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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, 1.1K 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
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Ron NJ ,

I thought I knew a lot!!!

Every episode is full of facts that I never knew. Chris is a true pop music genious.

rnrmel ,

A must listen!

Love, love this podcast. Love the history behind the charts. I usually don’t replay episodes, but I will be playing The Lost and Lonely Edition again!!

manofmusic12 ,

For the music lover!

I’ve nearly knocked out the entire series in less than two weeks. Excellent research and insight on an artist’s influence on others.

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