Musically speaking, the ‘90s were an odd time: it started with grunge and gangsta rap and ended with boy bands, nu-metal and pop-rap, with brief detours into ska and swing revivals. In this podcast, critic Rob Harvilla tries to make sense of it all, taking informative, analytical and sometimes very personal deep-dives into the tunes that, for better or worse, defined a generation, from ‘Juicy’ to ‘Nookie’. Turns out, figuring out just what the hell was up with this decade requires a lot more than 60 songs — 30 more episodes are coming soon.
It’s a shame that you can’t talk about the best podcasts on Spotify without first addressing Joe Rogan. The smooth-headed and even smoother-brained disinformation machine might host the platform’s most popular chat-cast, but there are plenty of other informative, entertaining and innovative shows on the platform that are worth celebrating and are being overshadowed by the wide cloud of controversy hanging over The Joe Rogan Experience.
So let’s forget all that, and focus on the actual good stuff. Below, you’ll find our picks for the 15 must-hear podcasts streaming exclusively on Spotify; that represents stuff produced by the company itself and its affiliate studios, Gimlet Media and The Ringer Podcast Network. Whether you’re into true crime, comedy, music, weird history, frank sex talk or interviews with celebrities that don’t involve ivermectin and casual racism, you’ll find it — you just have to know what to put in the search bar.