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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, 1.2K 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

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Willuplease ,

Best podcast ever

I am completely obsessed with this podcast! It is compulsively listenable. I love music but don’t know much about the mechanics of it or the industry, so I really like learning about those issues. And I love the doses of nostalgia (remember Bad Boys by Wham! ??) and broader cultural commentary. Please keep making episodes!

alivenaz ,

Interesting and well-researched

I really like the narrative style of this podcast and I always learn something new.

Henkel19 ,

Music Lover’s Delight

Excellent podcast for any music lover! Provides great insight into the complexities of the music industry. Wish the episodes occurred more frequently.

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