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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.

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia Slate Magazine

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    • 4.8, 928 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
928 Ratings

928 Ratings

iankizublair ,

Chart genius

This show teases a ridiculous amount of meaning out of the Billboard Hot 100, definitely more than I thought was possible! Loved the episodes on the Bee Gees, Britney/swedish hit making, and Ray of Light.

Schmup ,

Thank you for your Donna Summer cast

I was in tears by the end. Thank you for giving her her due.

shellyspodcast ,

Great Show!

I’m a music fan, but have never been a nerd about it. As someone who nerds out about the things I *do know a lot about, it’s a pleasure to just sit back and let Chris’s music knowledge wash over me. Well done!

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