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How Ronnie Spector Broke Free: Her Brave Life a...
Hear unearthed audio of Ronnie on her life with Phil Spector and the birth of the Ronettes; and we dive deep into her story
34 min
The Best 2021 Albums You Didn’t Hear
We guide you through the hip-hop, country/Americana, and metal albums you may have missed in 2021, as well as some bigger names, from Megan Thee Stallion to Eric Church
49 min
The Secret History of Steely Dan
Donald Fagen on losing Walter Becker, developing Steely Dan’s sound, and much more
35 min
The Best (and Weirdest and Saddest) Holiday Songs
Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt for a rundown of their favorite Christmas and holiday songs, from Mariah Carey to Ariana Grande to Run-DMC
35 min
Best Albums of 2021, From Olivia Rodrigo to Rau...
Inside Rolling Stone’s picks for 2021’s best albums, with Mankaprr Conteh, Julyssa Lopez, and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt
37 min
Reinventing Pop with Finneas: Billie Eilish, Hi...
Finneas tells all about co-creating music with his superstar sister, launching his solo career, writing for Justin Bieber and much more
40 min
The Endless Beatles Revelations of 'Get Back'
Rob Sheffield and host Brian Hiatt break down the astonishing, eight-hour Beatles documentary 'Get Back.' Plus: inside the new Brian Wilson documentary
57 min
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: The Rolling Sto...
Plant and Krauss on their new album, the legacy of Led Zeppelin and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?,' surviving the '80s and much, much more
41 min
Inside the Tragedy at Astroworld Festival
How did 10 people die at a Travis Scott concert? An in-depth look at one of the worst concert tragedies in years, with on-the-scene reporting and more
40 min
Taylor Swift's Catalog, Ranked – and A Look at ...
We discuss Rob Sheffield's revamped, ranked list of Taylor Swift's songs, and discuss the work-intensive Taylor's Versions project
45 min
Snoop Dogg: The Rolling Stone Interview
Snoop looks back on the making of his biggest songs with Dr. Dre and Pharrell, previews next year's Super Bowl halftime show, shares memories of Tupac and Biggie, discusses his new album 'The Algorithm,' and much more
40 min
The Wizardry of Young Thug
We look at Young Thug's long and wildly innovative path to his new album 'Punk'
43 min
The Dark Side of Eric Clapton
Clapton has become a vocal skeptic of COVID-19 vaccines – and once went on a "full-tilt racist" rant. David Browne joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the untold story of a rock icon
34 min
The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (Pt. 2)
We continue our journey through Rolling Stone’s brand-new list of the greatest songs ever, with Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos joining host Brian Hiatt
41 min
Brandi Carlile: The Rolling Stone Interview
The singer/songwriter breaks down her new album, 'In These Silent Days,' and talks about hanging out with Joni Mitchell, singing with Soundgarden, avoiding hit singles, and much more
52 min
The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (Pt. 1)
We dig into the making of (and reactions to) Rolling Stone’s much-discussed new list, and discuss the top 20
43 min
Rick Ross Teaches You How to "Boss Up"
Hip-hop legend Rick Ross gives life lessons and looks back on his hit-making career so far in an interview with Jeff Ihaza about
38 min
Kanye vs. Drake: ‘Donda’ and ‘Certified Lover Boy’
We discuss Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ and Kanye West’s ‘Donda,’ as well as the controversies behind them, with Jeff Ihaza joining host Brian Hiatt
42 min
Best of RSMN: The Holland Brothers on Writing M...
Brian and Eddie Holland, who co-wrote Motown hits from "Heat Wave" to "Stop! In the Name of Love" – and also a new memoir – share tales from a pop golden age
45 min
A Tribute to Charlie Watts
We look back on the life and music of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts; plus, Max Weinberg and the Black Keys' Patrick Carney weigh in
44 min
'Who's Next' (and 'Led Zeppelin IV') at 50 - Lo...
We look back at two albums that defined classic rock, with Steven Hyden joining host Brian Hiatt
50 min
The Greatest Music Videos Ever Made
We break down Rolling Stone's recent ranking of the100 greatest music videos of all time, with Beyoncé's "Formation" at the top
52 min
The Great Limp Bizkit Debate
With a Lollapalooza comeback and a new Woodstock '99 doc, the legacy of Fred Durst's band is a weirdly hot topic – we weigh in
54 min
George Clinton: The Rolling Stone Interview
For his 80th birthday, the Parliament-Funkadelic founder looks back on his whole career
45 min
A Conversation with H.E.R.
H.E.R. breaks down her long-awaited new album 'Back of My Mind,' the origins of her guitar virtuosity, her Oscar and Grammy wins, and much more with host Brian Hiatt
49 min
Olivia Rodrigo's Teen Spirit
We dig into the rise of Olivia Rodrigo, and play Brittany Spanos' interview with Rodrigo and producer Dan Nigro
49 min
Lucy Dacus on Making One of 2021's Best Albums
The singer-songwriter on making of her new album 'Home Video,' the art of songwriting, the future of Boygenius, her love for Bruce Springsteen and much more
43 min
BEST OF RSMN: Smokey Robinson: The Rolling Ston...
Smokey Robinson, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, tells the stories behind his Motown classics and much more in a career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt
40 min
The Year In Hip-Hop (So Far)
We look back at the best hip-hop songs and albums of 2021 so far, with Mankaprr Conteh and Jeff Ihaza joining host Brian Hiatt
43 min
The Many Lives of Sparks
Sparks’ Ron and Russell Mael, plus Edgar Wright, director of the excellent new documentary ‘The Sparks Brothers,’ join us for a career-spanning discussion
45 min
Wolfgang Van Halen on his Debut Album and Growi...
