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Year In Review: From Britney Spears to Fiona Apple, Our Best Podcast Discussions

The Rolling Stone Music Now podcast covered subjects ranging from BTS to Bob Dylan in 2020

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When our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast isn’t spotlighting interviews with current stars and music legends, it features music discussions and debates that span genres and eras. Here’s the best of 2020; press play below to listen now, or go to  iTunes or Spotify to hear any episode and subscribe.

Claire Shaffer, Brittany Spanos, and Rob Sheffield join us to run through the remarkably consistent catalog of Fiona Apple, from this year’s acclaimed Fetch the Bolt Cutters to 1996’s Tidal.

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ second album, Oops!… I Did It Again, with Rob Sheffield (who wrote Rolling Stone‘s review upon the album’s release) and Brittany Spanos going track by track through the album with host Brian Hiatt. Also, Nigel Dick, who directed the title track’s video, looks back.

We look at the extraordinary success of BTS, before going back through the wild history of boy bands, with Jezebel senior writer Maria Sherman, author Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS, joining Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield.

We talk about the bizarre 2020 Grammys, and the larger state of the institution, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield.

Angie Martoccio, Jon Dolan, and Simon Vozick-Levinson join us to talk about the underrated 21st century work of Bob Dylan.

Download and subscribe to our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on iTunes or Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts), and check out three years’ worth of episodes in the archive, including in-depth, career-spanning interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, Neil Young, Phoebe Bridgers, the National, Dua Lipa, Alicia Keys, Questlove, Julian Casablancas, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Scott Weiland, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, Donald Fagen, Phil Collins, Justin Townes Earle,  Stephen Malkmus, Sebastian Bach, Tom Petty, Eddie Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, the Zombies, Gary Clark Jr., and many more — plus dozens of episodes featuring genre-spanning discussions, debates, and explainers with Rolling Stone’s critics and reporters. Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. ET to hear Rolling Stone Music Now broadcast on SiriusXM’s Volume, channel 106.

From Rolling Stone US