Do you enjoy listening to music?
I sure do, as much as podcasts.
I also love to discuss music with my friends.
But when my friends aren’t around, I go to my favorite music podcasts.
If you’re into mystery, crime stories and conspiracy theories then you should listen to Disgraceland.
Hosted by Jake Brennan, Disgraceland tells the story of a crime that scandalized the music industry.
Listening to this podcast takes you to another point of view – one that’s not curated by the media and publicist.
You could feel the theme of the show by its components, making Disgraceland one of a kind.
Jake Brennan’s tone as he narrates puts you in a dark alley as though you’re witnessing the crime as it happens. You could feel the intensity growing as the story progresses through Jake’s excellent narration.
Most of his words slur and are hard to muster as he gets excited reciting them, but you’ll get the idea anyway. In spite of this, Disgraceland always makes you want to listen for more.
Have a taste of Disgraceland and see for yourself how much you know the artist you praise much.
Catch Disgraceland for free on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Play and at their website.
From the title itself, Dissect aims to explore and study the compilation of songs in an album of a specific artist.
Dissect is a Spotify original and is considered a “serialized” podcast featuring these different albums.
To kick off the podcast, Cole Cuchna features Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly” for Season 1. He then features Kanye West’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” on its second season.
What intrigued me the most is the season featuring Frank Ocean. I include myself in the numerous people who know of artists such as Kanye and Kendrick, their life dramas and their music ministry.
But Frank Ocean, I barely know anything about this guy. All I know is his song “Thinking ‘Bout You” and that, in particular, got me tuning in to Dissect.
This music podcast is brilliant as it discusses the songs and their connection to the artist’s personal life – what motivates the song and why it was written.
Cole presents each episode in an easy manner. The flow of the content and his choice of words are simple and easy to follow.
After listening to this podcast, you’ll end up knowing more about not just the artist, but more so about the person behind the image.
This podcast is suitable for people who like to explore albums and study the genius behind it. Those who don’t get tired of listening to a certain artist’s unknown songs.
So if you’d like to find out more and beyond Kanye West’s ideology and Kendrick Lamar’s life, then tune in and wait for more seasons to find out who’s next to be dissected.
Dissect’s official playlist is on Spotify and on their website. Follow the podcast on Twitter here.
3. On Shuffle
Intense. That is the very first thought I had while listening to this podcast.
On Shuffle is hosted by Micah Peters, staff writer of The Ringer and the producer of the show. It’s a hip and no-holds-barred music podcast that discusses various topics in the music scenes.
I would like to start with Micah Peter’s voice – attention-grabbing. Am I the only one who thinks that his voice sounds like Mario Lopez? It’s pretty cool actually – not too pitchy nor deep – just enough to make you listen.
Micah discusses substantial topics under the roof of the music industry. He talks about stuff that people have in mind but are too shy to ask.
The episode entitled “How a Song Becomes a Viral Hit” is a cool and informative episode which educates the listener on the pattern and trends that make a song go viral.
Micah also gives honest and straightforward opinions. He has views that root from a unique perspective. Just like how he pronounced his opinion against Post Malone’s rise to stardom. It’s quite shocking how he voices his views so boldly towards a “star” that can fire back at him.
And the podcast is not a one-way show. He also invites music personalities to co-host episodes of On Shuffle who honestly provide their perspectives on topics.
I find intense discussion a great element of the show. It brings out the pureness of opinions which is both liberating and engaging.
You can follow Micah Peters on Twitter to get a daily dose of his wit and antics. On Shuffle playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
4. Song Exploder
This is the music podcast for those who like to get to know the musician’s artistry.
The show puts the spotlight on the artist as he tours the listeners on how his music came to life.
The host, Hrishikesh Hirway produces, records, and edits every episode of Song Exploder.
He cuts his part on the interview to showcase and emphasize the musician’s ingenuity.
That way the show appears like a personal documentary of the musician’s journey to creating songs.
One great thing about this music podcast is that you’ll hear the artist take apart his song and reveal every step of the journey – what inspired him and what the song is all about.
