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What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more.

Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.

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    • 4.8, 964 Ratings

What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more.

Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.

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4.8 out of 5
964 Ratings

964 Ratings

Lovely Misfit ,

One of my favorite podcasts anywhere

One of the podcasts that keeps my interest more than any other. Music, history, politics and more all rolled into one.

Littlehut13 ,

Yea for Broadway!!

Great show overall but I was so excited to listen to the Broadway episode! Very informative! You’ve got great kids! Loved hearing Tom’s song.

HangzhouHarry ,

. Chris explains all of your cultural music history!! Fascinating!!

Chris can explain ... and make sense of your entire life in music. It is nothing short of a revelation to come to understand all the connections between artists and producers, bands and performers, song writers and musicians!

Anytime, anyplace, if you have a chance to read or hear some thing that Chris Molanphy has to say - don’t miss it!!!

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