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Hall of Songs
29 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
14th Election Results: Did the Listeners Prove Tim Wrong and Put in The Doors?
Recently, and for the first time, Tim opted not to reward the Doors' "Light My Fire" with entrance into the Hall of Songs via the Golden Vote. "Prove me wrong," he told listeners, who were tasked with another election including songs from 1968, '67, '66, and '65. So ... did the listeners prove Tim wrong? Tim and Chris talk about the Hall of Songs election results and bid adieu to several tunes. Listen! And go to hallofsongs.com for more information and a chance to vote!Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
43 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
Introducing Kevin Goldstein, the Hall of Songs Palate Cleanser
In this bonus episode, we welcome in Kevin Goldstein, baseball writer (fangraphs.com) and podcaster (Chin Music, blogs.fangraphs.com/category/chin-music), who talks at length about the music that he loves. Then, we chat about songs that he would entertain for the Hall of Songs, along with the tunes he'd strike off the list completely. Consider Kevin our palate cleanser, coming in to lay down some home truths concerning our nomination process. It's a fun conversation that you'll not want to miss.
89 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
1968 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Rolling Stones, The Band, and the Return to Roots
In this episode of Hall of Songs, we talk about 1968, when a number of artists who, after all the experimentation and studio trickery of the mid-1960s, start looking backwards and create old-fashioned rock and or roll. For example, we present songs by the Rolling Stones, The Band and Big Brother and the Holding Company. We nominate 12 songs for the Hall of Songs in this episode; along with the artists above, you'll hear from Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Otis Redding, and the Beatles. And you'll also hear the beginning of a new genre out of the Caribbean. Listen, then vote for your picks at hallofsongs.com.Host: Tim MalcolmHost: Chris JonesMusic commentary and music history
34 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
13th Election Results! Surprises and Real Debate About a Hall of Songs Contender
Coming into this election we had 29 Hall of Songs inductees. How many more will get in? Well, this is an interesting one. Join Tim and Chris as they discuss a wild election concerning songs from 1964 to '67. Plus, they'll have a debate about one tune teetering on the brink of induction. Will it get the Golden Vote? Listen to find out, then read up on our experiment at hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
95 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
1967 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Year of Aretha Franklin and Jimi Hendrix
Lists of the greatest songs of all-time will typically feature a few songs from 1967 at the very top. These are the songs we're talking about in this episode of Hall of Songs, from "Respect" by Aretha Franklin to "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles. Plus, it's the year Jimi Hendrix becomes a star, proving a lone guitarist can change the way we hear rock 'n' roll. Listen as Tim and Chris reveal their top songs from 1967, then vote for your picks at hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
37 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
12th Class Results! A 2nd Beatles Song is in the Hall of Songs
That's right: A second Beatles song joins "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the Hall of Songs. But which is it? "Ticket to Ride"? "Yesterday"? "In My Life"? "Tomorrow Never Knows"? Plus, another artist gets its second Hall of Songs inductee, and Tim and Chris also discuss the newest version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Learn more about Hall of Songs and hear more episodes at hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
70 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
1963-1966 Veterans Committee: More Beatles, Plus Petula Clark, The Byrds + Our Personal Picks
OK, maybe we didn't get it right the first time. This is our chance to right some wrongs. We nominate a couple songs from the 1963-66 years for the Hall of Songs, including a big-time Beatles record. Plus, we talk about songs that we just plain love from this era, like a trio from Wilson Pickett. Visit our website at hallofsongs.com and follow us on social media at @hallofsongs.Hosts: Tim Malcolm and Chris JonesGenre: Music Commentary, Music History
90 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
1966 Hall of Songs Nominees: A Big Beach Boys Year, Plus the Stones, Supremes and Byrds
It's the year of the album. 1966 is when the long player becomes the way to listen to music, and massive albums like "Pet Sounds," "Revolver" and "Blonde on Blonde" demonstrate that. Hall of Songs, though, isn't so concerned with the album, so what are the top 12 songs from this groundbreaking year of music? Join Tim and Chris as they reveal their dirty dozen, then head to hallofsongs.com to take part in voting for the greatest songs of all-time. Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
31 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
11th Class Results! Did 'Satisfaction' Get Into the Hall of Songs?
Some of the songs regarded by many as the biggest of all-time were on the ballot heading into our 11th round of voting for the Hall of Songs, including "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, "Yesterday" by the Beatles, "My Generation" by the Who, "My Girl" by the Temptations, and "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan. Did any of these songs get inducted in after this round? If so, how many? Any others? All these questions are answered in this results episode. Join Tim and Chris, and learn more about Hall of Songs at hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
33 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
A 32-Minute Bonus Episode About a 33-Minute Phish Song
Once again, Tim agrees to do something all in the name of Apple Podcasts reviews. Listen as this self-described anti-Phish person chronicles what it was like to listen to a 33:50 version of the band's song "Tweezer," which was recorded live at an Aug. 1, 2021, concert in Alpharetta, Georgia. Chris helps him along by describing what it's like to be a Phishhead. Along the way, many lessons are learned. (OK, very few lessons are learned.) Anyway, enjoy this bonus episode of Hall of Songs featuring a band who'll never be nominated for the Hall of Songs (Tim wrote this).
