45 episodes

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, 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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

crhchk ,

Excellent

Wonderfully engaging podcast that looks at a range of artists and songs from a fresh angle and provides well researched context about the path they took to the top. Even when I’m not particularly fond of the artist, there’s always enough historical detail with which to connect. Nice work Mr. Molanphy!

G-Man 007 ,

Such a great show!

Love this show. I learn something new every episode. Thank you!!!

87bonnev ,

Very enjoyable!!

I look for to these every month. Chris reaches far & wide, from the 50’s to today.

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