Reviews
One of the best music-related podcasts; one of my favorite podcasts, period. Bravo to Chris M and all involved in the podcast’s production!
smarmydave via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/20/22
I recently found this wonderful podcast series and am enjoying it from its beginning. I thought I knew a lot about rock/pop, but every episode has information that makes my eyes get big! Wonderfully researched, typical Slate high production values, and such a great escape!
BB_UVE via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/02/22
What a great, well-researched podcast. I feel like I’m learning a lot about music. Thanks!
ktodarling via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/30/22
Very informative and in-depth. Kind of wish he had another host or different guests to bounce off of, from time to time, though.
FanchickLana via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/29/22
…I respond out loud, “I did.”
torajima77 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/22
As someone who has often felt completely illiterate about cultural history of 20th century popular music, Hit Parade has been a powerful "litterating" agent and as a result listening to each episode is an absolute joy. Written and hosted by Chris Molanphy, Slate's music critic. The...Read full review »
Ben Brenner via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/22
I have been waiting for what may as well be an entire lifetime for 80's Freestyle Music, its artisits, producers, songs, and influence on mainstream pop artists and their music personnas. Your delivery and refusal to leave off any tidbit of history and recognizing how artistic contributions,...Read full review »
DJ Helladef via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/22
Bingeing the podcast after hearing you on Pop Pantheon podcast last year . Thank you for posting the full Billy Joel podcast which was missing on the ITunes feed until today .
astaire13 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/14/22
Easily the best music podcast I’ve ever listened to. Possibly the best podcast period. Lovingly and thoughtfully researched and written. Chris gives everything a chance, takes everyone’s artistry seriously, but never comes off as humorless.
Dune Duken via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/27/22
Great show. I love that his knowledge on r&b,funk, disco and hip hop is just as good as his knowledge on rock and pop. He doesn’t stray away from the more urban genres. This guy knows his stuff, and just when I thought i knew everything as far as music and trivia, Chris teaches me so much...Read full review »
Dredunn2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/19/22
I wasn't subscribing at the time, but listening occasionally to your podcast Hit Parade and decided to listen again and WOW! You nailed this genre and time period flawlessly. It's almost as if you were in the clubs in the 80's and 90's, Freestyle evolution perfectly laid out,...Read full review »
Happy Joyous and Free via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/18/22
I love this. Chris is giving us a whole new appreciation for our favorite hits.
sdhett1966 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/22
Just a wonderful, wonderful show!! I hope it goes on forever…
Milwaukee Old-Timer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/22
My husband introduced me to Hit Parade about 3 years ago. It has quickly become one of the podcasts I look forward to the most. I love that I get to learn more of the backgrounds on the songs and artists I love. I have learned so much about tons of different artists. I share this podcast with...Read full review »
The Goldins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/27/22
It’s a good podcast on American Music Trivia, just a shame they don’t share the playlists with Apple Music users👎🏻
GSD_Dave via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/21/22
I’ve listened to every episode. Overall, I love the podcast, but I’m getting tired of Chris repeatedly talking about how much he hates Bon Jovi and other artists. It’s getting tiresome. It makes him seem petty and small. Not sure what’s to be gained by offending many of his listeners. Stick to...Read full review »
Maymey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/15/22
Congratulations on celebrating your 5th anniversary, and thank you for putting out a podcast that is as entertaining as it is informative. As other listeners have said, some of my favorite episodes have been the ones that on the surface were about acts that I usually wouldn't give a second...Read full review »
Lord Tedford via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/22
Why. Does. He. Speak. As. If. There. Is. A. Period. In. Between. EVERY. FREAKING. WORD?? Even speeding it up doesn’t help as he sounds like a soulless robot and the music becomes distorted. I highly encourage him to be more natural, it seems like he’s got interesting things to say…
jonzarch via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/22
Found interesting and informative episodes on music and trends that I had previously absolutely no interest in - eg hip hop and edm (didn’t even know what edm was or stood for, before I listened to the episode).
Wezzaparks via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/27/22
Over the last few weeks since I’ve discovered this podcast, I appreciate it even more having heard pretty much every episode at this point. Chris does a masterful job writing and producing these shows and as a Casey Kasem fan who is about the same age as Chris, I very much appreciate the tip of...Read full review »
Guinea pig88 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/22/22
‘These are the Good Times’ episodes 1 & 2 are life changing. Thank you for creating this content.
JJDJulesDuff via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/16/22
No, I didn’t miss out a comma. That header describes the host of this podcast. It’s a wealth of pop music trivia, and I love it.
tylerandjack via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/10/22
I can't get enough of this show. Every episode is full of great music and great stories. I love the way Chris links songs, musicians and genera to their moment in history.Read full review »
Janelleam via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/01/22
Really enjoyed the show, Chris. But you cited Kenny Nolan and Bob Gaudio as the songwriters of “Lady Marmalade.” Wasn’t Bob Crewe the actual co-writer?
JeepWhite via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/22
Chris is a treasure. The podcast makes me want to hear an album of all the song snippets. Royalties likely too costly. The Bee Gees, Hall and Oats, Springsteen and todays four fantastic women and all the rest are worth second and third listens.
