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Want to find back that one song?

Or get the feeling of listening to the radio like it was when you were a kid?

Today, Cool Websites and Apps brings you five sites that let radio listeners travel through time and space.

I grew up on a farm in rural Ontario, and one of the only ways to make physical labor interesting was to turn on the radio. I’ve got so many vivid memories of specific songs, and specific segments, from the early 2000s, mostly related to cold weather and moving hay around – but good memories nonetheless. Can I find some of those back?

It turns out yes, and I can do a lot more. We’ve shown you where to find unlimited online radio Tune Into TuneIn Online Radio & Listen to Unlimited Music, Sports & Talk Shows Tune Into TuneIn Online Radio & Listen to Unlimited Music, Sports & Talk Shows Is radio listening back in vogue? I think it has been for quite some time. One only needs to follow the trail of advertisers, or for us who live in the online world – the... Read More ; here’s how to travel in time through that free radio and find exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s get started.

OnRad.io: Some Station Somewhere Is Playing Your Song

Somewhere on this planet, one of any hundreds of thousands of radio stations is playing your favorite song. It might be in Alabama, it might be in Zimbabwe, but odds are it’s playing somewhere. OnRadio lets you find out where that station is, and start listening right now.

A few years back we featured Radio Search Engine Your Favorite Song Is Playing Somewhere. Find It With RadioSearchEngine Your Favorite Song Is Playing Somewhere. Find It With RadioSearchEngine Radio Search Engine regularly indexes online radio stations, allowing you to search for a specific song playing...somewhere. Tune into it and find out if it can be your regular jukebox. Read More . OnRadio is the latest incarnation of that same service, this time with a refined interface that works well on mobile.

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The idea is simple: search for a song, hear it instantly from some radio station somewhere. You won’t hear that track from the beginning, but you’ll typically hear most of it. You can leave the station on, if you’d like – odds are you’ll hear something you like and learn a little about the world while you’re at it. Or you can just search for another song, if you prefer.

You can copy any song’s URL and share it, if you’d like, or set up notifications so you can find out when a particular song is playing somewhere.

Radiooooo: Music from Any Decade/Nation Combination

Instantly travelling to where your favorite song is playing is cool and all, but you were promised time travel. Let’s start delivering on that, shall we?

Radiooooo gives you a map and a panel for selecting a decade. Just click a decade, then click a country, to hear a song from that particular place and time.

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There is a wide world of music to explore here, so go ahead and dive in. I recommend pre-revolutionary Cuba as a place to start, but I’d love to know which gems you discover – and where. Leave some tips in the comments below, okay?

Rewind Radio: Travel to Radio Stations from Past Decades

Radio sucks these days – kids listening to their rap/pop/whatever-it-is-you-don’t-like just don’t realize what they’re missing. Back in the 90’s/80’s/whenever-you-grew-up, everything was way better.

If you feel that way, congratulations: you’re old! It’s okay, it happens to all of us eventually (and it is better than the alternative). Just know that there’s a remedy for your radio problem: Rewind Radio. This service uses Spotify’s catalog of songs to re-create radio playlists from any year – and even season.

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Just find the exact time you last found radio to be appealing, then turn the volume up.

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Remember: you’re not out of touch. It’s the children who are wrong.

Magic Transistor Radio: Open and Enjoy Some Early Rock

Magic Transistor is a podcast that looks into the early history of what we today call rock and roll. They also offer an interactive online radio, and it’s totally worth checking out if you want some great music you’ve never heard before.

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Just open the site and start listening – you can change the station if something you don’t love comes on. There are some really great deep cuts here, so fire it up and enjoy.

Old Radio World: Archive of Old Radio Shows and Broadcasts

Radio wasn’t always all about music and news: it used to be full of dramas, comedies, and all sorts of things we now use TV for (or did use TV for, until we started replacing that with the web TV Channels Are Dead: Why Sling Isn't The Future Of Sports TV TV Channels Are Dead: Why Sling Isn't The Future Of Sports TV Kids don't watch channels; they watch shows. Worse, TV channels have been an obstacle for comprehensive coverage of live sports events. Sling doesn't solve that. Read More , but that’s another article entirely). Old Radio World is a great archive for finding out what some of that sounded like.

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For the MakeUseOf crowd, I recommend diving into the science fiction stories. It’s amazing how far that genre has come, but there’s still something charming about its early broadcast roots (Flash Gordon!). History buffs shouldn’t miss the WWII archive.

There are lots of ways to find amazing free audio dramas Where To Find Amazing Free Audio Dramas Where To Find Amazing Free Audio Dramas Long, long ago, it was very common to sit around the radio and listen to the latest episodes of old-time radio dramas and serials (like The Shadow). However, when people were able to put a... Read More , but this site offers a great starting point. Dive into the early days of radio!

What Radio Era Would You Like to Travel to?

Do you have any fond radio memories? Let’s talk about those in the comments below, along with any resources for bringing them back.

