The Great Song Podcast

Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history, and interviewing some of the creators behind them.

Recent Episodes

Mr. Bojangles/Fishin' in the Dark/Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (w John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

Sept. 21, 2022

It's time for an XL episode, because we couldn't choose just one song to help us chronicle the 50+ year career of the band that created the Americana genre. Founding Dirt Band member John McEuen joins us as we talk about a h…

Mississippi Queen (w Corky Laing of Mountain)

Sept. 14, 2022

An all-time rock monster of a song, and a perfect '70s rock gem, Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" stands tall as a peak (pardon the pun) example of what American rock music could be. And there's a great story to the song, whic…

Don't Fear the Reaper (w Joe Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult) - Episode 1005

Sept. 7, 2022

It's '70s September, and we're rocking out with one of the all-time "dark metal" classics--the über-famous, über-controversial, ümlaut-loving Blue Oyster cult and their signature hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper." Rolling Stone's…

Come On Eileen (w Helen O'Hara of Dexys Midnight Runners) - Episode 1004

Aug. 31, 2022

"Come On Eileen" is one of the most beloved and enduring UK hits of the '80s, and former Dexys Midnight Runners musical director and violinist Helen O'Hara is here to tell us all about it! '80s August wraps up with a 4th str…

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Opposites Attract (Paula Abdul ft MC Skat Kat) w OneGunn

Aug. 24, 2022

Just who is MC Skat Kat, and what's he hiding? Well it's a complicated answer, but part of it involves a lot of awesome Prince stories, a lesson in helpful premature confidence, and some rotoscoping animation. Paula Abdul's …

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(I Just) Died in Your Arms [w Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew]

Aug. 17, 2022

'80s August and Season 10 slam forward with another #1 hit! "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Tonight?) is one of the '80s most enduring rock hits, and Cutting Crew frontman and writer Nick Van Eede is with us to discuss the leg…

About the Hosts

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Rob Alley

Creator/Co-host/Leather Daddy

Rob is a musician from birth, and an amateur broadcaster from elementary school. He plays several instruments and loves music theory, baseball, and the Oxford comma.

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J.P. Moser

Co-host/Booker/Sunglass Connoisseur

Lifelong music nerd and player, mind like a steel trap, and one heck of a car salesman. Loves the UT Vols, Atlanta Braves, Nashville sports, and live concerts.