Exclusive: The Cure’s Greatest Hits on Slacker

CURE MUSIC GUIDE3As The Cure prepares to headline Lollapalooza this Sunday night, Slacker celebrates with an exclusive station built out of their greatest hits.

This all-Cure countdown is determined by Slacker users, via our E.Q. (“Engagement Quotient”) methodology—allowing us to rank their 33 most played, most hearted and most shared classics.

Stations built from the music of one artist is a listening experience usually reserved for premium users but, thanks to a special arrangement with the band, all users are welcome to enjoy The Cure’s greatest through Sunday, 8/4.

The Cure 33, powered by real user engagement…something that could only happen on Slacker right here. 

The “55 Best Ideas in Music History” Station Rewards Risk-Takers Who Expanded Our Musical Palates

55 BEST IDEAS IN MUSIC HISTORY2“This is never going to work.”

That was the recurring theme when it came to creating Slacker’s brand-new station, the “55 Best Ideas in Music History.” The brainchild of music historians (and two of the funniest guys we know), Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, this station counts down the creative curveballs that left lasting impressions on the music world. Most of these ideas warrant a big, fat “I told you so” from their respective artists, as they started out as pipe dreams that others swore would never work.

“55 Best Ideas in Music History” spans several decades and genres, with an eclectic mix of musical gambles. For instance, what was Adele thinking when she made an entire album about one bad relationship? She was thinking all the way to the bank. Trailblazing folk icon Bob Dylan infuriated fans when he dared to plug in on an album and on tour. But adding a little electricity to his repertoire certainly received more cheers than jeers.

Slacker caught up with Craig and Rob, who also host the station, to reminisce on these musical milestones. The guys, who co-authored the hilariously poignant book, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, explained to us how they crafted this station and which off-the-wall musical moves shocked them the most.


Slacker: How did you come up with this list of ideas and songs?

Craig: We thought about shifts that may have seemed unusual or profound at the time, but turned out to be the best thing [the artist] has ever done. We put a lot of hours in, researching and combing through the history of music, and we asked some friends for their opinions.

Rob: Let’s put the emphasis on “asked friends.” We like to crowd source as much as possible, so that other people are doing our work and we’re getting paid for it.

Slacker: A lot of these ideas were huge risks at the time, from sampling animal sounds on a song to publicly poking fun at Justin Bieber. What would you say is the biggest career risk on this station?

Rob: Probably Taylor Swift dating John Mayer.

Craig: Biggest risk for whom? I’d say for him, really!

Rob: We’re talking about a risk/reward scenario. This shows how smart Taylor Swift is. There are lots of other less-smart women who’ve dated John Mayer and ended up miserable over it. She managed to make it work for her.

Rob: Another great example is Fleetwood Mac’s orgy. If you were in Fleetwood Mac and said to a friend, “Hey, what do you think of the idea of us all having sex with each other over a period of years?,” the friend would say, “Are you out of your mind? That’s a horrible idea!” And that’s why you should never listen to your friends. Fleetwood Mac ended up having multiple affairs with one another and then made one of the best rock records of all time, specifically about their affairs.

Slacker: A lot of these musical ideas also led to iconic moments in television and film — for instance, Blue Oyster Cult’s use of a cowbell in “Don’t Fear the Reaper” was hilariously parodied on “Saturday Night Live.” You also reference “Wayne’s World,” “The Sopranos” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on this countdown.  How did the big and small screens become such a big part of this station?

Craig: With “Bohemian Rhapsody” and songs like that, we wanted to tap into popular rock songs from the ‘70s and make you think about them in a new way. Plus, Rob and I think that scene in “Wayne’s World” was one of the greatest scenes in any movie in film history. And in the case of Blue Oyster Cult, it was an amazing parody of “Behind the Music” and gave the band an enormous boost.

Rob: I’d also say that Jimmy Fallon and The Roots help illustrate how we came up with this whole list: realizing we’re idiots. I remember when it was announced that the Roots were going to be Fallon’s late night band. I thought, “That’s a terrible idea. That’s never going to work.” Of course, Fallon and the Roots were right, and I was a moron. So this was a way for both of us to use our stupidity for our own personal gain.

Slacker: A few alter egos made the list, such as Beyonce’s “Sasha Fierce” persona. But why no Garth Brooks as “Chris Gaines”?

Rob: We are both fascinated by Chris Gaines and have to restrain ourselves from not putting him in every list we do. But we’re working on the “55 Worst Ideas in Music History” right now, so maybe he’ll show up on that list.

Slacker: Without giving away your choice for the #1 best idea in music, what criteria played a part in choosing it?

Rob: The decision was once again motivated by laziness. Craig and I co-wrote a book about MTV, and it’s a topic that, for once, we know a lot about. We’d already done the research. Music videos are things we love, so this gets our personal preferences up at the top.

Craig: If you listen to pop radio today, it’s largely centered around urban music. [Our #1 pick] was really one of the primary agents to allow black pop music to become the dominant stream of pop music in America. While Dylan going electric was profound, it didn’t have the affect on music that this video had that still resonates today.


Check out our new station, “55 Best Ideas in Music History” to hear Craig and Rob’s picks for the risks that changed the course of music, along with their humorous, expert commentary. It’s a history lesson that will actually keep you awake! Also, check out the guys’ cleverly comedic ode to the good old days when MTV actually played music videos, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. 

