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Best Music History podcasts we could find (Updated October 2019)
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Speaker, Composer, Author, Professor, Historian
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Michelle Schedler examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 3,000 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit
Ongoing History of New Music looks at things from the alt-rock universe to hip hop, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. It is Canada’s most well known music documentary hosted by the legendary Alan Cross. Whatever the episode, you’re definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else. Trust us on this.
Recordings from the early 20th Century with comments.
Let It Roll
"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st.
Marty Miller brings you this week in music history, every week from Prepare to be transported back in time; the nostalgia is real! Get your fill of music history from Marty every week and get those classics out for a listen!
Broadcast every Sunday at 5:00pm on The Face Blues & Grooves brings the best in soul, funk, R&B, reggae, disco and a whole lot more!
Author and Baylor University professor Robert Darden tells stories - and plays recordings - from the Baylor University Libraries' Black Gospel Music Restoration Project in an on-going weekly series of two-minute segments. Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments explores the distinctly African-American sound of the "Golden Age of Gospel" (1945-1975). The series celebrates this fertile musical period in American history, presenting cultural snapshots that reveal the depth of a people, their communit ...
Two music nerds taking on music history-one year at a time.
My Little Tonys
Devouring Broadway history, season by season // Hosted by Tim Kov & Anna Hulkower
Earfloss: a music history Podcast is a biweekly podcast. Each episode hosts take an in depth look at the history of a specific band or musician become a contributor at
Podcact of the Radio Broadcast, live on Radio Judaica Belgium...Brazilian Popular Music, Inglêes popular music from the 80s untill now, frensh rock, mixing periods, styles and parts of the country. Tradicional and alternative, that make the musical history....
The Imbalanced History of Rock and Roll was created to discuss about the humongous tree of rock and roll music. There are thousands of branches. The history is fuzzy, scattered, both known and unknown - so much information out there already with even more to be learned.
Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock and roll in five hundred songs.
Drum History
A podcast all about the rich history of the drums - and how they became what they are today! Join Bart van der Zee as he speaks with experts about the curious journey of the ever-evolving drum set.
Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock and roll in five hundred songs.
Say Something Nice Podcast covers movies, TV shows, music artists and albums, comic books, tech, pop culture news, film news, television news, film history, music history, Motown, Stax, soul music, R&B music, animation, Black & African-American films and filmmakers, and much more. Copyright Say Something Nice Podcast. All rights reserved.
The Discographers
A music history podcast by Brian Matthews & Tyler Cardwell.We go in depth on the history and technical achievements of a music artist that we find interesting. Our goal is to show a new side to an artist that you may have previously written off.
American Timelines
Amy & Joe talk about pop culture and events through history year by year. Amy takes a deep dive on something creepy while Joe gives a unique perspective on events. Amy likes murder, Joe likes wrestling, and they podcast to escape the monotony of adulthood.
Sweet Music is a private music studio in Granby, Massachusetts that offers lessons on violin and fiddle, viola, mandolin and guitar. Sweet Music was founded in 1985 by Adam Sweet.
Single File
Exploring, rating, and ranking every #1 hit from pop music history one randomly selected song at a time.
Now in its 12th year, Trick's Synthetic Podcast digs deep into the musical psyche to weave its way through the annals of music history. Each episode brings a wealth of music and mirth featuring "not your father's" oldies from our vault of rock n roll, blues, folk, and country music's most memorable artists, Trick's proven record of presenting "The Best 15 Minutes In Podcasting wrapped into a 1 hour (+/-) Show," presents both memorable and obscure tunes from the past 70+ years of recording hi ...
80s Music Exposed!
A podcast that reviews all the albums you loved, hated, or missed during the decade you loved! A new project from the guys that bring you the NoGD Band podcast!
Mogul is a show about hip hop’s most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them. Season 2 dives into the birth of southern hip hop. It all started in Miami with the 2 Live Crew, a group that took hip hop and made it faster, harder, and nastier than anything anyone had heard before. But in 1990 their music was declared legally obscene, and what followed is known today as the most controversial trial in the history of hip hop. This group, this city and this trial changed the course of m ...
A music and chat show presented weekly by Bill Brewster, featuring the best new electronic music and classics.
Music Musing
My brother and I have been talking about music for years. Music has shaped our lives and it is our passion and this podcast is our way of sharing that with you. We want your feedback and show ideas, so send them to Enjoy!
