The Great Song Podcast

Rock Episodes

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Jack and Diane (John Cougar Mellencamp) w Dave Barnes - Episode 1015

Nov. 16, 2022

An American classic song deserves and American classic guest, so we had to bring in the big guns--Uncle Dave Barnes returns to the third man chair to help us break down the John Cougar Mellencamp stalwart, "Jack and Diane." …

Guest: Dave Barnes
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Switchfoot (w Jon Foreman) - Episode 1014

Nov. 9, 2022

It's time to spend a little time with the breezy rock boys from San Diego! Yes indeed, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot is here to talk about the band's newest release, this is our Christmas album, his changing methodology over 25 …

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Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, etc.) - 5 Year Anniversary Show

Oct. 5, 2022

- Pat Boone Does Dio - “This song already has a hand in my shirt.” *Editor’s Note* Our interview audio for this episode is straight from Zoom, as opposed to our typical multi-track approach. That being said, it’s slightly lo…

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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…

Rock '70S Interview

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…

Rock '70S Interview

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…

Rock '80S Interview

(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…

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Need You Tonight (w Andrew Farriss of INXS) - Season 10 Premiere

Aug. 10, 2022

Season 10 begins with an all-time classic from the greatest decade in pop music, and an iconic guest--INXS's Andrew Farriss!

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Pocket Full of Kryptonite (w Chris Barron of Spin Doctors) - Season 9 Finale

June 15, 2022

Our Season 9 finale finds us in deep conversation with Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron, as part of our loving coverage of 1991's firecracker album "Pocket Full of Kryptonite," an album we both dearly love. And the hits, o…

Rock Pop '90S Non-Interview Rivalry Week

Rivalry Week - Matchbox Twenty vs Rob Thomas - Episode 919

June 8, 2022

The time has come in which once per season we agree to disagree, and season 9 has led us to The Great Rob Thomas Showdown. One of us loves the Matchbox 20 era, one the Rob Thomas solo era, and we will make our cases for and …

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Soulshine (w Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) - Episode 918

June 1, 2022

Our 200th episode comes with a very special guest, guitar and jam band icon Warren Haynes! We're talking about a song that somehow it feels like everyone knows from birth, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule classic, "Soulshi…

Guest: Warren Haynes
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Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (w KT Tunstall) - Episode 917

May 25, 2022

Ladies' Month concludes with a tough track from punk-spirited Scottish rocker KT Tunstall, from her debut album "Eye to the Telescope." We'll discuss why this album was immediately re-released, the power of early American Id…

Guest: KT Tunstall
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Mother Mother (w Tracy Bonham) - Episode 915

May 11, 2022

Tracy Bonham is the woman who broke the algorithm. After "Mother Mother" in 1996, no other female solo artist topped the modern rock charts until Lorde in 2013(!). In this week's episode we break down her breakout single and…

Guest: Tracy Bonham
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All For Love (from The Three Musketeers) [Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting] w Dave Barnes - Episode 908

March 23, 2022

The ultimate trio of adult contemporary powerhouse dudes gave us one of the absolute hardest movie songs of all time, so it's only fitting that we become a trio once again with our very own D'Artagnan, mister Dave Barnes! We…

Guest: Dave Barnes
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God Gave Rock and Roll to You (KISS) w Russ Ballard

March 9, 2022

From Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey comes our next Movie Month entry, the grand, uplifting power ballad, "God Gave Rock and Roll to You"...2? We'll answer all the questions and cover the significant versions leading up to this…