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Switched On Pop

By Nate Sloan & Charlie Harding

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Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

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A Must For Music Lovers Everywhere

This is a great, in-depth show about music and the music industry. Each episode, songs are analysed in detail (even delving into the theory, which I really like), and there is discussion of the song's context in current musical culture. The hosts are entertaining and likeable, and if you have an interest in music I definitely recommend.

Intelligent, engaging, fun, hip af

One of the best podcasts I have even listened too. So smart, accessible, considered... big fan


I only recently heard about this podcast after reading the Quartz article about it. As a classically trained musician interested pretty much only in classical music I raised an eyebrow at the “subjecting pop music to serious analysis” premise but thought I would give it a shot and boy, I have been hooked ever since. I think I’ve listened to about 40 episodes in the space of a week. The three things I like most about it are (1) the hosts. They have an infectious enthusiasm for their subject and a great rapport with each other, and they make everything seem funny; (2) the rigour with which they approach their subject. I suppose anything is interesting when you have an expert break it down for you, and I particularly love the historical delving that these guys are prepared to do to explain things; (3) the choice of subject matter for each episode. It’s not just “let’s look at x song this week”; topics range from looking at specific chord progressions to the evolution of the use of particular lyrics, themes in popular music over time, and so on. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Category: Music
  • Language: English

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