Song Vs. Song

By Todd Nathanson

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Wow Jeff
 Mar 8, 2020
First - these guy ramble able stuff they don't know about or that isn't interesting. Second - They compare 2 songs, but they DON'T play the songs. Senseless & Idiotic.

 Jan 31, 2020
Weirdly enjoyable. Wish they played clips sometimes though.

 Jan 9, 2020

 Jan 8, 2020


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
47: "Dirt Road Anthem" vs. "Cruise" (w/Grady Smith!)

Todd and Dany welcome country music expert Grady Smith to discuss the whipping boy genre of the 2010s, bro-country! Is there anything redeemable about this controversial genre, and which of its towering, game-changing early '10s smashes is the defining song of its moment, Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" or Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise"? 

Oct 14, 2020
46: "California Love" vs. "Mo Money, Mo Problems"

A Song vs. Song for the ages! A rap battle etched into history! Though 2Pac and Biggie were taken from us too early, we can now settle the beef by deciding which of their signature tunes was the greatest, "California Love" or "Mo Money Mo Problems"! 

Sep 23, 2020
45: "Stay (I Missed You)" vs. "Torn"

It wouldn't be the '90s without some gently earnest female pop-rock! Whose wistful breakup ballad ruled the decade, Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" or Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn"?

Sep 09, 2020
The (Covid-Ruined) 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Bonus Coverage!

The quarantine has finally given the MTV Video Music Awards a reason to exist as we desperately rely on our televisions for entertainment! Gaga, BTS and Ariana all showed up, but was the show any good?

Sep 01, 2020
44: "Back in Black" vs. "Crazy Train"

It's an episode of ass-kicking rock and roll! Which is the greatest metal song of 1980, Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" or AC/DC's "Back in Black"? (Also, is Todd wrong about calling AC/DC "metal"? All this and more on the podcast!)

Aug 26, 2020
43: "I'm a Believer" vs. "I Got You Babe"

It's two of the biggest love songs of the '60s from two of the decade's biggest groups of fake hippies! Will the Monkees' fairy tale ending beat Sonny and Cher's real-life love anthem? Also: Shrek vs. Beavis and Butthead? 

Aug 11, 2020
42: "867-5309/Jenny" vs. "Centerfold"

It's the early '80s, and we've got a couple fun tunes about dopey guys and their funny reactions to sex workers! Does the J. Geils Band's "Centerfold" make our blood run cold, or does Tommy Tutone have us dialing "867-5309"?

Jul 22, 2020
41: "Hollaback Girl" vs. "My Humps"

It's two of the quote-unquote "worst" songs of all time! Which controversial pop-rap earworm of 2005 will reign supreme, "Hollaback Girl" or "My Humps"? 

Jul 08, 2020
40: "Theme from Shaft" vs. "Superfly"

The Pusherman vs. the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about! Which blaxploitation theme is more badassssss? 

Jun 24, 2020
39: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" vs. "Bye Bye Bye" (with C. Robert Cargill)

The original stan wars!! It's a boyband battle for the ages, but which is the ultimate boyband anthem, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by the Backstreet Boys or "Bye Bye Bye" by 'N Sync?

Jun 10, 2020
38: "She's So High" vs. "Teenage Dirtbag"

The greatest crush song from the glory days of minivan rock? Which of these two songs about the guy improbably getting the girl reigns supreme, Tal Bachman's "She's So High" or Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag"?

May 27, 2020
37: "Another One Bites the Dust" vs. "Eye of the Tiger"

We're kickin' ass in the '80s! But which is the greater '80s fight song , Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" or Sruvivor's "Eye of the Tiger"? Touch gloves and ring the bell 'cause the main event's about to start!

May 13, 2020
36: "Happy" vs. "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

Kids movie soundtracks turned mind-destroying hits! Who is triumphant, Pharrell's "Happy" or Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

Apr 22, 2020
35: "We Didn't Start the Fire" vs. "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

The two impossible-to-do-at-karaoke rapid fire rock-and-roll songs of the '80s! They have very little in common but they'll always be associated with each other! Will R.E.M. go down in the fire or is this the end of Billy Joel as we know it?

Apr 08, 2020
34: "Jessie's Girl" vs. "My Best Friend's Girl"

Ric vs. Rick! They both covet their best friend's girlfriend, but which Ric(k) wins the hearts of the voters? The Cars vs. Rick Springfield, on Song vs. Song!

Mar 25, 2020
33: "Wild Thing" vs. "Louie Louie"

The '60s garage rock classics! But do either of them hold up, and which one holds up the best?

Mar 11, 2020
32: "Lollipop" vs. "Whatever You Like"

We welcome special guest, Andrew Unterberger, editor for Billboard magazine, as we look at two of 2008's biggest crossover smashes, from two of the biggest rappers in the game! T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" vs. Lil Wayne's "Lollipop", but which Southern rapper's disappointing sellout track will reign supreme?

Feb 26, 2020
31: "No Scrubs" vs. "Say My Name"

The greatest r&b girl group of 1999 vs. the greatest r&b girl group of 2000! TLC and Destiny's Child put shitty men in their place, but who does it better?

Feb 12, 2020
Obligatory Grammy Coverage, 2020!

What did Todd and Dany think about Billie Eilish's big night, and other things that happened in the latest, typically interminable edition of the Grammys?

Jan 27, 2020
30: "Summer of '69" vs. "Jack & Diane"

The most dad of '80s dad rock! Which is the better nostalgia for your teenage years, Bryan Adams's "Summer of '69" or John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane"?

Jan 22, 2020
29: "In the End" vs. "Bring Me to Life"

IT STARTS WITH: WAKE ME UP!! The angsty nu-metal showdown of the early 2000s! Linkin Park vs. Evanescence, who shall be victorious.

Jan 08, 2020
28: "Bodak Yellow" vs. "Truth Hurts"

We finish off the last year of the decade with one of biggest hits of the 2010s and one of the biggest hits of 2019! Lizzo vs. Cardi! Who shall reign supreme?

Dec 24, 2019
27: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" vs. "Frosty the Snowman"

Who is the best Christmas-themed magical creature?? And which is the better animated Rankin-Bass Christmas special?? Watch Todd and Dany battle it out!

Dec 11, 2019
26: "Let It Go" vs. "How Far I'll Go"

In honor of Disney now controlling literally everything, we decided to put the big song from "Frozen" against the big song from "Moana"! Will it be Elsa's empowerment anthem or Moana traveling just around the riverbend?

Nov 27, 2019
25: "Iris" vs. "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing"

The big movie ballads of 1998! From the blockbuster "Armageddon," Aerosmith's mammoth blockbuster hit "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing!" From the decently profitable "City of Angels," The Goo Goo Dolls's mammoth blockbuster hit "Iris"! Which song will crush the other like a massive asteroid hitting the Earth?

Nov 17, 2019
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