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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 1,674 ratings
Golden nerd glitter
This is simultaneously the nerdiest, meta-mental thing I’ve ever heard AND a super satisfying deep dive into the minutia of pop music. Smart and intriguing, gives good ear man, I dig it.
Herva via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/15/19
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I absolutely love this podcast! PLEASE DO AN EPISODE ON Traffic from ANIMA by Thom Yorke!
Aanish Raees via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/29/19
Changed the way I listen to music
A friend introduced me to this podcast, and I’ve been bingeing it ever since. Charlie and Nate break down pop songs in an approachable way that has really changed how I think about and consume music. Even when listening to multiple episodes in a row, it is rarely repetitive and has expanded my...Read full review »
Katie4839204 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/27/19
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