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All Time Top Ten
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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.

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/039z34yvvJ4CAbMr80YMLg

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:
http://www.marinav.com/index.php

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:
http://www.lasoulproject.com

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/5MGyYsImTzJ29LkhqdRhoO

May 06, 2016 08:36 AM PDT

At this point everything in praise of the immortal David Bowie has been said, so we here at All Time Top Ten offer up a different kind of flattery - imitation. They do say it's the highest form and in this week's podcast we have the 20 best versions of David's amazing songs performed by other artists. David Bowie was a singular talent. There was never anyone like him and his Sound and Vision changed the world. Here, Ben and special guest Shannon Hurley present artists as diverse as Bowie himself, from Beck to Shatner to the London Symphony Orchestra, all paying tribute to the man. We choose to remember him for a lot of things, but mainly his songs. These fine folks do them justice, and then some.

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/5GzenO1e6jrlTQCeSYM7Jg

Shannon and Ben are proud to announce the release of their electronica duo Lovers & Poets' new album Lovers & Poets II, released TODAY everywhere fine digital albums are sold. Find out more at L&P's Bandcamp page: https://loversandpoets.bandcamp.com/album/lovers-poets-ii

April 29, 2016 08:32 AM PDT

There are plenty of reasons to admire and respect the talents of the great Linda Ronstadt. After this podcast you'll agree that there are reasons to worship at the altar of Linda. First off, she possesses one of the most pure and beautiful musical instruments in music history - her voice. Secondly, her fearless nature propelled her to explore any genre of music her heart wanted to try. Not only was she prolific in rock & pop, but she sang country, new wave, big band, traditional latin music and even opera with grace and power. This week Ben is giving over the reins of the podcast to two self-professed Linda fanatics - our old pals David Daskal and Karman Kruschke, who take Ben and the rest of us to school in the fine art of the incomparable Linda Ronstadt.

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/7cSxqy9OIF28w1BUIcxplO

David's Eagles tribute band Best Of My Love can be found performing live all over Southern California and now Las Vegas. Find out more here:
http://bestofmylove.net

April 22, 2016 09:03 AM PDT

Excuse us while we give the drummer some. Everyone knows John Bonham and Keith Moon, and figuring out who is on the Mount Rushmore of rock and pop drummers is always in debate, but you know some of the obvious picks. The time has come for us to dig a little deeper. To showcase some of the drummers that are every bit as legendary and incredible as the big boys, they just don't always get the same amount of love. Rock drummer and rock drumming enthusiast Dustin Prince returns to All Time Top Ten and joins Ben on a mission to spread the gospel about the great drummers that SHOULD be as revered as the big boys. Here's the best of the rest.

If you haven't already, it's required listening to check out Episode 26 - Top Ten Rock Drummers Volume 1, sitting comfortably in our archives over at Mixcloud. Here's the link:
https://www.mixcloud.com/beneisen/all-time-top-ten-episode-26-top-ten-rock-drummers-wdustin-prince/

Stream this playlist on Spotify, if you can handle it:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/0qBvy3km1BIuP1Z2566G3h

April 15, 2016 08:07 AM PDT

From June Carter to Lucinda Williams, the women that dominate the storied history of country music have one thing in common - the best of them are superstars with genuine talent and charisma, but their humble roots keep them real and authentic. These women took a hardscrabble upbringing and turned it into musical gold through pluck, wit and talent. Ben is taken to school in this week's podcast by two of country music's biggest fans. Susan Atkinson and Katie Medley cover a huge swath of the history of the genre and highlight the best of the best women to grace the Opry stage and make it to the big time in Nashville and beyond.

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/4546nVpeSpK7kPOq3GrTWc

April 08, 2016 08:34 AM PDT

Did you ever hear a song that is so unbelievably bad and/or annoying that it's mere existence fills you with a white hot rage that must be vented, lest your apartment becomes a smoldering wreck? We have. Presented without mercy, here's another volume of Rage-Inducing Songs. Not as in "that metal song got me pumped up and now I wanna go break stuff"-rage, but rather "that song by C&C Music Factory is so goddamn annoying that I threw my cat out the window"-rage. Who better to help us down this dark journey than the master of irritation, the incomparable Matt Dinan, who joins Ben to do some good 'ol VENTING. Don't say we didn't say we didn't warn ya.

Hear Volume 1 of these little horrors with 2 more of our favorite angry people - DJ Hostettler & Dixie Jacobs of Body Futures. It's over at our archive page at Mixcloud. Here's a handy link:
https://www.mixcloud.com/beneisen/episode-155-top-ten-rage-inducing-songs-wdj-hostettler-dixie-jacobs-of-body-futures/

Not sure why you'd want to but you can stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/2ZUBRflHV0ZvaSzVV8rKJ1

Oh and yes we are well aware of the buzzing going on in this episode. Our sincerest apologies.

April 01, 2016 09:48 AM PDT

The stories behind the formations of some of rock, pop & country's greatest supergroups are fascinating enough to fill a book. In fact, since typing this sentence, we here at All Time Top Ten have begun work on that very book, so back off, authors! Patent Pending!! But seriously, the very concept of a supergroup invites curiosity. Why did 3, 4 or 5 of our favorite musicians, singers and songwriters decide to get together and create a whole new artistic vision and sound? Each story is different but either way, the bottom line is we love it when our heroes get together. Ben is joined by 2/3 of a rising supergroup in the Los Angeles area - Kirsten and Manda of Calico The Band, a roots rock/country pop trio comprised of 3 of the most talented singer/songwriters in LA. Ben, Kirsten and Manda break down the stories behind the best supergroups of all time and spin some amazing examples of their handiwork.

Calico The Band is hard at work on their 2nd album. They can be seen & heard in further detail at their website: http://www.calicotheband.com

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/5rk8c70lUDsIIvnU5Wz6o2

March 25, 2016 07:51 AM PDT

Maybe there's something in the water from those 10,000 lakes, but we find it delightfully odd that the land that brought you Scotch tape, the stapler and Bisquick is also home to Paul Westerberg, Robert Zimmerman and Prince Rogers Nelson. It seems like a part of the world that spends half it's time buried in snow and cold would not be the most fertile breeding ground for great music and musicians, but history shows us that it's true. Ben is joined in GoodList Studios by old pal and Minnesota native Ryan Stockstad to revel in this odd fact. They also dig deep and play some amazing music from some of the most revered singers & songwriters in the world who just happen to be from The Gopher State. From the 1940's to the 1980's to today, the great state of Minnesota has been a vibrant part of the music scene since there was one. So grab a hot dish and some pop, and you'll be rockin' out in no time, dontcha know!

Ryan is hard at work prepping for this year's Halloween Horror Picks over at PopCultureBeast.com. It's a ways away but check out some archived episodes:
http://www.popculturebeast.com/?s=halloween

Stream this playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/alltimetopten/playlist/352zpMjndczFmRK5RmsXnk

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