Or, if nothing here satisfies you, why not start your own online radio station Start an Online Radio Station of Your Own: Here's How Start an Online Radio Station of Your Own: Here's How If you've been wondering how one goes about setting up an online radio station then you're in luck. There are a number of simple ways to make an online radio station involving nothing more than... Read More and create something that does? I’d love to hear from you, should you get something going. Let’s chat below!

  1. Jeanne Anne Decosta
    December 13, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I stream Celtic on Mondays, Blues on Tuesdays, Epic long songs & extended live jams on Wednesdays, my general + favorites playlists shuffled together on Thursdays, Pagan Spiritual or Goddess music on Fridays, sometimes a continuation of Thursday's &/or Friday's stream on Saturdays & Jazz on Sundays. Early '70s Hard Rock & Pagan themed music are my two specialties. Please feel free to listen in to ~Annie's Majikal Muzikal Medley~ No commercials. :)

    • Justin Pot
      December 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      I approve of this comment A+++

  2. Károly Németh
    December 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I'm listening online radio exclusively for music. I don't want spend time to downloading and/or making play list. Very hard to find station what offers only music without flood of advertisement, news and "talking" program. I like many type of music. I found 181.FM (with 70+ sub station) and Addict Radio (with 5 substation) couple years ago. Nowadays I use these with TuneIn because of libraries and making fine selection. Actually you give some new information what I will check soon.

    • Justin Pot
      December 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Glad to help! Thanks for the tips yourself.

  3. A41202813GMAIL ..
    December 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I Am 58.

    I Value Music Artists By The Percentage Of Good Songs In The Whole ( Old ) LP/CD Physical Medium - I Am Not Exactly A Fan Of 1 Hit Wonders.

    CHUCK BERRY And STATUS QUO Are Some Of My Favorites.

    Country Music In The Mid Nineties Was Really Cool.

    What Happened To Music Since Then ?

    Cheers.

    • Justin Pot
      December 6, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      There is more music being released now than ever before, and some of it you'll love. Just need to search for it, I think. Check out some of the stations above maybe?

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        December 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        I Use STREAMSQUID A Lot.

        Since I Found It, I Have Barely Heard Any Of My Songs.

        Thank You For Responding.

        • Justin Pot
          December 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

          I highly recommend trying out Pandora, then, if you haven't. Just search for some of your favourite artists.

        • A41202813GMAIL ..
          December 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

          PANDORA Is Not Legally Available In A Huge Number Of Countries, Including My Own.

          Thank You, Again.

      • fcd76218
        December 8, 2015 at 12:32 am

        "There is more music being released now than ever before"
        Quantity does guarantee quality.

        " some of it you’ll love."
        If one has the time and the patience to wade through all the dreck. It's analogous to gold mining, out of one ton of rock they may get couple of ounces of gold.

  4. Kelsey Tidwell
    December 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Justin, I'd like to confirm, being in Alabama, that yes, a station here just played your favorite song. I have no idea what that song is, but having grown up on a cattle farm, I believe I can relate and help you sleep better tonight knowing that your particular brand of tunes is alive and well. :)

    My nostalgia runs to the late 60's through 70's classic rock, with some 80's Aerosmith et al thrown in (those were my dating years... I was born in 1970). Just like certain scents, there's NOTHING like a favorite song to take you back. Even to a particular moment. :)

    I thought the image at the top of the article was very appropriate...a musical time machine!

    • Justin Pot
      December 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks for the update from Alabama! It's good to know everything I like is playing there. :) And it is amazing how much can bring you back to a particular era, mentally. There's nothing more powerful, except possibly smells.

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        December 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm

        Lol I mentioned where I'm from because of: "Somewhere on this planet, one of any hundreds of thousands of radio stations is playing your favorite song. It might be in Alabama, it might be in Zimbabwe, but odds are it’s playing somewhere."

        :D

        • Justin Pot
          December 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

          Figured that out, just wanted to thank you for the update. :) Greetings from Portland, OR where I live now!

  5. Buffet
    December 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    "I grew up on a farm in rural Ontario, and one of the only ways to make physical labor interesting was to turn on the radio. I’ve got so many vivid memories of specific songs, and specific segments, from the early 2000s, mostly related to cold weather and moving hay around – but good memories nonetheless."

    The statement has no cngruence. It first references memories during growing up, then talks about "the early 2000s"??
    Makes absolutely no sense. The entire article lacks any credence.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      December 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Uh, this is 2015. Not everyone is as old as I am. He was probably a teenager then. Why would that affect the believability of an article which states as a theme that music makes good memories?

    • fcd76218
      December 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      @Buffet:
      How's this for congruence? He was born around 1988-1990 in rural Ontario. Worked on his family farm in early 2000's. Makes perfect sense.

      • Justin Pot
        December 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm

        I'm 30, was in high school in the early 2000s, but am pretty sure Buffet is joking around in any case.

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