42nd Election Results: Aw Crap, Back Into the Rant Zone We Go

Here at Hall of Songs, we take seriously the task of discussing and nominating tunes for our prestigious pantheon. When we place songs on the ballot, we truly believe that they belong (OK, there have been exceptions). So in this episode, recapping our 42nd election, we talk at length about a few trends we’ve seen, and if they really live up to the sanctity of our hall of fame for songs. Yup, it’s Rant Zone time!

OK, we also induct songs. We do! It’s really not that serious, but this episode will take you behind the curtain a bit more. 

Songs from 1990 to ’96 are up for induction here, so listen to find out what got in, what didn’t get in, and what grinded our gears.

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Full results coming soon!

1996! The Future of Pop + R&B and the Rise of Sunny Alt Rock

When it’s all said and done, this may be the most interesting episode of Hall of Songs. Tim and Chris go deep into the music of 1996, which includes rap, alternative rock, R&B, and … well, you’ll have to listen to hear the rest. 

After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1996, plus tunes from 1995, ’94, ’93, ’91 and ’90 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! VOTE BELOW and come back on February 3, 2023, to find out which song or songs get in!

41st Election Results: 32 Songs from 1989 to 95 Face the Music …

Voters, you had a tall task in front of you. 

The latest Hall of Songs ballot included 32 songs released between 1989 and ’95. We’re talking some of the biggest artists of all-time, including Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, U2, George Michael, Notorious B.I.G., Green Day, Oasis, and Nirvana. Plus we have genre favorites from artists like Son Volt, Bjork, and D’Angelo, among others. Big ballot. So what did you do?

In voting for what you thought were the absolute greatest songs ever … you gave us plenty to talk about.

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Full results coming soon!

1995! Britpop, Rap Becomes Pop, and New Voices Emerge

In 1995, the world starts zooming onto the Information Superhighway. And while we’re figuring out our screen names and hoping the phone doesn’t ring, we’re hearing some mammoth tunes from the likes of Mariah Carey, Coolio and Oasis. We’re also seeing some new names on the charts, on MTV, and in our record stores. 

These are our top-12 songs from the year that was.

After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1995, plus tunes from 1994, ’93, ’92, ’91, ’90, and ’89 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! VOTE BELOW and come back on January 20, 2022, to find out which song or songs get in!

40th Election Results: We Actually Have Done 40 of These

Songs that were released between 1989 and ’94 were up for election to the Hall of Songs. Did any get in? You have to tune in to find out!

Listen to this episode recapping our 40th election to find out how songs by artists like A Tribe Called Quest, The Cranberries, Green Day, Oasis, and Mazzy Star did on the ballot. 

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Full results coming soon!

1991-94 Veterans Committee: We’re Strong Enough to Admit Mistakes

It’s another great episode of Hall of Songs!

This time around, Tim and Chris select songs from the years 1991-94 that they either overlooked or previously didn’t get a chance to nominate for the Hall of Songs. And now … they get nominations!

So you’ll hear hits from Sheryl Crow and TLC, plus some other gems.

And while we nominate four tracks, we also talk a lot about some other songs that interested us.  So hang with us as we investigate the early 1990s in the way only we can.

The Top-12 Songs of 1994! Guitars, Bedroom Listening + Curse Words!

For the hosts of Hall of Songs, 1994 is a major turning-point year. On one hand, it’s about graduating high school and looking forward, and on on the other hand, it’s hiding into a boombox and letting the music become you. No matter how we took in 1994, this year is a big one. We’ve got alternative rock, hard rock, pop punk, and R&B making big moves this year, and we’re chronicling it all.

After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1994, plus tunes from 1993, ’92, ’91, ’90, and ’89 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! VOTE BELOW and come back on December 16, 2022, to find out which song or songs get in!

39th Election Results: Who Wins? Anyone? Find Out Here!

It’s time to dive into the latest election results for the Hall of Songs!

We had an election that determined who might get into our prestigious hall of fame for songs, including songs that were released between 1989 and ’93. Did anything make it in? Here’s where you find out.

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Full results coming soon!

All Hail the ’90s! Kristen Kurtis Joins Us For a Decade of No Doubt and ‘No Scrubs’

As we at Hall of Songs have reached the 1990s, we are celebrating being in the thick of our own nostalgia. So to keep the party going as we roll into 1994, we asked Kristen Kurtis, morning show host at our favorite radio station WXPN (88.5FM in Philadelphia), to chat with us about the decade she also loves so much. It just so happens that Kristen and her XPN crew are about to embark on a special “90s A to Z” programming block on Dec. 1, 2022!

So we talk to Kristen about “90s A to Z,” then ask her about her favorite artists, albums, and songs of the 90s. We also discuss how the 90s are perceived by critics, why 90s kids are the best music listeners ever, and which Tori Amos song she would nominate for the Hall of Songs (spoiler: all of them).

Listen to “90s A to Z” presented by WXPN starting Dec. 1, 2022, by visiting xpn.org and streaming from anywhere! 

And follow Kristen on social (@kristenkurtis / @kristen_kurtis)!

Lovers, Losers and Lingerers: Here are 1993’s Top-12 Songs!

We are comfortably in the 1990s on Hall of Songs, and the decade is giving us plenty to talk about. 

 In this episode, Tim and Chris discuss “Beavis and Butt-Head,” the hidden track, and their top-12 songs of the year 1993. It’s the year of Clinton, Waco, and plane crashes, but for us, it’s all about lovers, losers, and lingerers.

After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1993, plus tunes from 1992, ’91, ’90, and ’89 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! VOTE BELOW and come back on December 2, 2022, to find out which song or songs get in!