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The 1990s were a turning point in music: with the increasingly connected world enabling an unprecedented coalescence of various styles and genres, the decade featured the rapid evolution of sonic artistry — and subsequently shaped the soundscape of eras that followed. Listen along as The Ringer’s preeminent music critic Rob Harvilla curates and explores 60 iconic songs from the ‘90s that define the decade.
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A "racket" is a dishonest activity that portrays itself as the opposite, conducted for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many. The music industry has historically functioned in this way, acting in the interest of a small group that knew how it actually worked, be it label executives, publishers or lawyers. Many have been exploited by this system, but the Internet has allowed people to finally bring awareness to what's been going on for decades. This podcast is about amplifying tho ...
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Ever swapped songs with a friend who's on a different musical planet? Join hosts Chris and Amanda on Song Swap Showdown, where they SWAP three songs each week based on a theme, exploring the lyrics, melodies, meanings, and history behind the music. From rock to country, no genre is off-limits. They rate the songs on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a dumpster fire and 5 being heavenly music to their ears. Whether you're a music aficionado or just looking for new tunes, Song Swap Showdown ...
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Amanda gives her review, of the classic '90s hit by Semisonic "Closing Time" Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scal…
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In the late 90s, hardly any bands were more ubiquitous than Semisonic. Thanks to their breakout hit "Closing Time", they shot to the top of the charts and cemented themselves as rock stars of that era. As the band's drummer, Jacob Slichter enjoyed the upsides of that period, from limousine rides to arena shows and TV appearances. However, what he d…
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Get ready for a nostalgic trip down memory lane with this week’s "Song Swap Showdown" as Chris and Amanda dive into iconic TV show themes! For the third time in four seasons, we’re revisiting the unforgettable tunes that set the stage for some of the most beloved shows in television history. This episode features themes from Green Acres, The Facts …
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Chris and Amanda dive into the world of Amazing Duets!This week, we’re celebrating the magic of two voices coming together to create musical masterpieces. From timeless classics to modern hits, we’re covering the duets that have left a lasting impression on us. We'll be swapping our favorites and rating them on a scale of 1-5 records. Where will we…
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In celebration of World Chocolate Day, Chris and Amanda are swapping songs all about chocolate and sweet treats. Join us for a sugary journey through music as they share their top picks, and uncover the stories behind these tasty sweet tracks. https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/worldchocolatedayFrom classic hits to hidden gems, this episode will satis…
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Join Amanda on her very first solo show and celebrate the spirit of patriotism with her curated playlist of top red, white, and blue tunes! It's a fun spin on the July 4th holiday here in the USA! 🎵 Want more musical showdowns? Listen to the full episode of Song Swap Showdown wherever you get your podcasts. ⁠⁠⁠https://campsite.bio/songswapshowdown⁠…
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This week on "Song Swap Showdown," Chris and Amanda take you back to the year of 1986! Join us as we dive into the unforgettable hits that defined the mid-'80s, featuring iconic rock anthems, pop classics, and chart-topping country ballads. Discover the stories behind these memorable tracks, the artists who brought them to life, and why 1986 was su…
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Step back in time with this episode of "Song Swap Showdown" as Chris and Amanda explore the iconic music of 1960! Join us as we delve into the unforgettable tracks that defined a decade, featuring rock 'n' roll classics, soulful ballads, and timeless hits. Discover the stories behind the songs, the artists who made them famous, and why 1960 was suc…
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Chris and Amanda are back with a fun twist on their funeral playlist episode! Join us as they each pick three songs they'd love to have played at their funerals or memorial services. Expect some surprises, laughter, and heartfelt moments as they share the tunes that mean the most to them. It's all about celebrating life through the music that moves…
