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The Story Song Podcast

The Story Song Podcast
83 episodes
THE STORY SONG PODCAST is the music review, comedy, pop culture podcast that provides commentary, analysis, and the history of narrative songs from all genres and all eras—from obscure one-hit wonders to well-known classics, and some of the biggest hits of all time. Join your hosts as they discuss details only hinted at in the lyrics and speculate about every aspect of each song. We tell the story of the songs that tell a story.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

What's My Age Again? by Blink-182

Don’t hang up! This isn’t a prank, it’s another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1999 pop-punk hit, “What’s My Age Again?” by Blink-182. Learn some important life lessons, including how to prepare for a date in 1999, the best late 90s television shows to wa…

Again by Janet Jackson

So, here we are alone again, listener. It’s not too late in the game — come closer to happiness with this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1993 #1 hit ballad, “Again” by pop superstar, Janet Jackson. This week we visit “Again” for the first time, interfer…

SSP Minisode: He Said, She Said

BONUS EPISODE: In this minisode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST, your hosts explore how changing the singer changes the song. We’ll discuss songs and their gender-flipped covers, and how changing (or not changing) the lyrics can affect the story a song tells. Join us for this special bonus episode of THE…

Taxi by Harry Chapin

Where you going to, my listener blue? I’m sure you’re not mistaken — it’s time for another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1972 classic hit, “Taxi” by legendary singer-songwriter Harry Chapin. In this episode, we discuss ways to avoid conversation with tal…

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by The Hollies

Those aren’t sirens you’re hearing, it’s another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1971 classic, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” by British rock group, The Hollies. Get the answers to the burning questions — how tall is too tall?; Is your bootlegging frie…

SSP Classics: Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan

BONUS EPISODE: In a little while from now, you’ll be listening to this classic episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, your hosts are revisiting their review of the 1972 hit, “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan. Don’t be left standing …

How Am I Supposed to Live Without You by Laura Branigan

Believe the news — it’s time for another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the hit 1983 power ballad “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Laura Branigan. In this episode, we discuss talkative townspeople, tennis mysteries, and baller album titles. We’ll al…

Highwayman by The Highwaymen

We’re back again (and again) with another dam episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1985 country hit, “Highwayman,” by country music supergroup The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson). In our review of this classic by…

Closing Time by Semisonic

You don’t have to go home, but you can always stay with THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1998 alternative rock hit, “Closing Time” by Semisonic. In this episode, we’ll meet the bartender with all the catchphrases, take a look at the most 90s albums of all time, diagra…

SSP Classics: I've Never Been to Me by Charlene

BONUS EPISODE: Hey, listener. You, listener. We want to talk to you about this classic episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts in paradise as they revisit their review of one of their favorite story songs — and their second-favorite song to mention Jean Harlow — the 1982 hit, “I’ve Never…

SSP Minisode: Kyoto by Phoebe Bridgers

BONUS EPISODE: In this special episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST, your hosts explore and review the lyrics to one of Dan’s Top 20 songs of 2020, "Kyoto" by Phoebe Bridgers. We'll start the new year by delving into the meaning behind this two-time Grammy nominated song (Best Rock Performance and Bes…

SSP 2020 New Year's Special

BONUS EPISODE: Show 2020 the door with THE STORY SONG PODCAST! Join your hosts for their annual end-of-year Bonus Episode, featuring THE STORY SONG PODCAST year in review and Dan's Best Songs of 2020 playlist. Happy New Year from THE STORY SONG PODCAST! Find Dan’s Best Songs of 2020 playlist, along…

Frosty the Snowman by Gene Autry (with the Cass County Boys)

Hey, all you jolly, happy souls! This is no fairy tale — THE STORY SONG PODCAST is alive as it can be in this special holiday episode! Run and have some fun with your hosts as they review the timeless holiday classic, “Frosty the Snowman,” originally recorded in 1950 by Gene Autry with the Cass Cou…

Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen

The holiday season is here! Rock around the tannenbaum with this special holiday episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST! In this episode, your hosts review the 1967 holiday novelty hit, “Snoopy’s Christmas,” by The Royal Guardsmen. Learn about festive air battles, bells with good timing, time-off polici…

Her Town Too by James Taylor (with J.D. Souther)

