Modern Songs Ep. 6: Gang of Youths, Jay-Z, Camp Cope, Wallows, Sam Outlaw, Soccer Mommy

We talk about a lot of new, lightly explored music in this episode of Modern Songs. Gang of Youth’s has a new album called “Angel in Realtime.” We discuss one of its singles, “In the Wake of Your Leave.” We stay in Australia to talk about Camp Cope’s “Caroline,” then dig into the newest from Sam Outlaw, Soccer Mommy, and California indie band Wallows. In our segment looking farther back in time, we chat about the strengths and weaknesses of Jay-Z’s anthem “Empire State of Mind.”

Modern Songs is a podcast devoted to the discovery of new music and the discussion of the greatest songs of the last 15 years.

1979! Bad Times? Good Times? This Year, New Voices Emerge

Welcome to 1979, and in this episode of Hall of Songs, we find that the 1970s are over a year early. Synthesizers are taking over popular music, totally new sounds hit the airwaves, and darkness seeps into just about everything … even the cheery songs.

Here we pick our top-12 songs of 1979. Agree? Disagree? After listening, head to hallofsongs.com to vote for the best of the best. Our ’79 picks join picks from years past in the Hall of Songs ballot. Vote, and you’ll have a say into what’s considered the absolute greatest songs of all-time.

After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1979, plus tunes from 1978, ’77 and ’76 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now at hallofsongs.com and come back on April 8, 2022, to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1979 nominees:

  • “Pop Muzik” as performed by M
    • Written by Robin Scott; recorded fall 1978; released March 1979
  • “Good Times” as performed by Chic
    • Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers; recorded fall 1978; released June 1979
  • “My Sharona” as performed by The Knack
    • Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre; recorded April 1979; released June 1979
  • “Rock With You” as performed by Michael Jackson
    • Written by Rod Temperton; recorded early 1979; released August 1979
  • “Cars” as performed by Gary Numan
    • Written by Gary Numan; recorded summer 1979; released August 1979
  • “I Wanna Be Your Lover” as performed by Prince
    • Written by Prince; recorded spring 1979; released August 1979
  • “Typical Girls” as performed by The Slits
    • Written by Viv Albertine, Ariane Foster, Tessa Pollitt and Paloma Romero; recorded summer 1979; released September 1979
  • “Rapper’s Delight” as performed by The Sugarhill Gang
    • Written by Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers, Sylvia Robinson, Henry Jackson, Michael Wright, Guy O’Brien, Curtis Brown and William Hankshaw; recorded August 1979; released September 1979
  • “Message in a Bottle” as performed by The Police
    • Written by Sting; recorded February 1979; released September 1979
  • “Here Comes My Girl” as performed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    • Written by Tom Petty; recorded spring 1979; released October 1979
  • “Comfortably Numb” as performed by Pink Floyd
    • Written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters; recorded summer 1979; released November 1979
  • “London Calling” as performed by The Clash
    • Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones; recorded August 1979; released December 1979

Listen to the full episode for more, and then vote for the songs that you think are the greatest of all-time. Scroll down to vote. Then, come back on April 8, 2022 to find out the voting results, and April 10, 2022 for our discussion on 1980.

24th Election Results! Let’s Add Some Drama to This Induction Ceremony

In this episode recapping our most recent voter election for the Hall of Songs, Chris asks Tim to make it a little more dramatic. Does it pay off? Did any songs make our prestigious hall of fame for songs, and if so, did more than one? 

Songs by artists including Bill Withers; Queen; Earth, Wind & Fire; Stevie Wonder; and the Ramones – among others – are vying for Hall of Songs supremacy. Find out here how the voting shook out.

Listen by clicking above, and subscribe at Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Full results coming soon!

Modern Songs Ep. 4: ‘Like Exploding Stones’ by Kurt Vile, ‘Human’ by The Killers

Philadelphia-area singer/songwriter Kurt Vile is back with new material, the first of which being his mind-bending “Like Exploding Stones.” We’ll talk about that to lead off this episode of Modern Songs. Plus, we go back in time to address a question that has defined our generation: “Are we human, or are we dancer?” And we’ll chat about a couple other songs piquing our interests, including the newest from Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa.

Modern Songs is a podcast devoted to the discovery of new music and the discussion of the greatest songs of the last 15 years.

1975-78 Veterans Committee: Waylon and Willie, More Fleetwood Mac + Our Personal Picks

It’s time once again to add a few more songs for Hall of Songs induction. Time for a Veterans Committee episode. 

