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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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    • 4.9, 848 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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
848 Ratings
848 Ratings
Mpmooo ,

Best Podcast Ever for a Pop Junky

My favorite podcast - well researched, witty, funny and an absolute joy to listen to. The stories that Chris uncovers behind the songs and artists, always peak my interest and teach me something new. Keep the new episodes coming.

Future Episode Idea:
Bruce Springsteen’s search for a #1 Hit.

KDAPM ,

Smart Enlightening Entertaining

Chris is so intelligent. Not only does he know music, but his writing is so intellectual.

bribriny ,

AMAZING

1. If you are a chart junkie..this is a must..don't even question subscribing.
2. If you love music, and the stories behind the hits, see #1
3. Just download this well researched and totally fascinating podcast!
4. Thanks Chris for taking the time for these fascinating stories!
5. Just download this podcast...nuff said!

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