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Episode 139 - Top Ten Murder Ballads w/Matt Dinan
October 17, 2014 08:54 AM PDT
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Happy Halloween to everyone! To celebrate we're taking all of the fear, violence, mayhem, creepiness and spookiness that was 2013's Morbid Month (ahem, archives are at, and we're concentrating all of it into one terrifying episode. Indeed, some of the most horrific songs ever written were traditional murder ballads. Ben and special guest Matt "Murder" Dinan highlight the best of these old classics, and throw in a few modern ones to show that the genre isn't dead. The final product will send chills up and down your spine and howling at the moon. Hopefully that's as far as you'll take it. We're not responsible for what comes next.

Matt can be heard at his hilarious comic book podcast Matt & Cat Have Back Issues. Here:

Episode 138 - Top Ten Cover Songs Volume 3 w/Dustin Prince
October 10, 2014 11:41 AM PDT
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Our resident covers specialist Dustin Prince is back for a third round of the greatest songs that either improved on or redefined the original recordings. In addition to some fine, fine music, Ben and Dustin debate whether some bands make better cover bands, because they have a better sound than songs. Dig it.

In case you missed it, Cover Songs Volumes 1 and 2 are available at our archive page at Mixcloud.

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Dustin Prince can be found playing the crap out of his drums with prog rock stalwarts Lobate Scarp. Find out more here:

Episode 137 - Top Ten Beautifully Depressing Songs Volume 1 w/Ryan Blake
October 03, 2014 09:07 AM PDT
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Ebola, terrorism, climate change... The world is a terribly depressing place these days. What would really cheer us up are some songs about lost love, suicide, drug abuse, loneliness and humanity's loss of humanity. No, seriously. Music has untold powers to move people and there is nothing like a song that's so beautiful and sad that it leaves you scarred, but wanting to hear it again. Ben is joined by the old boy himself Ryan Blake (and little Jasper) to play the first of many volumes of songs that can leave you in a pool of tears, not just for their sad message, but also for their beauty.

Ryan can be found on stage with LA's premiere classic soul cover band - LA Soul Project. Find them on Facebook here:

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Episode 136 - Top Ten One-Man(or Woman)-Bands w/Fernando Perdomo
September 26, 2014 12:02 PM PDT
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This week's episode highlights those singular musicians who not only do it all, but do it all WELL. A one-man-band is someone who writes and performs everything either in the studio or on stage, and both in rare cases. These egomaniacs bless us with their genius and innate ability to not only play every instrument but to put their distinct personality into everything you hear. Ben is joined by singer/songwriter/producer/engineer/mixer/guitarist/bassist/drummer/pianist/genius/one-man-band-artist Fernando Perdomo who has put these methods to work for his own music, to great effect. Ben and Fernando highlight the best of these amazing talents with insight and stories, and examples of their brilliant handiwork. Dig it.

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Episode 135 - Top Ten Punk Rock Bands Of The 90's w/Ryan Stockstad
September 19, 2014 08:49 AM PDT
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Much like for hip hop, the 1990's were a great time for punk rock. In the 90's, people were becoming more self-conscious, political activism was somewhat cool again, and sarcasm was at an all-time high. What genre of music was better suited to the age of irony? The 90's were when punk became as mainstream as it's ever been and probably ever will be, when Tim Armstrong and Greg Graffin shared MTV airtime with Madonna and Whitney Houston. Ben is joined in GoodList Studios by screenwriter, film director/producer, and fellow 90's punk fanatic Ryan Stockstad to count down the greatest bands of this era. This generation of punks may not have the legendary status of the 1977 crowd, but there are bands and songs that can easily stack up with the best that the original punks ever put out. Don't believe us? The proof is in the podcast, so dig it.

Ryan's latest project is the horror film Eggs, starring horror icons Lynn Lowry and Duane Whitaker. They'll soon be raising funds through Kickstarter to help get this thing made, with lots of sweet rewards for donors. Find out more at

Episode 134 - Top Ten Bands/Artists From Non-English-Speaking Countries w/Marina V
September 12, 2014 09:19 AM PDT
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Its a big world and even though its a cliche, its the truth to say that the one true universal language we have on this big blue marble is music. From every culture, there is amazing music to explore and appreciate. Ben is joined by Russian/American singer-songwriter Marina Gennadievna Verenikina, also known by her stage name, Marina V. Being an artist from a non-English-speaking country herself (she was born in Moscow in the former Soviet Union), Marina offers a unique perspective on today's topic. Marina and Ben travel the globe to bring you the best music from places where English is not the official national language, even though quite a few of our favorites do sing in English. We're going exploring, come join us.

Marina V's music can be heard, appreciated, loved, adored and/or purchased at her website:

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Episode 133 - 2 Degrees Of Separation - Madonna w/Jeff Axelrod
September 05, 2014 07:36 AM PDT
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It's Madonna's world, we're all just living in it.

Welcome to a new feature on All Time Top Ten. Every artist that becomes a global superstar doesn't do it alone. Throughout their career, there are dozens of ancillary figures that come and go and leave their mark. These people, be they songwriters, producers, players of instrument, or simply inspirational figures, all have a small piece of the great jigsaw puzzle that is the global superstar's success. In "2 Degrees Of Separation", we're looking back at this success and giving credit (and airtime) where it's due. This week's subject - Madonna - is the perfect test case for our new feature. Throughout her 35 year career (that continues to this day), she has had a lot of immensely talented people help her achieve her ultimate goal - to rule the world. In today's podcast Ben is joined by unofficial Madonna historian and megafan Jeff Axelrod to pay tribute to these men and women that are some of many in MadonnaWorld that made some amazing music in their own right. Dig it.

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Episode 132 - Top Ten Songs Of 2002 w/Chad Grenawalt
August 29, 2014 09:07 AM PDT
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Just after the dawn of the new millennium, the music business was changing rapidly. The term MP3 was starting to become more than just a nuisance to record labels, album sales were dropping and a revolutionary platform called Itunes was just around the corner. Even though the pop charts were mostly filled with candy-coated drivel at the time, there was still a ton of great music to be heard, even if you had to go digging for some of it. 2002 was a magical year for music in many ways, and Ben is joined by music fanatic Chad Grenawalt to break down this impressive year. From hip hop to indie rock, there were plenty of diamonds in the rough, and Ben and Chad count down the best of the best.

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Episode 131 - Top Ten Songs To Wake Up To w/David Daskal
August 22, 2014 08:41 AM PDT
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The great David Daskal returns to GoodList Studios for a podcast about that moment that some of us dread just as much as some of us live for - waking up. Even if you don't actually 'get up', waking up is something most (living) people are pretty good at, and everyone has their own way to enjoy the moment. Whether you need to get pumped up for a crazy day or just a gentle nudge on those lazy days, there's a song for any occasion and Ben & David bring their glorious top ten lists and count down the greatest songs to get you going.

David can be seen fronting the excellent Eagles tribute band Best Of My Love, playing all over Southern California. Check em out here:

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Episode 130 - Top Ten Workout Songs w/Shannon Hurley
August 01, 2014 07:45 AM PDT
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It's the middle of the summer and you've got approximately 30 days left to hit the beaches, which will be completely empty come September 1st. Better make the most of it by getting in the best shape of your life with our help. Ben is joined in GoodList Studios by singer/songwriter/fitness guru Shannon Hurley for a private workout session. Ben and Shannon count down the best songs to do cardio, weights, stairmaster, that hand-crank thingy, and more. Help us help you get that summer bod you've always wanted, the rock n' roll way!

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