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July 22, 2016 09:53 AM PDT

To quote this week's guest Thad Wawro, rock n roll is the bastard child of a thousand fathers. When it burst onto the mainstream with the rise of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, the year was 1956. It seemed to have sprung up overnight and much to the chagrin of the uptight parents of America, it was everywhere - dominating radio and in advertising. The kids had taken over. Little did they know, rock n roll had been incubating for a long time. The roots of this purely American art form pull from the rich soil of other American music - blues, r&b, country, rockabilly, and more. Ben and special guest, author Thad Wawro delve deep to find the songs that over time brought on the unholy birth of rock n roll, changing youth culture forever. The traditional Top Ten structure gets thrown out the window for this episode - this playlist is 33 songs long, and presented in chronological order, dating back decades to show the slow build that led up to 1956, which for our purposes is the year rock n roll broke through to the mainstream of pop culture. Get on your historian hat and travel back in time with us in this super-sized episode.

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July 08, 2016 10:10 AM PDT

Once in a while, All Time Top Ten likes to get in the old time machine, which we made out of a DeLorean (patent pending). This device can take us to any year in music we like and we just so happen to have a hankering for the 90's, 1994 to be exact. Ah, 1994, when a young David Schwimmer won over our hearts as did a young (and old) Forrest Gump. '94 was also a pivotal year for music. It's the year where the word "alternative" was no longer the alternative when it came to rock music. It was the mainstream and in many ways peaked at this time. At the same time, hip hop was enjoying its biggest success to date, and while it would continue to rise in popularity, the creativity behind it was at its apex around this time. It was an exciting time to be a young music fan, and Ben and his special guest Chrissy Olsen fit that bill to a tee in '94. They reminisce and swap stories of the glory days, and play some awesome music in the process.

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Here's the link to the Tori Amos podcast Chrissy was talking about:

July 01, 2016 10:18 AM PDT

This July 4th, America turns 240 years old. They said it wouldn't last, but here we are, warts and all. Like any true Patriot, we here at ATTT love everything about America - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ridiculous. We love the fact that we have freedom of speech. It's an inalienable right that allows us to say what's on our minds as well as listen to whatever music we want and enjoy whatever art moves us. We don't take it for granted. We reserve the right to say that your typical shit-kicker song about America wallows in cheesiness and we reserve the right to reject such songs as lame, trite and not worthy of this great land of ours. Ben is joined by singer/songwriter/producer and fellow mega-patriot Paul Larson to count down the best non-cheesy songs about our home. Happy Birthday, 'Murica!

Paul's most recent musical endeavor, The Georgia Sand has a stellar EP that can be heard many places, including here:

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June 24, 2016 09:16 AM PDT

In another era, in what seems like 500 years ago, the golden age of American songwriting flourished. Imagine a time where the most revered people in the music business were songwriters! Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin boys wrote hundreds of enduring classics that we know today as That Great Dipping Pool Of Songs That Exists Solely For Rod Stewart When He Wants To Put Out A New Album, or as it's commonly known, The Great American Songbook. These are songs that time and again will always have a place as a monument to American contributions to popular culture and the history of the art of songwriting. Ben is joined by a man who knows a thing or two about songs and songwriting, our old pal Joe Lavelle for a second volume of these enduring classics.

Joe's project Joe Lavelle's Brandy Sidecar is his ode to this era of songwriting, using top-notch musicians and singers, and era-appropriate arrangements. Listen in here:

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If you haven't already, check out Ben and Joe busting out more greats from the GAS in Volume 1: https://www.mixcloud.com/beneisen/episode-148-top-ten-songs-from-the-great-american-songbook-vol-1-wjoe-lavelle/

June 17, 2016 08:19 AM PDT

Fathers are the steady hand that keeps us strong and lifts us up in time of need. Or not. Once in a while a father will be a scoundrel, a thief, a drunk or even worse, an absentee. There are more than enough songs about good dads, bad dads, deadbeat dads and stepdads to go around; and this week's podcast covers all the greats. Ben is joined by singer, songwriter, producer and dad-extraordinaire Brandon Schott along with two very special co-guests, Brandon's own sons Tyler and Harper. The lads dig into some great songs about that special dude in everyone's life.

