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Is Tua vs. Herbert Over? ’22 Brady vs. ’19 Brady and the Jets’ Bright Future With Damien Woody

Plus, Ryen shares his Spotify Wrapped

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The Best Songs of 2022

Sadly, the rules prohibit us from including Kate Bush. In her place, we’ve got viral hits, indie rock earworms, hyperpop explosions, and lyrical excursions. Did your favorite make the cut?

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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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The Best of 2022 Draft

Charles, Justin, and Logan discuss their favorite music of the year

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The 33 Best Albums of 2022

From new entries into the indie rock and rap pantheons to blockbusters and bedroom-pop masterpieces, these are the records that defined the year in music

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Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde’s Breakup, and Justin Bieber’s Laugh

All this, plus some Spotify Wrapped self-analysis

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Could Tom Brady Return to the Pats?

Plus: Miami-SF, Cincy-KC, Million-Dollar Picks, and RIP Christine McVie

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Christine McVie Made Fleetwood Mac Fun

Remembering the songwriter famous for "Don’t Stop," "Everywhere," and "Little Lies," who died Wednesday at 79

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The Clash, Part 1

The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon joins us as we dig deep into the history of the only band that matters

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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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DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, and the New Rap One-Hit Wonders

Charles Holmes and Justin Sayles discuss the changing nature of stardom and offer their "Top Five Rap One-Hit Wonders"

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The Taylor Swift Ticketmaster Debacle, Explained

Matt and Lucas discuss who is to blame for the Ticketmaster meltdown, detail the process of setting ticket prices for concerts, and speculate on how Taylor Swift could shake up the live-concert ticket system

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Zac Efron’s New Movie Role, Pete Davidson and Emily Ratajkowski’s New Relationship, and Taylor Swift’s Tour Tickets

Plus, this week’s Cringe Mode is the 2007 movie ‘Enchanted’

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The Good, the Bad, and the WTF of the 2023 Grammy Nominations

Charles and Rob break down the nominations and make their predictions for the big four categories

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Listener Mailbag Part Three

Questions include guilty pleasures, if we ever hear from the bands we talk about and how we find new music to love

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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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Where Did All the New Pop Stars Go?

The guys examine what it means to be a new artist in 2022 and the rate at which listening to music is drastically changing

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The Eras Tour

Nora and Nathan talk about Taylor Swift’s recently announced 52-date stadium tour and how she’ll possibly fit her catalogue of songs into one show

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Sunny Day Real Estate

Meeting Yasi there in the blue where the words are not is writer and podcaster Ian Cohen

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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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Talking Movies With Wesley Morris, Sean Fennessey, and Cameron Crowe (first appearance!)

Crowe dishes on the making of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ ‘Singles,’ and ‘Almost Famous’

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Is It Really ‘Her Loss’? A Discussion on Drake and 21 Savage’s New Project

Charles, Justin, and Logan review the album and discuss Drake’s toxic persona

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Voicemails

Tyler Parker wants to make a rule about voicemails on albums

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Mourning Takeoff and Kyrie Irving Gets Suspended

Plus, Van and Rachel are joined by Jade Magnus Ogunnaike from Color of Change to discuss disinformation and holding Twitter accountable for hate speech

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Eminem Found Himself in “Lose Yourself.” Will We Ever Let It Go?

Twenty years ago, ‘8 Mile’ hit theaters, taking audiences on a quasi-biographical journey through Marshall Mathers’s life. It also spawned his biggest hit—an underdog anthem that lives on through commercials and sports arena sound systems to this day.

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‘Midnights’ Follow-up Mailbag

Nora and Nathan talk about which songs they have changed their opinions on the most, whether this could be considered a concept album, and which songs they most desperately need to hear live

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Analyzing Future

Justin and Micah take you through the different portions of the rapper’s tenure, his collaboration albums, and the impact he has had on the music

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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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What Do We Want From Rihanna’s Comeback? “Lift Me Up” and the State of Rihanna’s Music Career

Charles and Charity also share their general feelings on the pop-culture process of re-eulogizing Chadwick Boseman and the existence of Black Panther

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TikTok Killed the Pop Star

Each year fewer and fewer new pop stars are cracking the top 10—Taylor Swift notwithstanding. Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the fracturing of the pop music landscape and the dilution of monoculture in music

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The Decade in Lose-Lose Arguments About Kanye West

It’s harder than ever to reckon with Ye’s enduring appeal, with his music seeming so pathetically secondary to his hateful provocations in any other form

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The Corporate Cancellation of Kanye, and Herschel Walker Is Super Duper Pro-Choice

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about Rihanna giving us a tease of new music, and Brittney Griner’s appeal getting denied