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Hit Parade
Music History and Music Trivia
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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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 1,793 ratings
Pay Wall 👎
CAUTION: Great show, fantastic show, one of my favs, but new episodes are now behind a PAY WALL. I get your business is suffering, but so are the rest of us, and we have even less disposable income to now spend for your previously free content. This feels like a giant middle finger to the...Read full review »
GC20202 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 11/12/20
This is what podcasts should be
This podcast is just so full of music tidbits I always wanted to know but didn’t know Existed to be learned. It’s so perfect to hear samples from the songs amid all the deep commentary. This podcast makes me want to go on a road trip so I can just listen for hours without distractions.
wms3487 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/11/20
Discovered this treasure
I just started listening over the weekend and I have listened to thirteen episodes. Great historical content
Mediaman44 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/12/20
Recent Episodes
Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. Hit...
Published 11/27/20
Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. Today...
Published 11/16/20
Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. In part...
Published 10/30/20
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