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Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

By Slate Magazine

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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.

Customer Reviews

Great series for those who love music

This podcast is one of the highlights of my listening. For anyone who likes American pop/rock music it gives a great insight, often from a really different angle. Love it!

Slate’s hit parade

Have been listening to podcasts forever. Hours a week. This is, simply, the best podcast I’ve listened to (even taking account of the Bon Jovi episode). My First review too - so must be the best.


This has quickly become my favourite podcast. A great mix of music and history presented in a engaging and entertaining way. Chris is brilliant. Wish it was more frequent! But absolutely worth the wait each month!