Hosted by Todd (in the Shadows) Nathanson and Alina Morgan, Song vs. Song pits two similar songs of an era against each other with controversial outcomes.
99: "Whip It" vs. "Cars"
The great new wave pioneers of 1980! The unexpected crossover smash hits that proved that the record buyers of the '80s might like this "synth-pop" thing! But only one can be crowned champion, so which will it be, Devo's "Whip It" or Gary Numan's "Cars"?
98: "If It Makes You Happy" vs. "Who Will Save Your Soul" (w/Vita Ayala!)
1996! A wonderful year to be a woman with a guitar, or to listen to one! As the new crop of female singer-songwriters become the biggest names in music, two of the biggest hit the airwaves with songs concerned about your spiritual well-being! Who has the strongest and best answer to your inner emptiness, Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy" or Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul"?
97: "As It Was" vs. "Anti-Hero"
It is our annual year-end podcast where we always try to take a look at two current hits and these are some pretty big ones! Taylor Swift and Harry Styles emerged from their post-pandemic quarantines with songs about their cooped-up self-loathing, but which #1 of 2022 will emerge as the best!
96: "Jingle Bell Rock" vs. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
It's the late '50s, and Christmas music has taken a turn to this new fad called "rock and/or roll." And 65 years later, we're still listening to them! So what is the Christmas song of the late '50s, Bobby Helms's "Jingle Bell Rock" or Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"?
95: "Footloose" vs. "Flashdance...What a Feeling"
I've been working so hard, and when there's nothing but a slow aching pain, sometimes you just gotta DANCE! What '80s movie theme makes you want to get down and boogie harder, Kenny Loggins's "Footloose" or Irene Cara's "Flashdance...What a Feeling"?
94: "Mr. Brightside" vs. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
In 2005, it sucked seeing your girl with someone else, and the two dueling kings of Las Vegas bands had feelings about it. But who wrote the superior jealousy song, The Killers with "Mr. Brightside" or Panic! at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"?