Starter episode: “Beyoncé: LEMONADE”
Few genres face extra dismissal and snobbery than pop music, however this enlightening collection from Vox goals to alter that. Targeting pop followers and skeptics alike, “Switched On Pop” sees the musicologist Nate Sloan and the music journalist Charlie Harding break down the strategies that make pop songs so catchy. The present’s scope is broad — it lately featured a five-part mini-series in partnership with the New York Philharmonic, the place the hosts targeted their vital microscopes on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Delivered with affable ardour, Sloan and Harding’s evaluation will deepen your appreciation of even probably the most acquainted Top 40 hits.
Starter episode: “folklore: taylor swift’s quarantine dream”
Country music could also be a love-it-or-hate-it style, however you don’t must be a die-hard to understand the wealthy storytelling of this restricted collection podcast. In its 14-episode run, “Cocaine & Rhinestones” examines the advanced, stunning historical past of nation music by way of the 20th century. Tyler Mahan Coe’s enthusiasm for his topic shines by way of, however by no means deters him from asking powerful questions on nation music, which regularly means asking broader questions on America. One standout early episode tells the story of Loretta Lynn’s 1975 tune about contraception, “The Pill,” and precisely why it was banned from the radio, relating the historical past of reproductive rights within the U.S. and the ethical double commonplace that exists between women and men in nation music.
Starter episode: “ The Pill: Why Was Loretta Lynn Banned?”
There’s no scarcity of music podcasts which can be primarily chat reveals, however “Questlove Supreme” stands out. As its title suggests, the present is hosted by Questlove, the drummer of the hip-hop band the Roots, and his popularity influences each the sorts of company he’s capable of appeal to and the candid insights he’s capable of coax from them. The present began life 4 years in the past as an extension of the lessons that Questlove taught at New York University, and has developed into a fascinating, free-flowing weekly dialog between the host and company like Michelle Obama, Spike Lee, Chaka Khan and Jemele Hill.
Starter episode: “QLS Classic: Michelle Obama”
If you’re within the temper to get granular in regards to the craft of songwriting, Hrishikesh Hirway’s meticulous and stylishly produced present is the best way to go. In every episode, Hirway dismantles a tune by taking it aside into remoted audio tracks, then asks artists and bands like Yo-Yo Ma, U2, Sleater-Kinney, Phoebe Bridgers, Janelle Monáe to speak in regards to the technique of constructing it, piece by piece. Hirway’s questions are edited out of the ultimate present, giving “Song Exploder” the sensation of an intimate first-person account. A Netflix adaptation arrives on Oct. 2, so there’s by no means been a greater time to atone for the unique.
Starter episode: “Bon Iver — Holyfields”
This Gimlet Media anthology collection started as a biopic in podcast kind in 2017, exploring the lifetime of the hip-hop government Chris Lighty. Through interviews with Lighty’s household, pals and shoppers, the present chronicled his extraordinary rise and tragic, unusual fall — he died by an obvious suicide in 2012 — interwoven with a broader story about hip-hop’s journey to the mainstream. The Season 1 narrator, Reggie Ossé, who beforehand hosted the long-running hip-hop podcast “The Combat Jack Show,” walked a effective line between holding the present accessible for newbies and compelling for aficionados. (Brandon Jenkins took over as host following Ossé’s demise in 2017.) After exploring the roots of Southern hip-hop in Season 2, “Mogul” has pivoted from serialized storytelling in favor of particular person “Mogul Mixtape” episodes that includes interviews with rappers, D.J.s and music journalists, whose conversations with Ossé are full of ardour and perception.