Coming Around Again Podcast: Could 'The Sopranos' Have Used Any Other Song for Its Finale But 'Don't Stop Believin''?

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Welcome to the Coming Around Again podcast, part of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests will be discussing notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world.

This week, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of one of the most famous TV episodes of the 21st century: "Made in America," the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos, which turns 10 this Saturday (June 10). Kyle McGovern, editor of Mic's Hype culture section, comes by to talk about memories of the controversial finale, and to discuss some of the series' best musical moments.

One of those moments, of course, comes in the finale itself, with Journey's 1981 classic "Don't Stop Believin'" unforgettably soundtracking the episode's climactic (or perhaps anti-climactic) final diner scene. We discuss the reasons why that song was chosen and what made it such an effective choice -- and also debate whether any other similar song could've possibly served the scene as well, evaluating potential candidates from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf and many more.

Listen below, and be sure to check back every Thursday to see which classic artists, albums and songs are Coming Around Again!

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