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The Best Performances of 2021

From dramatic turns in cinema to sharp-witted television humor—plus a few unorthodox picks in between—these were the year’s best entertainers

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“The Songs Are Like Testimony”: An Interview With Big Boi From Outkast

The ATLien discusses his new album, ‘The Big Sleepover,’ plus his pet tiger, his favorite strip club, and his bond with André 3000

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Paul Thomas Anderson on ‘Licorice Pizza’ and the Beatles Doc, Plus Million-Dollar Picks Week 14

Peter Schrager also joins the show to discuss the Rams’ and Bills’ concerning recent play

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Megan Thee Stallion: ‘Fever’

Jinx and Shea are joined by the brilliantly hilarious cohosts of ‘Okay, Now Listen’ and ‘Get You a Me,’ Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell, to discuss ‘Fever’ by the Hot Girl Coach, Megan Thee Stallion

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The Best Songs of 2021

Drake and Kanye are both here, but not for songs off their much-hyped releases. Who else made our list of the best songs of a strange year in music?

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The 50 Best Movie Soundtracks of the Past 50 Years

From the iconic closing notes of ‘The Breakfast Club’ to the era-encapsulating mix of ‘Dazed and Confused’ to the work of the Purple One himself, these are the best mixes of cinema and sound since 1971

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In Praise of the Junk-Drawer ’90s Alt-Rock Movie Soundtrack

The height of the CD era brought a bevy of compilations that often felt like grab bags, but sometimes reached transcendence

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Top Five Movie Soundtracks

Plus, John Maggio joins to discuss his film ‘Mr. Saturday Night’

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Verzuz Reactions and Michael Arceneaux on Intracultural Conflict

Van and Rachel are in the studio, recording in person for the first time

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The Ringer’s Best of 2021 Picks

From TV shows to movies to albums, The Ringer is celebrating the cream of the crop from 2021

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Thirty Years After ‘Hook,’ Steven Spielberg Finally Gets His Musical

On Friday, the most commercially successful director in history returns with ‘West Side Story,’ which will mark his first musical. But three decades ago, he almost got one with ‘Hook,’ his reimagining of the ‘Peter Pan’ story.

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What Was the Culture This Year? 

Justin and Micah talk about what music, TV, movies, anime, and video games they liked this year

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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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The Profiles of Jeremy Strong From ‘Succession’ and Ben Affleck, Plus NikkieTutorials Featuring Adele

Plus, Juliet and Amanda discuss remaining thoughts on the new docuseries ‘The Beatles: Get Back’

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Best Albums of 2021

Charles, Grace, Lani, and Justin discuss Tyler, the Creator, Hiatus Kaiyote, and more of their favorite projects from this year

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The Best Albums of 2021

As the music industry regained some normalcy, big-time releases returned. But how many made our list of projects worth celebrating?

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Adele Takes a Step Forward on ‘21’

Nora and Nathan break down Adele’s sophomore record

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Bill Simmons on Pop Culture and Sports

Larry also weighs in on the omicron variant, vaccine divisiveness, and at-home testing

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Andrew Garfield’s Press Tour, Rihanna is STILL Not Pregnant, and Recapping Spotify Wrapped

Andrew Garfield’s press tour for ‘Tick, Tick ... Boom!’ is amazing (1:00) and Julianne Hough can’t keep her Greta’s straight

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Rodgers for MVP, Pats-Bills, and an Iconic Beatles Documentary With Peter Schrager and Chuck Klosterman

Bill and Schrager also discuss the stumbling Rams and the Chiefs finding their stride before making their Million-Dollar Picks for NFL Week 13

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Ringer Reevaluations

Before the release of Ringer Films’ new HBO Music Box documentary, ‘Listening to Kenny G,’ we revisited various cultural figures, concepts, and even sports that are likewise in need of a reevaluation

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How Brooklyn, Blackness, and Lyrical Mastery Allowed Mos Def to Create One of the Most Important Albums in Hip-hop History

Jinx and Shea discuss Mos Def’s 1999 breakout solo album, ‘Black on Both Sides,’ including standout tracks like "Hip-Hop," "Umi Says," "Got," and "Ms. Fat Booty"

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What I Learned From Playing Golf With Kenny G

The famed saxophonist approaches his beloved game the only way he knows how: with a dedication to craft and a focus on mastering all the little things

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Coldplay—and Especially “Fix You”—Deserve a Better Legacy

Yes, the mammoth single became wildly overexposed. But it got so big only because it connected with such a large group of people—and is that such a bad thing?

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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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Remembering Virgil Abloh and Stephen Sondheim

Frazier Tharpe joins Charles to reflect on the fashion designer and Grace shares her favorite Sondheim songs

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Suns-Warriors, Anthony Edwards, LSU’s Big Hire, and a Kenny G Interview

Plus, Bill and Wos talk about Bill’s newest League Pass crush: the Timberwolves

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Adele’s Vegas Residency, Adam McKay’s Vanity Fair Profile, and the Beatles Docuseries

Juliet and Amanda discuss Adele’s latest announcement and Disney+’s ‘Get Back’

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Remembering Virgil Abloh, and Omicron Reactions

There’s also discussion about Jussie Smollett’s trial and the AMAs sparking confusion after giving Doja Cat an R&B award

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‘The Beatles: Get Back’ and Our Fab Five Beatles Albums

Plus, director Penny Lane joins the show to discuss her new film, ‘Listening to Kenny G’

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The Magician in the Checkered Shirt

There’s no entertainer quite like Garth Brooks (and, technically, Chris Gaines). It’s time we lay flowers at his boots.

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Adele’s Origin Story and Her Debut Album, ‘19’

Nathan and Nora break down the British singer’s first record