The Boys Are Back in Time

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2017 - Five Albums from King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard — Thu Aug 04 2022

The boys discuss the remarkable 5 album year from King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard. One of the most unique rock bands of the 2010s bucks the trend of slower album releases and puts out 5 fully formed and unique albums.

2017 - Billboard Hits and Who Won the Grammys?  — Fri Jul 01 2022

Was the 2017 close enough in memory that the boys would guess all the correct winners? Apparently not. The late 2010s pop was an era of trap music, Bruno Mars, Ed Shereen, and artists that blend genres. The 2017 Billboard Playlist

1980 - Top Albums and The Essential Playlist  — Sat Jun 25 2022

In the last episode of 1980, the boys rank their favorite albums of the year and then build an essential playlist of the best songs of the year. The Essential Playlist

1980 - Superlatives, Who was Overrated? What's the Best Deep Cut? and more — Wed Jun 15 2022

The boys give out superlatives for 1980. Listen to hear who is overrated, underrated, dangerously cheesy, and more.

The 1980 Dad Rock Sweet Sixteen Special  — Thu May 26 2022

The boys create a bracket of 16 ultimate dad rock anthems. Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Segar, and Kiss all compete for the top dad rock song. Who comes out on top? Listen to find out.

1980 - Heavy Hitters Billboard and Christopher Cross' Year at the Grammys — Sat May 21 2022

In episode 2 of 1980 the boys check out an iconic Billboard in addition to seeing who won big at the Grammy's. Was it Queen? Frank Sinatra? Pink Floyd? The host Paul Simon? The answer may surprise you.

1980 - Battle of the Bands  — Sun May 01 2022

1980 is a pivotal moment in music history where a new decade coincided with major technological and cultural shifts that would impact the music world. To start off 1980, the boys face off in a battle of the bands with a selection of artists to see who would come to define the 80s. Ryan and Bobby make the case that artists like Blondie, The Talking Heads, Diana Ross and more are the biggest icons. The 1980 Playlist

1991 - Favorite Albums and Essential Playlist  — Tue Apr 26 2022

In the last episode of 1991, the boys rank their favorite albums of the year and then build an essential playlist of the best songs of the year. The 1991 Essential Playlist

1991 Superlatives - Underrated Artists, November Rain as the Soundtrack to Sadness and More — Mon Apr 18 2022

The boys give out superlatives for one of the most pivotal years in music. Listen to hear who is overrated, underrated, dangerously cheesy, and more. The 1991 Playlist

1991: Loveless by MBV - The Definitive Shoegaze Album  — Mon Apr 04 2022

In 1991 My Bloody Valentine released one of the most iconic cult classic albums of all time with Loveless. The boys discuss why this album is so legendary in this episode of the Boys are Back in Time.

1991 - Billboard Hits from Hollywood and Who Won the Grammys? — Thu Mar 17 2022

In the second episode of 1991 the boys check in on the Billboard and do their best to guess the Grammy winners. Pop music in 1991 leaned heavily on Hollywood and feels lost in the space between the 80s power ballad and the bubble gum pop that would come later in the decade.

1991 - The Nirvana and Grunge Revolution & A Golden Age in Hip-Hop — Tue Mar 01 2022

Kicking off a new year, Bryan, Bobby and Ryan dive into 1991 with a discussion on the impact of the Grunge scene on American music, the immortal staying power of Nirvana and their '91 album Nevermind, plus a breakdown of songs by 2pac, Ice Cube, and other rap artists from one of hip-hops golden years! The 1991 Playlist Early 2000s Popular Rock Playlist

1970 - Favorite Albums and the Essential Playlist — Thu Feb 17 2022

In the last episode of 1970, the boys rank their favorite albums of the year and then build an essential playlist of the best songs of the year. The 1970 Essential Playlist

1970 Superlatives: Who is overrated? Underrated? Who Was Dangerously Cheesy? and more..  — Wed Feb 09 2022

The Boys have fun giving out superlatives for the year 1970 in music. Overrated, underrated, best musicianship, who would you want in a fight, what were the worst lyrics, and more... The 1970 Playlist

1970: Zappa - Genius or Goof? Newman, Nilsson, Exuma & More — Sun Jan 16 2022

In this episode the boys give each other albums including Frank Zappa, Nico, Elton John, and more. The 1970 Playlist

1970: Was Everyone Tired of Dancing? Plus How Bad Were the 13th Grammys? — Tue Jan 04 2022

