP and EWF. Also: Al McKay’s Star licks, afros of choice, and creating a musical Captain Planet.


Support …

Reelin' in the Years (Steely Dan) - Episode 218

September 14th, 2018


We're Two Against Nature! Well... we've been called unnatural, anyway. Everyone's favorite jazz-rock outfit is this week's topic, and the song is the happiest sounding breakup song you've ever heard! Also:  the most …

The Power of Love (Huey Lewis and The News) - Episode 217

September 7th, 2018


Feel the power! Lyric debates, Back to the Future, Musical Pseudonyms and way more in a big ol' fun episode about a classic 80s jam. Synth on, party …

Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack/Fugees) - Episode 216

August 31st, 2018


ONE TIIIME! Oh yeah, it's time to bust out the 90's hip hop classic that first was a 70's R&B classic that was first a...well, it was an OK folk …

25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) - Episode 215

August 24th, 2018


Windows down, radio up! Chicago and company are providing the perfect road trip song about--wait, what's this song about? Also, bad horsies, Billy Joel breaks our hearts, and guitar innovations that are totally …

500 Miles (The Proclaimers) - Episode 214

August 17th, 2018


DAAH-DADAT-DA!! Get yer Scottish accent ready for this week's singalong classic. Also in this episode:90's CCM artists and their web of lead singers, and how to pronounce "Auchtermuchty!"
Join our Facebook group for …

Martin Page (Interview) - Episode 213

August 10th, 2018


Buckle in for an XL Episode with a fantastic interview with Martin Page, whose hits include "We Built This City," "These Dreams" and so many more, and whose 1994 opus In the House of Stone and Light set records for its …

Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkees) w/ Joey Abbott - Episode 212

August 3rd, 2018


Special guest Joey Abbott joins Rob and JP for a laugh-a-minute review of the Monkees classic riff on suburbia, ERR being in a mental institution? Also, The Greatest Showman, George Michael, and oh yeah Rob accuses …

Right Now (Van Halen) w/Robby Wade - Episode 211

July 27th, 2018


Robby Wade joins the boys for a lively back-and-forth, all centered around Van Halen's rock masterpiece, "Right Now." Pop open a Crystal Pepsi and grab your striped guitar, 'cause it's 5150 time!
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Dance With Me (Orleans) - Episode 210

July 20th, 2018


WARNING: This song WILL be stuck in your head FOREVER. You may not think you know it, but you definitely do. And it will never leave you alone (and that's a good thing). Plus the sweetest story from JP's cross-section …

At This Moment (w/Special Guest Billy Vera) - Billy Vera and the Beaters - Episode 209

July 13th, 2018


A landmark episode for Rob and JP as we speak to the writer and performer of one of our favorite '80s classics! Billy Vera calls in to discuss his …

Summer in the City (The Lovin' Spoonful) - Episode 208

July 6th, 2018


The ultimate Summer song? Hard not to make the argument when you're still in rotation 50 years  after release, and oh yeah you came out ON the Fourth …

Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince) - Episode 207

June 29th, 2018


Our Tribute to Summer begins with this smooth hip-hop classic from the one and only Will Smith and his right hand man, DJ Jazzy Jeff. We talk Fresh Prince, Ninja Turtles, mixtapes and everything in-between, including …

Barracuda (Heart) - Episode 206

June 22nd, 2018


Ooooooooooh, Barracuda! Rob and JP lead into a lovefest about Heart's greatness as a rock band with - what else - a side conversation about MC Hammer and Deion Sanders. Also, Rob outs one of his friends in a …

Ten Summoner's Tales (Sting) - Ep 205 COMMENTARY ONLY

June 15th, 2018


The boys expand into a new format with this episode: real-time full album commentary on one of the greatest …

Ten Summoner's Tales (Sting) Ep 205 WITH MUSIC

June 15th, 2018


The boys expand into a new format with this episode: real-time full album commentary on one of …

Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross - Episode 204

June 8th, 2018


This week we celebrate the King of Yacht Rock himself! Feel the breeze and let your flamingo flag fly! Also, Michael McDonald, Penguino Rodgriguez, and the sax intro that stumped Rob.
Join our Facebook group for weekly …

Fire and Rain (James Taylor) - Episode 203

June 1st, 2018


James Taylor is ready to get all up in your feels on this week's episode, and so are Rob and JP. We'll laugh, we'll cry; we'll insult John Denver. …

In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) - Episode 202

May 25th, 2018


Drowning conspiracies, gated reverb and teenagers who can't wait 3 minutes for a groove...we cover all that and more as we get into another all-time …

Where the Streets Have No Name (U2) - Episode 201

May 18th, 2018


We're BACK for SEASON 2! Join Rob and JP as we get back to business--Jersey Mikes, dotted quarter delays, and our favorite 1-2 punches to open an album. All this and much more as we get into U2's classic from The Joshua …

Best of Season 1

May 11th, 2018


To get you ready for next week's Season 2 premiere, we've got our favorite jokes and moments from Season 1 compiled in a big ol'...pile, I guess, of …

Abbey Road Suite (The Beatles) - Episode 124

March 30th, 2018


The last regular episode of Season 1 is the first ever double-lenth XL Episode! We take a deep dive into the delicious well that is Abbey Road and …

Celebration (Kool & the Gang) - Episode 123

March 23rd, 2018


There's a party goin' on RIGHT HERE, and your ears are invited! Rob and JP break down Kool & the Gang's ubiquitous smash hit, Celebration, and …

Black Velvet - Episode 122

March 16th, 2018


Rob describes this song as "sweaty" and that's disgusting. But everything about it is magic. Be musically whisked away to the heart of the deep south …

Who Can it Be Now (Men at Work) - Episode 121

March 9th, 2018


Rob has burning questions. JP has quick answers that negate ALL of them. Find out the story behind Men at Work's 80's classic. Also in this episode: sax hooks, copyright infringement, and no mentions of Rascall Flatts.