Elmo Pete via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/26/22
This is such a great show. It’s a real deep dive to learn fascinating things that you didn’t even realize that you wanted to know. It is great to learn so much. I love it!
Psyched2knit via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/22
This podcast is such an engrossing & meticulous dive into pop chart history. It is so fantastic. Each episode is woven together so wonderfully. You just want to hear more & more. Chris does an awesome job of taking the listener along on a fantastic journey. Highly recommend for any music...Read full review »
Sunita Tummala via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/22
I discovered Hit Parade a couple years ago, and I can’t shake it! Normally podcasts start to feel tired after a while, but to my ears, Chris is at his prime. The writing is full of well-researched anecdotes and tasty tidbits of information, each with all the perfect adjectives. The editing is...Read full review »
Louiemagg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/22
Carefully intertwined accounts of pop music history that build up to crescendo, mixed with interesting behind the scenes stories, Music and excellent narrative.
arpolo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/10/22
With the episodes about Yacht Rock, a genre I thought I knew well. Boy was I wrong! Such fun to listen to, bop along with, reminisce about. A great pod for anyone with even a passing interest in pop! Have already recommended to three other music-loving people.
DC Czarina via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/04/22
If you enjoy well-written music biographies, music history, and musicology, you will love this podcast. Is it intellectual? Yes! It is entertaining? Yes! Is it pandering? No! Listening to Chris you never feel like you’re being entertained by some DJ’s clown show, and you never feel like you’re...Read full review »
HaveGtrWillTrvl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/03/22
Always satisfying, entertaining and enjoyable. If you like music history and want a long, immersive podcast you can sink your teeth into, this is for you. My one criticism is that the host is a little wooden in his delivery style and usually sounds like he’s reading off a script; however, he...Read full review »
27jennifers via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/19/21
JFC I know it takes $ to make a pod and this is not free.. I get it.. make the ads in front and behind the pod so I can skip them SKIP.. Skip all the ads or make a one stop shop service I have let’s see.. Disney +, Netflix, Hulu, Apple One with Family and OneDrive, Amazon.. Audible Your...Read full review »
Purplescrewdriver via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/18/21
Great show
Trudy Wretched via Apple Podcasts · Thailand · 12/05/21
Hit Parade has become my favorite podcast. It takes turns you wouldn’t expect and always with depth and intelligence. It’s also beautifully produced and Chris is an excellent, informed host. If you love learning about popular music history, the cultural trends and artists that made that history...Read full review »
Evepop11 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/23/21
Love the concept but dang this guy talks so slowly ……and……. deliberately. And I can’t speed him up the podcast because then the music sounds bad.
Christofish via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/21
As a child, I made a point of listening to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem every weekend. I made a list of every song and artist in a spiral bound notebook as I recorded the show on my hand-held cassette recorder and dared anyone to knock on my bedroom door during the broadcast. Chris Molanphy...Read full review »
SCtoNI via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/21/21
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...Read full review »
kevbot217 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/20/21
A stellar episode about and tribute to LaDonna Adrian Gaines (ala Donna Summer)! Bravo!👏🏿🎵🎤❤️🙏🏿
bigsexyboogie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/05/21
😴😴😴😴😴😴😴 so boring. Molanphy puts me to sleep.
User1219 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/21
My son recently introduced me to this pod. I was immediately sucked in and went back and listened to a bunch of old episodes. Each one has been interesting, well researched and tells a great story. If you like the intersection of music and culture, you won’t be disappointed.
Kidfree via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/21
This podcast has made me dance, gasp, and even sob. I love everything about this show.
PochaccoYoly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/07/21
I am not a music buff, but I love learning. The Hit Parade podcasts are entertaining, fascinating, and engrossing. This is long-form journalism at its best. I find that the episodes about artists that I don’t care about are surprisingly the most interesting. I was not a fan of disco, yacht...Read full review »
olshanski via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/29/21
I’m always waiting for the next episode - a consistently great listen.
Renee in Tucson via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
I love music and the story of music. This show is chock full of the history of the hit parade, delivered by an enthusiast Host. Even if the genre does not interest me the episode never fails to engage me
Huronia225 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/20/21
At its best, such as the recent episode about Sam Cooke, this podcast offers insight into music history, along with a healthy dollop of informed criticism, at a level that meets or exceeds anything you can find. While not every episode is a home run, the quality is consistently high enough that...Read full review »
The Crenz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/23/21
I have a sore plus subscription JUST so I can have access to this show. Worth’s every penny. Deep dives, no snobbery here as Chris take about and through all genres, time periods and influences. This is a great podcast for music lovers, nerds, historians etc... one of my Top five across all...Read full review »
S.F.G. #1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/21
Overall interesting, but Chris’ robovoice is so halting that it sounds like it’s made for English learners or 2-year-olds. Maybe I’m just used to people sounding like natural humans. It’s the spoken word version of the uncanny valley. It just feels wrong.
Rich Loammiser via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/21
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