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Author: Todd Nathanson

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Hosted by Todd (in the Shadows) Nathanson and Alina Morgan, Song vs. Song pits two similar songs of an era against each other with controversial outcomes.
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We do love our country music women getting revenge on men, don't we, whether they're destroying beloved cars or actively taking lives! We invite "Don't Rock the Inbox" writer Natalie Weiner to help us answer who does female justice better, The Chicks with "Goodbye Earl" or Carrie Underwood with "Before He Cheats"? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
How much praise does one woman need??See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Two pop princesses blitzed the charts in 1999, and they would always be compared even though their paths quickly diverged. There's no chance that the iconic "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears could be upset by Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle," could there?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It's the early '80s and shockingly some of the first big rap songs were by white new wave bands. But which is the best of the two big new wave hip-hop (?) hits, "Rapture" by Blondie or "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It turns out they do still make Christmas hits! Two big pop divas have conquered the holiday airwaves in the past ten years with Yuletide jams, but which is the best, Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me" or Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree"?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The greatest (non-Beatles) British invasion songs of 1965! Is there anything left to say about these towering monoliths of rock? And which is actually better? Is it The Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction" or The Who's "My Generation"?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It's 2006 and two of the biggest pop songs of the year are from two couples dancing and maybe even doing more than that (but it's not likely). Which is the best flirty duet of 2006, Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland's "Promiscuous" or Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean's "Hips Don't Lie"? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Is there anything we love more here at Song vs. Song than '90s alt-rock? Probably not! So now we must debate two of the biggest mid-'90s hits, from the so-called nicest guy in rock vs. the least sympathetic! But does that matter? Who will win, the Foo Fighters' "My Hero" or the Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterly Wings"? Please welcome back Joe Kwaczala and check out his new album "Funny Songs & Sketches"!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
White people... rapping?? Comedy gold every time, and in the '00s, two different comedy acts reached new heights with this joke, but only one can be the kings of Caucasian comedy rap, so who reigns supreme? The man myth and legend Weird Al Yankovic with "White and Nerdy" or SNL upstarts The Lonely Island with "I'm on a Boat"? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The mid-'90s were a sadder time than you remember! For weeks and weeks and weeks, two songs conquered the charts with insanely long runs at #1, and now no one even seems to remember them! Which is the better grief song of the decade, Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" or Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day"?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As always, we watch the MTV Video Music Awards, an event that these days seems to exist solely to promote Taylor Swift. Everyone loves Taylor Swift! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Two of the greatest riffs of all time! And they both have songs attached to them! What is the better killer '70s hard rock standard, Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" or Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water"? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
There was once a great movie, "The Producers"! It was made into a successful Broadway musical! And then it was turned into a terrible movie! A convoluted path that gives us this bonus episode. If you want more like it, check out our Patreon at patreon.com/songvssong and donate a couple dollars!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
While the pod is on vacation, we're unlocking a bonus episode just for you! It's "The Muppet Movie," yayyyyy! If you want to hear more great episodes like this, check out our Patreon and donate us some money and you can hear them all! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It's our annual "Songs from This Year" episode! For some reason in the middle of the year instead of the end! And for this terrible year we have two of the biggest pop stars in the world dealing with their exes. Which is the best #1 hit of 2023, "Flowers" by Miley Cyrus or "Vampire" by Olivia Rodrigo?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Pickitup pickitup pickitup pickitup. I mean, seriously, pick up your plaid fedora and matching pants because we have a ska matchup! And boy, did those ska bands like covers. So we have two ska covers songs to pit against each other today, which is the best, Save Ferris's "Come on Eileen" or Reel Big Fish's "Take on Me"?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It's the '80s and we love America! Or do we? Two of our all-time greatest rockers have thoughts about the ways the good old United States has let us down, but which one hits harder, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" or Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World"?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
108: "Wannabe" vs. "MMMBop"

108: "Wannabe" vs. "MMMBop"

2023-06-1301:14:49

The '90s pop explosion begins! And it begins with complete nonsense!! The dour grungy world of the '90s was suddenly full of mmmbopadubadops and zigazigahs. But only one could be the greatest pop song of 1997 so which will it be?? "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls or "MMMBop" by Hanson?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oi! It's the late '70s and we're sticking it to Buckingham Palace! Which legendary punk anthem ruffles feathers and makes monocles drop into the River Thames better, the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK" or The Clash's "London Calling"? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
They're two of the biggest gangsta hits of all time. But who is more of a gangsta? Is it Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" or Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise"? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Zengie

Flashdance could also very good go against Fame but this will suffice, thanks!

Nov 23rd
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SuprChickn77

Neal Schon came from Santana's band (who was with Carlos at Woodstock) and Steve Smith is an extremely accomplished session drummer. Steve Perry has one of the best rock voices of the 80s, along with Lou Gramm and Daryl Hall. Lots of solid talent in the classic lineup.

May 11th
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Dano Loves Music🎧

Is it just me or do you guys drop the F bomb 100x more than any other episode?

Mar 12th
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SUPER JUICE

I'm bitter my pick lost, but not too bitter cause I like the other song as well. Very go9d podcast, subscribed as soon as the episode was over.

Feb 11th
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Amanda Knapp

as a 14 yr old girl I did indeed own both these albums ( tho I never actually watched Reality Bites I totally owned the soundtrack for this song only). I remember having Chick Angst mix cds with both on them. Have to say I remembered the video for Stay better. My only memory of the video for Torn was the one part where her face fills the whole frame and my brain kinda thought the whole video must have been that since I remembered it so well. As it turns out, nope. That was like five seconds of it.

Jan 13th
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Amanda Knapp

hah - listening in December 2020; this episode DID kinda act as a harbinger of the end times. Or at least the year 2020.

Dec 24th
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Julie McLaughlin

ooh, mr brightside vs. float on would be tougggggh

Oct 26th
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Julie McLaughlin

no debate for me: 1. it's modest mouse 2. it's a come back/mainstream breakthrough song 3. it makes you not kill yourself

Oct 26th
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Julie McLaughlin

I'm so proud of both of you for coming to the correct side! ❤️

Oct 26th
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Kamaras Krisztian

the pinnacle of U2 is Achtung baby ,not Joshua Tree ..as good as that album was.

Sep 22nd
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Julie McLaughlin

this was my first listen and I loved it! and pretty much agreed with most of the arguments for and against each song.

Sep 13th
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Bill Clark

Nah, Journey is weaksauce and only has a career because of Glee, which is weaksauce squared.

Sep 7th
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Kaykay Love

The Man is my favorite song off of Taylor's album. 😢

Aug 28th
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Lena Fisher

so was anyone gonna tell me that there's an Aretha Franklin version of Let It Be or was I supposed to hear that in Song Vs Song myself

Jun 27th
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