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60 Songs That Explain the '90s

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Mary J. Blige and the Definitive “Real Love”

Our latest episode explores one of the best R&B songs of the 1990s from, quite possibly, the best R&B artist of the decade

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The Bittersweet History of “Bitter Sweet Symphony”

You voted and this is what you want: the Verve and their Stones-sampling classic. Great choice.

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Who Could Compete With Courtney Love?

The story of Courtney, Hole, and "Doll Parts," with help from ‘Bandsplain’ host Yasi Salek

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The History of Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones,” As Explained by a Shook One

Breaking down one of the best rap songs ever by one of its best duos

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Offspring and the Pretty Smart, Very Stupid Punk Song

You knew this was coming. It’s time for "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)."

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‘60 Songs That Explains the ’90s’: Jane’s Addiction and the (Maybe) Birth of 1990s Alt-Rock

Livin’ Más with the Angeleno rockers and their unlikely hit, "Been Caught Stealing"

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Bonnie Raitt Knows Love (and Heartbreak)

Bonnie Raitt has been a lot of things—a blues singer, a rock singer, arguably a jazz singer, occasionally a country singer, and eventually a blockbuster pop singer—and on "I Can’t Make You Love Me," she pronounced herself the purveyor of a timeless, wrenching classic

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The Curious Case of “Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Do you remember the competing song "Whoot, There It Is" from the same time as Tag Team’s 1993 hit? Have you ever wondered what really happened there? So did we, so we dove deep.

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‘60 Songs’ Is Back, and It’s Finally Time to Talk About Britney Spears

In Episode 61 of ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’—yep, you read that right—we’re breaking down "... Baby One More Time," how the media treated a young Britney, and the Big Bang of late-’90s teen pop

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Chuck Klosterman, Alice in Chains, and Grunge

Taking with the author about the legendary Seattle band and his new book, ‘The Nineties’

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Tom Petty and the Thrills and Joys of Fatherhood

Rob looks at the outsize impact of one of classic rock’s most legendary figures. Plus, a big announcement about the future of the show.

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Tupac Against the World

Rob breaks down the complicated life and indelible legacy of one of the most important figures hip-hop ever produced, including his megahit "California Love"

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When Rage Against the Machine Brought the Revolution to the Suburbs

Talking "Killing in the Name" and mainstream rock’s great socialist rap-rockers with help from Sage Francis

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How Lauryn Hill Became Music’s Great Dual Threat

A deep dive into the Fugees, "Ex-Factor," and everything that made Ms. Hill one of the most special performers of the past three decades

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Bill Simmons and Rob Harvilla on Counting Crows and “A Long December”

Tracing the trajectory of the band and their mercurial frontman Adam Duritz

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Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Her Songs of Survival

Exploring the alt-rock icon’s early career with help from Ringer staff writer Katie Baker

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Making of “Smooth” and the Remaking of Santana

All it took was a little black magic—and a little record-industry wizardry—to return Santana to the top of the charts in the late 1990s

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How the Spice Girls Took Over the Planet With Girl Power and “Wannabe”

Rob takes a journey deep into Spice World to figure out what made the fivesome the best selling all-female group in music history

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Gospel According to DMX

In honor of Ringer Films’ new documentary ‘DMX: Don’t Try to Understand,’ Rob and Shea Serrano are discussing the Yonkers rap legend

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Radiohead’s “Creep”: The One Song They Couldn’t Escape

The Brit rockers are one of the most popular and influential bands of the past three decades, but "Creep" still stands alone in their catalog

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How Céline Dion Conquered the World—but Not the Critics—With ‘My Heart Will Go On’

Exploring the megahit from ‘Titanic,’ which was both too much and not enough

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How Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Made the Mournful Sound Joyous on “Tha Crossroads”

One the biggest songs of the decade was also one of its saddest—and one of its brightest-sounding

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Juvenile Genius of Blink-182

Exploring the pop-punk icons’ "What’s My Age Again?" with help from Dan Ozzi

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: In Defense of “Achy Breaky Heart”

It’s time to cover the most popular (and anatomically confusing) country song of the decade

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Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” Still Sounds Like a Vision of the Future 

Exploring the legacy of the singer, from her early years to her tragic death in 2001

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: R.E.M. and the Leap From College-Rock Gods to Mainstream Icons

The latest installment of ‘60 Songs’ looks at the Athens, Georgia, band and "Nightswimming," a fan favorite

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Outkast and the Future Funk of “Rosa Parks”

In our latest ep, we explore the career of Atlanta’s favorite sons and their breakthrough

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The Sacred and the Profane of Tori Amos’s “Cornflake Girl”

On the latest episode of ‘60 Songs,’ we break down the biggest hit from the outspoken songstress who became a hero to many

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How Oasis Conquered Britpop—and Then the World—With “Wonderwall”

‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’ returns from hiatus with the surliest brothers in the U.K. and their biggest hit

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Chart-Conquering Slow Jams of Boyz II Men

On our last episode for a quick summer break, we explore ‘End of the Road’ and the beginnings of one of the decade’s biggest groups

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Limp Bizkit, the Nü-Metal Death Rattle of a Decade

In honor (dishonor?) of the new Ringer Films doc ‘Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage’ on HBO this week, we’re looking at the baddest boys of rap-rock and their hit song, ‘Nookie’

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Madonna Strikes a Pose

The history of ‘Vogue’ and Madonna’s decade, with an assist from The New York Times’ Caryn Ganz