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Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 2.5k ratings
  • Packed

    I haven’t listened to many episodes, but the two-part history of punk rock, “This ain’t no party…” is outrageously thorough. A deep dive into the origin and meaning of “punk.”

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Peterjb100
    United States2 months ago
  • Chart Nerds Unite

    I’ve been listening since day one, and this is one podcast that I’ll never get tired of. Every episode is so thoroughly researched and expertly re-contextualizes the artist up for discussion. Never phoned in, includes all the song clips you hope it will… just the best.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Ajxkcnens
    United States2 months ago
  • A Distressingly Binge-able Show

    I’m a massive Springsteen fan, so I jumped into this podcast because of the pair of Springsteen episodes. From there, I discovered there were other episodes I wanted - the Billy Joel one, the one about the declining interest in the single, more and more. It’s never just an overview of an artist’s career - it’s usually the influences, the chart analytics, and what came next. Chris Molanphy’s engaging delivery has something to do with that, too. Soon, I was listening to episodes whose subject matt... more

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    kevbot217
    United States3 months ago
  • Fixed - Older episodes not loading

    I solved the below problem by deleting Apple Podcasts off my iPhone and reinstalling from the App Store. I’ve lost my listening history, but I’m so glad the problem is fixed. Again, extremely weird that this issue only affected Slate Podcasts more

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    safshasha
    United States4 months ago
  • Too many ads, not a fan of the host’s style

    Way too many ads, host talks too slowly, which makes him sound condescending. His tone is just really off-putting. Would not recommend.

    Apple Podcasts
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    BklynNJ
    United States4 months ago

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