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 1970, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. 1970 was a year of soft love songs, The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel... and where was all the dance music? The 1970 Billboard Playlist

1970 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Thu Dec 02 2021

In episode 1 the boys discuss the changing music scene of 1970. The Beatles break up, Mo Town moves to LA, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin die, and musicians are left asking what's next? The 1970 Playlist

2006 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Thu Nov 25 2021

Which artist is overrated or underrated from 2006?  Who had the cringiest lyrics? Which 2006 artist would make the worst lover? The boys ask these questions and more in addition to picking their favorite albums and building an essential playlist. The 2006 Essential Playlist

2006 Bonus: The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance — Sun Oct 31 2021

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Black Parade, the boys dive into on one of the most iconic rock operas of all time. Hear a track by track breakdown of the album along with commentary on how The Black Parade's legacy has evolved since it's release.

2006 Episode 3: Discovery — Sun Oct 24 2021

In Episode 3 of 2006 the boys share music with each other including albums by Jenny Lewis, The Roots, Beyonce, Grizzly Bear, and Boris. The boys then discuss later albums by garage rock artists and why the Dixie Chicks had a cultural moment in the mid 00s.  The 2006 Playlist

2006 Episode 2: Popular Music  — Fri Oct 15 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 2006, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. 2006 was a breakout year for Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, American Idol, and sad boys everywhere. The 2006 Billboard Playlist

2006 Episode 1: Overview  — Sun Oct 03 2021

In episode 1 of 2006 the boys discuss iTunes, ring tones, American Idol, Guitar Hero, Emo, Dance music and much more. The mid 2000s were a time of crisis for major labels but what did that actually mean for the music? The 2006 Playlist

1983 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Sat Sep 25 2021

Which artist is overrated or underrated from 1983? What classic 80s hit would you use for a montage? What 80s trends need to be revitalized? The boys ask these questions and more in addition to picking their favorite albums and building an essential playlist. The 1983 Essential Playlist

1983 Bonus Episode: Hootenany - The Replacements — Wed Sep 08 2021

In this bonus episode the boys dive into an iconic album by one of the most chaotic 80s punk bands. Hear a track by track breakdown along with commentary on how Hootenany captures the essence of punk and hardcore.

1983 Episode 3: Discovery  — Tue Aug 24 2021

In Episode 3 of 1983 the boys share music with each other including albums by U2, Madonna, Suicidal Tendencies, Echo & The Bunnymen, and the Rain Parade. The boys dive into the duality of U2's music and their public persona and why you should never skip China Girl when listening to David Bowie's Let's Dance. The 1983 Playlist

1983 Episode 2: Popular Music — Sat Aug 14 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 1983, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. The early 80s was an era of power ballads, smash hits, music videos, and of course Michael Jackson. Listen as the boys discuss one of the best years for pop. 1983 Billboard Playlist

1983 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Mon Aug 02 2021

In Episode 1 of 1983 the boys discuss new wave, the rise of MTV, thrash metal, how cassettes changed music, and the importance of evolution as artists age. The 1983 Playlist

2015 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Mon Jul 26 2021

Which artist is overrated/underrated from 2015? Should you play Death Grips or Sufjan Stevens at your niece's birthday party? Who had the most inventive sound? The boys ask these questions and more in addition to picking their favorite albums and building an essential playlist. The 2015 Essential Playlist

2015 Bonus Episode: Father John Misty — Sat Jul 24 2021

The boys do a deep dive on Father John Misty's 2015 masterpiece  "I Love You, Honeybear". Hear a track by track breakdown along with commentary on how the album helps define the 2010s music scene.

2015 Episode 3: Discovery  — Sun Jul 04 2021

In Episode 3 of 2015 the boys share albums with each other including Julia Holter, Fetty Wap, Carly Rae Jepson, Jason Isbell, and Death Grips. The boys then discuss Grimes, Charlie Parr, and Modest Mouse's 2015 album. The 2015 Playlist

2015 Episode 2: Popular Music — Thu Jun 17 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 2015, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. 2015 was the year of the industry consolidates around mega stars who dominate the billboard. The Grammy's have maybe their worst selection or rock albums ever followed by a pretty solid selection of alternative records. The Billboard Playlist

2015 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Thu Jun 03 2021

In Episode 1 the boys discuss internet music sensations, a new generation of hip hop and rock artists, the 50th anniversary of Dylan going electric, and meme music vaporwave. The 2015 Playlist