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The second episode of the MIAR podcast explores the world of digital service providers who specialize in advertising, botting, and paid marketing in the music space. One of the most notable names in that world is Chad Focus, who gained nationwide notoriety for manufacturing his rap career by way of social media ads, paid billboards, ticket scalping…
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What are the best songs to play at a cookout while you're grillin' and chillin' with friends? Chris shares his quick starter playlist to get you rolling!Playlist link - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5wyVju6r3VFJZJFohbP4eC?si=A9rpKBUWRXOvt-LA151euA&pi=u-9OvdWGsmSGe0Songs Featured: MIDNIGHT RIDER - ALLMAN BROTHERS POUNDCAKE - VAN HALEN PEACE OF M…
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Amanda gives her review and opinion on TOP JIMMY by Van Halen. Check out the entire episode for more https://www.youtube.com/live/-Q-yj_aelWQ?si=jlHaOCoJVdxLPKo-The story behind ‘Top Jimmy’ https://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-top-jimmy/REQUEST REVIEWS AND REACTIONS! 👉Join our Patreon for exclusive content and more:https://www.patreon.com/song…
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Chris reviews Zac Brown Band’s 'Highway 20 Ride in this clip from our episode on Van Halen vs Zac Brown Band https://www.youtube.com/live/-Q-yj_aelWQ?si=IvS-FBrKq2meLpYFWhat will Chris think as a non-country music fan? Check his take, and let us know what you think!Zac Brown Band - Highway 20 Ride (OfficialMusic Video) link: https://www.youtube.com…
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Amanda and Chris take you on an exclusive musical journey with a deep dive into two iconic acts: Zac Brown Band and Van Halen. Delve into the lesser-known sides of these legendary artists as each host shares their top three deep-cut songs. Discover the stories behind these tracks, the hidden layers of their music, and why these songs stand out in t…
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Join Chris and Amanda as they take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the unforgettable one-hit wonders of the music world. From catchy tunes that dominated the charts for a brief, shining moment to artists who vanished almost as quickly as they appeared, we're celebrating those unique gems that still have us humming years later.Songs featured …
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This week on Song Swap Showdown, Chris and Amanda dive into the unsettling world of songs about stalkers. Join us as we unravel the eerie melodies and lyrics that capture obsession, infatuation, and the darker side of love. From chart-toppers to lesser-known hidden gems, we explore the stories behind these intense tracks that blur the lines between…
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The MIAR podcast kicks off its first episode with the producer behind much of Eminem's early work. Jeff and his brother Mark discovered and produced most of the music on Eminem's first albums, but as the years went by they found themselves increasingly at odds with his label, Interscope/Universal, and were gradually written out of the story. Other …
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Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown. Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a SKIP and 5 being heavenly music to our ears…
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Dive into a musical time machine with Chris and Amanda on this week’s "Song Swap Showdown" as they explore and swap some tunes from 1987 with SPECIAL GUEST, Dave Mattingly Join us as we uncover not just the chart-toppers but also some hidden gems that defined the era. 00:38 INTRO 17:32 Dokken - Buring Like A Flame 25:26 Dear Boopsie by Pam Hall 32:…
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Celebrate 420! This week on "Song Swap Showdown," Chris and Amanda are elevating their usual song swap with a special theme: songs to listen to while getting high. Whether it's partaking in some safe adult recreational activities or an endorphin rush, these songs are meant to enhance your personal experience. Dive into a mix of tunes that set the p…
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Chris tackles The Bangles' 'Eternal Flame' Is it the ultimate love anthem or just a sappy 80s relic? In this review from Song Swap Showdown, Chris gives it a no-nonsense rating on a scale of 1-5 records. Will 'Eternal Flame' emerge as an undying masterpiece, or will it be extinguished under the weight of scrutiny?Susanna Hoffs TikTok https://www.ti…
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By popular demand, Chris and Amanda take on the monumental task of reviewing Bonnie Tyler's sweeping emotional ballad, "Total Eclipse of the Heart," in this clip from our solar eclipse playlist episode of Song Swap Showdown. As requested by our amazing community, this song has stood the test of time as a powerful anthem of love and loss. But will i…
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IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD! Well, not really but we have your soundtrack to the apocalypse covered! As the 2024 solar eclipse casts its shadow on Monday, April 8th, whispers of the world's end grow louder. In this episode of Song Swap Showdown, Chris and Amanda delve into eclipse-inspired songs. Songs featured: Stare at the Sun by Thrice, No Sunligh…
