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Music Exists

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What Did Rock Do?

In the season finale, Chris and Chuck discuss the impact music has had on their lives

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How Do We Find What We Love?

Chuck and Chris take a trip down memory lane to talk about how they used to discover music

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Beatles vs. Stones

Breaking down a rock ’n’ roll binary that says more about you than the bands in question

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What Makes Music Sound Commercial?

Almost everyone knows the experience of hearing a song for the first time and knowing it’s about to take over the world. This episode interrogates the idea of the hit record, and whether it’s a matter of collective psychology, indelible memory, both, or neither.

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Is It Important for Artists to Evolve?

Does artistic evolution actually matter, or is it just something our consumer culture demands?

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What Means More: Lyrics or Music?

On the latest episode of ‘Music Exists,’ Chris Ryan and Chuck Klosterman discuss words and music—or, in other words, just "music." And also Steely Dan.

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Are Artists Responsible for Their Fan Base?

The way relationships are formed between musicians and the people who love their music has changed over the years. So who is responsible for how fans behave?

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What’s the Best Song Ever?

A conversation about an intoxicating question that’s so impossible to answer

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Can Culture Be Created On Purpose?

A conversation about intention and invention. Plus, the 1993 soundtrack to ‘Judgment Night.’

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‘Music Exists’: What Does “Heavy” Mean?

What comes to mind when you think of "heavy" music? Earth-shaking riffs? Slow tempos and low, rumbling bass? Or is it more ephemeral than that?

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‘Music Exists’: Where Do Sports and Music Meet?

Music is everywhere in sports; you just have to know where to listen. But has it always been this way?

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‘Music Exists’: How Much Do You Really Need to Know About Music History?

When Billie Eilish went on a talk show and said she had never heard of Van Halen, it caused a brief and stupid controversy

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‘Music Exists’: Episodes 1–3

Chuck Klosterman and Chris Ryan parse the role music plays in their lives and the world around them

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Introducing ‘Music Exists’ With Chuck Klosterman and Chris Ryan

A new podcast that asks and answers big questions about how music shapes us and the world around us