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This exclusive podcast from Rolling Stone tells the stories behind the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Hosts Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield dissect Rolling Stone's iconic list and explore the magic and mythology behind the songs on this in-depth new series. From classics like Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” to The Ronettes' “Be My Baby,” and modern-era hits like The Killers' “Mr. Brightside,” and Br... more

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Anyone who’s heard The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" has an almost Pavlovian response to the song's opening lines. It's hard to go anywhere in the world without watching a room or crowd immediately sing along to the synth-rock classic. First released in ... more

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On this week’s episode of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs, hosts Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield discuss the story of “Be My Baby,” breaking down the song’s massive impact on pop history. The song comes in at #22 on Rolling Stone’s list and is a... more

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Even before Beyoncé kicked off her solo career, it was clear that she was a legend-in-the-making. As the de facto leader of Destiny's Child, she was a guiding light for the girl group and helped shepherd them to stardom in both the pop and R&B spaces... more

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Kate Bush has always been a fiercely original art-pop icon. But with “Running Up That Hill,” she achieved a new kind of feat. “Running Up That Hill” was a massive Top Ten hit, dominating U.S. radio all over the summer of 2022—even though it was a son... more

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3.2 out of 5 stars from 47 ratings
  • They don’t play the song

    How stupid they spend a half hour or so talking about the song, not bad. Then THEY DON’T even play the song. Awful.

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    Julia yay
    United Statesa month ago
  • No point, just all over random talking

    Been looking for good music and song podcast…this is not one. Just random talking, no format, just non interesting dribble.

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    Old MusicMan
    United Statesa month ago
  • Wanted to love this

    Couldn’t make it through the 3rd episode. I was expecting to come away having learned about the history of the songs instead I got opinions and feelings. Not much to recommend here, it’s a real lost opportunity.

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    iPhonefanz
    United States2 months ago
  • Waste of time if you actually want to hear about the SONG

    I never write reviews but this podcast needs help. I expected to hear facts/history/lore about the songwriting and the artist but it was nearly all the podcasters opinions and impressions about the song and artist. In the “Into the Groove” episode they kept referring to how Madonna wrote the song about a hot Latino neighbor. But they never told the story. Hello, can the listeners get the story? That’s what I expected to hear, not them more

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    tilly06011103
    United States2 months ago
  • I listened to the first two episodes and had the same criticism of both. I love the idea for the podcast, especially a deep-dive into how music critics view different songs and their justification for being placed on the list. The hosts are great and I love the inclusion of a third guest to provide greater insight, but the overall structure just does not hit right for me. There are a few glaring issues that make it difficult to listen to in the long run for me though. more

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    scott.wike
    2 months ago

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