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Song Exploder

Hrishikesh Hirway

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.

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Crowded House formed in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. They’ve released eight albums, including their most recent one, Gravity Stairs, which came out last month. But on their very first album, they had a big hit with "Don’t Dream It’s Over." more

7 days ago

Lizzy McAlpine released her first album in 2020, and her second album in 2022. And between the two, she’s had a lot of success. One of her songs, "Ceilings," was a viral TikTok hit, and has been streamed over half a billion times. So you might think,... more

21 days ago

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One of the songs I keep coming back to is “Mohabbat” by Arooj Aftab. It’s really special to me. I listen to it all the time. I’ve been listening to it so often that I wanted to revisit Arooj's episode about it. In the time since the episode has come ... more

2 months ago


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 11.5k ratings
  • Great show

    So refreshing to hear from artists and their creative process. And I discover artists I wouldn’t normally come across. Highly recommend!

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    Johnson 80027
    United States4 months ago
  • Love this Show

    Big fan! Producers do such a good job at picking songs from a wide variety of artists and the format is so engaging.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Excellent insights

    Thank you for leading me into a lot of interesting music I might never have given a second listen. And I’ve found angles in old favourites I hadn’t considered. Keep up the good work!

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    Sweden6 months ago
  • Still love it

    Great podcast

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    United Kingdom6 months ago
  • The only podcast I enjoy at 1x

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    6 months ago

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#3 Australia/Music


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