Music for Life
Music for Life is a music-appreciation and music-history based program that explores the purpose and value of music to humanity’s enrichment. Hosted by Ryan Malone, it features interviews with artists performing at the Armstrong Auditorium sponsored by the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation.
After 38 years of friendship, Ric Hickey and Blake Ross attempt to bottle a refracted glimpse of their rabbit hole rapport and twisted spin on every damn thing with HISTORY DELETES ITSELF - a podcast wherein two old friends discuss history, dissecting a decade one year at a time. Covering all the bases, they riff and rip on music, movies, TV shows, sports, pop culture, politics, headlines, big stories, trivia, little known facts and world events of every stripe. Your hosts focus on things th ...
Your favorite Black uncles and aunties discussing movies, TV and music, old and new, with deep-dive analyses into the past, present and future of popular culture
What happened on this date in the history of the Blues?
Please join Mel and Shel, two music history geeks, as they shine a spotlight on influential artists who left a mark on music and the world. They will explore the riveting details of their lives as well as the heartbreaking circumstances of their deaths. Spanning all music genres, Mel and Shel delve into what made these pioneers special and why their individualism created an enduring legacy.​Featuring our Mistress of Ceremony, Miss Gabi, our true heartbeat. For all you Rockababies please reme ...
This Is A Disaster
A podcast about disasters and the music they make us listen to.
Airline talk radio show for airline retirees, employees,pilots, mechanics, airplane enthusiasts
Chris Time Steele is the creator of Time Talks: History, Politics, Music, and Art. Chris is a teacher, journalist, has co-authored articles with Noam Chomsky and is also a hip-hop artist who has worked with Common.
ReK(Free Yourself)ReK is a diverse Brazilian DJ/Producer duo, spawned from a visit to the iconic white isle of Ibiza and a love for authentic house and techno prowess. Following an unforgettable experience in Space’s club room in 2011, R&K (Rodrigo & Kerol) found themselves entranced in electronic dance music and it soon became clear that this was a path they wanted to follow.Influenced by the likes of Luciano, Carl Cox, Masters at Work, Roger Sanchez, Simon Dunmore, Pete Tong and many more ...
After the Fact Quiz
After the Fact is Claremorris Community Radio's weekly trivia quiz show. Think of it as a cross between QI and Sesame Street.
Blues on My Mind
Discussion of blues music. Each episode analyzes one or two blues songs. Topics cover lyrics, musical structure, history and meaning of songs.
The podcast about 20th Century Country Music and the lives of those who gave it to us.
Shot of History
Podcast by Trico, Stefani, Devin
Rolling Stones fanatics Christian Bonner and Tim Lindsay discuss and dissect under-regarded gems and little-known favourites from across the sprawling history of the Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World
On this semi-weekly podcast, Jack Derbak and Spencer Foust break down the sometimes-funny, sometimes-frustrating, and always-troubled productions throughout modern music history.
Southern Songs and Stories is a documentary series about the music of the South and the artists who make it. We showcase their performances and discover the stories behind their songs with a look at their lives on stage, in the studio and at home as well as the family, friends, fans and music professionals around them.
Cheap Hooch Radio
Cheap Hooch features hosts Holly, Li Po, and Island Girl playing the best in Punk, Garage, Trash, Soul, Rockabilly, Primitive Rock n' Roll, Psychedelia, Shoegaze, and pretty much anything else that strikes our fancy. Each episode focuses on local artists, music from independent and DIY sources and music history. We also cover local news with our Show Recommendations and Promotions and Life in San Francisco Stories.
Brooklyn is not just a place, it's a mentality. This mindset is not unique to Brooklyn. It's infected many of our institutions especially the news. Therefore, think of this show as, "News for people who hate the news." About the host: Conrad Wroth is the most dangerous comedian in New York City. Not only is he educated, physically intimidating, and verbally aggressive, but he is rich beyond imagination. Raised in a wealthy family, there was never a lack of resources, influence, or access to ...
CSO Audio Program Notes
Enjoy the music even more by listening to CSO Program Notes before and after the performance. Notes describe the works being performed and the histories and personalities behind the music. Written by Phillip Huscher and read by Rich Capparela. Available in other formats at
An audio documentary of 70s music. This podcast examines the intersection of a wide variety of musical genres -- pop, rock, country, country-pop, disco, punk, soul -- with the historic events and decisions that helped shape our modern world.
