1. American Idol Recap: The Final Finale Until the Next OneAmerican Idol will always get things exactly wrong, now and forever.
  2. legacies
    Idol Changed the Pop-Culture Landscape for GoodLike a big, glittery fire hose, Idol blasted a whole bunch of new faces, ideas, and concepts into our living rooms.
  3. overnights
    American Idol Recap: The Final FinalsLa’Porsha Renae or Trent Harmon?
  4. overnights
    American Idol Recap: The Beginning of the EndIt will be a crime if La’Porsha doesn’t win this thing.
  5. overnights
    American Idol Recap: So Very CloseThese kids don’t really have to stretch the way they used to.
  6. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Let It BlowI don’t feel an emotional connection yet. I’m not in love, guys.
  7. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Do You Want It This Way?The FAREWELL SEASON is so screwy.
  8. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Now We’re Getting Somewhere Avalon makes it through to the top eight. My faith in America is restored, at least until the next Trump rally.
  9. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Who Can Actually Win This Thing?After what seemed like an eternity, we finally have our top ten.
  10. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Fitting the MoldI truly have no idea how this works.
  11. overnights
    American Idol Recap: It’s No Fair, No FairThis duets night is killing some of my faves.
  12. American Idol Recap: Solo Night, So Low-EnergyIdol, you’re weird.
  13. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Duet Till You’re SatisfiedIf you’re heading to Hollywood, be sure to wear kerchiefs in your hair.
  14. American Idol Recap: A Very Spayshoyrn EpisodeThe judges choose who makes it past the top 24. Not you. Not yet.
  15. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Final JudgementI am Team Johnson. Or Team Blosil. Or maybe Team Bourg.
  16. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Solo NightHarry and I are fighting.
  17. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Hollywood Group NightWho will survive the latest installment of this “Hollywood Week” horror franchise?
  18. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Lines of 10There is joy, there are tears, there are mothers. 
  19. overnights
    American Idol Recap: ‘The Most Important Show Ever Made’Yes, that’s a real quote from an actual person.
  20. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Eh-OhA “farewell” season isn’t necessarily the same as a “final” season.
  21. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Harry, What Do You Carry?The best thing to do with the part of Idol where nothing happens is … supersize it?
  22. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Child CareThe Farewell Season Audition Experience rolls into Philadelphia.
  23. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Screaming InfidelitiesIdol wants a final Kelly Clarkson so bad, you can taste it through the screen.
  24. overnights
    American Idol Recap: The Farewell BeginsThis fascinating, confounding, irritating show returns for its final season.
  25. nostalgia
    Dave Holmes on Top 40 Songs Circa 1982’s AnnieFrom “Tainted Love” to “867-5309.”
  26. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes on Summer 1995’s Top Rock SongsThis list is wild.
  27. somewhere in time
    What Songs Were Big When ‘Like a Virgin’ Hit?Thirty years ago this week, “Like a Virgin” hit the Billboard Top 40.
  28. somewhere in time
    Does Taylor Swift’s 1989 Sound Like 1989?Not really.
  29. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes on the Songs of January 1998So many fish-eye lenses.
  30. somewhere in time
    What Songs Were Popular 23 Years Ago, When Nirvana’s Nevermind Debuted?Hint: Someone’s funky bunch is involved.
  31. somewhere in time
    21 More Now That’s What I Call Music! FlopsPart two in a two-part investigation into the ubiquitous compilation series’ biggest misfires.
  32. somewhere in time
    The Least Successful Tracks From 20 Now That’s What I Call Music! AlbumsPart one in an ongoing investigation into the ubiquitous compilation series.
  33. 1994-95 tv week
    The My So-Called Life Soundtrack Is the BestCue the Buffalo Tom.
  34. vulture compendiums
    The 1994–95 TV Season’s New Shows, Graded by Their Theme SongsFrom Muscle to My So-Called Life, and everything in between.
  35. 1994-95 tv week
    Let’s Discuss the Totally Bananas Fifth Season of Beverly Hills, 90210Plus: a track-by-track assessment of Beverly Hills, 90210: The College Years.
  36. somewhere in time
    25 Hugely Popular Soundtracks That Somehow Never Hit No. 1Whatever. These all hit No. 1 in our world.
  37. somewhere in time
    It’s Time to Revisit All 38 Soundtracks to Hit No. 1 Since Purple RainYes, the Howard Stern’s Private Parts soundtrack was a No. 1 album.
  38. somewhere in time
    It Is Absolutely Time to Reexamine Last Week’s Top 40 Singles ChartDave Holmes explores the dizzying terrain of just seven days ago.
  39. somewhere in time
    Revisiting Hit Music Circa When Harry Met SallyYou’ll have what Martika’s having.
  40. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes on the Hits of July 1983“And here’s Diana Ross wearing a glittering fuchsia catsuit in her 1983 Central Park concert.”
  41. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes on Casey Kasem’s Final Top 40Casey Kasem was never cool, and that’s why Casey Kasem was the coolest guy in the history of radio.
  42. somewhere in time
    Let’s Revisit Ace of Base, Warren G, and Other Summer Songs From 1994What was playing on your car stereo as you drove to see The Lion King and in the famous white Ford Bronco carrying O.J. Simpson?
  43. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes Revisits ‘U Can’t Touch This,’ ‘Poison,’ and Other 1990 JamsWhat songs were popular 24 years ago, when Mariah Carey dropped?
  44. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes Pays Respect to ‘Rappin’ Rodney’ and 99 Other Hits From 1984Which of these top 100 songs from January 28, 1984, deserves more respect? Judge Dave Holmes presides over the case.
  45. overnights
    American Idol Season 13 Finale Recap: We Did It!American Idol season 13 limped across the finish line like a poorly trained marathoner.
  46. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Puncher vs. BoxerDave Holmes heads to night one of the American Idol finals.
  47. somewhere in time
    Dave Holmes Revisits ‘Closing Time,’ ‘Sex and Candy,’ and Other May 1998 HitsThis is what we were listening to 16 years ago, when that other Godzilla movie was released.
  48. overnights
    American Idol Recap: Take Me HomeCan we vote to keep Georgia the puppy and send everyone else home?
  49. overnights
    American Idol Recap: 500 Episodes of BummerIt’s the 500th episode! What an accomplishment! But seriously, this show is killing us.
  50. overnights
    American Idol Recap: We Are Not A-MeusedGod dammit, Randy Jackson.
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