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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 1,782 ratings
Amazing
Such a great podcast. Always informative always fun. Great job. This last episode with OffBook absolutely blew my mind! Congrats
markhanuman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/10/19
Swift revisited
I’m having a T.S. revival after hearing the new songs so I’ve been going back and listening to previous episodes including the one about Blank Space. Y’all! The clicking sound at the end of the chorus that you were wondering about is the sound of a retractable pen clicking! “Cause I’ve got a...Read full review »
brettelizabeth via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/19/19
I LOVE this podcast. I've listened to every single one. Nate and Charlie made me understand how much talent and thought truly does go into pop music, something I always shallowly thought of as vapid. And they're great at explaining the technical tools and nuances used. I always end up having a...Read full review »
lweisman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/19
Recent Episodes
Ross Golan is no stranger to Switched on Pop. This week, the songwriter and host of the hit podcast And The Writer Is… joins Charlie for a BONUS episode (cue siren) about the surprising lessons learned from a collective seven years behind the interview mic. Tune in as Ross and Charlie discuss the...
Published 09/13/19
On this very special episode, we join forces with the hilarious podcast OFF BOOK. When our powers combine, Zach and Jess of Off Book, plus their killer backing band of Scott, Dana and Brett create an improvised musical, while Nate and Charlie break down the sound and structure of a Broadway show....
Published 09/10/19
"Make Me Feel," is the first hit from Janelle Monáe's 2018 album Dirty Computer,  and a sensual song about the fluidity of desire. In the pre-chorus, the singer proudly expresses that she is a "sexual bender." Fans have embraced the song for breaking free of normative sexual expectations. But...
Published 09/03/19
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