Life is a Highway - Episode 120

March 2nd, 2018


A true Canadian classic--yeah, that's right, CANADIAN! Tom Cochran's ultimate road song gets us grooving this week in what's probably the funniest …

Crazy (Seal) - Episode 119

February 23rd, 2018


Let's get CRAZY with everyone's favorite bald dark-skinned British fashion icon-singer-songwriter-man. Seriously, we're never gonna' survive if we don't! Also, DC Talk, identical twins and potato chips on PBJ.
Join our …

Hook (Blues Traveler) - Episode 118

February 16th, 2018


John Popper and company deliver one of the cleverest--nay, maybe THE cleverest--single in pop history. Why does it sound instantly familiar, and, hey …

Livin' on the Edge (Aerosmith) - Episode 117

February 9th, 2018


"There's something wrong in the world today, and everybody knows it's wrong." Tell you what it ain't--THIS. SONG. The boys from Boston get down in one of our all-time favorite rock songs. Also pedal tones, …

End of the Innocence (Don Henley) - Episode 116

February 2nd, 2018


The grumpiest member of the Eagles brings us this week's classic tune, co-written by another GSP alum, Bruce Hornsby. Also, apologies to Mickey …

Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) - Episode 115

January 26th, 2018


Don't you dare stop! Don't even think about it! You hold on to that feeling til the bitter end! Rob and JP break down Journey's ubiquitous classic, …

When Did You Fall (Chris Rice) - Episode 114

January 19th, 2018


Grab your significant other and hold 'em tight, 'cause that's exactly what you're gonna' want to do by the end of this song. One of the great love …

Africa (Toto) - Episode 113

January 12th, 2018


We bless those rains! Yes we do! Sway along in the warm breeze as we cover Toto's somehow-timeless classic, "Africa." Also, weird covers, the Purdie Shuffle, and Rob wheezes at a joke about Lars Ulrich.
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The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby) - Episode 112

January 5th, 2018


By request...and not just by us! Bruce Hornsby's classic is our subject this week, and we are psyched to get into it! One of our favorite songs by one of our favorite artists...let's do this!
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Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) - Episode 111

December 29th, 2017


The great Stevie Wonder makes his first GSP appearance this week. Check out the amazing story of how this song played a part in waking Stevie Wonder from a coma after a car accident threatened his life. Plus Rob and JP …

Changing (John Mayer) - Episode 110

December 22nd, 2017


The older, wiser, John Mayer 3.0 is our subject this week. From his 2017 album "The Search For Everything" comes this introspective song about …

Price Tag (Jessie J) - Episode 109

December 15th, 2017


It ain't about the money! Taking on a more recent hit, Rob and JP dig into Jessie J's catchy broke-folks anthem, what Bruno Mars songs Rob hates, and …

Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney) - Episode 108

December 8th, 2017


It's McCartney time! Sir Paul makes his first appearance in the Great Song zeitgeist with his signature hit. Other topics include chromaticism and …

Piano Man (Billy Joel) - Episode 107

November 30th, 2017


One of the all-time classics, and one of our all-time favorite artists! Billy Joel's piano lounge anthem is our subject this week--learn about the debacle of Joel's first album release, and why Rob hates it when you mix …

More Than a Feeling (Boston) - Episode 106

November 24th, 2017


Break out the afro wig and sway along as we break down Boston's biggest hit! Also: Who is Maryanne, GNR's drummer's awful timekeeping, and dropping …

I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley/Eric Clapton) - Episode 105

November 17th, 2017


A 2-time Hall of Famer! Rob and JP dive into Bob Marley's original and Eric Clapton's cover version of "I Shot the Sheriff." Also, Marley's drummer had 40 kids, so we'll get into that.
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Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (Pink Floyd) - Episode 104

November 10th, 2017


Rob and JP break down the themes and sounds of another classic British rock tune. Also, broccoli, narcoleptic teachers, and our favorite guitar solo …

Do You Feel Like We Do (Peter Frampton) - Episode 103

November 3rd, 2017


In which Rob and JP say they're here to discuss modern American music and proceed to spend the next 40 minutes breaking down a British rock anthem. Buy the original song here.
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Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks) - Episode 102

October 27th, 2017


Rob and JP dig deep into the song that launched Garth Brooks into the stratosphere! Plus Star Wars, the NY Yankees' "Bleacher Creatures," and the worst National Anthem performance of all time. Enjoy!
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Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn) - Episode 101

October 10th, 2017


Marc Cohn's 1992 debut single is widely acclaimed as the greatest song of all time. Wait, no it's not--it's amazing but why are we starting with this one anyway?  Rob Alley and JP Moser introduce themselves and the …

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