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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
5.0 stars from 1,527 ratings
This podcast hits it out of the park episode after episode. Hosts Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding unfailingly apply incisive wit and a deep understanding of theory, culture and history in breaking down popular music. Always surprising, substantive, and insightful.
Psycho_T85 via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 05/23/19
My favorite new-to-me podcast
This podcast is addictive. It’s the perfect blend of entertainment and learning. The hosts are smart, funny, and ridiculously knowledgeable about music history and technique. Try out the most recent Lizzo episode and you’ll be hooked!
MadaJmAe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/23/19
A favourite
Love it. I’m still catching up from the start (currently listening to 21). I enjoy every minute and don’t want to rush.
11111dikla2222 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/18/19
Recent Episodes
What do Bach and smooth jazz have in common? Both score the unmistakable theme song for NPR's flagship show Morning Edition, listened to by millions across the country every day since 1979. This is undeniably pop music, a daily soundtrack to the lives of many. So why does it sound the way it...
Published 05/21/19
Many people write us with musical maladies and conspiracies. A recent one caught our attention. Daniel Armbruster, lead vocalist of indie band Joywave, has been hearing the same melody in tracks across the Alternative Songs charts. He believes that this hook could be the secret to securing a spot...
Published 05/15/19
On her new album, Cuz I Love You, Lizzo shows off her genre bending musicality. We speak with X Ambassador's lead singer, Sam Harris, who helped co-write three songs on the album, including its eponymous track. We discuss how Lizzo's songs glide across sixties soul, seventies rock rock, eighties...
Published 05/07/19
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