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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 2,493 ratings
Bravo
Great show, well-researched, straight to the point, the music plays as it relates to the story and the host isn’t subjecting us to a comedy routine, very very good and entertaining podcast
skypewilliams via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/24
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.”
Peterjb100 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/23
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.
Ajxkcnens via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/23
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Published 02/24/24
Barbra Streisand: star of stage and screen. Oscar-winner, film director and TV producer. Culture warrior and meme generator. Yes, all that—but don’t get it twisted: Barbra’s legend rests in her catalog of hit songs—and that voice. Even as culture vultures consume her recent doorstop of a memoir...
Published 02/10/24
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