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Switched on Pop

By Vox

What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

  1. 1.
    Lost & Found: The Drama of Pop Form with Emily King03/19/2019
    30:20
  2. 2.
    How Streaming Changed the Sound of Pop03/12/2019
    36:47
  3. 3.
    Top 40 Activism with Justin Tranter03/05/2019
    44:23
  4. 4.
    What Makes An Award Winning Song?02/20/2019
    42:29
  5. 5.
    What Makes a Song Sexy?02/05/2019
    31:59
  6. 6.
    The Deep History of '7 Rings'01/29/2019
    38:13
  7. 7.
    Do You Believe in Life After Autotune?01/23/2019
    48:05
  8. 8.
    Slay Bells, All Year Long12/26/2018
    38:52
  1. 9.
    Look What You Made Us Do12/11/2018
    54:57
  2. 10.
    Entering Beard Phase with Mike Posner11/27/2018
    51:35
  3. 11.
    How Dirty Projectors Make You Feel Energy (with David Longstreth)11/13/2018
    52:42
  4. 12.
    Stairway To Hell: Greta Van Fleet’s Scorching Album Review That Went Viral10/30/2018
    59:27
  5. 13.
    Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s 10/16/2018
    37:33
  6. 14.
    Sicko Rap and Drunk Country10/03/2018
    33:50
  7. 15.
    The Side Effects of Pop Music with Emily Warren09/18/2018
    45:59
  8. 16.
    Drake vs Drake09/06/2018
    47:04
  9. 17.
    Summer Heat of the 2000s: Beyoncé and Black Eyed Peas (Pt. II)08/23/2018
    33:13
  10. 18.
    Summer Heat of the 2000s: Nelly + Katy Perry (Pt. 1)08/09/2018
    27:32
  11. 19.
    Why is 90s Pop so Bizarre?07/27/2018
    51:12
  12. 20.
    The Resistance is Dancing in the Streets07/12/2018
    27:53
  13. 21.
    Switched on Summer: Getting Around with the Beach Boys06/28/2018
    31:12
  14. 22.
    The Pure Pop of Charlie Puth + Carly Rae (ft Hanif Abdurraqib)06/14/2018
    47:30
  15. 23.
    Afrofuturism in Kali Uchis & Clipping (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes)05/31/2018
    49:55
  16. 24.
    Finding Equanimity In 'No Tears Left To Cry'05/17/2018
    37:59
  17. 25.
    Can AI 'Algorhythms' Write Pop Songs? (With Taryn Southern)05/03/2018
    55:40
  18. 26.
    Listening Differently to Lorde | with MARIAN HILL04/19/2018
    43:13
  19. 27.
    Kacey Musgraves Gives Us Butterflies04/05/2018
    30:30
  20. 28.
    Gucci Gang and the Neural Substrate of Subjective Time Dilation03/22/2018
    26:38
  21. 29.
    How to 'Make Me Feel' with Lizzo03/08/2018
    51:16
  22. 30.
    808s & Havana Heartbreak02/22/2018
    57:22
  23. 31.
    My My My! Troye Sivan + Queer Pop (w Gina Delvac, Darryl Bullock)02/08/2018
    59:59
  24. 32.
    90s Nostalgia in Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth01/25/2018
    34:19
  25. 33.
    Justin Timberlake's Identity Crisis01/11/2018
    36:31
  26. 34.
    Dua Lipa's Minor Mantra (w Emily Bootle)12/28/2017
    18:04
  27. 35.
    All I Want for Xmas is a Year in Review Episode12/14/2017
    40:15
  28. 36.
    Björk's Emotional Landscapes11/30/2017
    39:01
  29. 37.
    Taylor Constructs A Darker Reputation11/16/2017
    35:57
  30. 38.
    Unlikely Mashups: Taylor + Cardi B | Clean Bandit + Berlioz11/02/2017
    44:00
  31. 39.
    Kendrick Lamar's HUMBLE deconstructed w. guest Amber Mark10/19/2017
    28:48
  32. 40.
    Demi Lovato is Not Sorry10/06/2017
    34:48
  33. 41.
    How to 'Feels' the Groove09/22/2017
    30:06
  34. 42.
    Anthems of Resilience - Kesha and Imagine Dragons [LIVE]09/07/2017
    40:28
  35. 43.
    The Many Worlds of "Despacito"08/10/2017
    28:29
  36. 44.
    Selena Gomez: Bad Liar, Psycho Songwriter07/13/2017
    40:59
  37. 45.
    Breaking Down Alanis Morissette (and our own Preconceptions) with guest Andrea Warner06/29/2017
    29:50
  38. 46.
    Morgan Page Reveals the Rule of 3 in Julia Michaels and Maroon 506/16/2017
    43:06
  39. 47.
    DJ Khaled - I'm The One... six... four... five06/01/2017
    35:01
  40. 48.
    Musical Architecture in Charlie Puth + HAIM05/18/2017
    38:24
  41. 49.
    The End Of Pop Music As We Know It: Fall Out Boy & Charli XCX05/04/2017
    45:21
  42. 50.
    Harry Styles, Eschatology and Teen Girl Fandom04/20/2017
