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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
4.9 stars from 1,332 ratings
I LOVE dance music, however I generally threw away the majority of it as commercial hook. This podcast made me appreciate what makes that hook, melody, beat, whatever, so addictive and frames it in a way that my classically trained brain appreciates all the more. Just as a wish item, can we do a...Read full review »
Human Catnip for Pets via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/19
Fast talker
The guy talks SO FAST it’s pretty annoying.
Efgyhujjo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/19
Love it
I knew nothing of music theory to begin with. The hosts make the information understandable and entertaining.
BrandyBee123 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/19
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