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From "YMCA" to "Fortunate Son," Inside The Trum...
We discuss cultural battles over music over the last four years, plus the best and worst protest songs, the future of music under Biden, and more
40 min
2
Inside the Reinvention of the Music Business
From TikTok to Fortnite to live-streaming, we discuss how the music business is transforming itself
30 min
3
The Making of Kendrick Lamar
Lamar biographer Marcus J. Moore takes us through the life and times of one of the 21st century's most important artists
44 min
4
Mariah Carey Book Club! Inside the Year's Best ...
We dig deep into Mariah Carey's revelatory, moving new book
41 min
5
Phoebe Bridgers: The Rolling Stone Interview
A deep, hilarious conversation with Bridgers about making 'Punisher,' one of the year's best albums, and much more
41 min
6
The Life and Music of Eddie Van Halen
An in-depth tribute to the late guitar god, including audio of a previously unheard 2008 interview
44 min
7
'Kid A' at 20: A Look Back at Radiohead's Maste...
We dig into the making (and meaning) of Radiohead's 'Kid A,' with author Steven Hyden joining host Brian Hiatt
39 min
8
500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Inside the List
We break down what's new on Rolling Stone's rebooted list of the greatest albums ever
42 min
9
The Life and Music of Toots Hibbert
Inside the story of the late reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert, with Rolling Stone Editor Jason Fine
44 min
10
Melissa Etheridge: The Rolling Stone Interview
Etheridge looks back at her entire career, from writing her greatest hits to her time with Bruce Springsteen
42 min
11
Katy Perry and the Future of Pop
Katy Perry talks with Brittany Spanos about her new album Smile, her hopes for the rest of her career and more
43 min
12
Why Did The Beatles Really Break Up?
We preview Peter Jackson's Beatles movie and look back at the most heartbreaking band split ever
42 min
13
From W.A.S.P. to "WAP" – The Weird History of M...
We discuss how the conservative freakout over Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's new song is just the latest in a long series of lyrical controversies
41 min
14
From Rage to Audioslave to E Street, Tom Morell...
With his book 'Whatever It Takes' on its way, Morello looks back on his life and career and reflects on current events
42 min
15
Taylor Swift's 'Folklore': The Ultimate Breakdown
Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to go track-by-track through Swift's surprise release
46 min
16
The Adventures of Bob Dylan in the 21st Century
From "Things Have Changed" on, we look at the best of Dylan's 21st-century songs
42 min
17
Jimmy Buffett: The Rolling Stone Interview
The singer/songwriter talks about his entire career with host Brian Hiatt
41 min
18
The Birth of 'Hamilton'
With the 'Hamilton' film now streaming, we look back at the genesis of the show with musical director Alex Lacamoire
44 min
19
Alanis Morissette Looks Back, and Ahead
Morissette on her new album 'Such Pretty Forks in the Road,' the 'Jagged Little Pill' musical, and much, much more
39 min
20
A Conversation with John Legend
John Legend on his new album, why the Black Lives Matter protests have made him hopeful, and much more
36 min
21
A Conversation with Killer Mike
Killer Mike on Run the Jewels' great new album, the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, and much more
44 min
22
Ice Cube on the Making of ‘F–k tha Police’ and ...
Ice Cube looks back at the N.W.A. classic that’s climbing the charts again and much, much more
51 min
23
A Conversation with Robbie Robertson
With new documentary 'Once Were Brothers' out now, Robertson looks back on the story of the Band
43 min
24
Britney Spears' 'Oops!... I Did It Again' – A 2...
We look back at Spears' classic second album, with help from video director Nigel Dick
46 min
25
The Life and Music of Little Richard
We celebrate the barrier-smashing career of a rock n' roll founding father, with help from Little Steven
41 min
26
Is 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters' Fiona Apple's Best ...
A journey through the entire catalog of Fiona Apple, one of the most consistent artists of her generation
42 min
27
A Conversation with Dua Lipa
The pop star on her great new album 'Future Nostalgia' and much more
41 min
28
The Greatest Concerts We've Ever Seen
In a time without live shows, we look back at the highlights of lifetimes of concert-going
42 min
29
Remembering John Prine and Bill Withers
We play an unheard interview with Bill Withers and look back on John Prine's singular career
41 min
30
The Songwriting Genius of Adam Schlesinger
From Fountains of Wayne to "That Thing You Do" and beyond, we pay tribute to a great songwriter, gone too soon
43 min
31
Songs of Comfort, with Taylor Swift, Stevie Nic...
We discuss songs of solace in our current crisis, with some very special guests
45 min
32
Cancellations, Chaos: How the Pandemic Halted t...
We go deep on an unprecedented challenge for the music industry in the face of COV-19
37 min
33
A Conversation with Jason Isbell
One of the greatest songwriters of his generation talks about his upcoming album and his entire career
45 min
34
The Magic of BTS - and the History of Boy Bands
We look at the triumph of BTS, and how they fit in with the long history of boy bands
41 min
35
The Holland Brothers: How We Wrote Motown's Cla...
