The Great Song Podcast

Interview Episodes

Pop '80S Interview

Waiting for a Star to Fall (w/Boy Meets Girl) - Episode 702

Feb. 17, 2021

One of the all-time most magical '80s tracks, full of so much magical '80s magic, is our delightful track this week. Did we say it's magical? George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, aka Boy Meets Girl, join us to chat about thei…

Rock '70S '60S Interview

Cosmo's Factory (Creedence Clearwater Revival) w/ Doug "Cosmo" Clifford - Episode 701

Feb. 10, 2021

We kick off Season 7 with one of the biggest American rock bands in history, and one of their most iconic albums! Plus we chat with the album's titular inspiration, CCR drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford! In this episode: - The “…

'70S Interview Yacht Rock

"How Long" (Ace) w/Paul Carrack Interview - Episode 618

Dec. 16, 2020

Ace. Squeeze. Mike + The Mechanics. Oh yeah, and he also the #1 song in the world for the year 1995. No big deal. Paul Carrack has made an indelible impact on pop music over the last 45 years, and we are crazy delighted to g…

'00S Country/Folk/Americana Singer-Songwriter Interview

"One More Day" (Diamond Rio) w/Bobby Tomberlin

Nov. 18, 2020

Get yer tissues ready. This week we feature a modern country classic that is indelibly linked to a couple of tragic events, and has been part of many people's stories of love, heartache, and healing. But of course we keep it…

Pop '60S Country/Folk/Americana Singer-Songwriter Interview Icons

American Pie (w/Don McLean) - Episode 613

Nov. 11, 2020

An absolutely iconic piece of art, "American Pie" is one of the greatest single songs in pop music history. And we've got the man behind it, the brilliant Don McLean, to chat with us on the show! In this episode: - “It’s as …

Rock Pop '60S Interview Icons

Good Lovin (The Rascals) w/Felix Cavaliere - Episode 612

Nov. 4, 2020

True rock royalty joins us for Hall of Fame week, and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome a member of one of the most important acts in rock history, as The Rascals/Young Rascals frontman Felix Cavaliere joins us to chat…

Pop '70S '60S Country/Folk/Americana Interview Yacht Rock

Hooked on a Feeling (w/BJ Thomas) - Episode 611

Oct. 28, 2020

BJ Thomas is a big deal. Multiple Grammys, Oscar winner, you name it he's done it. Plus he's like super handsome. In this episode we break down one of his many signature hits, plus: - Sweetest candies by volume - Turns out i…

Pop '90S Interview Christian & Gospel

Flood (Jars of Clay) w/Dan Haseltine - Episode 610

Oct. 21, 2020

The halfway point of Season Six is a big one, with a massive crossover hit from the '90s, and a seminal piece of CCM, Jars of Clay's "Flood." We'll get into all the greatness of the song, it's instant and unique recognizabil…

Pop '80S Interview Movie And TV Songs

Dirty Dancing Double Feature: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" + "Hungry Eyes" w/Franke Previte Interview - Episode 609

Oct. 14, 2020

Our first-ever Double Feature! This week we're covering two songs, both featured on the same movie soundtrack, and both co-written by the same guy, Franke Previte! In this XL episode we'll talk about: - Weird stuff in popcor…

Pop '70S Interview Yacht Rock

Biggest Part of Me (Ambrosia) w/Burleigh Drummond Interview - Episode 608

Oct. 7, 2020

It's a stone-cold groove, man. And the chords, my gosh, the chords!! The boys drool over the sheer musicality of one of the most versatile bands in pop-rock-blue-eyed-prog-soul history, and we chat with the man behind the gr…

Rock '90S Disco And Dance Interview

"Ready to Go" (Republica) + Saffron Interview - Episode 607

Sept. 30, 2020

One of the most energetic frontwomen in history brings us one of the 90s’ most rockin’ songs. Youll hear right away why Saffron was the perfect person to bring “Ready to Go” to bouncy, hyperactive life--in fact, she might be…

Pop '80S '70S Interview Yacht Rock

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) + Rupert Holmes Interview - Episode 606

Sept. 23, 2020

This week we're talking about the catchiest little ditty about cheating on your spouse you ever did hear, and we are joined by the brilliant and funny Rupert Holmes to tell the tale. An instant Mount Rushmore interview with …

Rock Pop '00S Interview

"Superman (It's Not Easy)" - Five For Fighting w/John Ondrasik Interview - Episode 605

Sept. 16, 2020

One of the most gut-punching songs of the 21st Century is about the Man of Steel admitting he's not so strong, and it comes from a band that's not really a band. Does that about cover it? Very special interview with Five for…

Pop '10S '20S Interview

Must Be Hard Being You (Clark Beckham) - Episode 604

Sept. 9, 2020

American Idol Season XIV standout and runner-up Clark Beckham joins us to talk about his funky, fun single "Must Be Hard Being You," life beyond Idol, and more, including: - The tightest band Clark has ever heard - Clark’s h…

'80S '90S Country/Folk/Americana Interview

I'll Still Be Loving You (w Larry Stewart of Restless Heart) - Episode 603

Sept. 2, 2020

Restless Heart was a country music sensation, but they weren't always beloved by the powers-that-be. We'll talk about it with frontman Larry Stewart in a very fun interview episode centered around their beautiful, classic lo…