Enjoy New Countdowns on Slacker Radio

We know you love countdowns and Slacker has just launched some new countdowns we are sure you will enjoy. Take a look!

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 5.59.29 PMThe Twitter Top 50
Welcome to the Twitter Top 50 on Slacker. This station is based on the top 50 songs on the “Superstars” chart, representing the most tweeted-about and shared songs from today’s biggest artists on Twitter. This countdown is updated every Wednesday, so check back every week to hear the hottest music in social discovery.


EAGLES-MUSIC-GUIDE-472x472The Eagles Top 33
The Eagles have finally made their entire catalogue available for streaming, and to celebrate, Slacker has created a station that is filled with the most-loved Eagles songs, as determined by our exclusive E.Q. methodology that measures how often our listeners play, “heart,” and share songs. This is Eagles Top 33: the biggest songs by one of the world’s most beloved bands, as chosen by you!


66-METALmusicguide-472x47266 Greatest Metal Songs of all time
First, your Slacker curators conspired and argued over the 66 Greatest Metal Songs of all time. Then, we asked Metal God Dave Mustaine to host this countdown, which he graciously agreed to. Finally, we asked bands like Korn, Device, Sick Puppies, and Steel Panther to weigh in with their commentary. Put it all together and you’ve got an unholy countdown of 66 songs that are Louder Than Hell.



I Am The DJ Featuring Sara Bareilles

BAREILLES-472x472Slacker sat down with singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles and worked with her to create a radio station of her favorite music.

On her featured I Am The DJ station, you’ll hear the stories about artists and songs that inspired her to become the star she is today, from Tom Waits and Animal Collective to Fiona Apple and Justin Timberlake.

Check out this exclusive look into the musical soul of Sara Bareilles—it’s I Am The DJ on Slacker.

New Stations on Slacker Honor the Legends and Divas

We have some new stations on Slacker that truly pay homage to some of the nations greatest. Check them out!

LegendsofMotownThe Legends of Motown

Motown defined an era and dazzled the world with a steady stream of superstars from Marvin Gaye to the Supremes to “Little” Stevie Wonder to the Temptations. Slacker has assembled all of these legends on one station, filled to the brim with beloved hits and classic deep cuts. THIS is Motown like you’ve never heard it before.


Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 6.08.06 PM33 Greatest All American Divas

Last week, to celebrate the 4th of July, we presented a patriotic, one-of-kind special that salutes the game-changing ladies of American pop, which we highlighted with a feature on five of the greatest here. Now you can dive a little deeper and see just what Slacker listeners think it takes to be one of the Greatest All American Divas. 

Our host Ciara, who’s new self-titled album drops on July 9th, countdowns the greatest–from Mariah to Aretha to Whitney right here. 

All-American Country Hits for the 4th

Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 5.12.22 PMIn celebration of Independence Day, your Slacker curators have put together the ultimate 4th of July party mix.

On Country 4th of July, you will  hear all-American summer hits like Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban, along with patriotic classics from the likes of Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Carrie Underwood and Johnny Cash.

Happy 4th from all of us at Slacker!

The Best Songs for Your 4th of July Celebration

4th-of-July-472x472Celebrate the U.S.A. on the 4th of July with patriotic music and fun summer anthems on Slacker’s 4th of July Celebration station.

Music has always been at the core of every 4th of July celebration. Whether it is classic patriotic hits such to All American summer anthems, this station has it all – Festive Independence Day hits, party oldies and stirring marches.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of the top ten songs to help ring in America’s birthday.

The Beach Boys “4th of July” – This one is self-explanatory. There is nothing that screams “America” more than Brian Wilson and crew singing about the red, white and blue.

Jimmy Buffet “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – The ultimate ode to summer and theme song for ‘parrotheads’ everywhere.

Don Henley “Boys of Summer”  – There is no American summer without ‘summer love’ and Eagles front man Don Henley gives us a song to reminiscence about the ones in the past.

David Lee Roth “California Girls” – A classic and cheeky sing-a-long style song that honors all the beautiful girls across America.

Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A” – The boss wearing those jeans and singing good ole’ American rock n’ roll. What could be better than that?!

Jerry Lee Lewis – “Great Balls of Fire” – Two words. Top. Gun.

Crosby & Nash “My country ‘Tis of Thee (live)”  – A fresh take on the classic folk song turns this old diddy into an emotive and uplifting tune you want to sing along with – preferably by a campfire with a lot of s’mores.

Whitney Houston “Star Spangled Banner” – Everyone remembers this performance at Super Bowl XXV. It was Whitney at her best – flawless, poised, and performing her heart out for an entire stadium rendered speechless. Our national anthem was never the same after that.

Toby Keith “American Ride” – It would be impossible to celebrate the 4th of July without some country music. Toby Keith’s up-tempo “American Ride” reminds us that America can still be a great place to live.


Willie Nelson “Living in the Promised Land”– Willie Nelson, an American icon that is unmatched by most, sings about the American dream in this hit track.

For these songs and more head to 4th of July Celebration on Slacker  – the soundtrack to the holiday weekend and America’s independence.

Happy 4th!

New on Slacker – The Weather Channel

WEATHER-CHANNEL4-472x472Slacker already brings you news from ABC, sports from ESPN, and now we’ve added The Weather Channel!

Listen here and stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of weather, as The Weather Channel on Slacker gives you the latest weather information, targeted to your region.

The reports are updated daily, so make this station part of your day, every day.

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