Metaverse: Season 2

Spring 2023 • Saturdays, 2–4pm

Exploring the metadata behind iconic rock and pop songs

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Episode List

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S2E12: Meta-Metaverse (May 6, 2023)

Theme: Songs I could have played over the last two seasons of Metaverse but I didn't, perhaps because I didn't know about them. One or two songs for every episode, in order.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Baby Got Back Sir Mix-a-Lot Mack Daddy S2E1; finally played after I accidentally-on-purpose cut it 3 times
The Anthem Good Charlotte The Young and the Hopeless S1E1: Same Title, Different Song
The Anthem Pitbull ft. Lil Jon The Boatlift S1E1: Same Title, Different Song
What Makes You Beautiful One Direction Up All Night S1E2: Journalism 101
Church on Sunday Green Day Warning S1E3: Time After Time
Twist and Shout [Mono] The Beatles Please Please Me S1E4: Wait, That’s a Cover?
Twist and Shout The Isley Brothers Twist & Shout S1E4: Wait, That’s a Cover?
Twist and Shout The Top Notes Always Late (Why Lead Me On) b/w Twist and Shout [Single] S1E4: Wait, That’s a Cover?
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...) Lou Bega A Little Bit of Mambo S1E5: By the Numbers
Knights of Cydonia Muse Black Holes and Revelations S1E6: Ludicrously Long Songs
AWTCMM? Dazy Outofbody S1E7: Super Short Songs
Forever & Always (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift Fearless (Taylor’s Version) S1E8: Ever-est Playlist Ever
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...) Lou Bega A Little Bit of Mambo S1E9: The Second Song
I Got a Girl Lou Bega A Little Bit of Mambo S1E9: The Second Song; Faded after 1:30 because it’s basically the same song as “Mambo No. 5” but worse
Don’t Tell Me Avril Lavigne Under My Skin S1E10: Negative Space
Bad to the Bone George Thorogood & The Destroyers Bad to the Bone S1E11: Take the Bad with the Good
You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne Gossip in the Grain S1E12: Yooooooouuuuu!!! (skipped S1E13 because it’s not Christmas)
My Name Is Jonas Weezer Weezer (The Blue Album) S2E2: Name Game
Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Puff Daddy, Mase & Kelly Price Life After Death S2E3: Three Letters and the Truth
Party Like a Rockstar Shop Boyz Rockstar Mentality S2E4: Rock and/or Roll
Somebody’s Baby Jackson Browne Fast Time at Ridgemont High (Soundtrack) S2E5: Family Affair
Boston Augustana All the Stars and Boulevards S2E6: Study Abroad (skipped S2E7: Same Title, Different Song II)
Here I Go Again Whitesnake Whitesnake S2E8: Coloring Book
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...) Lou Bega A Little Bit of Mambo S2E9: Xtreme Kool Badd Speelingz 4 U (skipped S2E10–12 as the most recent episodes)
Down Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne All or Nothing The first song I played on Metaverse

S2E11: These Go to #11 (April 29, 2023)

Theme: Songs that peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Love Story (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift Fearless (Taylor’s Version) Re-recording peaked at #11; original version peaked at #4
Happier Than Ever Billie Eilish Happier Than Ever
What the Hell Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby
Coming Home Diddy – Dirty Money Last Train to Paris
How Far We’ve Come Matchbox 20 Exile on Mainstream
Thnks for th Mmrs Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Mockingbird Eminem Encore
Just the Girl The Click Five Greetings from Imrie House
Numb Linkin Park Meteora
Till I Hear It From You Gin Blossoms Empire Records (Soundtrack)
Because the Night 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged [Live] Patti Smith cover
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) Dead or Alive Rip It Up
Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight Spın̈al Tap This Is Spın̈al Tap
Head Over Heels The Go-Go’s Talk Show
Spirits in the Material World The Police Ghost in the Machine
I Wanna Be Your Lover [Single Version] Prince Prince
Barracuda Heart Little Queen
Disco Inferno [Single Version] The Trammps Disco Inferno
Carry On Wayward Son [Single Version] Kansas Leftoverture
Take the Money and Run Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle
Reelin’ In the Years Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill
Goin’ Up the Country Canned Heat Living the Blues
Mother Popcorn [Single Version] James Brown It’s a Mother
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You The Foundations Baby, Now That I’ve Found You [US]
Dirty Water The Standells Dirty Water
Eleanor Rigby The Beatles Revolver
The Way You Do the Things You Do The Temptations Meet the Temptations

S2E10: Mr. Prefix (April 15, 2023)

