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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 2,351 ratings
I love the host. Nice balance of music clips, history and context. A really good way to educate yourself on the history of music.
Rachel, Brisbane, Australia via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/28/23
A must listen!
Anyone with even a passing interest in music history would thoroughly enjoy this podcast. I only wish they would do a playlist of all the songs discussed on each episode that I could download after!
NancyL13 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/23
Make your brain bigger
Mid fifties guy, this podcast nails i!
Almost geezer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/23
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