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The 1990s were a turning point in music: with the increasingly connected world enabling an unprecedented coalescence of various styles and genres, the decade featured the rapid evolution of sonic artistry — and subsequently shaped the soundscape of eras that followed. Listen along as The Ringer’s preeminent music critic Rob Harvilla curates and explores 60 iconic songs from the ‘90s that define the decade.

60 Songs That Explain the '90s The Ringer

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The 1990s were a turning point in music: with the increasingly connected world enabling an unprecedented coalescence of various styles and genres, the decade featured the rapid evolution of sonic artistry — and subsequently shaped the soundscape of eras that followed. Listen along as The Ringer’s preeminent music critic Rob Harvilla curates and explores 60 iconic songs from the ‘90s that define the decade.

    “Closing Time”—Semisonic

    “Closing Time”—Semisonic

    It’s last call for '90s songs and Rob’s memories as the show draws to a close. So there couldn’t be a more fitting moment for Semisonic’s “Closing Time” to be chosen as the episode’s focus. Listen as Rob grapples with his feelings of discomfort with the word goodbye, and stay for a final sendoff to the greatest '60 Songs' guest of all time, Yasi Salek.
    Host: Rob Harvilla
    Guest: Yasi Salek
    Producers: Jonathan Kermah and Justin Sayles
    Additional Production Support: Chloe Clark
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    “Friends in Low Places”—Garth Brooks

    “Friends in Low Places”—Garth Brooks

    In the penultimate episode of 60 Songs, Rob takes it way back. Listen as he recalls the first song he remembers consciously hearing as a baby before diving into the world of Garth Brooks and 90’s country music. Later, Tyler Parker joins the show to discuss what Garth Brooks means to Oklahoma and much more.
    Host: Rob Harvilla
    Guest: Tyler Parker
    Producer: Jonathan Kermah and Justin Sayles
    Additional Production Support: Chloe Clark
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    “Give Me One Reason”—Tracy Chapman

    “Give Me One Reason”—Tracy Chapman

    Rob ranks the books he was forced to read in high school before turning his focus on the greatness of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” from her 1995 album ‘New Beginning.’ Later, Rob is joined by fellow Ohio native and author Hanif Abdurraqib to discuss why Ohio breeds such great writers such as Tracy Chapman. The guys also get into Chapman’s appearance at the Grammy’s and much more.
    Host: Rob Harvilla
    Guest: Hanif Abdurraqib
    Producers: Jonathan Kermah and Justin Sayles
    Additional Production Support: Chloe Clark
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Songs We Didn’t Do (Everyone Yells At Rob)

    The Songs We Didn’t Do (Everyone Yells At Rob)

    Hello friends, and thank you for stopping by for a very special episode of 60 Songs. With just three songs remaining, it felt like a great week to have some of Rob’s favorite guests as well as producers stop by and yell at him over songs that he missed. Enjoy!
    Host: Rob Harvilla
    Guests: Andrew Savage, Yasi Salek, Elamin Adelmahmoud, Alex Steed, Leslie Gray Streeter, Isaac Lee, Jonathan Kermah, and Justin Sayles
    Producers: Jonathan Kermah and Justin Sayles
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    “Hard Knock Life”—JAY-Z

    “Hard Knock Life”—JAY-Z

    Rob looks at JAY-Z’s career backwards this week before reaching the rap legend’s 90’s pop crossover hit, “Hard Knock Life.” Along the way, Rob highlights the masterclass that is Funkmaster Flex premiering Kanye West and JAY-Z’a “Otis” on Hot 97 and much more. Later, the Ringer’s Wosny Lambre joins the show to discuss what JAY-Z’s rise to power in New York in the 90s, the importance of Hot 97 to New York rap, and JAY-Z the hyper-capitalist.
    Host: Rob Harvilla
    Guest: Wosny Lambre
    Producers: Jonathan Kermah and Justin Sayles
    Additional Production Support: Chloe Clark
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    “Black or White”—Michael Jackson

    “Black or White”—Michael Jackson

    Rob reminisces on his time witnessing Janelle Monae perform at South By Southwest in the year of Michael Jackson’s passing, before looking back at the King of Pop’s televised funeral. Along the way, Rob looks back at the height of Jackson’s powers in the '80s as well as a bit more tumultuous era in the '90s. Later, Wesley Morris joins the show to aid in deciphering how to process Michael Jackson’s career draped in success and controversy.
    Host: Rob Harvilla
    Guest: Wesley Morris
    Producers: Jonathan Kermah and Justin Sayles
    Additional Production Support: Chloe Clark
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    • 1 hr 50 min

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