In this one, we say more great things about Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, then we finally put some dang outlaw country on the ballot. We’ll also chat about some other songs and artists we appreciate from the era between ’75 and ’78, including a certain piano man.

Listen, then vote in our latest Hall of Songs ballot at hallofsongs.com. Also follow us on social media at @hallofsongs.

Modern Songs Ep. 3: Rex Orange County, Modern Classic ‘Midnight City’ by M83

In this episode of Modern Songs, Rex Orange County has returned with a new album titled Who Cares? We discuss one of the songs off the release, “Open a Window,” featuring Tyler, the Creator. Plus, we crown our second Modern Classic in M83’s 2011 banger “Midnight City,” and we play a little trivia.

Modern Songs is a podcast devoted to the discovery of new music and the discussion of the greatest songs of the last 15 years.

1978! The Most Fun Episode of Hall of Songs Ever

We got a little bloated, a little overboard over the past few episodes of Hall of Songs. So, let’s clear the room and bring in the fun.

Submitted for your approval are our top-12 songs from 1978, a year where studio artistry was at an absolute peak, artists were crossing genres once again, and ultimately, the best songs were just plain fun. We have party jams, feel-good tunes, and rip-roaring rock. You’ll enjoy this one.

After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1978, plus tunes from 1977, ’76, ’71 and ’69 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now at hallofsongs.com and come back on March 25, 2022, to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1978 nominees:

  • “Wuthering Heights” as performed by Kate Bush
    • Written by Kate Bush; recorded summer 1977; released January 1978
  • “Rock Lobster” as performed by The B-52s
    • Written by Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson; recorded February 1978; released April 1978
  • “Surrender” as performed by Cheap Trick
    • Written by Rick Nielsen; recorded late 1977; released April 1978
  • “Just What I Needed” as performed by The Cars
    • Written by Ric Ocasek; recorded February 1978; released May 1978
  • “Le Freak” as performed by Chic
    • Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers; recorded January 1978; released August 1978
  • “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” as performed by Buzzcocks
    • Written by Pete Shelley; recorded August 1978; released August 1978
  • “Heart of Glass” as performed by Blondie
    • Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein; recorded June 1978; released September 1978
  • “Teenage Kicks” as performed by The Undertones
    • Written by John O’Neill; recorded June 1978; released October 1978
  • “I Will Survive” as performed by Gloria Gaynor
    • Written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris; recorded summer 1978; released October 1978
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” as performed by Queen
    • Written by Freddie Mercury; recorded August 1978; released November 1978
  • “September” as performed by Earth, Wind & Fire
    • Written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis; recorded September 1978; released November 1978
  • “What a Fool Believes” as performed by The Doobie Brothers
    • Written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins; recorded August 1978; released December 1978

Listen to the full episode for more, and then vote for the songs that you think are the greatest of all-time. Scroll down to vote. Then, come back on March 25, 2022 to find out the voting results, and March 27, 2022 for our discussion on 1979.

23rd Election Results! Do the Voters Give the People What They Want?

We at Hall of Songs have been bemusing over the recent lack of new songs entered into our very prestigious salon. Could the voters figure it out and come to some consensus once in a while? 

After discussing our picks for the top-12 songs of 1977, and then slotting them onto our ballot, we waited with baited breath to see if the voters would finally respond. In this episode, we get a clear answer. Find out if any songs have been elected to the Hall of Songs, joining the 48 already entered.

Listen by clicking above, and subscribe at Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Full results coming soon!

Modern Songs Ep. 2: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Revisiting U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’

In this episode of Modern Songs, we talk about the eco-aware “Rhododendron” by Hurray for the Riff Raff, then we remember when U2 dropped an album on all of us without asking. Specifically, we discuss the song “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight.” After that, we go through a couple tracks we’re really loving right now, by Lucy Dacus, Sabrina Carpenter, Mr. Husband, and Goose.

Modern Songs is a podcast devoted to the discovery of new music and the discussion of the greatest songs of the last 15 years.

Modern Songs Ep. 1: Florence + The Machine, Modern Classic ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley

In this pilot, we launch Modern Songs, a podcast devoted to the discovery of new music and the discussion of the greatest songs of the last 15 years. In each episode we’ll talk about one newly released song, plus another of our choosing. On some weeks, we’ll proclaim a Modern Classic. 

This week, we share our thoughts about Florence + The Machine’s new single “King,” and we go over the ins and outs of our first Modern Classic, “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.