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Switched on Pop
What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 1,986 ratings
I accidentally stumbled on this podcast this week and now I’m addicted! I’ve always been a fan of pop music and this podcast satisfies my appetite to want to know more and become more knowledgeable about the music that’s shaping our lives. The content is thoughtful, engaging and oh so...Read full review »
Mufasie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/20
Had to stop listening when they proclaimed a terrible Taylor Swift song to be “one of the best songs ever written”, then compared her to Mozart & Prokofiev! Whaaat?! 😩
Danzy84 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/15/20
Fun, funny, and informational
I love listening to Nate and Charlie and some of the guests they bring on their show. I started at the very beginning and liked revisiting some old pop songs. They give depth to songs I dismissed as being trash and they give meaning to songs I liked just because I thought they sounded good. I...Read full review »
Hayhayjd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/15/20
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