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Hear 16 Best Music Podcasts Episodes on Spotify 2023

Everything from Frank Ocean to Britney Spears to exploring different genres, you’re bound to find the best music podcasts on Spotify for you.

I’ve listened to 100+ music podcasts on Spotify, here are the best 16 and my favourite episodes!

Stand By Your Band

The best music podcast about bands people make fun of you for

My favourite podcast, join Tom Thakkar and Tommy McNamara as they invite fellow comedians to defend bands people make fun of.

You won’t find another music podcast that covers all genres:

  • Pop (Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, BTS)
  • Rock (The Killers, Aerosmith, Foo Fighters)
  • Country (Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks)
  • Rap (Kanye West, Ja Rule, rap sidekicks)
  • Pop punk (Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, All American Rejects)
  • Singer songwriters (Jewel, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan).
  • One hit wonders (MC Hammer, Lou Bega, Spin Doctors)

There’s also appreciation episodes like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Janet Jackson.

It’s also a great way to find new music or giving bands and artists a chance. I’ve found a new loves from everything from the likes of Aerosmith to Blues Traveler to err… Soulja Boy and Staind… And rap rock…

Tom and Tommy make it harder to defend their chosen artist and band by finding terrible interview quotes, laughable lyrics and controversial stories (listen to Stand By Your Band’s most controversial moments).

Listen to this episode as Saurin Choksi and Lane Pieschel defend Ja Rule.

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The best music podcast about songs that make you sad

Mike Carozza and Alex Kalenko, along with a guest, discuss a song that made them sad every week. Music to my emo ears.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. There’s a lot of laughs, occasionally a Bouncy Boys episode (songs that made them happy in the week) and they end every episode with something that made them feel good (even if it’s just Hells Kitchen…).

Listen to this episode with the boys from Stand By Your Band!

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The best music podcast analysing the biggest albums

I love Frank Ocean’s Xyz. But I never really analysed the lyrics before. My mind was blown at how clever they were.

Listen to this episode dissecting Bad Religion by Frank Ocean.

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60 Songs That Explain The 90’s

The best music podcast about (you guessed it) the 90’s

Who can resist a bit of nostalgia? Revisit 90’s hits such as You Outta Know, Vogue and End Of the Road. Learn the history and the rise of each artist. If you enjoyed Netflix’s This Is Pop (which I did), you’ll love this.

Listen to this episode about Third Eye Blind’s Semi Charmed Life.

Song Exploder

The best music podcast where artists explain their songs

While Dissect speculates on lyrics, Song Exploder asks the artists what they really meant. Artists also break down the arrangement too which is super interesting.

Listen to this episode as The Shins discuss everything about New Slang.

Who Cares About The Rock Hall Of Fame?

The best music podcast about (you guessed it) the Rock Hall Of Fame

Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard invite guests to discuss artists who are already in the Rock Hall of Fame, omissions and future inductees.

Listen to this episode where they discuss who will be inducted in the years 2032-2036.

Every Single Album

The best music podcast about the albums of the most popular artists

Nora Princiotti and Nathan Hubbard have in depth discussions about the biggest pop stars like Adele and Taylor Swift.

They pick apart the albums, compare and choose their favourite songs as well as the ones they would cut.

Listen to Nora and Nathan talk about my favourite Taylor Swift album, Lover.

Pop Pantheon

The best music podcast about the greatest pop stars

Who would you say is the greatest pop star of all time?

Pop Pantheon host DJ Louie XIV explores an artists career and invites guests to discuss and rank them in the Pop Pantheon.

Listen to this episode about my favourite pop star ever (have you listened to E•MO•TION?!), Carly Rae Jepsen.

The Opus

The best music podcast about legendary musicians and their legacy

Jill Hopkins crosses genres to find the best albums of all time and examine their continued influence on future generations.

You’ll find everyone from Janis Joplin to Pearl Jam to Jeff Buckley.

I loved this episode dissecting the incredible voice of Whitney Houston.

Music Hell

The best music podcast about terrible songs

Every week, Mack and August listen to an awful song. The song choices are hilarious.

Listen to Puddle of Mudd try to cover Nirvana’s She Hates Me.

And Introducing

The best music podcast recapping artist’s life

And Introduces focuses on the highs and lows of artist every episode and how they began their career.

Listen to the rise of Fiona Apple.

The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers

The best music podcast about the Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums

Josh Adam Meyers invites guests to talk about an album from Rolling Stones list.

It’s a great way to discover old music you never got round to. Some album inclusions might raise an eyebrow too, so it’s interesting to hear why people think it deserves a place on the list.

Listen to Megan Gailey talk about Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins

10 Songs That Made Me

The best music podcast where artists choose meaningful songs

I love hearing the songs and artists that influenced my favourite artists. 10 Songs That Made Me asks questions like.

It’s a great way of discovering new music.

Listen to this episode with Japanese Breakfast (no surprise she has great taste in music).

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Ongoing History of New Music

The best music podcast about different eras of music

I don’t venture too far out of guitar music. So every day’s a school day listening to this podcast.

Listen to this episode of the rise and fall of Britpop.

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

The best music podcast about movie soundtracks and scores

Edith Bowman interviews the biggest names in the movie soundtrack industry.

Listen to this episode with some guy called Steven Spielberg talk…

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Talkhouse Podcast

The best music podcast about bands people make fun of you for

Talkhouse pair artists together and have an unscripted conversation.

Listen to this episode with Michelle from Japanese Breakfast and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam.