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60 Songs That Explain the '90s

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Chuck Klosterman, Alice in Chains, and Grunge

Taking with the author about the legendary Seattle band and his new book, ‘The Nineties’

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Tom Petty and the Thrills and Joys of Fatherhood

Rob looks at the outsize impact of one of classic rock’s most legendary figures. Plus, a big announcement about the future of the show.

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Tupac Against the World

Rob breaks down the complicated life and indelible legacy of one of the most important figures hip-hop ever produced, including his megahit "California Love"

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When Rage Against the Machine Brought the Revolution to the Suburbs

Talking "Killing in the Name" and mainstream rock’s great socialist rap-rockers with help from Sage Francis

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How Lauryn Hill Became Music’s Great Dual Threat

A deep dive into the Fugees, "Ex-Factor," and everything that made Ms. Hill one of the most special performers of the past three decades

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Bill Simmons and Rob Harvilla on Counting Crows and “A Long December”

Tracing the trajectory of the band and their mercurial frontman Adam Duritz

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Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Her Songs of Survival

Exploring the alt-rock icon’s early career with help from Ringer staff writer Katie Baker

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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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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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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Gospel According to DMX

In honor of Ringer Films’ new documentary ‘DMX: Don’t Try to Understand,’ Rob and Shea Serrano are discussing the Yonkers rap legend

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Radiohead’s “Creep”: The One Song They Couldn’t Escape

The Brit rockers are one of the most popular and influential bands of the past three decades, but "Creep" still stands alone in their catalog

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How Céline Dion Conquered the World—but Not the Critics—With ‘My Heart Will Go On’

Exploring the megahit from ‘Titanic,’ which was both too much and not enough

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How Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Made the Mournful Sound Joyous on “Tha Crossroads”

One the biggest songs of the decade was also one of its saddest—and one of its brightest-sounding

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Juvenile Genius of Blink-182

Exploring the pop-punk icons’ "What’s My Age Again?" with help from Dan Ozzi

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: In Defense of “Achy Breaky Heart”

It’s time to cover the most popular (and anatomically confusing) country song of the decade

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Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” Still Sounds Like a Vision of the Future 

Exploring the legacy of the singer, from her early years to her tragic death in 2001

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: R.E.M. and the Leap From College-Rock Gods to Mainstream Icons

The latest installment of ‘60 Songs’ looks at the Athens, Georgia, band and "Nightswimming," a fan favorite

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Outkast and the Future Funk of “Rosa Parks”

In our latest ep, we explore the career of Atlanta’s favorite sons and their breakthrough

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The Sacred and the Profane of Tori Amos’s “Cornflake Girl”

On the latest episode of ‘60 Songs,’ we break down the biggest hit from the outspoken songstress who became a hero to many

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How Oasis Conquered Britpop—and Then the World—With “Wonderwall”

‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’ returns from hiatus with the surliest brothers in the U.K. and their biggest hit

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Chart-Conquering Slow Jams of Boyz II Men

On our last episode for a quick summer break, we explore ‘End of the Road’ and the beginnings of one of the decade’s biggest groups

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Limp Bizkit, the Nü-Metal Death Rattle of a Decade

In honor (dishonor?) of the new Ringer Films doc ‘Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage’ on HBO this week, we’re looking at the baddest boys of rap-rock and their hit song, ‘Nookie’

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Madonna Strikes a Pose

The history of ‘Vogue’ and Madonna’s decade, with an assist from The New York Times’ Caryn Ganz

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Coolio, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the Struggle to Be Taken Seriously

Exploring ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ and the history of pop rap in the early 1990s through the prism of Coolio’s most serious—and biggest—song

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Going the Distance With Cake

Exploring the history of the droll kings of Sacramento with help from Sadie Dupuis

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: It’s Time for the Pavement Episode

Chris Ryan joins Rob to discuss 'Gold Soundz,' ’90s indie rock, and getting a little cooler by discovering the hardest-working slackers in music

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Cold War of ‘The Boy Is Mine’

Monica and Brandy had one of the biggest hits of the decade. They also had one of the biggest feuds that never quite came to pass.

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In Praise of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Asshole and ‘Semi-Charmed Life’

Max Collins from Eve 6 joins the show to talk about one of the most infamous jerks in alt-rock—and one of its catchiest songs

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: How Sinéad O’Connor Turned a Prince Song Into Her Classic

The Purple One wrote ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ but O’Connor managed to inhabit the song and make it fully her own

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Eternal Bounce of ‘Back That Azz Up’

On today’s show, we’re headed to New Orleans for Juvenile’s classic single and Cash Money Records’ big breakout

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“Under the Bridge” Was the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Their Most Naked

Let’s go to the city they live in, the City of Angels, to explore "Under the Bridge" and the Sir Psycho Sexys at their most tender

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: All You Ever Needed Was Whitney Houston’s Voice

The diva’s biggest hits and legacy broken down with help from writer Gerrick Kennedy