Brian and Eddie Holland, who co-wrote Motown hits from "Heat Wave" to "Stop! In the Name of Love," share tales from a pop golden age
44 min
36
The Best (and Worst) Live Albums of All Time
The highs and lows of classic live albums, plus the story of The Who’s ‘Live at Leeds’ on its 50th anniversary
39 min
37
Sheryl Crow: The Rolling Stone Interview
In a revealing conversation, Sheryl Crow discusses her final album, her early days and much more
46 min
38
The Weird Vibes and Unlikely Triumphs of the 20...
From Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish to Aerosmith, we dig into Music's Oddest Night
43 min
39
From Nine Inch Nails to the Doobies to Biggie: ...
"I'm quite in shock": Trent Reznor talks about Nine Inch Nails' Hall of Fame induction
43 min
40
The Life and Music of Neil Peart
We celebrate the legacy of the late Neil Peart, Rush's drummer and lyricist, and play audio from his 2015 Rolling Stone interview
41 min
41
The Best Songs of 2019
We look back at the musical highlights of 2019
36 min
42
A Conversation with the Black Keys
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney sit down with Rolling Stone's Patrick Doyle
37 min
43
Debbie Harry: My Life in Blondie and Beyond
Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein discuss their career and Harry's new book
33 min
44
The Life and Music of Juice Wrld
In early December, Juice Wrld died not long after his 21st birthday. We look back at the Chicago rapper's genre-hopping, too-short career
39 min
45
Billie Eilish, Van Halen, and Musical Generatio...
Billie Eilish doesn't know Van Halen – which is totally fine. We discuss the two artists' differences and similarities, and much more
40 min
46
Rediscovering Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin biographer Holly George-Warren joins host Brian Hiatt to offer fresh perspective on the life of a rock legend
40 min
47
The Secret History of the Black Crowes
Black Crowes co-founder Steve Gorman tells host Brian Hiatt the harrowing, occasionally hilarious story of the band's self-destructive tendencies
44 min
48
Exploring the Rage Against the Machine and My C...
Brittany Spanos and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to discuss the reunions of Rage Against the Machine, My Chemical Romance and the Black Crowes
37 min
49
Kanye West's Road to 'Jesus is King'
Brendan Klinkenberg joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss Kanye West's gospel turn
34 min
50
The Making of Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Star...
Longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, who co-directed 'Western Stars,' joins host Brian Hiatt to go behind the scenes
31 min
51
Billy Idol on the Birth of Punk Rock and His Li...
Idol sits down for a revealing, surprise-filled, career-spanning interview with host Brian Hiatt
39 min
52
A Conversation with the Pixies
The Pixies sit down with Andy Greene to discuss their new album and their whole career
35 min
53
A Conversation with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy
Tweedy joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss Wilco's 'Ode to Joy' and much more
34 min
54
The Life and Music of the Cars' Ric Ocasek
The quirky musical path of the Cars frontman – plus, remembering Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter
33 min
55
Taylor Swift's "Lover": The Ultimate Album Brea...
Host Brian Hiatt, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield go track by track on Swift's new album
37 min
56
The Life and Music of Linda Ronstadt
Longtime manager Peter Asher explains how Ronstadt became a '70s superstar
35 min
57
An Intimate Look at Harry Styles' Life and Music
Rob Sheffield, author of Rolling Stone's Harry Styles cover story, joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt to discuss Styles' rise
37 min
58
How Spoon Made Their Greatest Hits
The guys from Spoon tell the story of the band and the making of songs on their new best-of compilation
40 min
59
How Migos, Lil Baby and Atlanta Hip-Hop Conquer...
Quality Control co-founders Coach K and Pee tell the story of their Atlanta label's underdog triumph
33 min
60
Woodstock at 50: The Untold Stories
Country Joe McDonald and Santana's Michael Carabello look back at the original Woodstock
37 min
61
The Secret Origin of Sublime
Founding bassist Eric Wilson digs into his early days with Bradley Nowell
29 min
62
Was There Anything Good About Woodstock '99?
Rob Sheffield and host Brian Hiatt look back at their messy experiences at a disastrous festival
40 min
63
The Best Hip-Hop Songs and Albums of 2019 (So Far)
From DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion to J. Cole and Lil Nas X, here are the moments defining hip-hop in 2019
38 min
64
The Best Songs of 1999
Rob Sheffield joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt to dip into his list of the 99 best songs of 1999
38 min
65
The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)
From Lizzo to Springsteen and way beyond, hear a breakdown of the year’s stand-out albums
35 min
66
Duff McKagan: The Rolling Stone Interview
The Guns N' Roses co-founder on reuniting with Axl and Slash, his new solo album, his road to sobriety and much more
39 min
67
True Tales of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue
Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and Rolling Thunder Revue producer Louie Kemp share memories of the legendary tour and discuss Martin Scorsese's documentary
37 min
68
Justin Townes Earle: The Rolling Stone Interview
Songwriting secrets, addiction, the glories of Springsteen and much more in a wild conversation with Justin Townes Earle
36 min
69
Jakob Dylan on His New Laurel Canyon Documentar...
