Songs About Heroes, Opinions on Beyoncé & Drive-By Truckers

There have been many great songs about acts of heroism big and small, and in times like these, boy do we need heroes and heroines! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about heroes. They'll also hear selections from the production team and review the new albums by Beyoncé and Drive-By Truckers.

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Renaissance Beyoncé


In her first solo album since the groundbreaking Lemonade, Beyoncé has another winner with Renaissance. Jim and Greg say she is working with the top producers in the world, but retains her individuality and humanity in this project.

Welcome 2 Club XIII Drive-By Truckers


In their fourteenth album, Drive-By Truckers are as potent as ever, making Welcome 2 Club XIII well worth a listen. As long-time admirers of the band, Jim and Greg appreciate the clear-eyed lyrics that look back at the band's early days and out at the music community.

Songs About Heroes

There’s a wide range of songs that approach the topic of heroes from different angles. Some are looking for help from heroes- like Aimee Mann’s “Save Me” or the Flaming Lips “Waitin’ On A Superman.” Others are commenting on the concept of a hero- like John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” or The Strangler’s “No More Heroes.” Jim and Greg agree, heroes have proven a potent source of inspiration for all kinds of songwriters.


  • Aimee Mann, "Save Me"
  • The Impressions, "We're a Winner"
  • Flaming Lips, "Waitin’ for a Superman"
  • Rihanna, "Umbrella"
  • David Bowie, "Heroes"


  • John Lennon, "Working Class Hero"
  • The Kinks, "Celluloid Heroes"
  • The Stranglers, "No More Heroes"
  • Natalie Merchant, "Ophelia"
  • Nas, "Hero"

Producers’ Picks

  • Sol: ONE OK ROCK, "Save Yourself"
  • Alex: Elton John, "I’m Still Standing"
  • Andrew Gill: Billy Bragg, "There Is Power In A Union"

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