30 Best Music History Podcasts
Music History Podcasts
Here are 30 Best Music History Podcasts worth listening to in 2023
1. Ongoing History of New Music
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ongoing History of New Music looks at things from the alt-rock universe to hip hop, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. It is Canada's most well-known music documentary hosted by the legendary Alan Cross. Whatever the episode, you're definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else. Trust us on this.
Also in Music Podcasts, Documentary Podcasts
Play⋅ 15.7K⋅ 253 ⋅1 episode / week ⋅ Avg Length 32 min ⋅ Feb 2017 Get Email Contact More
2. Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
Chris Molanphy, a pop-chart analyst and author of Slate's 'Why Is This Song No. 1?' series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia, and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love or hate dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
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Play⋅ 1.4M⋅ 1.7M ⋅2 episodes / month ⋅ Avg Length 58 min ⋅ Apr 2017 Get Email Contact More
Murder, infidelity , suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, Beck. If you love true crime and you love music then get ready to love this podcast.
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Play⋅ 11.7K⋅ 8.3K ⋅2 episodes / week ⋅ Avg Length 43 min Get Email Contact More
4. The Music History Project
Carlsbad, California, US
NAMM's resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Ashley Allison examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM's Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,500 interviews and is continually growing.
Also in Oral History Podcasts
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5. Music History Monday
San Francisco, California, US
Speaker, Composer, Author, Professor, Historian. The Great Courses professor, Music-Historian in-residence, Composer, and OraTV Host!
Play⋅ 17.3K⋅ 2.1K ⋅1 episode / week ⋅ Avg Length 20 min Get Email Contact More
6. Let It Roll
Austin, Texas, US
'Let it Roll' is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Let It Roll is a series of in-depth interviews with music writers like Ed Ward, Robert Gordon, Paul Trynka, Peter Doggett, Elijah Wald and more. We're slowly but surely putting together a history of popular music in America with a focus on the social, technological and business forces that drive the culture.
Also in Pop Music Podcasts
Play⋅ 1.3K⋅ 917 ⋅2 episodes / week ⋅ Avg Length 60 min ⋅ Oct 2017 Get Email Contact More
7. Music History Today
New York City, New York, US
Your bite sized briefing on the daily history of the glorious art form known as music.
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8. Highway Hi-Fi Podcast
We go track by track through the underbelly of music history using research and trivia to locate the roots of our obsession with vinyl records.
Play⋅ 140⋅ 750 ⋅1 episode / year ⋅ Avg Length 107 min Get Email Contact More
9. The Great Song Podcast
Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history with love and excitement, and interviewing some of the writers and artists behind them.
Play⋅ 1.1K ⋅1 episode / week ⋅ Avg Length 67 min Get Email Contact More
10. Rock School Podcast
Dr Joe Burns hosts an insightful and energetic showcase of the music, history and culture of rock-n-roll.
Also in Rock and Roll Podcasts
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11. History of House Music
#1 fastest-growing House Music podcast. If you're a fan of Defected Radio, Deeper Shades of House, Fish Go Deep & Deep House Cat then you'll love this podcast. Classic House mix every month.
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Play 1 episode / month ⋅ Avg Length 61 min Get Email Contact More
12. A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs
Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock music from 1938 to 1999, looking at five hundred songs that shaped the genre.
Play⋅ 4.2K ⋅1 episode / week ⋅ Oct 2018 Get Email Contact More
13. Design Freaks
Seattle, Washington, US
A conversational podcast with two creatives about graphic art and artists in music history. For freaks, by freaks.
Play⋅ 285 ⋅1 episode / month ⋅ Avg Length 51 min Get Email Contact More
14. Low Profile with Markly Morrison
A lovingly produced podcast rich in music and storytelling, Low Profile features long-form interviews with would-be legends of an alternate music history. Markly Morrison is an audio journalist and independent musician in the exotic city of Olympia, Washington.
Play 1 episode / day ⋅ Avg Length 58 min Get Email Contact More
15. Relevant Tones
A podcast about the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. Hosted by composer Seth Boustead, Relevant Tones features interviews with and music by some of the most creative figures in contemporary classical music, themed shows exploring new trends in classical music, and frequent live-streamed shows featuring conversations and musical performances.
Also in Music Composition Podcasts
Play⋅ 1.5K⋅ 150 ⋅1 episode / week ⋅ Avg Length 56 min ⋅ Oct 2011 Get Email Contact More
16. Kempire Radio
Kempire Radio has a long history of music and entertainment. We have interviewed some of the best from Brandy to TV Icon, Oprah Winfrey. We took a brief hiatus but we are excited about returning to your airwaves with a new perspective.
Play 1 episode / week ⋅ Avg Length 51 min Get Email Contact More
17. Watching the Throne | A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West
This is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. We go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. For Kanye fans, this might be the Ye-centric lyrical discussion you've been waiting for. For musicians and writers, this is practical insight into how one of the best storytellers in music history does what he does.
