All Songs Considered

Reviews For All Songs Considered

I can’t say how many bands I listened first on “All Songs Considered” for the first time, and then they became my favorites. Love the show for years. Always sharp. Always funny.


Never would have known about this if the guy from Pop Culture Happy Hour hadn’t mentioned it! Happy 10th anniversary from a new listener! Can’t wait to binge all the old episodes.
Have made many amazing music discoveries thanks to this podcast.
I’ve been listening for about 6 months and about 1 episode in 5, I’ll near a song that I like. Given that music is so subjective, it’s not unusual for that type of hit rate. The problem is, it’s only when they have something completely different than what they usually play, that something will strike me. The music that is consistently played is a) what I would call whisper singing, b) singers that sing out of their range, c) lots of processing and d) lots of echo, lots of echo. No R&B, no country, no jazz. They act like their musical taste is wide ranging, but it’s really not. I’ll keep listening, but I skip through most episodes.
I always a good listen
Ok, I rarely am over the moon with Bob's music selections. But he knows so much and has such a deep history with the last 50 years of music that I always look forward to hearing what has attracted his ear. I'm more similar to Robin musically. But what I most like about the show? That they like each other. I like their kindness and camaraderie. It's so refreshing to hear two friends discuss something they're both excited about. Plus they expose me to music I would never hear otherwise.


Bob is the best. Robin is cloying and kinda ruins the show. I get the sense they are preparing for an eventual transition to Robin as host. I can only hope not.
Great show for all music
Never fails to introduce me to new music. Provides plenty of context for the synthesis of a band or song.
This podcast is an easy favorite: some great music introduced by thoughtful hosts.
My favorite podcast and a must listen for anyone that enjoys music.
This and tiny desks are the two best podcasts around.
Best way to find new music!
I want to hear more songs, and less commentary. Also, more diversity of music. I like the episodes best when they are organized around a theme.
What a great way to hear and learn about new music.
This podcast is charming and I'm able to discover new songs and artists through Bob and Robin. Just the best!
Great music and great podcast, but --maybe it's just me -- but I feel like I always get distracted by Robin Hiltons constant references to himself, his experience, his insights. Just stick to the music man!! If you play the RH drinking game (sip every self reference) you will end up pretty buzzed
Love the personal stories from shows the hosts see in DC.
A good podcast for discovering new music, though the hosts' affectations are tiresome & are not above brown-nosing nearly any celebrity or musician.
Listening to All Songs Considered reminds me that there is a lot of music out there that might not be heard otherwise if not for shows like this. Not every song will fit all tastes, but no matter your tastes you'll likely come across something you end up enjoying.
The podcast has decent coverage of indie artists. But the drone of voices, artist and host, can get irritating.
Bob is nothing but an overly earnest, self-serving, knob. This isn't name calling, it's fact. He is an expert at stating the obvious, his questions are often puerile, and he laughs at his own awful jokes. It's also great to hear him go on about his trips in and out of the country on the tax payer's dime, oh, and those who donate to NPR. And I have to say, a whole podcast, partially paid for by tax dollars, devoted to hawking his book, is truly pathetic. Robin rubs salt in the wounds of the working class by repeatedly mentioning his paid time off for his baby. Why don't you throw on that Kenny Loggin's track again Robin? You know, the one you secretly admire and wish you wrote. The only reason I don't hate this podcast is because for one, hate is a very strong word, and two, every once in awhile, they offer up a good track/intersting band. It's usually Robin who puts it out there, and, Bob, awkward because he is out of touch and doesn't know the song, much less the band, starts interuppting Robin with bad jokes. I understand that goofiness is rooted in insecurity, but come on Bob, get over yourself. Suffice it to say, this is one of many reasons why I do not donate to NPR.
Truly a great podcast. The music is always fantastic. But I really wish they would just put whom they have on the show, in the description. Sometimes they've got foreign music that's really fantastic, but the spelling is always questionable and to rerun over the 10 seconds to write it out, is tedious. I'd love to be able to go back through and then find the songs so I can purchase those people music. Thanks!
I am not a fan of the hosts voice. Also, the host fails to give background on the song's they play, aside from his personal opinion. The host knew nothing about Leonard Cohens new song You Want It Darker. The song features a cantor singing excerpts from High Holiday Prayers. Coinciding with the high holidays strting next week.
Overall I like this podcast, however the last couple episodes have the hosts eating, and I did not subscribe to "Mouth Sounds Considered". I've gotten over some of the negatives of this show, but if y'all drop another episode with Bob and Robin eating I'm going to loose the last thread of my sanity.
I don't listen to the radio much these days, so All Songs Considered is a great way for me to check out new artists. I don't always love the artists they showcase, but that's what the fast forward feature is for, right? I appreciate Bob Boilen's dedication & judgment - the man goes to soooo many concerts! I've discovered a few fave artists (the Worriers, Courtney Barnett to name a few) by listening. I like that they cover a variety of music. Especially liking that they are providing a track listening in the episode description lately.