Song Exploder podcast episodes usually consist of the artist’s narration of his story interjected by a clip of his music as a form of transition to the next topic.
At the end of the show, the song being discussed will be played and that’s my favorite part! Hearing the song after knowing how it was made gives you a new perspective on the song.
Listening to Song Exploder podcast provides a unique music experience as it presents the history of the song coming straight from the maker.
5. Switched on Pop
Finally, a podcast that I can easily relate to.
Switched on Pop is a podcast hosted by Nate Sloan a Musicologist and Charlie Harding a songwriter and music producer. Both are reliable music professionals who know the ins and outs of the music industry.
This music podcast analyzes popular pop songs and pop culture itself.
With all the podcasts that I’ve listened to, I can say that this is one that I can easily tune in to for more than a couple of hours.
The hosts and their guests make a clear and beefy discussion about their topic which makes me get into those “aha” moments.
The episode where they discuss the difference between feminist pop songs today and the Spice Girls era was liberating. I realized that every part of a song is essential in delivering the message it depicts.
Their discussion is not restricted in their perspective only. Instead, they invite other experts to give the topics more depth and clarity.
6. A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal
If you want a good laugh and obvious disconnect from the usual deep and serious podcast, listen to A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal.
The show is about getting real with the guest artist’s life and experiences delivered in a not so serious mood.
The hosts Jeff and Eric Rosenthal, are brothers known for their Hip-hop sketch comedy videos.
They are active on hip-hop scenes that’s why they can get affiliation that easy to their guests. They’re doing a great job cracking up their guests and showing their funny side.
The theme of the show is to get to know the artists through their childhood experiences or their most valued life moments. The podcast is a recording of their live interviews which they share on their website.
I especially enjoyed their interview with Cardi B. I find Cardi B hilarious and at the same time real by the way she talks and delivers her answers. She swears and talks dirty in a funny way.
It’s an entertaining hit podcast with lots of famous guests on the list. I guarantee it’s light, real and nothing serious.
A Waste of Time podcast playlist is available on their website where you can also have a snippet of who Eric and Jeff are.
You can get the latest update on these hilarious dudes by following them on Twitter. Or you could follow their show here.
7. Punch Up the Jam
I am a big fan of comedy! (Obviously, as the prior one is a comedy and the next two are also comedy-based.)
So when I heard Punch Up the Jam, I got excited. The hosts, Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe, are real-life comics and best friends who came up with the podcast’s theme out of belting out Jungle Boogie one morning.
The show is all about ripping and reviewing a song. They try to rewrite and remake a song that doesn’t seem right to their judgment.
On my note, I found them funny. You can’t take their commentaries seriously though because they tend to take away the artistry of the song.
And so, the show is purely for fun and entertainment purposes. They make silly and witty commentaries that will make you burst out with laughter.
Their review of Miley Cyrus’ song Party in the USA is so hilarious. They imitate her singing voice and take down the lyrics of the song because they think it doesn’t match Miley in real life.
My favorite part of the episode is when they play their rendition of the song. They practically ruin the song but it’s funny and you can see some possibilities for the song to go viral.
Punch Up the Jam podcast episodes are available for download on their website. You can also listen to their episodes on SoundCloud, Spotify, and iTunes.
P.S. Read their description on their site!
8. Throwback Music Video Review Podcast
Okay, this is the first entry for a throwback.
I cannot express enough my attachment to the songs that I grew up listening to. So if you’re like me who’s a big fan of throwback hits and comedy shows, then this one is for you.
Throwback Music Video Review Podcast is a comedy podcast where they review videos from the past. Yes, VIDEOS! Not the music of the video but just the video itself.
The hosts Al, Ryan, and Louie have that natural chemistry together. They make the discussion about the music videos funny, light and engaging.
The show isn’t draggy so it won’t make you fall asleep. They describe the scenes in the music video and at the end of the show, they’ll give their judgment whether to throw it or keep it.