Who’s come to call? Maybe the friend of a friend of a friend? Or is it your friends at THE STORY SONG PODCAST? Join your hosts for their review of the 1981 soft-rock classic, “Her Town Too” by legendary singer-songwriter, James Taylor (with J.D. Souther). Welcome to a place where everyone can see…

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel

A bottle of white? A bottle of red? Perhaps a bottle of rosé instead? Or maybe all three? Whatever you’re drinking, it will pair perfectly with this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1977 rock classic, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Grammy-winning si…

Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell

Celebrate Halloween early with the newest episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. This week, your hosts review the 1983 halloween classic “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell, with backing vocals by a VERY famous voice. This week we answer the questions no one asked: Is Rockwell really that average? Are…

Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

Come in out of the rain for another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1978 classic, “Sultans of Swing,” by Grammy-winning British rock band, Dire Straits. We’ll learn all the chords and talk about meteorological anomalies in sad parks. YOU are in the action …

Fernando by ABBA

Ring Ring! Can you hear the podcast, Fernando? There’s something in the air in this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1976 pop classic, “Fernando,” by Grammy-winning Swedish supergroup, ABBA. In this episode, we’ll discuss the historical accuracy of old comp…

Baciagaloop (Makes Love on the Stoop) by Louis Prima

Don’t just stand out on the stoop waiting for a full moon! Come keep compania with another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1947 song, “Baciagaloop (Makes Love On the Stoop)” by legendary bandleader and Grammy winner, Louis Prima. Find out how many people y…

On the Radio by Donna Summer

Someone found another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1979 disco megahit, “On the Radio” by legendary pop music icon Donna Summer. Find out why you should never mend your clothing, learn just how long one song can be, and find out if your hosts think this …

Dead Man's Curve by Jan and Dean

Cruise on over to another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. In this episode, your hosts review the classic 1963 pop hit, “Dead Man’s Curve” by California surf-rock pioneers, Jan and Dean. In this episode, you’ll learn about city-planning mistakes, lackluster vacation destinations, and most importa…

Jolene by Dolly Parton

Learn to love again with another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of a song whose beauty is beyond compare — the Grammy-nominated 1973 country classic, “Jolene,” written and performed by superstar and icon Dolly Parton. Join us for an episode full of uncomfortable…

Ariel by Dean Friedman

Looking for change? So are we! Take a trip to the other side of the Hudson with THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1977 pop hit, “Ariel” by singer-songwriter Dean Friedman. We’ll get into the minutiae of the mundane as we discuss the vegan menu at the Paramus Dairy Quee…

Ol' Red by Blake Shelton

Itchin’ to have a little fun? Escape with another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. In this episode, your hosts discuss the greatest love story since Lady and the Tramp. Hear their review of the 2002 country hit “Ol’ Red” by superstar Blake Shelton. Come meet the Fonz of prison wardens, the Cindy …

Take It on the Run by REO Speedwagon

Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from a bank teller that there’s a new episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. In this episode, your hosts review the 1981 soft-rock hit “Take It on the Run” by REO Speedwagon. Learn where to get the best free pens and lollipops, and find out…

Let the Music Play by Shannon

Love picked you out for this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST! Let your hosts put you into a groove with their review of the groundbreaking, freestyle dance classic from 1983, “Let the Music Play” by Grammy-nominated singer, Shannon. Get the answers to all of your questions: Is a dance just a danc…

It Wasn't Me by Shaggy feat. RikRok

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Your friends from THE STORY SONG PODCAST. In this episode, your hosts review a story about the girl next door — the multi-Platinum hit from 2000, “It Wasn’t Me,” by Grammy-winning reggae artist, Shaggy, featuring RikRok. In this episode, your hosts travel Mr. Shaggy’s neig…

SSP Classics: Fancy by Reba McEntire

BONUS EPISODE: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! In this episode, your hosts revisit their review of Reba McEntire’s 1990 hit cover of Bobbie Gentry’s 1970 country classic, “Fancy.” Put on your best dancing dress and make Momma proud by listening to this classic episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. “Fancy” by Reba…

All She Wants to Do Is Dance by Don Henley

All we want to do is tell you about this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” a 1985 hit solo single by Don Henley. It’s Spy vs legendary Eagles drummer in this 80s pop-rock hit. You’ll learn how a Yankee can become a kingpin and how…