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The world of podcasts is endless. At first, the prospect of diving in head-first seems daunting. In a sea of hour-long audio files with catchy show titles and big name hosts, where does one start? Today, we’ll introduce you to five of the best music podcasts to get your podcast-listening career started off on the right foot.

1. Song Exploder

Since its inception to podcast land in 2014, Song Exploder has been featuring some of the biggest names in music to break down their songs track-by-track. If you’re someone who enjoys hearing all of the nitty gritty details behind how a song came to be, then this podcast is for you. Each episode features a renowned songwriter who walks the listener through the making of one of their most well-known songs. Artists share isolated vocal and instrument tracks, stories behind the song’s meaning, and more. Song Exploder features a range of music genres, so there’s sure to be something for all music lovers to enjoy.


We all know rock and roll is full of misbehavior and rebelliousness, but this podcast brings it all to the center stage. DISGRACELAND, hosted by Jake Brennan, breaks down all of the alleged crimes and wrongdoings carried out by some of the world’s most beloved musicians. From Amy Winehouse to A$AP Rocky, no artist is safe from Brennan’s deep criminal on-air analysis. DISGRACELAND offers avid music fans and podcast junkies alike the opportunity to take a look behind the curtain of the glamorous facade that many musicians exude to their audience.

3. Punch Up The Jam

Have you ever wondered if an artist’s greatest song of all-time could be made better? Punch Up The Jam begs that question every week as rotating weekly cohosts deconstruct chart-topping songs in an attempt to make them even greater than they once were. Punch Up The Jam offers a fun, lighthearted take on the legendary songs we all know and love, with a refreshing dose of humor in every episode. If you’re looking for some music-inspired joy and laughter, Punch Up The Jam’s got you covered.

4. The Indie Music Podcast

Do you dig all things indie rock? Do you also enjoy podcasts that are on the shorter side? Then look no further than the simply titled The Indie Music Podcast. Making its debut just last month, The Indie Music Podcast puts out daily episodes that go over notable up-and-coming indie acts to keep on your radar. They also cover sub-genres within the growing indie scene, as well as current music news. Their most recent episode acknowledged the anniversary of the death of John Lennon, and honored the great influence he had on generations of musicians to come.

5. All Songs Considered

NPR producers Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are the hosts of All Songs Considered, a weekly podcast that covers all the bases in terms of music. From in-depth interviews with artists old and new, to conversational and timely episodes on the latest happenings in the music industry, All Songs Considered is a staple in the ever-growing world of music-related podcasts. Recently, the duo interviewed Raphael Saadiq, Sheryl Crow, and Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, among other various prominent artists in the music industry.

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