If you’re an aspiring songwriter, you probably want to soak up as much knowledge and insight on the craft as you can.
And the best way to do that is to listen to other people talk about the art of songwriting.
That’s why in this post we’ll give you our take on the very BEST songwriting podcasts we’ve come across.
These podcasts go into the craft and business of songwriting from multiple perspectives and are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this thing we do.
If you’re brand new to songwriting, definitely check out our complete beginner’s guide on how to write songs.
Otherwise, let’s get into the list…
And The Writer Is…
This is probably one of my favorite songwriting podcasts from the perspective of the writers themselves.
I was put onto this pod a few years ago from a singer/songwriter friend and I got super addicted to it, bingeing every episode as quickly as I could.
So much insight and knowledge gets shared on the REAL “industry” side of the songwriting game.
It’s honestly crazy fuckin inspiring to listen to…
It features interviews with some of the biggest songwriting names in the world, each done by another hit songwriter, Ross Golan.
Definitely worth a binge…
This isn’t specifically a “songwriting” podcast but it’s a definite must listen to anyone who wants to create great music.
Cole Cuchna digs down deep into the artistic brilliance of some of the best music to ever be released.
Each season features a different album, and Cole goes through each track episode by episode, breaking down the intricate writing and composition of the artist.
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This is another podcast I immediately binged when I found it. I don’t remember exactly how I came across it, but I was immediately hooked back in 2018.
There’s definitely a heavy Hip-Hop slant to the show, but the latest season featured a Radiohead album.
Regardless, every single music fan and creator should listen, regardless of genre, because Cole does an amazing job showing you the intricate and sometimes mind-bending artistry of these albums.
Get ready to have your mind blown…
Rounding out the top 3 songwriting podcasts is Vulture’s Song Exploder.
This is another great listen for songwriters because each episode, though short, hears an artist breaking down one of their songs, piece-by-piece.
In terms of genres and artists covered, this pod is all over the place. And that’s a good thing because sometimes you can get inspired from the places you are least likely to look.
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In other words, it’s good to get outside perspectives on things – and you’ll find that in this show.
The premise of this show is the artist breaks down the sounds and ideas that went into the song while being written and produced.
Definitely worth a listen…
Up next is another great podcast for creators of all kinds, but since it’s music-focused, it’s an even greater podcasts for people who write songs.
Rick Rubin, one of the hosts of the show, is a legendary music producer behind some of the most iconic and classic albums to have been released since the 1980s.
Each episode features a different musician talking about the craft of music creation and their inspiration.
It’s not a podcast that necessarily talks exclusively about how the craft is done, but it’s just as valuable and can lead to a lot of creative insights.
Check it out…
This songwriting podcast features hour long interviews with some of the major songwriters throughout recent music history.
Although it’s called Song Craft, the focus of each show is to get the life and career story of each of the people being interviewed.
Naturally, craft becomes a part of the conversation but it delves beyond just the making of the song.
It’s a great listen…
There are a ton of podcasts out there and I’m sure there’s a lot more than the 5 listed above that I would absolutely love.
But just search for “songwriting” on Spotify and you’ll see hundreds of different shows.
Are they all great? Probably not. But as I listen to more and more shows about songwriting, music creation and creativity in general I’ll be sure to keep this list updated with new finds that I think are phenomenal.
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Thanks for reading my take on the best songwriting podcasts out today. Listen to a few episodes from each show! They’re definitely worth it.