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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.

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    • 4.8 • 60 Ratings

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.

    The Glamorous Life by Sheila E.

    The Glamorous Life by Sheila E.

    Welcome to 55 Secret Street and another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST!

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Manic Monday by The Bangles

    Manic Monday by The Bangles

    It’s your fun day because you get to listen to another episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor

    Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor

    Have U been trying 2 have fun no matter what U do? This episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST can help! Join your hosts for their review of the 1990 pop hit, “Nothing Compares 2 U” performed by Sinéad O’Connor and written by the legendary singer/songwriter, Prince. In this episode, we discuss outdoor dining for one, questionable medical advice, and where all the flowers have gone. So go out every night, sleep all day, and let us take away your blues. ‘Cause nothing compares, noTHING compares 2 this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST.
    Continue the conversation; follow THE STORY SONG PODCAST on social media. Follow us on Twitter (@Story_Song), Instagram (storysongpodcast), and Facebook (thestorysongpodcast).
    THE STORY SONG PODCAST is a member of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
    "Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O'Connor (from the album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.
    "Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince (featuring Rosie Gaines) (from the album The Hits/The B-Sides) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.
    "Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince (from the album Originals) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt

    Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt

    The flies are buzzin’ about this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the classic country ballad, “Angel from Montgomery,” performed by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bonnie Raitt, and written by legendary singer/songwriter, John Prine. In this episode, we fly from Montgomery to outer space to discuss our new coworker, Jeff; 1960s crypto; unnecessary stage musicals; and having the courage to rank songs in a list. If you don’t do nothin’ else today, listen to this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. It’s not a hard way to go.
    Continue the conversation; follow THE STORY SONG PODCAST on social media. Follow us on Twitter (@Story_Song), Instagram (storysongpodcast), and Facebook (thestorysongpodcast).
    THE STORY SONG PODCAST is a member of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
    “Angel from Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt (from the album Streetlights) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.
    “Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine (from the album John Prine) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.
    This episode's featured promo is from THE GREATEST SONG EVER SUNG (POORLY). Follow them on Podchaserand Twitter (@SungPoorly), and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Punk Rock Girl by The Dead Milkmen

    Punk Rock Girl by The Dead Milkmen

    Stop slam dancing and give this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST a chance. Travel ‘round the world, just you and your hosts, as they review the 1988 punk classic, “Punk Rock Girl,” by The Dead Milkmen. You’ll feel rich as the Duke of Earl as we discuss hot iced tea, beach-related intellectual property, and that embarrassing moment when you realize that you left the price tag on your new hat. So dress like Minnie Pearl, get down from that tabletop, and shout about an episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST that’s sure to make your father squeal.
    Continue the conversation; follow THE STORY SONG PODCAST on social media. Follow us on Twitter (@Story_Song), Instagram (storysongpodcast), and Facebook (thestorysongpodcast).
    THE STORY SONG PODCAST is a member of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
    “Punk Rock Girl” by The Dead Milkmen (from the album Beelzebubba) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.
    This episode's featured promo is from THE OBLIVION BAR: A NERD-CULTURE PODCAST. Follow them on Podchaser and Twitter (@OblivionBarPod), and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Don't You Want Me by The Human League

    Don't You Want Me by The Human League

    Hey you guys! It’s us. Your friends at THE STORY SONG PODCAST. Join your hosts for their review of the 1981 synth-pop hit, “Don’t You Want Me,” by British new wave group, The Human League. Whether you’re a waitress in a cocktail bar or a musician in a hospital, this is the episode for you! In this episode, we’ll unbox uninterested elevator operators, Hollywood royalty, and a sci-fi board game that’s a glow up for any room. Live your life on your own, and listen to this episode of THE STORY SONG PODCAST. I guess it’s just what you should do. Don’t, don’t you want to?
    Continue the conversation; follow THE STORY SONG PODCAST on social media. Follow us on Twitter (@Story_Song), Instagram (storysongpodcast), and Facebook (thestorysongpodcast).
    THE STORY SONG PODCAST is a member of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
    “Don't You Want Me” by The Human League (from the album Dare) is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Danny 1432 ,

Loved the Human League show

One of my favorite songs. Glad you mentioned Fascination also. I used to have that 12inch.

djwhelan ,

The Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge of Music & Culture Podcasts

This is a story about how I fell in love with a podcast. It was a dark and stormy night when on a whim I played Dean Friedman’s “Ariel,” which I had not heard in eons. That led me to a weekend of immersing myself in Friedman. That led him to follow me on Twitter (true story). And somewhere in there I stumbled across The Story Song Podcast. I was not looking for three new best friends, but I found them in Dan, Rachel, and Michael (assuming those are their real names). These guys know their music. They know their history. They know their way around pop culture. I would be completing their sentences for them if they were not already doing it for me. I feel like we grew up together or at least had the same babysitter. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. And I cannot get enough. I went back to the beginning of the reboot in 2019, and I am binging my way to the present. Bonus points for a kickass theme song. And double dog bonus points for what might be the only mention of Mount Airy Lodge in a podcast. This is the Action Park of music podcasts. Look them up in the yellow pages under STORY.

Frustrated, disappointed ,

You slayed the dragon!

Rachel, Dan, Michael - you guys received your knighthood on the Maggie May episode! Grew up with this song. Never would have guessed Rod Stewart was actually singing about Arrested Development!! Loved it!

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