I love the idea of this podcast, but they play the absolute worst bands/music. I tried, I really tried. But after ten podcasts there was not a single band I wanted to listen to. Please create a podcast for music with some energy.
It's a great place to hear new music
I'm shocked to see this isn't ranked higher. There are so many discoveries each week and I love the relationship between the hosts. Such hungry curiosity without pomposity.
Panel discussions can get pretty mean spirited. Giggling castmates trying to one-up each other's disappointment got old quick.
I don't live in an area with good radio reception, but I definitely consider All Songs to be a good replacement. Bob's voice is a little hard to pay attention to at times, but that doesn't take away from the musical choices. Not every song is my favorite, but I have had to purchase many iTunes cards to fund the new discoveries.
aaaaaahhhhhhhj it's killin' me please tell voice actor who reads Lagunitas ad it is "Lag-uh-nee-tus" please send this along


By GLuehrs
Love the show, all of it!!
This is the first and only podcast that I ever listened to for years and years. They began at a time when podcasts barely existed and they invented this podcast and themselves. It's evolved over time (15+ years!) as the hosts themselves also have evolved. Bob Boilen started as the person who chose the music that played between the stories for All Things Considered, the NPR show. He is kind, introspective, fair and certainly knows an awful lot about music. He, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and all the others are like old friends to me now and I imagine that many people feel this way. (Carrie Brownstein joined them for a while as did several other music notables.) What I appreciate is their different tastes and different takes on different genres of music. I love the variety! I do not like to listen to all one thing. They comb through vast universes of music basically because they love it, understand it and have made it their job! Because of this, I don’t have to! Sometimes I don’t relate to their choices or may even despise them, but I have also heard music by people / groups who have become my very favorites... whom I otherwise would not have found. If I hate something, I know it will end in a minute or two; I may even learn to respect it, even if I won’t want to hear it again. I do skip an episode or 2 each year, if they are covering a genre that I can't stand, but not usually more than that. I recommend that you start farther back in their catalog (year 2005 or 6 or 7 or 8 or start from the very beginning) to see how their relationship to music and each other unfolds. They listen to a lot of music and they are armed with tons of knowledge. I have learned a lot. I love them all and hope they never stop doing this! Give this podcast a try… but give it a good long try. It is worth it.
The SX coverage is the height of privileged, hipster wet dreams.
I am a new listener so it's very possible that you have covered them but... Bombadil? ☺️❤️
I enjoy listening to this while exercising. The hosts are entertaining and as someone who knows very little about music, I enjoy the exposure.
but mostly coffee shop rock that appeals the older whiter NPR listener
This podcast is my favorite way to find new music. Love it.
The All Songs crew is highly entertaining. I've listened to 4 years worth of this podcast in the last year. Not one to miss.
Bob and Robyn you have the best jobs in the world and we all benefit. They go to thousands of shows and listen to all the records picking the best stuff so you don’t have to. Because you are old and how could you. I think Bob must take some alien growth hormone too keep up this pace. I love ya for it Bob.
There are a few other worthy music podcasts, but this one by far has led me to several new bands and songs, in addition to keeping me up-to-date on older artists still putting out good music. My desert island podcast if I lived on an island that only allowed me to download one podcast a week.


By botc
Great source for new music!
I love this podcast, I've been an avid listener for the past 1.5 years and have been turned on to so many artists I'd never heard about or that I probably wouldn't have listened to otherwise, and have really fallen in love with a lot of this music! Such a refreshing change of pace from being inundated by top 40 everywhere else. Bob Boilen's got great taste.
Just enough music, just enough breakdown.
Never know who you might hear. Would like a playlist for each podcast.
30-50% talk. NPR (i.e. politically correct) music lovers (primarily middle-aged white guys) talk talk talk about music they love and yak yak yak about why they love it. They blah blah blah about who’s in the band, their producer, what the artists were thinking and feeling, what the lyrics are and what they mean. They always find plenty of time for inside jokes and to impress us with how cool they are because they get paid to go to lots of live shows and artists will come perform in their office in order to get some positive publicity. Now they’ve added ‘+1’ podcast which is usually ALL talk and they’ve started letting NPR newsreaders be guest DJ, as if we care. Sometimes they even get the intern in there so he can contribute his thoughts and share the music he loves because even the NPR music intern can tell you something you don’t know about the music he loves and why he loves it. I’m done with it.
This is one of my go-to favorite podcasts. Best way to find new music on a weekly basis.
I’m not a music fanatic, but I do like finding new music now and then. These guys wade through all the new crap that is out there and narrow it down to a more digestible amount to listen through. I say it’s a good podcast to scrub through because they spend a lot of time fawning over various artist and you can scrub over the chit chat if you are not a music fanatic. They come up with a small selection of new stuff for you to explore. Personally I find about 80% of the music doesn’t do anything for me, but they do come up with some new gems to give me something new to listen to.