1993 Episode 4: Awards and the Playlist — Sat May 29 2021

Which artist is overrated/underrated from 1993? Who would you put in a 1993 supergroup? The boys dive into these superlatives and more before discussing their favorite albums of the year and creating an essential playlist for 1993. The 1993 Essential Playlist

1993 Episode 3: Discovery  — Mon May 17 2021

In Episode 3 of 1993 the boys share albums with each other including Primus, Sting, Snoop Dogg, Liz Phair, and Billy Idol's infamous Cyberpunk. The boys then discuss the state of country music, Digable Planets, and other deep cuts.  1993 Official Playlist

1993 Episode 2: Popular Music — Sun May 09 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 1993, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. The billboard of 1993 shows the absolute dominance R&B had on pop music of the early 90s. 1993 Billboard Playlist

1993 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Sun May 02 2021

In Episode 1 the boys discuss East coast vs. West coast hip hop, the rise of alternative rock, and the dominance of R&B. 1993 Official Playlist

1966 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Thu Apr 22 2021

Which artist is overrated/underrated from 1966? What song aged poorly? What band from the future would you want to cover an album from 1966? he boys dive into these superlatives and more before discussing their favorite albums of the year and creating an essential playlist for 1966. 1966 Essential Playlist

1966 Episode 3: Discovery  — Fri Apr 16 2021

In Episode 3 of 1966 the boys share albums with each other including Mothers of Invention, Nina Simone, The Lovin Spoonful, 13th Floor Elevators, and Coltrane. 1966 Official Playlist

1966 Episode 2: Popular Music — Thu Apr 08 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 1966, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. The billboard of 1966 reflected a continuation of the 1950s suburban culture with signs of what was to come with songs like Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones charting. 1966 Billboard Playlist

1966 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Fri Apr 02 2021

1966 was a year of radical change in music. Listen as the boys dive into psychedelic music, the sounds of Motown, and a changing folk scene. 1966 Official Playlist

The Best Debut Rock Album: The Elite 8, Final 4, and Championship Rounds — Fri Mar 26 2021

Find out which album the boys selected as the best debut rock album in the finale episode of the best debut rock album tournament.

Debut Deep Dive: Being so Normal — Tue Mar 23 2021

The boys discuss one of the most exciting debut rock albums in recent memory and why it deserves praise. Hear a song by song breakdown, and the background on the band/album's development.

The Best Debut Rock Album: Round 2 and the Sweet 16 — Wed Mar 17 2021

The second and third round of the best debut rock album March Madness style tournament. Hear elevator pitches for each album as the boys duke it out over who has the best debut.

Debut Deep Dive: Outlandos D'Amour  — Mon Mar 15 2021

The boys give a breakdown of one of their favorite debut rock albums: Outlandos d'Amour by the Police. The boys give background on the album's development, the contributions by the band members and give a song by song breakdown. Outlandos D'Amour

Debut Deep Dive: The Velvet Underground & Nico — Sun Mar 07 2021

The boys discuss the Velvet Underground's debut album. Hear about where the album stands in music history, a track by track breakdown, and why the album maintains it's legendary status.

The Best Debut Rock Album: The Heartbreak Round — Mon Mar 01 2021

The first round of the best debut rock album March Madness style tournament. Nicknamed the Heartbreak Round because of all the great albums that are going home in the first round. Want to check out the music from the debut albums? Check out this playlist!

Best Debut Rock Album: Intro and Overview — Mon Mar 01 2021

Who had the best debut rock album of all time? Follow along as the Boys do a March Madness style bracket to determine the winner. In the first episode the boys break down how the albums were selected, how seeding works, and what to expect for the tournament. Want to check out the music from the debut albums? Check out this playlist!

2002 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Tue Feb 23 2021

Which artist is overrated/underrated from 2002? What song would you want playing as you are lowered into your grave? Which artist would you want in a fight? The boys dive into these superlatives and more before discussing their favorite albums of the year and creating an essential playlist for 2002. 2002 Essential Playlist

2002 Episode 3: Discovery — Mon Feb 15 2021

In Episode 3 of 2002 the boys share albums with each other including Taking Back Sunday, Coldplay, Audioslave, and Clipse.  The boys then dive into the unfortunately named Murder by Death, experimental hip hop duo Dalek, and Boards of Canada's IDM classic Julie and Candy and more. 2002 Official Playlist

2002 Episode 2: Popular Music — Mon Feb 08 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the Billboard, the Grammys, popular music of 2002, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. 2002 is the year of Norah Jones, Nickleback, Brandy, Nelly and Ashanti. Rock has one of it's most dominant years on the Billboard hot 100, but not in the way you'd think. Take a trip down memory lane. 2002 Billboard Playlist

