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60 Songs That Explain the '90s

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Depeche Mode, the Synth-Pop Gods Who Shaped the Decade

Paying tribute to "Enjoy the Silence" and the dance-rock stars from Essex

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Liz Phair Didn’t Need Guyville As Much As Guyville Needed Her

On making peace with the past and learning to live with the weight of expectations—and also on a really excellent debut album and its just-as-good follow-ups

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Hootie & the Blowfish and a Janglier Vision of ’90s Rock

On our latest episode, we’re exploring the grunge counterprogramming of Darius Rucker and the boys’ "Only Wanna Be With You"

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A Salute to Erykah Badu, “Neo-soul,” and the Live Album

On our latest episode, we dive into "Tyrone" and the makings of a somewhat controversial genre

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Vanilla Ice’s Great White Hype

Making sense of rap’s biggest punching bag with help from Tom Breihan

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But First, Pearl Jam

It’s "Yellow Ledbetter" time, with help from our old friend Steven Hyden

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‘Reality Bites,’ Lisa Loeb, and a Perfect Soundtrack Moment

Rob talks about the great "Stay (I Missed You)" with help from actor and podcaster Rider Strong

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They Don’t Make One-Hit Wonders Like “Return of the Mack” Anymore

Best song of the decade? Depends on who you ask.

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A Journey Through Ice Cube’s Good Day

The latest episode of ‘60 Songs’ digs deep into the biggest hit of Cube’s career, with an assist from guest Van Lathan

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The Chicks, “Goodbye Earl,” and the Story of Women in Country Music

The latest episode of ‘60 Songs’ explores the trio’s massive hit from their diamond-selling album ‘Fly’ with an assist from fiddle prodigy and acclaimed singer-songwriter Amanda Shires

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Pantera and How Dimebag Darrell Became the Ultimate Guitar God

We’re back for another run of episodes, starting with the Texas heavy rock quartet’s "Walk" and a guest appearance from Sean Fennessey

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Cranberries, “Zombie”

Our latest episode tackles the biggest hit by Dolores O’Riordan and Co.

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Raves, Rage, and the Prodigy’s “Firestarter”

An excerpt from the latest episode of the podcast, this one exploring the Essex foursome that briefly rode electronic music to rock stardom

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Janet Jackson’s Dance-Floor Catharsis

Exploring the history of "Together Again," a deceptively sad song that stands as one of her most iconic

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How Sunny Day Real Estate Explains Emo’s Second Wave (and the ’90s)

For The Ringer’s Emo Week, we’re calling up Ian Cohen and talking the kings of the Second Wave, Seattle’s finest non-grunge export

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From Beastie Boys to Beastie Men

Listen all of y’all. It’s time to put on your wigs and fake mustaches and go down the ‘60 Songs’ rabbit hole for "Sabotage."

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Remystifying Nine Inch Nails, “Closer,” and All the Pretty Machines

Rob digs deep into Trent Reznor, ‘The Downward Spiral,’ and NIN lore and comes back with some stark personal realizations

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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