Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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

🎧 Podcast episodes

Listen to 129 episodes
Hits of the Year Edition Part 2
98 minutes ·

Hits of the Year Edition Part 2

Hits of the Year Edition Part 1
47 minutes ·

Hits of the Year Edition Part 1

Angry Young Men Edition Part 2
59 minutes ·

Angry Young Men Edition Part 2

Angry Young Men Edition Part 1
72 minutes ·

Angry Young Men Edition Part 1

Give Up the Funk Edition Part 2
54 minutes ·

Give Up the Funk Edition Part 2

Give Up the Funk Edition Part 1
54 minutes ·

Give Up the Funk Edition Part 1

Still Billy Joel to Me Part 2
48 minutes ·

Still Billy Joel to Me Part 2

Still Billy Joel to Me Part 1
62 minutes ·

Still Billy Joel to Me Part 1

Point of No Return Part 2
50 minutes ·

Point of No Return Part 2

Point of No Return Part 1
64 minutes ·

Point of No Return Part 1

A Deal with the TV God Part 2
42 minutes ·

A Deal with the TV God Part 2

A Deal with the TV God Part 1
56 minutes ·

A Deal with the TV God Part 1

Flip It and Reverse It Part 2
69 minutes ·

Flip It and Reverse It Part 2

Flip It and Reverse It Part 1
71 minutes ·

Flip It and Reverse It Part 1

I Got Five on It Part 2
59 minutes ·

I Got Five on It Part 2

I Got Five on It Part 1
55 minutes ·

I Got Five on It Part 1

Killing Me Softly Part 2
63 minutes ·

Killing Me Softly Part 2

Killing Me Softly Part 1
80 minutes ·

Killing Me Softly Part 1

We Invented the Remix Part 2
66 minutes ·

We Invented the Remix Part 2

We Invented the Remix Part 1
69 minutes ·

We Invented the Remix Part 1

Rock ’n Soul, Part 2
62 minutes ·

Rock ’n Soul, Part 2

Rock ’n Soul, Part 1
61 minutes ·

Rock ’n Soul, Part 1

One Year: Hey Macarena!
58 minutes ·

One Year: Hey Macarena!

Chestnut Roasters, Part 2
52 minutes ·

Chestnut Roasters, Part 2

Chestnut Roasters, Part 1
68 minutes ·

Chestnut Roasters, Part 1

Spirit of ’71, Part 2
65 minutes ·

Spirit of ’71, Part 2

Spirit of ’71, Part 1
74 minutes ·

Spirit of ’71, Part 1

What a Fool Believes, Part 2
48 minutes ·

What a Fool Believes, Part 2

What a Fool Believes, Part 1
60 minutes ·

What a Fool Believes, Part 1

Tramps Like Us, Part 2
74 minutes ·

Tramps Like Us, Part 2

Tramps Like Us, Part 1
76 minutes ·

Tramps Like Us, Part 1

Blame It on the Feign, Part 2
48 minutes ·

Blame It on the Feign, Part 2

Blame It on the Feign, Part 1
59 minutes ·

Blame It on the Feign, Part 1

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