It’s a little breather from tons of music podcasts that focus on songs and musicology.
The tendency with listening to this podcast is that you’ll be curious about the video being reviewed so you end up checking it out for yourself.
You can find Throwback Music Video Review Podcast on Facebook (@TMRVpodcast), Instagram (throwback_music_video_review) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TMVRPodcast).
9. The Throwback Podcast
And speaking of throwback, I’d like to add another blast from the past podcast on the list for one perfect reason – to reminisce.
The Throwback Podcast is an ideal podcast if you feel like going a trip down memory lane.
Fresh from their garage-based studio, friends Dan Hanzus and Bob Castrone revisit albums and tracks from the past.
In every episode of The Throwback Podcast, they feature old albums of an artist or top hits from decades or years ago.
Apart from the theme of the podcast, the personalities of the hosts give spunk to the show. Dan seems to display a lousy temper while Bob is the tame one. Their complementing personalities make a great fit and create balance for the show.
It supports the idea of how “old friends” relationships should be like. The casual conversation with swearing on the side and beer on the table. (Yes, we can hear clinking and popping bottles in the background.)
They share their thoughts about the song in the beginning, and then share what they think about it after hearing it again.
This is my go-to podcast when I’m feeling sentimental.
You could also follow Dan and Bob and check out their bio to know how they decided to do a podcast.
10. Popular Music: The Podcast
I checked out Popular Music podcast because this is my genre.
Hosted by Steven Ray Morris and Analise Nelson, both popular podcast producers and personalities, they make the show easy to digest.
They discuss the history of the artist before they dissect the song being featured and tell what they like and don’t like about it.
Steven is the one to tell the story of the artist and he seems to connect the backstory as inspiration to the song. Analise then breaks down the song – from its composition, down to the lyrics, and how it became a catchy tune.
It’s fun to listen, for instance, while you’re doing laundry or washing the dishes. You know, it’s the kind of stuff that doesn’t need your full attention. It won’t bore you either, yet you don’t have to stop whatever you’re doing to enjoy it.
When a song is too good, it usually gets a cover, or multiple ones. It gets revived again and again over the years. It’s fair to say that covers signify a song’s timelessness.
Coverville’s got you covered if you’re looking for compilations of best cover songs. Each episode of Coverville hosted and produced by Brian Ibbott features an artist’s collection of song renditions made by other artists or bands.
It has thousands of episodes to date since it started in 2004. Obviously, I’m a big fan of cover songs – good ones, that is. The covers range from punk, rock, instrumental and even trance versions of a song.
I love the feeling of rediscovering an old song through hearing another version of it. It refreshes my perspective on the song and I get to discover new remarkable artists. Just like how I instantly fell in love with Two Seconds Away’s version of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car.
Listening to Coverville is like remodelling a good old house. It’s not the same, yet it still feels like home.
If you want to request songs to feature on Coverville, tweet Brian Ibbott!
12. All Time Top Ten
I miss the old days when there were radio shows that did countdowns. So I searched for a podcast that still did that and I found All Time Top Ten.
Hosted by Ben Eisen, All Time Top Ten invites guest co-hosts to give their top ten music list based on the topic.
You’ll hear about Top Ten Bands We’d Love to See Reunite, Top Ten Angry Heartbreak Songs, etc. The host and the guest hosts then discuss why they chose the songs on the list.
What I like about the podcast are the exciting topics, just like their top ten list of feminist anthem which has two volumes to date.
It’s quite engaging making you think of your own suggestions and wondering if these songs also made it on their list. As this podcast is a conversation starter, it would be great to listen to it with friends.
Keep posted with the upcoming episodes by following All Time Top Ten on Twitter.
13. All Songs Considered
If you want to get updated with the new songs that are “fresh from the oven,” then you should tune in to All Songs Considered.
All Songs Considered by NPR (National Public Radio) features new songs and albums released on the same day the episode is recorded.
Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, the producers and hosts of the show, invite guests to discuss and give commentary on the particular song or album.