Jakob Dylan and director Andy Slater discuss 'Echo in the Canyon' documentary and the making of the Wallflowers' hits
37 min
70
A Conversation with Billy Joel
Billy Joel talks about turning 70, quitting songwriting, making The Stranger and much more
39 min
71
A Conversation with Stephen Malkmus
The former Pavement frontman on his wild new album and much more
37 min
72
How Apple's GarageBand Changed Music
From the "Umbrella" beat to whole albums, how a single software program has altered the sound and story of music
35 min
73
The Zombies: The Rolling Stone Interview
In a frank, hilarious interview, Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone tell all about recording their greatest hits and their path to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
43 min
74
How Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are reshaping m...
We take a deep look at two of 2019's biggest new stars – Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X
39 min
75
The 50 Greatest Grunge Albums of All Time
From L7 to Pearl Jam, inside Rolling Stone's list of the best grunge albums ever
40 min
76
Hear Untold Tales of Bruce Springsteen and CSNY
Inside two new books on the songs of Bruce Springsteen and the roller-coaster career of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
42 min
77
Can Hollywood Save Rock? Inside the Biopic Boom
Rock lives – but mostly at the movies. We discuss 'The Dirt,' 'Rocket Man,' and all the rock movies to come
37 min
78
Rob Thomas: The Rolling Stone Interview
Rob Thomas breaks down his new solo LP, the making of "Smooth" and much more in a career-spanning interview
33 min
79
Was Lil Peep Destined to Be The Next Kurt Cobain?
Inside the short career and tragic death of Lil Peep, who could've been a generation's voice
31 min
80
Green River and the Birth of Grunge
Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mark Arm on the story of Seattle's Green River
46 min
81
The Many Lives of Weezer
The weird story of how Weezer became rock’s most unkillable band
35 min
82
The Life and Music of the Monkees’ Peter Tork
Unheard interviews with the late Peter Tork – and the case for the Monkees’ greatness
36 min
83
Best and Worst Moments of the 2019 Grammys
Did the Grammys pull off a course correction this year? We discuss.
38 min
84
The Secret History of "Walk This Way"
How Run-DMC and Aerosmith changed music, with author Geoff Edgers and producer Jack Douglas
36 min
85
The Best and Worst Super Bowl Performances of A...
From the glories of Prince, Beyonce and Bruce to the Who's flop, we praise and roast the whole history of Super Bowl performances
36 min
86
Gary Clark Jr.: The Rolling Stone Interview
The guitar hero breaks down his whole career and his bold new album in a definitive interview
34 min
87
Fyre Festival and the Long, Wild History of Dis...
From Fyre Festival to Altamont to Woodstock '99, we examine some of the most disastrous music fests of all time
37 min
88
Pete Townshend on the Past and Future of the Who
Townshend discusses the Who's orchestral tour, surprise new album and much more with Andy Greene
37 min
89
The Best Albums of 2018
Inside our list of the year's best albums, from Nicki Minaj to Paul McCartney
38 min
90
Life Lessons from Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart looks back in a career-spanning interview with Andy Greene
39 min
91
Will Radiohead Show Up? And Other Pressing Rock...
A deep dive into one of the strongest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame classes in years
42 min
92
2018: The Year in Pop
From Ariana Grande’s chart domination to Taylor Swift’s monster tour and much more, a deep look at a weird year in pop
40 min
93
2018: The Year in Hip-Hop
Inside the artists, trends and hits that defined music’s dominant genre
38 min
94
Elvis Costello: The Rolling Stone Interview
Costello, who just released the new album Look Now, sits down with host Brian Hiatt for a career-spanning chat
43 min
95
Rediscovering the Beatles' 'White Album'
We break down the Beatles' massive new 'White Album' reissue
39 min
96
The 98 Best Songs of 1998
Rob Sheffield breaks down his list of 1998's greatest with host Brian Hiatt
46 min
97
'Bohemian Rhapsody' – and Why Even Flawed Music...
We (lovingly) roast Queen's smash-hit biopic, and break down its factual inaccuracies
37 min
98
The Making of Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'
How Dylan went to Nashville to make one of the greatest albums ever
32 min
99
Johnny Marr: The Rolling Stone Interview
From the Smiths' break-up to his excellent new solo album, the guitar legend digs in for a career-spanning conversation
38 min
100
What's Up With Kanye's MAGA Adventure?
Taylor Swift made an eloquent political statement; Kanye says his red hat gives him superpowers. We dig deep into Kanye's Oval Office visit – as well as Taylor's own political move.
33 min