Theme: Songs with people’s names in the title.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Mr. Worldwide (Intro) Pitbull ft. Vein Planet Pit
Mr. Brightside The Killers Hot Fuss
Mr. Blue Sky Weezer Weezer (The Teal Album)
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Mr. Jones Counting Crows August and Everything Ever
Mr. Sandman The Chordettes “They’re Riding High”, Says Archie
Mr. Saxobeat Alexandra Stan Saxobeats
Mr. Perfectly Fine Taylor Swift Fearless (Taylor’s Version) SD
To Be with You Mr. Big Lean Into It
Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
Mrs. Robinson The Lemonheads It’s a Shame About Ray [Bonus Track]
Ms. Jackson Outkast Stankonia
Miss Independent Kelly Clarkson Thankful
Miss Independent Ne-Yo Year of the Gentleman
Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong Spin Doctors Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Miss You The Rolling Stones Some Girls
Work It Missy Elliott Under Construction
Hit or Miss (Waited Too Long) New Found Glory New Found Glory
Doctor Robert The Beatles Revolver
The Next Episode Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt & Nate Dogg The Chronic 2001
Doctor Doctor UFO Phenomenon
Doctor Who XI (Theme Song) Murray Gold Doctor Who: Series 5 (Soundtrack)
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Feel the Pain Dinosaur Jr. Without a Sound
Broken Wings Mr. Mister Welcome to the Real World
Mr. Tambourine Man William Shatner Spaced Out: The Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner
Mr Blobby Mr Blobby Mr Blobby: The Album
Mr. Custer Larry Verne Mister Larry Verne First 30 seconds only because I can’t stand to listen to any more of it

S2E9: Xtreme Kool Badd Speelingz (February 4, 2023)

Theme: songz and artistz that cant speel or grammerz good

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O’Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
U + Ur Hand P!nk I’m Not Dead Yes, the radio edit censors “you suck”. No, I don’t know why either.
U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ’Em
Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
I Would Die 4 U Prince Purple Rain (Soundtrack)
Good 4 U Olivia Rodrigo Sour
4ever The Veronicas The Secret Life of...
All 4 Love Color Me Badd C.M.B.
She Loves You The Beatles Past Masters
I’m a Believer The Monkees More of the Monkees
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn!
Who Am I? (What’s My Name?) Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle
Tik Tok Ke$ha Animal
Rapp Snitch Knishes MF DOOM ft. Mr. Fantastik MM..FOOD
Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD Goodbye and Good Riddance
Int’l Players’ Anthem (I Choose You) UGK ft. Outkast Underground Kingz
The Way I Are Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. Shock Value
The Last Great American Dynasty Taylor Swift Folklore SD; stylized in lowercase
Get Low Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins Kings of Crunk
Motownphilly Boyz II Men Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection
Love Sux Avril Lavigne Love Sux
Getchoo Weezer Pinkerton
Break Your Heart Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris Rokstarr
Celebration Kool & The Gang Celebrate!
Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard Hysteria
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room Mötley Crüe Theatre of Pain
Take U to da Movies Bangs Hard to Be Up

S2E8: Coloring Book (April 1, 2023)

Theme: Songs with colors in the title or artist.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Blue (Da Ba Dee) Eiffel 65 Europop
The Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley The Purple People Eater and Other Selections [EP]
Big Yellow Taxi Counting Crows ft. Vanessa Carlton Hard Candy [Bonus Track]
The Ballad of the Green Berets SSgt. Barry Sadler Ballads of the Green Berets
Friday Rebecca Black ft. Patrice Wilson Friday [Single]
Red (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift Red (Taylor’s Version) SD
Higher Ground Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother’s Milk
Red Rubber Ball The Cyrkle Red Rubber Ball
Red Lights Tiësto ft. Michel Zitron A Town Called Paradise
Orange Crush R.E.M. Green
Yellow Submarine The Beatles Revolver
Ocean Avenue Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Green Light Lorde Melodrama
She’s a Rebel Green Day American Idiot
Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue
Burnin’ for You Blue Öyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison [Live]
Blue Moon The Marcels Blue Moon
Closer to Fine Indigo Girls Indigo Girls
Purple Haze The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced [US]
Pink Triangle Weezer Pinkerton
Behind These Hazel Eyes Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison Blowin’ Your Mind!
Let’s Get It Started Black Eyed Peas Elephunk [Bonus Track]
Blackbird The Beatles The Beatles [White Album]
Paint It Black The Rolling Stones Aftermath [US]
Touch of Grey Grateful Dead In the Dark
Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) The Offspring Americana
Here I Go Again Whitesnake Whitesnake
Fell in Love with a Girl The White Stripes White Blood Cells

S2E7: Same Title, Different Song II (March 25, 2023)