Play⋅ 514⋅ 959 ⋅1 episode / week ⋅ Avg Length 99 min Get Email Contact More
18. No Dogs in Space
No Dogs In Space is a music history podcast featuring Marcus Parks and Carolina Hidalgo of the Last Podcast Network. On this first season, we're taking a deep dive into the history of punk rock, told through the stories of ten bands who helped define the genre. On our first series, we cover the so-called godfathers of punk, The Stooges. Join us as we explore the early days of Iggy and the boys as the more innocent of their drug-fueled escapades as the band tries figuring out their voice in the midst of the ultimately empty peace and love movement.
Play⋅ 83.8K ⋅1 episode / month ⋅ Avg Length 83 min Get Email Contact More
19. Jaguar Skills | Hip-Hop Time Bomb
This is a podcast covering Hip-Hop History. Each 60 minutes show includes a different year tune and sample every week.
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20. 365 days with mxmtoon
365 is a daily podcast brought to you by mxmtoon, artist/songwriter/actor/designer/gamer/simp, who will take you through the most interesting, weird, and funny events of that day in history. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll learn a ton of new things.
Play⋅ 1.4K⋅ 4.3K ⋅3 episodes / year ⋅ Avg Length 12 min Get Email Contact More
21. JayQuan Presents
A comprehensive journey into the history of Rap music and Hip Hop culture, hosted and narrated by Hip Hop Historian Jay Quan.
Play⋅ 647 ⋅4 episodes / year ⋅ Avg Length 46 min Get Email Contact More
22. Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Step right up. Come on in. Hosted by Cocaine & Rhinestones.
Play⋅ 26.1K ⋅8 episodes / year ⋅ Avg Length 112 min Get Email Contact More
23. 8 Minutes of Music History
Music history is for anyone. Whether you love music, or if you're a history buff wanting to know more, you've come to the right place. Welcome to 8 Minutes of Music History. Well, 8 minutes is relative 😉
Play 8 episodes / year ⋅ Avg Length 14 min Get Email Contact More
24. In Time: A Music History Podcast
In Time: A Music History Podcast, the show where we will be exploring the music we all know and love and put it in the greater context of the world from which it came.
Play⋅ 170⋅ 9 ⋅5 episodes / year ⋅ Avg Length 41 min Get Email Contact More
25. Country History X
Divorce, Drugs, Death.Perseverance, Inspiration, Redemption. Country History X is the history of country music, one story at a time.
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26. A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs
Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock and roll in five hundred songs.
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27. Heavy Metal History Podcast
A Heavy Metal Podcast hosted by Dustin with the in depth narratioin of how the bands made the records or having guests from metal bands to discuss various influences, histories of their bands and the behind the scenes stories, struggles and triumphs of how their records were written and recorded.
Also in Metal Music Podcasts
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28. Walls of Time | Bluegrass Podcast
Walls of Time podcast will take you on a journey across America with Daniel Mullins, as he sits down with the best in bluegrass, and chats with them about the past, present, and future of bluegrass music. These field recorded interviews were captured in dressing rooms, on back porches, at kitchen tables, and everywhere in between. Hear from bluegrass pioneers, veteran sidemen, and leaders of today as we dive headfirst into the living history of bluegrass music.
Also in Bluegrass Music Podcasts
Play⋅ 845⋅ 51 ⋅2 episodes / quarter ⋅ Avg Length 50 min ⋅ Aug 2019 Get Email Contact More
29. Throwback Country Music
Brit Jones is a singer, songwriter, DJ, entertainer & 90's country music historian. He has a passion for the country music business. Brit has toured and opened up for some of the best from the 90's including John Berry, Bryan White, Shawn Mullins, Jamie O'Neal & Lila McCann.
Also in Country Music Podcasts
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30. The Tape Deck
Seattle, Washington, US
You are listening to the Tape Deck! We're a Seattle-based podcast about music history and music appreciation, featuring a whole ton of local talent from all walks of life. There's so much good music available to everyone everywhere, and we strive to educate listeners about music that may fly under your radar.
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Music History Podcasters
|Podcaster Name||Podcast Link||Total Episodes|
|New School Critics||stitcher.com||139|
|The Last Podcast Network||nodogsinspace.libsyn.com||116|
|Kempire Radio Network||soundcloud.com||81|
|In Time: A Music History Podcast||intimepod.com||47|
Music History Podcast Topics
|Topic||Number of episodes|
|Music History Monday||23|
|San Francisco Performances||23|
|Music History Mondays||23|
|Music History Monday Podcast||23|
|The Great Courses||23|
|Dr. Bob Prescribes||2|
|Rock And Roll||1|
|Wilhelm Friedemann Bach||1|
|St Matthew Passion||1|
|Johann Sebastian Bach||1|
|Iron Balconies And Lilies||1|
|The Passing Years||1|
|And Goodness Lay Over The High Snow||1|