Robin usually does the new songs on the day and Bob seems to focus on interviewing music personalities to discuss music matters. They give the listeners reasons to look forward to the new song or album.
Comparing it with other music podcasts that feature new songs and albums, All Songs Considered is not limited to one genre only and the theme is pretty much the same with a radio show.
They play the full song after discussing it with their guest host. The episodes last for less than an hour, so it’s fairly brief.
14. Hit Parade (Music History and Music Trivia)
There’s some thrill and satisfaction in knowing.
If you thirst for music trivia, Hit Parade (Music History and Music Trivia) is the recommended podcast for you.
Its host, Chris Molanphy, takes his expertise as pop-chart analyst and journalist in making the show pleasingly informative. Chris also works as a writer for “Why is this Song No.1?” in Slate Magazine – the producer of Hit Parade.
His way of presenting the topics through narrative essay is compelling and accurate. You’ll be drawn to him, and as you listen your imagination wanders off unknowingly.
He tells the tales of chart-topping songs, remarkable artists of the industry, and extraordinary events that shaped the music industry.
The likes of Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and most recently a tribute episode for the late Aretha Franklin, to name a few, are featured in this podcast.
To get updates on the podcast, follow Chris on Twitter.
15. Déjà vu
Déjà vu is one exciting podcast that focuses on the similarities of two artists from different and distant periods.
Déjà vu is an original podcast of Spotify and Genius and is hosted by Stereo Williams.
Williams is a writer, editor, and a known veteran entertainment journalist. Every episode, Williams and his guest music experts discuss the connections of current music stars to their so-called equivalent music legends from the past.
Their discussions are in-depth and very informative on a theoretical level. Their comparisons are based on the artists’ personalities, musical backgrounds and the personas they portray.
They also talk about what sets the artists apart. They make flavorful headlines that will make you want to tune in to them.
They tag Rihanna as the black Madonna, Troye Sivan as the Young George Michael and Kendrick Lamar as the new Tupac.
Follow the host, Stereo Williams on Twitter to learn more about him and the podcast. Déjà vu playlist is available exclusively on Spotify.
16. And The Writer Is…
And The Writer Is… is a podcast dedicated to the songwriters.
If you are an aspiring songwriter or would like to know the life inside the music industry, then this is your go-to podcast.
The podcast is produced by Joe London and hosted by Ross Golan. Ross Golan, a known songwriter who writes songs for Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj, invites fellow songwriters to the show.
The discussion spins around the musical background of the songwriter up to his experiences in the music industry.
Singer-songwriters such as Nick Jonas and Charlie Puth have graced the show and shared their musical genius – from the moment they knew they had the talent up to now that they’ve become big stars.
And The Writer Is… is accessible on their website where you can also get to know the host, the producer, and their movement concerning MMA (Music Modernization Act).
There’s no way the list would be complete without this fine and final addition.
Soundtracking with Edith is a musical cum interview podcast to best describe it. It’s a screen music-based podcast.
On every episode, they invite composers and directors to the show to talk about their work on films.
The host Edith Bowman, a known broadcaster and writer, created this podcast as inspired by her passion for music and film.
I fell in love with this music podcast for its style. The format of the show is interview-discussion infused with the soundtrack being discussed.
This podcast makes me appreciate the musical scoring of the movies. I realized that the best films wouldn’t be as good as they are without fantastic soundtracks.
The host and the flow of the show are highly commendable. They make the discussion stimulating, leaving you lit and excited at the same time.
As you listen to a full length of a soundtrack, you get to appreciate it more. You hear the tiny and careful details more closely as compared with hearing it only as background music in a film. A well-produced music podcast.
Get updated with Soundtracking and follow Edith Bowman. Soundtracking is also on Spotify and iTunes.
As much as I love podcasts, I also can’t do away with music. I have a love affair with both so music podcasts is a smart choice.
If you’re like me, I hope that you’ll find something for you in this diverse list that I’ve thoughtfully compiled.
Share it with your friends and tell me what you think in the comments section below!