History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff

History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff is the show that aims to make grand and often oddball hard rock and heavy metal points through a narrative built upon the tiny idea of a quintet of songs. Buttressed with illustrative clips, Martin argues quickly and succinctly why these songs - and the specific sections of these tracks - support his mad professor premise, from the wobbly invention of an “American” heavy metal, to the influence of Led Zeppelin in hair metal or to more succinct topics like tapping and twin leads. The songs serve as bricks, but Martin slathers plenty of mortar. At the end, hopefully he has a sturdy house in which this week’s theory can reside unbothered by the elements. At approximately 7000, Martin has had published in books more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres. Additionally, Martin has penned approximately 85 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 35m. Bisher sind 244 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 6 days 46 minutes


episode 244: Ancient Zeppelin Reviews

In Episode 244, Martin focuses on the first four Led Zeppelin albums. He delves into artists who are compared and contrasted to the mighty Zep within those reviews.



episode 243: Ancient Sabbath Reviews

In Episode 243, Martin focuses on bands that are referenced to compare Black Sabbath to, for better or worse.



episode 242: This Band's British Steel

In Episode 242, Martin explores bands who replicate the magic of Judas Priest's seminal 1980 album British Steel with a simplified, straightforward killer album.



episode 241: Contrarianism

In Episode 241, Martin proves to himself that he may not be as contrarian as he thinks while he picks *his* favorite albums from artists whose catalogues he knows well.



episode 240: Producer Chris Tsangarides

In Episode 239, Martin celebrates late, great producer's Chris Tsangarides' catalog.


 January 30, 2024  34m

episode 239: Biggest Heavy Metal Stars

In Episode 239, Martin ponders who are the biggest living heavy metal stars.


 January 23, 2024  37m

episode 238: A Different Kind of Genius

In Episode 238, Martin explores artists who are "creative geniuses" who surround themselves with the best.


 January 16, 2024  37m

episode 237: Genius

In Episode 237, Martin explores the subjective notion of "genius" in the craft of musicianship.


 January 9, 2024  39m

Fifth Gear Singers

In Episode 236, Martin celebrates singers whose "top gear" is arguably their best gear.


 January 2, 2024  40m

episode 235: First Gear Singers

In Episode 235, Martin looks at "low energy crooners" whose singing may not always be the most powerful.


 December 26, 2023  38m