Theme: More different songs with the same title. Sequel to season 1 episode 1.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Sunflower Vampire Weekend ft. Steve Lacy Father of the Bride
Sunflower Post Malone & Swae Lee Hollywood’s Bleeding
Troublemaker Weezer Weezer (The Red Album)
Troublemaker Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida Right Place Right Time
Closer Tegan and Sara Heartthrob
Closer Ne-Yo Year of the Gentleman
Right Now Van Halen The Best of Both Worlds
Right Now SR-71 Now You See Inside
Low Flo Rida ft. T-Pain Main on Sunday
Low Cracker Kerosene Hat
Heartbreaker Pat Benatar In the Heat of the Night Women’s History Month block
Heartbreaker Mariah Carey ft. Jay-Z Rainbow
Cruel Summer Bananarama Bananarama
Cruel Summer Taylor Swift Lover SD
Magic Pilot From the Album of the Same Name
Magic The Cars Heartbeat City
Magic B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Crying Roy Orbison Crying
Cryin’ Aerosmith Get a Grip “Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits 1990–1994” fake commercial from Saturday Night Live played during the following talk break
All for You Janet Jackson All for You
All for You [Full Band Version] Sister Hazel ...Somewhere More Familiar
Runaway Bon Jovi Bon Jovi
Runaway Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Runaway Del Shannon Little Town Flirt
In the End Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
In the End Green Day Dookie

S2E6: Study Abroad (March 18, 2023)

Theme: Songs with names of cities, states, countries, or continents in the title/artist.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
More Than a Feeling Boston Boston
25 or 6 to 4 Chicago Chicago II
Heat of the Moment Asia Asia
The Final Countdown Europe The Final Countdown
Sister Golden Hair America Hearts
Kids in America Kim Wilde Kim Wilde
Surf Wax America Weezer Weezer (The Blue Album)
American Idiot Green Day American Idiot
American Girl Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Believer American Authors Oh, What a Life
Flavor of the Weak American Hi-Fi American Hi-Fi
Party in the U.S.A. Miley Cyrus The Time of Our Lives [EP]
Surfin’ U.S.A. The Beach Boys Surfin’ U.S.A.
California Love 2Pac ft. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman All Eyez on Me [UK Bonus Track]
California Sun Ramones Leave Home
San Francisco The Mowgli’s Waiting for the Dawn
L.A. Girlz Weezer Weezer (The White Album)
(Theme from) New York, New York Frank Sinatra Trilogy: Past Present Future
İstanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants Flood
Club Can’t Handle Me Flo Rida ft. David Guetta Only One Flo, Part 1 “Florida Man names an album ‘…Part 1’ then never drops Part 2”
Oh, Wisconsin! Locksley Locksley
Africa Toto Toto IV
London Boy Taylor Swift Lover SD
London Calling The Clash London Calling
Werewolves of London Warren Zevon Excitable Boy
Welcome to Atlanta Jermaine Dupri ft. Ludacris Instructions
I’m Shipping Up to Boston Dropkick Murphys The Warrior’s Code Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

S2E5: Family Affair (February 25, 2023)

Theme: Songs with family members in the title or artist.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Family Affair Mary J. Blige No More Drama
California Dreamin’ The Mamas and the Papas If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
Your Mother Should Know The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers
Motorbike Momma Household Name
Father of All... Green Day Father of All...
Let’s Go Trick Daddy ft. Twista, Lil Jon & Big D Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets
Gasolina Daddy Yankee Barrio Fino
Foolish Father Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Survivor Destiny’s Child Survivor
The Judge’s Daughter Green Day 39/Smooth
The Cave Mumford & Sons Sigh No More
Carry On Wayward Son Kansas Leftoverture
Listen to the Music The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street
Kick Drum Heart The Avett Brothers I and Love and You
Year 3000 Jonas Brothers It’s About Time
Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers Just Once in My Life
All For You [Full Band Version] Sister Hazel Somewhere More Familiar
We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister Stay Hungry
Jump (For My Love) The Pointer Sisters Break Out
We Are Family [Single Version] Sister Sledge We Are Family
Tell Me Baby Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Baby One More Time Britney Spears Baby One More Time
Be My Baby The Ronettes Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
Ice Ice Baby [Radio Edit] Vanilla Ice To the Extreme

S2E4: Rock and/or Roll (February 18, 2023)