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Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown. Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a dumpster fire and 5 being heavenly music to…
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Get ready to crank up the volume and let loose as this week's episode of Song Swap Showdown is all about those tracks that get us hyped to get up and go out! Amanda and Chris are diving into their playlists to share the songs that pump them up, shake the ground, and get them going. Amanda's Anthems to Get the Party Started: Cowboy Take Me Away" by …
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On our first artist spotlight, Chris had the chance to interview with up-and-coming Memphis-born country artist, Maddye Trew. Topics discussed: Maddye's Background Grease Long Gone John Music Video Your Song Creative Process Touring American Idol ...and more! Check out Maddye Trew at https://www.maddyetrew.com/ Listen to her music on all streaming …
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Welcome to a magical episode of Song Swap Showdown, where this week, Chris and Amanda embark on an enchanting adventure through the realms of fairy tales and fantasy. Prepare to be whisked away to a world where music meets myth, and songs are spun with the same wonder and mystery as the stories that inspire them.👉 Don't forget to subscribe for more…
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It’s last call for '90s songs and Rob’s memories as the show draws to a close. So there couldn’t be a more fitting moment for Semisonic’s “Closing Time” to be chosen as the episode’s focus. Listen as Rob grapples with his feelings of discomfort with the word goodbye, and stay for a final sendoff to the greatest '60 Songs' guest of all time, Yasi Sa…
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This week on Song Swap Showdown, we're skanking into the high-energy world of Ska Punk with a very special episode that's bound to get you up and dancing! Chris, Amanda, and our guest, Benny Capal from the ska/punk band The Boy Detective, dive deep into the heart of the ska punk scene, swapping some of their favorite tracks that embody the spirit o…
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In the penultimate episode of 60 Songs, Rob takes it way back. Listen as he recalls the first song he remembers consciously hearing as a baby before diving into the world of Garth Brooks and 90’s country music. Later, Tyler Parker joins the show to discuss what Garth Brooks means to Oklahoma and much more. Host: Rob Harvilla Guest: Tyler Parker Pro…
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Get ready to move and groove with this week's episode of Song Swap Showdown, where Chris and Amanda dive into the world of songs that not only hit your ears but also your dance moves! It's all about those unforgettable tracks that come with iconic dances. We're swapping the tunes that have had everyone from your best friend to your grandma hitting …
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Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown. Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a dumpster fire and 5 being heavenly music to…
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Rob ranks the books he was forced to read in high school before turning his focus on the greatness of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” from her 1995 album ‘New Beginning.’ Later, Rob is joined by fellow Ohio native and author Hanif Abdurraqib to discuss why Ohio breeds such great writers such as Tracy Chapman. The guys also get into Chapman’s a…
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This week on Song Swap Showdown, Chris and Amanda are taking the show to a whole new level of personal. They're diving deep into their music libraries to share not just any songs, but the ones they hold dear. What's the Twist?Each host will swap three of their all-time favorite tracks, spanning any and all genres. These aren't just songs they like;…
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This week on Song Swap Showdown, we're cranking up the time machine and heading straight to 1984! Join Amanda and Chris as they embark on a nostalgic musical odyssey, swapping three songs each from this unforgettable year in music history. 1984 was a year that reshaped the landscape of pop, rock, and everything in between. It was a time of bold sty…
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Hello friends, and thank you for stopping by for a very special episode of 60 Songs. With just three songs remaining, it felt like a great week to have some of Rob’s favorite guests as well as producers stop by and yell at him over songs that he missed. Enjoy! Host: Rob Harvilla Guests: Andrew Savage, Yasi Salek, Elamin Adelmahmoud, Alex Steed, Les…