Obscure Music History is an investigative music podcast, sneaking behind-the-scenes to take apart B-sides and rarities of unpopular music. And it's a comedy! || Produced by Tom Hogan. He is also the host of Missing Richard Mercer, and Polish Club's Sophomore Slump. For more projects, visit
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Georg Solti (1912-1997) We mark the birth, on October 21, 1912 – 107 years ago today – of the Hungarian-born pianist and conductor György Stern (better known as Sir Georg Solti) in Budapest, Hungary. Considered one of the greatest conductors to have ever lived, Solti is the Michael Phelps, the Simone Biles of the musical world, having received ...…
For the week of October 14th to 18th let's take a look at music history. It's the week that CBGBs in New York closed it's doors forever (Clem Burke of Blondie has a great CB's story) and Rolling Stones sax player took a bath in WHAT?!!! Rock n Roll! Marty Miller guides you through the week that was in music history.…
Episode fifty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and the career of a man who had more than fifty more children than hit records. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a ten-minute ...…
Reverend Dr. Emilie Townes on Representation, Counter Memory, Toni Morrison, Beloved Community, Ida B. Wells, and Empire. Music by AwareNess, follow him on Instagram, Spotify or Soundcloud. For more content, follow me on Instagram Please support the podcast on Patreon: Channel Zero Network: https://channelzeron ...…
Music of Roberta Flack and History of Eastern Airlines is presented during our Great Artist During the Eastern Years Series. Join us at 3:30 pm EDT. See you at the Gate.By CaptNeal.
Robert Johnson-Blues Legend Show Notes twitterBy Earfloss.
There is no question that the vast majority of rock history involves dudes…it’s been a very male thing…not always, but most of the time… There was a time when it was “common knowledge” that girls just couldn’t rock…they didn’t have the feel…they were built wrong…it just wasn’t in their DNA like it was with guys… That’s crap, of course…but it to ...…
Ray & Markus go deep into the history of Megaforce Records, with Co-founder, Jon Zazula. Jon's new book Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness will be released on Halloween. We had the pleasure discussing, Metallica, Anthrax, Overkill, Testament, Ministry, The Disco Biscuits, Warren Haynes and so much more. Jon Zazula is also extremely ...…
Episode fifty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Twenty Flight Rock" by Eddie Cochran, and at the first great rock and roll film Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Teen-Age Crush" by T ...…
In this monthly mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Aisha Harris, culture editor for The New York Times’ Opinion section. Aisha and Chris discuss the Janet Jackson album Rhythm Nation 1814, the topic of the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade. Aisha tells Chris about her early Jackson fandom, picks her all-tim ...…
This week’s episode of The Music History Project features a talented Luthier and Founder of Hamer Guitars, Paul Hamer. Hamer Guitars were seen, heard, and played around the world by acts that included Aerosmith, Bad Company, Blackfoot, Blues Brothers, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick and countless more.By NAMM Resource Center.
Hey Team, Marty and Kris are heading back to the 2006 buffet with another banger! The guys kick things off by flirting with influencer culture, but fly to close to the sun on wings of fried chicken (1:53) Marty talks a bit about going to see Wu-Tang Clan at ACL Live (4:00) and James Blake at Stubb's (8:58) We then get into the good and mostly b ...…
Today’s show features music performed by Louis ArmstrongBy P.W. Fenton.
The path to any great success is paved in failure... it's about what you do in the face of that failure. In the 1960s, NASA was pushing to win the race to the moon. Their efforts were nearly derailed when tragedy struck Apollo One and her crew. Going from the first flight to the first man on the moon in the space of 60 years was bound to be a c ...…
Finzel's Arcadia Orchestra of Detroit - "Dicty Blues" LUFTIGE BUABERL - "Tyrol Jodlers" Mousieur Albert - "Je Sius Gris" Nat M. Wills - "Parody on Eight Familiar Songs" George M. Cohan - "You Won't Do Any Business If You Haven't Got A Band" Bently Ball - "The Dying Cowboy" Thomas Waller - "Lenox Avenue Blues" Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds - " ...…
We look at how Time/Longitude was figured out that advanced sea and air navigation. Plus we have Breaking News you will certainly want to hear. Join us Monday, October 21st at 7:00 pm ET and add you conversation to the Eastern Airlines Radio Show. See you at the Gate.By CaptNeal.