91 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
1965 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Beatles, Folk Rock, More Motown, and Huge British Hits!
What a year! 1965 is a year of incredible creativity throughout American and British music. We naturally hear from the Beatles a few times in this episode of Hall of Songs, but we also nominate some massive tracks from fellow Brits the Rolling Stones and the Who. Also, Motown raises the game once again, and Bob Dylan and others help usher in an entirely new genre.Listen, then vote for your Hall of Songs picks at our website, hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
29 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
10th Class Results! Could 5 Songs Get Into the Hall of Songs?
Let's talk about a few songs from 1964 that are now part of the Hall of Songs. One is from Motown, one is from Britain, and one is a soul classic. After discussing the newest inductees, Tim and Chris converse over two more songs that they can nudge into their song hall of fame through their "golden vote." What are those songs? Are the Beatles involved? And what about Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," which has been on the ballot since the very beginning? Listen and learn more at our website, hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
94 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
1964 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Supremes, Sam Cooke, the British Invasion, and the 'Be My Baby' Influence
In this episode of Hall of Songs, we present our nominees from '64, a year with a lot of sounds pushing rock 'n' roll and pop music in many directions ... and also together. Many artists were chasing the "Be My Baby" sound that Phil Spector mastered with his 1963 Hall of Songs inductee. A number of top songs either built upon the producer's Wall of Sound or simply copied Hal Blaine's iconic drum beat. Meanwhile, some songwriters decided to comment on the changes that felt possible as the Civil Rights movement continued onward. And of course, the Beatles hit America in early 1964; after their highly publicized arrival, other British artists were given a chance to shine across the pond.Listen, then vote for your Hall of Songs picks at our website, hallofsongs.com.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
33 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
9th Class Results! Bob Dylan is in the Hall of Songs. Who Else?
Two songs have been inducted into the Hall of Songs after our ninth round of voting, putting the grand total at 17. One of those tracks is Bob Dylan's seminal 1963 recording "Blowin' in the Wind." What's the other inductee? Was it a Motown song? Did the Beatles get in? What about the Beach Boys? The Wall of Sound? Or did Bobby Darin finally break through? For more, visit hallofsongs.com and check us out on social media: @hallofsongs.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
86 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Nothing But Beatles: A Bonus Conversation About the Fab Four
Yes, we both love the Beatles. For this bonus episode of Hall of Songs, we take some time to talk about the Fab Four. Among the questions we answer: How we became fans of the group, our favorite (and least favorite) songs, how we listen to them today, and what we like most about their respective solo careers. Go to hallofsongs.com to vote for your picks for our song hall of fame. Also, follow us on social media: @hallofsongs.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and music history
89 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
1963 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, Wall of Sound, Bob Dylan!
Welcome to Season Two of Hall of Songs. And welcome to an explosion of creativity. Of course, you'll hear the Beatles in this episode, as 1963 marks the first year of their dominance (though most of it is spent in Britain). We'll also hear from the Beach Boys, the Wall of Sound, and Motown, along with a young folk musician whose lyricism sets a high bar. Go to hallofsongs.com to vote for your picks for our song hall of fame. Also, follow us on social media: @hallofsongs.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and history
26 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
8th Class Results! Motown Joins the Hall of Songs!
That's right: The Hall of Songs has a new inductee, and it's from Hitsville U.S.A.! So what is the 15th member of our exclusive hall of fame for songs? Listen and find out! For more, visit hallofsongs.com and check us out on social media: @hallofsongs.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and education
50 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
1959-1962 Veterans Committee: Talking James Brown, Bobby Bland, The Drifters, George Jones + Impact of Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Motown
It's time to add some overlooked songs into the Hall of Songs nominee pool. They are: "Think," "Turn on Your Lovelight," "Up on the Roof" and "She Thinks I Still Care." After the nominations, Tim and Chris turn to chatter about music from 1959 to 1962, especially Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, The Nashville Sound, the evolution of Motown, and the influence of the Brill Building. Visit our website at hallofsongs.com and follow us on social media at @hallofsongs.Hosts: Tim Malcolm and Chris JonesGenre: Music Commentary
81 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
1962 Hall of Songs Nominees: Beatles, Four Seasons, Ray Charles, and More!
1962 is a weird year in music. "The Twist" comes back early in the year, and some jazz musicians bring Brazilian bossa nova to America around the holidays. In between, it's a whole lot of everything on the charts with some impressive leaps forward. Among our 1962 nominees are three instrumentals, two songs from arguably the first true effort at a cohesive album, and recordings by self-contained groups that could sing and play instruments. You've definitely heard of them both. Go to hallofsongs.com to vote for your picks for our song hall of fame. Also, follow us on social media: @hallofsongs.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and education
23 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
7th Class Results! 4 New Hall of Songs Inductees!
The hits just keep on coming! We have four new inductees to the Hall of Songs after the latest round of voting. One song skates right through without a problem, another is a bit of a surprise, and two get in by the skin of their teeth. For more, visit hallofsongs.com and check us out on social media: @hallofsongs.Host: Timothy MalcolmHost: Christopher JonesMusic commentary and education
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