Song Vs. Song

By Todd Nathanson

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Hosted by Todd (in the Shadows) Nathanson and SyFy's Dany Roth, Song vs. Song pits two similar songs of an era against each other with controversial outcomes.

Episode Date
24: "Shining Star" vs. "Superstition"

We head into the '70s to see which is the superior funky pop single of the '70s! Earth Wind and Fire's "Shining Star" vs. Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"!

Oct 23, 2019
23: "Take Me Out" vs. "Float On"

It's the enduring indie rock crossover smashes of 2004! And one of the most even matchups in the show's history? Who shall reign supreme, Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" or Modest Mouse's "Float On"?

Oct 08, 2019
22: "What's Love Got to Do with It" vs. "If I Could Turn Back Time"

'60s pop stars turned '80s divas! Which is the superior comeback smash, Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time" or Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It"?

Sep 25, 2019
21: "You Oughta Know" vs. "Criminal"

Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple! The youngest (and angriest?) of the '90s Lilith Fair crowd! Which is the better song, Fiona's guilt anthem or Alanis's burst of rage?

Sep 11, 2019
20: Not Remotely Necessary MTV Video Music Awards Coverage

Bonus episode! Hear Todd and Dany discuss the least-talked-about music event of the year! Did anyone exist besides Lizzo? Did Shawn Mendes burn up the screen with their "chemistry"? Did Lil Nas X remotely make a case for having a second hit? Is Taylor Swift still getting on our nerves? Did anyone remotely important decide to not skip the awards? Find out!

Aug 27, 2019
19: "Hey Ya!" by Outkast vs. "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

Oh man, here's a tough one. Which is the better of the genre-hopping soul-hiphop pop songs from singing rappers? "Hey Ya!" by Outkast! "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley! Who can pick?!

Aug 22, 2019
18: "With or Without You" vs. "Every Breath You Take"

That slow, driving '80s bass. Two smash rock ballads by two of the greatest rock bands of the '80s! Who will reign supreme, U2 or the Police? And as a bonus, who's more annoying, Sting or Bono? 

Aug 08, 2019
17. "Back That Azz Up" vs. "Thong Song"

Butts! Whose classic booty jams from the turn of the millennium shall reign supreme, Juvenile or Sisqo? Also: Find out the shocking reason that Sisqo is like Moses

Jul 24, 2019
16: "Jeremy" vs. "Black Hole Sun"

 Get ready for an extremely content-warning-y episode as we talk about some dark topics as we debate which dark grunge classic should reign supreme, Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" vs. Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"! 

Jul 10, 2019
15: "Let It Be" vs. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

It's the one you've been waiting for. The main event: Beatles vs. Stones! Which quasi-religious rock masterpiece shall reign supreme? 

Jun 26, 2019
14: "Boys Don't Cry" vs. "This Charming Man"

Battle of the Makeup Wearing '80s Sad Boys! "Boys Don't Cry" by The Cure! "This Charming Man" by The Smiths! Who will win? And can we make it to the end of the episode talking about something besides Morrissey's awful politics?!

Jun 12, 2019
13: "Get the Party Started" vs. "Since U Been Gone"

Battle of the 2000s chick-rock pop stars! 

May 22, 2019
12: "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" vs. "Sugar, We're Goin Down"

The two songs that turned emo into the sound of rock music in the '00s! But which one is better? And which fanbase will eat Todd and Dany alive? 

May 08, 2019
11: "Space Oddity" vs. "Rocket Man"

Battle of the Space Race era sci-fi astronaut songs? Can Elton's Rocket Man take down Bowie's doomed man-in-a-can Major Tom? 

Apr 25, 2019
10: "All-Star" vs. "Smooth"

Battle of the two biggest beloved smashes of 1999 that became the biggest jokes of the 2010s!

Mar 29, 2019
09: "My Heart Will Go On" vs "I Will Always Love You"

Battle of the overwrought inescapable diva ballads from blockbuster '90s movies! Does Celine Dion's titanic smash big enough to overcome Whitney Houston's era-defining hit from "The Bodyguard"?

Mar 13, 2019
08: "Kokomo" vs "Got My Mind Set On You"

It's the battle of the '60s legends and their shameful late '80s sellout hits! Is former Beatle George Harrison's obnoxious "Got My Mind Set on You" the better song or is it a Brian Wilson-less Beach Boys and their irritating soundtrack smash "Kokomo"?


iTunes description: It's the battle of the '60s legends and their shameful late '80s sellout hits! Is former Beatle George Harrison's obnoxious "Got My Mind Set on You" the better song or is it a Brian Wilson-less Beach Boys and their irritating soundtrack smash "Kokomo"?

Feb 18, 2019
07: Obligatory Grammys Coverage

Todd and Dany break down the annual nearly-awardless award ceremony of the 2019 Grammys! 

Feb 13, 2019
06: "Yeah!" vs "Umbrella"

Todd and Dany debate: Which of these R&B mega-hits was the song of the 2000s??

Feb 13, 2019
05: "Africa" vs. "Down Under"

It's the battle of the windswept '80s tributes to foreign continents! Will Toto or Men at Work reign supreme?

Feb 13, 2019
03: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" vs. "Material Girl"

It's the big girly pop anthems of 1984! Will Madonna or Cyndi Lauper be the glamorous pop princess of the year?

Feb 13, 2019
04: "I Will Survive" vs. "Stayin' Alive"

It's an argument with no right answers. Comparing Gloria Gaynor's 1978 smash "I Will Survive" against The Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" from 1977 is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child.  And these are the indeed amongst the greatest progeny of Papa Disco.

Feb 13, 2019
02: "Ice Ice Baby" vs. "U Can't Touch This"

Both were amazingly huge rap songs that left questionable legacies behind.  But which is ultimately the more epic track: "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice, or "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer?

There isn't a perfect answer to this conundrum.  Boldly diving into this quagmire are Todd Nathanson and Danny Roth, who attempt to make sense of it all.

Feb 13, 2019
01: "Wonderwall" vs. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

Oasis' "Wonderwall" vs. Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)": which is the most epic?  In this episode, Todd Nathanson and Danny Roth pick it all apart with scant facts and little hard data.

Feb 12, 2019
Song vs. Song: PILOT "Livin' on a Prayer" vs. "Don't Stop Believin'"

Todd "In the Shadows" Nathanson and Dany Roth debate about which of two songs is the superior pop tune and lets you decide the winner! The series kicks off with the Big '80s! Will Bon Jovi or Journey reign supreme? 

Jan 30, 2019