Theme: Songs where the title or artist has a three-letter acronym or initialism.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and His Comets Rock Around the Clock
Rock and Roll Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Stranger in Town
Rock & Roll Band Boston Boston
I Love Rock ’n’ Roll Joan Jett I Love Rock ’n’ Roll
Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Bad Company 10 from 6 RH
Rock and Roll Music The Beatles Beatles for Sale
Rock ’n’ Roll High School [Ed Stasium Version] Ramones Road to Ruin
Rock ’n’ Roll Is King Electric Light Orchestra Secret Messages
It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me Billy Joel Glass Houses
Rock and Roll All Nite [Live from Hella Mega] Green Day Rock and Roll All Nite [Live from Hella Mega] [Single]
Rock the Casbah The Clash Combat Rock
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake Justified
The Rock Show Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Crocodile Rock Elton John Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player
Party Rock Anthem LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Sorry for Party Rocking
Eulogy for a Rock Band Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Worry Rock Green Day Nimrod
We Will Rock You Queen News of the World
Rock Lobster The B-52’s The B-52’s
Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation Rockin’ Soul
Rollout (My Business) Ludacris Word of Mouf
Roll with the Changes REO Speedwagon You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tune a Fish
Good Times Roll The Cars Complete Greatest Hits
Roll to Me Del Amitri Twisted
Rock ’n’ Roll Nightmare Spın̈al Tap Back from the Dead
Rockstar Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Rock ’n’ Roll McDonald’s Wesley Willis Rock Power

S2E3: Three Letters and the Truth (February 11, 2023)

Theme: Songs where the title or artist has a three-letter acronym or initialism.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Fall on Me R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant
Doctor Doctor UFO Phenomenon
Paper Planes M.I.A. Kala
All My Favorite Songs [Remix] Weezer ft. AJR OK Human
Dynamite BTS Be
Shattered (Turn the Car Around) O.A.R. All Sides
Miss Murder AFI Decemberunderground
Magic B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Fantasy [Bad Boy Remix] Mariah Carey ft. O.D.B. & Puff Daddy The Remixes
Creep TLC CrazySexyCool
Party Up (Up in Here) DMX ...And Then There Was X
Uma Thurman Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho
Don’t Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra Discovery
Welcome to the Jungle Guns ’N Roses Appetite for Destruction
Express Yourself N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg 2001
J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) Green Day Angus (Soundtrack)
B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) Outkast Stankonia
ABC Jackson 5 ABC
SOS Rihanna A Girl Like Me
DOA Foo Fighters In Your Honor
YYZ Rush Moving Pictures
F.O.D. Green Day Dookie
Love Stinks The J. Geils Band Love Stinks

S2E2: Name Game (February 4, 2023)

Theme: Songs with people’s names in the title.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Sofia Clairo Immunity
Kathleen Catfish and the Bottlemen Album
Cleopatra The Lumineers The Lumineers
Victoria The Kinks Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel Bridge over Troubled Water
Josie Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Alison [Demo] Green Day Nimrod [25th Anniversary]
Stan Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Jolene Dolly Parton Jolene
Betty Taylor Swift Folklore SD
Mrs. Robinson The Lemonheads It’s a Shame About Ray [Bonus Track Version]
Louie Louie The Kingsmen In Person
Sally MacLennane The Pogues Rum Sodomy & the Lash
Ana Ng They Might Be Giants Lincoln
Uma Thurman Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho
Buddy Holly Weezer Weezer (The Blue Album)
Brian Wilson [Live] Barenaked Ladies Rock Spectacle [Live]
Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry Berry Is on Top
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show [Bonus Track Version]
Runaround Sue Dion Runaround Sue
Hey There Delilah Plain White T’s All That We Needed
Jack & Diane John Mellencamp American Fool
The Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles 1967–1970 (The Blue Album)
Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers
A Letter to Elise The Cure Wish
Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay
The Gates Da Vinci’s Notebook Brontosaurus

S2E1: Metaverse Is Back! (January 28, 2023)

Theme: Songs with “Back” in the title.

Song Title Artist Album Comments
Without Me Eminem The Eminem Show
Back in Black AC/DC Back in Black
Back to Black Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Back in the U.S.S.R. The Beatles The Beatles (White Album)
Back in the USA Green Day Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band
Back to the Shack Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Back That Thang Up Juvenile ft. Mannie Fresh & Lil Wayne 400 Degreez
Back on the Chain Gang Pretenders Learning to Crawl
Back Stabbers The O’Jays Back Stabbers
Come Back...Be Here (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift Red (Taylor’s Version) SD
Don’t Look Back Boston Don’t Look Back
Don’t Look Back in Anger Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Lean Back Terror Squad True Story
Take Back the Power The Interrupters The Interrupters
1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back Olivia Rodrigo Sour
The Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
I Want You Back The Jackson 5 Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Everything Back But You Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Lookin’ Out My Back Door Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory
Comeback Kid Brett Dennen Loverboy
Police on My Back Billie Joe Armstrong No Fun Mondays
Baby Come Back Player Player
I Won’t Back Down Tom Petty Full Moon Fever
Going Back to Cali LL Cool J Walking With a Panther
Get Back The Beatles ft. Billy Preston Let It Be
Back on Track DJVI Geometry Dash (Soundtrack)