    41:37
  43. 51.
    What's to Love About Ed Sheeran? (guest Ross Golan)04/06/2017
    39:22
  44. 52.
    Zedd + Alessia Cara - Stay (w special guest Grey)03/23/2017
    42:36
  45. 53.
    Chained to the Green Light: Katy Perry + Lorde03/10/2017
    37:18
  46. 54.
    Oscar Week!: La La Land ft. Genevieve Koski02/24/2017
    49:28
  47. 55.
    Zayn, Taylor Swift & The Grammys02/09/2017
    30:11
  48. 56.
    The Puzzle of Ariana Grande's "Into You" (with K. Flay)01/27/2017
    46:40
  49. 57.
    Seduced by the Sound: The Weeknd + Daft Punk01/12/2017
    21:58
  50. 58.
    Dreaming Of A White Christmas12/16/2016
    37:50
  51. 59.
    How to Listen to Music in 4 Easy Steps12/01/2016
    44:01
  52. 60.
    Playing it Cool: How Tove Lo Aims High11/17/2016
    27:46
  53. 61.
    Made In America: Toby Keith & Jay-Z11/03/2016
    45:05
  54. 62.
    Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal10/20/2016
    41:55
  55. 63.
    The Most Popular Song In The World10/06/2016
    36:36
  56. 64.
    Lady Gaga Is A Perfect Illusion09/22/2016
    59:43
  57. 65.
    How Beyoncé to The Beatles Modulate Your Emotions09/09/2016
    33:58
  58. 66.
    Pop Drops and Chipmunk Soul08/25/2016
    37:29
  59. 67.
    The Gideon and Hubcap Show08/15/2016
    22:55
  60. 68.
    Breaking Down The House08/01/2016
    36:25
  61. 69.
    Around The World With Drake07/14/2016
    39:36
  62. 70.
    When Good Music Happens To Bad People06/30/2016
    35:16
  63. 71.
    Justin Timberlake Goes Medieval06/16/2016
    31:57
  64. 72.
    All About Those Baseline Assumptions About Femini$m in Pop06/06/2016
    35:03
  65. 73.
    Jonas vs. Jonas: Or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Boy Band 05/19/2016
    35:59
  66. 74.
    Purple Lemonade: Prince & Beyoncé05/05/2016
    43:27
  67. 75.
    Pablo And The Wolves04/22/2016
    37:06
  68. 76.
    The Populist Pop of Twenty One Pilots04/06/2016
    33:09
  69. 77.
    American Oxygen03/23/2016
    22:43
  70. 78.
    Say Hey03/10/2016
    41:33
  71. 79.
    Now I Sia, Now I Don't02/26/2016
    35:48
  72. 80.
    B Side: Singing With Mama Jan02/18/2016
    5:45
  73. 81.
    Call Your Girlfriend02/12/2016
    36:04
  74. 82.
    Click With Dick And Other Campaign Anthems01/29/2016
    56:08
  75. 83.
    The Life Changing Magic of Music in 201501/17/2016
    29:20
  76. 84.
    Linus & Lucy12/17/2015
    31:04
  77. 85.
    Same Here12/02/2015
    29:18
  78. 86.
    Searching for Max Martin11/19/2015
    41:19
  79. 87.
    Hotline Hello: Drake and Adele11/04/2015
    30:40
  80. 88.
    Can’t Get You Out Of My Head10/22/2015
    33:22
  81. 89.
    Justin Bieber’s Existential Suite10/07/2015
    29:33
  82. 90.
    The Weeknd: Dance of Deception09/23/2015
    23:25
  83. 91.
    Let’s Talk About Sax09/09/2015
    32:51
  84. 92.
    Kacey Musgraves: Transgressing Country08/14/2015
    23:45
  85. 93.
    Song of Summer: LIVE!07/30/2015
    27:12
  86. 94.
    The Dual Meaning of Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen07/15/2015
    18:23
  87. 95.
    One Direction: Our Modern Day Castrati05/29/2015
    21:06
  88. 96.
    The Final Dropout05/15/2015
    5:32
  89. 97.
    Hidden Sounds in FourFiveSeconds05/06/2015
    18:43
  90. 98.
    Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You04/15/2015
    19:31
  91. 99.
    Hozier’s Waffling of Faith in Take Me To Church04/02/2015
    14:58
  92. 100.
    Taylor Swift’s Beethovian Blank Space03/26/2015
    13:14
  93. 101.
    A Cappella Dreams03/16/2015
    45:03
  94. 102.
    Radio Africa02/19/2015
    27:40
  95. 103.
    Star Spangled01/28/2015
    25:19
  96. 104.
    Mark Ronson: Funk Politics01/15/2015
    31:11
  97. 105.
    The Imperative Jingle Bells12/20/2014
    28:40
  98. 106.
    To Be Young12/11/2014
    29:24
  99. 107.
    Boom Bang Pow11/14/2014
    26:26
  100. 108.
    The Oeuvre of Taylor Swift10/28/2014
    37:29
  101. 109.
    Heartbreak10/28/2014
    24:12
  102. 110.
    Why You Should Get Switched On Pop10/27/2014
    2:28

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