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Rob looks at JAY-Z’s career backwards this week before reaching the rap legend’s 90’s pop crossover hit, “Hard Knock Life.” Along the way, Rob highlights the masterclass that is Funkmaster Flex premiering Kanye West and JAY-Z’a “Otis” on Hot 97 and much more. Later, the Ringer’s Wosny Lambre joins the show to discuss what JAY-Z’s rise to power in N…
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The Heartbeat of Soul: Celebrating Stax Records with Dominic Lawson - A Black History Month Special on Song Swap Showdown USE Our link to order your Magic Mind Subscription ✅ https://www.magicmind.com/songswapGet up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my codeThis week on Song Swap Showdown, we're paying tribute to Black History M…
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Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown. Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a dumpster fire and 5 being heavenly music to…
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Get ready for an episode filled with passion, drama, and a touch of vengeance in the latest installment of Song Swap Showdown! This week, we're diving into the intense world of "Songs About Revenge." Chris and Amanda will be swapping tracks that embody the spirit of retribution, showcasing how artists across genres have expressed this powerful emot…
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Rob reminisces on his time witnessing Janelle Monae perform at South By Southwest in the year of Michael Jackson’s passing, before looking back at the King of Pop’s televised funeral. Along the way, Rob looks back at the height of Jackson’s powers in the '80s as well as a bit more tumultuous era in the '90s. Later, Wesley Morris joins the show to a…
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Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown. Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a dumpster fire and 5 being heavenly music to…
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Rob looks back at the movie ‘High Fidelity’ and observes the similarities between himself and one of the characters, who is also named Rob. Somewhere along the way, our Rob focuses in on Matthew Sweet, the Knack, Material Issue, and other artists singing power-pop songs about women they usually don’t get in the end. Finally, Rob gives attention to …
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Space Odyssey: Songs About Space on Song Swap Showdown 🚀 Prepare for an interstellar musical journey in the next episode of Song Swap Showdown! This week's theme is "Space Odyssey: Songs About Space," where Chris and Amanda will explore the vast universe of songs inspired by the cosmos, stars, planets, and the mysteries of space. = 🎵 Chris and Aman…
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Rob looks back at the top five songs that make him still feel like a 6-year-old, before turning his attention to the great George Michael. Along the way, Rob highlights a letter written to Michael from Frank Sinatra with his best dramatic reading. Later, Rob is joined by Rob Tannenbaum to discuss whether George Michael is on the MTV Mount Rushmore,…
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Earworm Extravaganza: Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head" on Song Swap Showdown 🐛 Prepare for an unforgettable musical journey as we dive into the world of catchy tunes in our next episode of Song Swap Showdown! This week's theme is "Songs That Get In Your Head" – those irresistible tracks that loop in your mind long after you've heard them. 🎵 Chris…
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Rob takes a trip down memory lane and once again back to his days of watching ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ before stopping at his memory of the time Beavis and Butt-Head met a woman. That woman was Cher. Cher’s influence in the world of auto-tune is also discussed along the way. Later, Rob is joined by DJ Louie XIV to discuss the impact of Cher’s “Believ…
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Welcome to Song Swap Showdown Quick Hits! The show where we dive into one-song reviews, pulled straight from the full episodes of Song Swap Showdown. Get ready for rapid-fire music insights and fun, all in a quick, bite-sized format. Each song is swapped and rated on a scale of 1-5 records, with 1 being a dumpster fire and 5 being heavenly music to…
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Rob looks back at his MTV watching days as a child in the late 80s before turning his attention to Lenny Kravitz. Along the way in his monologue, Rob highlights Kravitz’s appearance on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ in 1991 and the perceived disconnect between black radio/publications and Kravitz’s music. Later, Rob is joined by writer Elamin Abdelmahmoud…
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🎸🌾 "Boot Scootin' Through the 90s: Country Music Showdown!" 🤠🎶 Strap on your cowboy boots and get ready for a honky-tonk ride with Song Swap Showdown's 1990's Country Music Special! In this episode, Chris and Amanda are swapping three country songs each from the unforgettable era of the 90s. But there's a twist – Chris, typically not a country musi…
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