Brandon's most recent album Crayons & Angels can be heard, enjoyed and purchased here:

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June 10, 2016 08:33 AM PDT

As we've seen throughout history, even the greatest of rock stars hits the occasional dry spell. There comes a time where the hits just stop coming and you go into an extended hit drought. We here at All Time Top Ten, as fellow rock stars, can relate. Once in a while if fortune smiles on you and the planets align once again, you can bust that long drought with a comeback hit, and everyone rejoices (yay). Ben is accompanied by pal-of-the-podcast Jeff Axelrod to celebrate these triumphant comebacks in Top Ten Drought-Busters. Through their drought-ending hits, these artists not only made triumphant returns to chart success, but in many cases they secured legendary status in the history books of rock n roll.

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June 03, 2016 09:19 AM PDT

As a true rock star and/or rock songwriter, there is no greater honor than to have a song be banned. Be it by the church, by the government, or by local radio; being banned puts you in great company. From The Beatles to N.W.A., all of the best and most revered acts in rock, pop, hip hop and country music have been banned for reasons both hilarious and mystifying. Recording from the Cantorial Lounge in lovely Beverly Hills, CA, Ben is joined by the illustrious Gary Shapiro, who knows a thing or two about being hilarious and mystifying. Ben and Gary explore the seedy underside of rock & pop, playing songs you know well, and some you definitely have never heard before. For various reasons, these songs have been banned from airplay or performance, and the stories behind this dubious distinction will make you laugh and shake your head in equal measure.

Gary can be found pushing his non-sequitor agenda, commenting on all matters pop culture and music on The Twitter Machine at https://twitter.com/ElSmoocho

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May 27, 2016 08:58 AM PDT

Generations of music fans have been shook to the core in the first half of 2016. We've lost so many incredible musicians, singers, songwriters and musical icons so far this year, we've become numb to the news. However, just when we thought we had heard it all, every last one of us was shocked to turn on the news on April 21st to find that 57 year-old Prince Rogers Nelson had left us forever. It was impossible to believe. He had lived a relatively clean life, as far as anyone knew, and up until his passing, Prince was still cranking out albums and playing marathon concerts, and showing no signs of aging, let alone sickness. It's with a heavy heart that ATTT takes on the inevitable but monumental task of looking back at nearly 40 years of incomparable talent. Who else could literally do it all? Prince was a genius, no doubt about it. The man could write, sing, produce, and perform his groundbreaking music and was at the top of his profession in all four categories. Ben is joined by Uber-fan Mike Bisch via Skype to celebrate the life, the legacy and most of all, the music of Prince.

May 20, 2016 10:37 AM PDT

Despite repeated prognostications to the contrary, ahem, ROCK IS NOT DEAD. Rock is alive and kicking in the modern era and we can prove it. Since 1990 (which is the definition of "modern" for our intents and purposes), hard rock has splintered into several factions and genres. From Seattle to England, it has taken on many permutations but the simple core elements of great rock music - crunchy guitars, defiant lyrics, energy and swagger - remain. Ben is joined by rock historian (of sorts) and fellow fanatic Nick Baker to take a proud look at the last 25 years of rock and they find its healthy, vibrant and good to go for another 25. Turn this one WAY up.

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Nick can be seen literally worldwide on tour with Russian-born singer-songwriter extraordinaire Marina V. Find out tour dates and hear some tuneage here:

May 13, 2016 06:41 AM PDT

One of the most romantic themes in songwriting is the idea of distance and travel. The thought of flying away to be with the one you love is as timeless of a concept as a stroll along a moonlit bay. Songs About Airplanes provide a rich tapestry of imagery beyond the romance as well. The Old Boy himself, Ryan Blake is back, and Top Ten Songs About Airplanes is the first of the John Candy Trilogy, featuring songs about Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Ryan and Ben take a trip around the world in DC-10s, 747s and any other aircraft that will have them to bring you the best songs about airplanes - a symbol of freedom, industry, and of course, romance.

Ryan (and Ben) can be seen all over Southern California with The LA Soul Project - deliverers of high energy classic soul, disco, funk and modern dance music. Find out more here:

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