2002 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Mon Feb 01 2021

2002 was a time of transition for the music industry. The internet had major labels grasping at straws with post-grunge, nu metal, and the last of the boy bands. Meanwhile a new generation of indie rock, rappers, and emo artists were emerging as the artists that would come to define the 00s for many. 2002 Official Playlist

1975 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Sat Jan 23 2021

Which artist is overrated/underrated from 1975? What song would you want playing as you are lowered into your grave? Who had the most inventive sound? The boys dive into these superlatives and more before discussing their favorite albums of the year and creating an essential playlist for 1975. The 1975 Essential Playlist

1975 Episode 3: Discovery  — Fri Jan 15 2021

In Episode 3 of 1975 the boys share albums with each other including Rush, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Waylon Jennings and of course Neil Merryweather. The boys then dive deep into Frank Zappa's antics, Queen's expensive Night at the Opera, and Elton John's obsession with Philadelphia. The 1975 Official Playlist

1975 Episode 2: Popular Music — Fri Jan 08 2021

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the billboard, the grammys, popular music of 1975, and check in with Jimmy Buffet. The boys hear about how Neil Sedaka wrote all the biggest hits, and how Freddy Fender has the best stache around.  The 1975 Billboard Playlist.

1975 Episode 1: Overview and Genres — Fri Jan 01 2021

In Episode 1 of 1975 the boys give their overall impressions and dive into the biggest things happening for the major genres. The boys discuss how the guitar dominates, the rise of funk, how lyrics have evolved since the 70s, and the "blockbuster movie" era of rock. The 1975 Official Playlist

1988 Episode 4: Superlatives and Awards — Mon Dec 21 2020

In part 4 the boys give out superlatives, discuss their favorite albums of the year, and build an essential playlist for 1988 found below: 1988 Essential Playlist

1988 Episode 3: Discovery — Mon Dec 14 2020

Sharing music is one of the best ways to discover something you like, and nothing is better than getting a great recommendation from a friend. In part 3 of 1988 the boys share albums with each other and talk about some of their favorite deep cuts of the year. Check out the playlist we used for music discovery in 1988 here: 1988 Official Playlist

1988 Episode 2: Popular Music — Mon Dec 07 2020

Join the boys as they go back to a year where Rick Astley dominates the chart along with George Michael. In episode 2 of 1988 the boys discuss the billboard, the Grammys and check in with Mr. Jimmy Buffet. Want to listen to the billboard playlist from 1988? Check it out here.

1988 Episode 1: Overview  — Wed Dec 02 2020

In Episode 1 of 1988 the boys give their overall impressions and dive into the biggest things happening for the major genres. The boys discuss how rock is changing in the late 80s, how great Dr. Dre is, and how they don't know anyone in their 40s.  1988 Official Music Discovery Playlist

2013 Episode 4: Awards and the Playlist — Sun Oct 11 2020

In episode 4 the boys discuss their favorite and least favorite albums of the year. Afterwards an essential playlist is created, which can be found below: 2013 Essential Playlist Finally the next year of the show is selected. For season 2 we will be diving into 1988.

2013 Episode 3: Discovery — Sun Oct 11 2020

Episode 3 is where the boys force each other to listen to new albums and give out superlatives for the year.

2013 Episode 2: Popular Music — Sun Oct 11 2020

Episode 2 is where the boys discuss the billboard, the grammys, popular music of 2013, and check in with Jimmy Buffet.  For those who want to check out a 2013 playlist billboard you can find one here. The Billboard Top 10 from 2013: 1 | "Thrift Shop" | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 2 | "Blurred Lines" | Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 3 | "Radioactive" | Imagine Dragons 4 | "Harlem Shake" | Baauer 5 | "Can't Hold Us" | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 6 | "Mirrors" | Justin Timberlake 7 | "Just Give Me a Reason" | Pink featuring Nate Ruess 8 | "When I Was Your Man" | Bruno Mars 9 | "Cruise" | Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly 10 | "Roar" | Katy Perry Grammys for music released in 2013.

2013 Episode 1: Overview  — Sun Oct 11 2020

In episode 1 of the Boys are Back in Time, the boys discuss what are some of the biggest things happening in music that year by genre. Each year we use a playlist to help each other get exposed to a wide variety of artists, the 2013 playlist can be found here: 2013 Discovery Playlist