Wolfgang Van Halen talks about his early years and the making of his debut album as Mammoth WVH
43 min
The Unstoppable Rise of BTS
In the wake of Rolling Stone's BTS cover story, Seoul-based music journalist Youngdae Kim, author of the book 'BTS: The Review,' joins host Brian Hiatt to tell the story of how they became the world's biggest band
42 min
Bob Dylan at 80: Best Covers of His Songs and More
We celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday with a look at our new list of the greatest Dylan covers and much more
42 min
10 Years of Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'
We look back at the making (and meaning) of a pop masterpiece
40 min
From Jay Z to Foo Fighters to Tina Turner, Insi...
We talk about a diverse class, and play interviews with new inductees LL Cool J, the Go Gos, and Carole King
38 min
The Genesis of Genesis (and the Future of Reuni...
With Genesis embarking on a huge reunion tour, we look at the band’s unique story – and discuss the prospects for other post-COVID reunions
41 min
The Mad Genius of Jim Steinman
We dig into the gloriously over-the-top work of the late songwriter behind Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and much more
42 min
Michael Stipe on R.E.M.'s Legacy
Stipe looks back on R.E.M.'s career, discusses his solo music, and much more in an interview with Rob Sheffield
35 min
The Life and Music of DMX
We look back at the complex life and brilliant music of the late rapper
36 min
Why Tina Turner Is the Queen of Rock
We look back at Tina Turner’s triumphs, tragedies, and one-of-a-kind career
39 min
Best of RSMN: The Songwriting Genius of Adam Sc...
From Fountains of Wayne to "That Thing You Do" and beyond, we pay tribute to a great songwriter, gone too soon
43 min
Neil Young’s Lost Classics
We dive into the newly released ‘70s masterpieces of Neil Young’s ‘Archives Volume II’
41 min
Were the 2021 Grammys… Good?
We look at the great performances and problematic moments of the 2021 Grammys
45 min
The Secret History of Hair Metal (But Don't Cal...
The authors of 'Nöthin' But a Good Time,' a new oral history of '80s hard rock, share untold tales of one of music's wildest eras
43 min
The Black Crowes Look Back at ‘Shake Your Money...
Chris and Rich Robinson look back at the birth of the Black Crowes, the making of their debut, and much more
50 min
Two Robots and A Dream: A Farewell to Daft Punk
We look back at how French dance duo Daft Punk changed music forever
47 min
Best of RSMN: The Genius of Nina Simone
Nina Simone's brother, Sam Waymon, shares intimate memories of his genius sister
41 min
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Look Back
The legendary producers and songwriters share stories behind their greatest hits for Janet Jackson and more
47 min
The Women Who Helped Create Hip-Hop
Clover Hope, author of the new book 'The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop,' shares stories from the early years of women in hip-hop
41 min
Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" and the Grea...
We discuss the song that's instantly taken over 2021, and look back at other world-shaking debuts
43 min
Year in Review: Hip-Hop in 2020
From the loss of Pop Smoke to the reign of Megan Thee Stallion, we look back at the many stories of the last year in hip-hop
39 min
The Best Albums of 2020
From Bad Bunny to the Weeknd, from Bob Dylan to Ariana Grande, we dig into last year’s best
42 min
Diane Warren: My Life in Songs
The legendary songwriter tells stories behind songs spanning her entire career, from "Rhythm of the Night" to "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing"
41 min
BEST OF RSMN: Justin Townes Earle: The Rolling ...
In 2019, a year before Earle's passing, the singer-songwriter sat down for an intimate interview with host Brian Hiatt
36 min
Taylor Swift's 'Evermore': The Ultimate Breakdown
We examine Taylor Swift's latest surprise album, track by track
55 min
The Best Songs of 2020
From the Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" to Lady Gaga's "Stupid Love," we look back at the year in songs
43 min
Musicians on Musicians! Lil' Wayne/Lil' Baby; L...
From Rolling Stone's annual Musicians on Musicians package, these intimate conversations capture new sides of the artists
45 min
Best of RSMN: Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris ...
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein discuss the origins of Blondie and more
32 min
Smokey Robinson: The Rolling Stone Interview
Smokey Robinson, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, tells the stories behind his Motown classics and more in conversation with host Brian Hiatt
40 min
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
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
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
Mariah Carey Book Club! Inside the Year's Best ...
We dig deep into Mariah Carey's revelatory, moving new book
41 min
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jimmy Buffett: The Rolling Stone Interview
The singer/songwriter talks about his entire career with host Brian Hiatt
41 min
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
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
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
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
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
A Conversation with Robbie Robertson
With new documentary 'Once Were Brothers' out now, Robertson looks back on the story of the Band
43 min
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
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
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
A Conversation with Dua Lipa
The pop star on her great new album 'Future Nostalgia' and much more
41 min
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
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
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
Songs of Comfort, with Taylor Swift, Stevie Nic...
We discuss songs of solace in our current crisis, with some very special guests
45 min
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
A Conversation with Jason Isbell
One of the greatest songwriters of his generation talks about his upcoming album and his entire career
45 min
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
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
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
Sheryl Crow: The Rolling Stone Interview
In a revealing conversation, Sheryl Crow discusses her final album, her early days and much more
46 min
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
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
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
The Best Songs of 2019
We look back at the musical highlights of 2019
36 min