From 1970 to 1975 the Faces were a top touring act in America, packing theaters, then arenas and even stadiums but they were fated to lose their competition with Rod Stewart's solo career. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.By Pantheon Media.
Markus and Ray give you updates and new information from recent episodes about Jimi Hendrix (#21 & 22), Motown (#23), Jamaica (#24), Bruce Springsteen (#25), our 5 Favorite Albums From High School (#20), and our pocket podcast about Woodstock!By The Imbalanced History of Rock and Roll.
This week Nate Heath of the NotNerd Podcast takes a deep dive into the 2016 children's number one hit by Pink Fong, "Baby Shark." This classic nursery rhyme/campfire song took the internet by storm when a South Korean children's entertainment company released an updated pop version of it. With it's popularity further fueled by a viral dance cra ...…
A la recherche de la ligne d’horizon, Tropicalia Wold music, programme, né en 2003 sur les ondes de Radio Judaica, continue sa longue marche, et s’arrête de temps à autre pour vous faire découvrir, ou vous remettre en mémoire, quelques pages musicales jamais gratuites. Pour cette neuvième édition, je me suis laissé guider par le hasard, et rega ...…
Radio show first broadcast on The Face Radio, Brooklyn at 5:00pm ET on 20 October 2019. Also online at Track List: The Jim Jones Revue – High HorseEek-A-Mouse – Wa Do DemThee Dagger Debs – Black BookCount Machuki – More ScorchaJon Hendricks – I Bet You Thought I’d Never Find YouJimmy Ellis – Put Your Hoe To My RoeLee D ...…
The piano stylings and arrangements of Roberta Martin influenced everybody from the Rev. James Cleveland to Little Lucy Smith and are on full display in her hit, "God is Still on the Throne."By Robert Darden.
Is it just us, or does this season have a very chaotic energy? We learn some lessons from some very nice Canadians in Come From Away, commune with our teenage selves though Dear Evan Hansen, and keep our pennies in our pockets by seeing Hello, Bette! sans Bette. Email us at, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram ...…
Songs include: Careless Hands, Handful of Keys, I'm An Old Cowhand, Time On My Hands, Cold In Hand Blues, Overhand & Precious Lord, Hold My Hand. Performers include: Mel Torme, Bessie Smith, Whispering Jack Smith, Billie Holiday, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Benny Goodman Quartet & Thomas "Fats" Waller.…
I am joined by my brother as normal, but also by Brent Schlenker , a good friend of the podcast. We kick around what makes up a good Rock Anthem. "It's got a beat and I can dance to it" may not do it here! Did we miss a song you heard at a sports event or party? Reach out to us at and let us know. Please leave us f ...…
Are two Wills better than one? The SSN Crew and special guest Tammy aka Cowkitty review Ang Lee’s latest experiment with high-frame rate filmmaking. Unlike with his previous “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” this time Mr. Lee has a secret weapon: Will Smith! Was seeing Fresh Prince vs. Fresh Prince worth watching in (*deep breath*) Dolby Cinem ...…
Are two Wills better than one? The SSN Crew and special guest Tammy aka Cowkitty review Ang Lee’s latest experiment with high-frame rate filmmaking. Unlike with his previous “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” this time Mr. Lee has a secret weapon: Will Smith! Was seeing Fresh Prince vs. Fresh Prince worth watching in (*deep breath*) Dolby Cinem ...…
Weekly podcast presented by Bill Brewster, wit, DJ, raconteur, idiot. Featuring a mixture of brand new dance music, mixed with classics of all styles, put together in Brewster's inimitably incompetent style. This week features Space Dimension Controller, Jaden Thompson, Art of Tones, Reggie Dokes,Gabriele Poso plus more more more!…
What do the Chicago blues sound like today? How do you put a new twist on an old classic? Discuss these issues in The Cash Box Kings's performance of Muddy Waters's "Country Boy."By Julia B Simon.
EP30 Let There Be House By ReK by Rodrigo and Kerol GarciaBy Rodrigo and Kerol Garcia.
The tunes we couldn't fit on the main plate are squeezed into a nice take home container to enjoy only could do.
We're headed down to San Antonio next week and to get us all in the spirit of this unique city Trick put together this special plate of Tex Mex delicacies, each with a special flavor and spice only the Southern area of the state could offer. Join as we travel south.
First, a Brooklyn hate crime. Then AI in Applebee's. Finally, sexy weed parties.
The CW’s new & returning shows are back, including a rather somber “Riverdale,” a rather meh “The Flash,” and…a rather grown Nancy Drew having sex? With a Black ex-con? The SSN Crew and special guest Tammy aka Cowkitty discuss these shows (and her fave, “The Masked Singer”), plus the films “The Addams Family”, “El Camino”, “Little Monsters”, “D ...…
The CW’s new & returning shows are back, including a rather somber “Riverdale,” a rather meh “The Flash,” and…a rather grown Nancy Drew having sex? With a Black ex-con? The SSN Crew and special guest Tammy aka Cowkitty discuss these shows (and her fave, “The Masked Singer”), plus the films “The Addams Family”, “El Camino”, “Little Monsters”, “D ...…
Episode 82: Incest Candy, The Candy Scandal: Candy Mossler has an affair with her nephew and her millionaire husband is killed. We discuss this along with Louis Armstrong, Mary Wells, The Beatles as well as the controversial lyrics of Louie Louie by the Kingsman. Season 4, Episode 24, of American Timelines! Part of the Queen City Podcast Networ ...…
After pissing off the authorities, the 2 Live Crew start to piss off each other. In this episode, things fall apart, and we contend with the complex legacy of one of hip hop’s pioneers.By Gimlet.
Every story starts somewhere. In the case of the Black Death it starts with Mongol hordes, smug Italians, diseased rodents, and the misery of 14th century Europe. All of that before we even get to the star of these episodes, the one and only, the Great Mortality. Leigh's song pick:: Dead by Khanate Peter's ...…
Paul Francis, a 30 year employee of Zildjian, takes us back to 1618 when Avedis I discovered the alloy that changed music for ever. We go on a deep dive into every detail of Zildjians amazing history, including the struggles with trademarks, jealous cousins trying to steal the formula, and all of the amazing innovations that have been made alon ...…
Marty and Kris are back to take you to church for 2006! We start off taking about Marty talks about his experience going to ACL Fest and getting to write a recap for Clash Magazine (1:07) The Many faces of Pat Smear (10:14) The year in music (26:52) Remembering the Microsoft Zune (28:25) Marty remembering that 2 month spell when he really loved ...…
Stefani is the historian this week and she tells us all about the crazy history of the Eloise Psychiatric Hospital in Westland, MI.By Trico, Stefani, Devin.
Gregg’s Guide to New Music: Episode 238 Gregg highly recommends checking out, and supporting the following bands and musicians. Links to find more from them, and the purchase their music are posted below. Check out Gregg’s Guide’s Patreon page. VANT – iTunes, Amazon, Google Play ...…
What went wrong on this mysterious flight into the unknown. The latest on the flight and theories as to what happened March 8th, 2014. You are invited to join us as theories are described and you may even want to add your own. We depart the Gate Monday October 14th at 7:00 pm EDT. See you onboard.By CaptNeal.
Jazz historian Ted Gioia and host Nate Wilcox discuss the songs that make up the jazz repertoire, how that differs from the Great American Songbook and jazz musicians stopped interpreting newer pop songs in the 1960s for the most part. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.By Pantheon Media.
Harry Lillis “Bing” (Der Bingle) Crosby (1903-1977) We mark the death on October 14, 1977 – 42 years ago today – of the American singer and actor Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby of a so-called “widow maker”: a massive, dead-before-he-hit-the-ground heart attack. We sense that he went out the way he would have chosen to go out. An avid golfer and mem ...…
Episode fifty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Twenty Flight Rock" by Eddie Cochran, and at the first great rock and roll film Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Teen-Age Crush" by T ...…
John Henry received his famous nickname from drummer Joey Covington who thought it ironic that a white haired older man would fit in as a rock musician within the San Francisco musical community. But, fit in he did, and he became one of the most loved muscians of his day. This week Trick Synthetic Podcast ( counts dow ...…
Radio show first broadcast on The Face Radio, Brooklyn at 5:00pm ET on 13 October 2019. Also online at Track List: Maceo & The Macks – Cross The TracksBaby Shakes – Cause A SceneScreechie Dan – We A DonDandy Livingstone – People Get ReadyThe Manhattans – Soul TrainThe Equals – Black Skinned Blue Eyed BoysLone Ranger – ...…
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