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Switched on Pop

By Vox

Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.

  1. 1.
    Red Hot + Blue with Meshell Ndegeocello12/01/2020
    43:48
  2. 2.
    The Cyndi Lauper Conspiracy (with Sam Sanders)11/24/2020
    34:39
  3. 3.
    ANTHEMS: Missy Elliott — Work It11/17/2020
    38:15
  4. 4.
    ANTHEMS: Smash Mouth — All Star11/10/2020
    33:56
  5. 5.
    ANTHEMS: Jock Jams — Get Ready For This11/03/2020
    35:34
  6. 6.
    ANTHEMS: Queen — We Are The Champions10/27/2020
    37:40
  7. 7.
    Cory Henry has Something to Say10/20/2020
    32:44
  8. 8.
    The Pop Music Forecast (with Lauren Michele Jackson)10/14/2020
    44:19
  1. 9.
    Brandy Clark's Life Is A Record10/07/2020
    31:59
  2. 10.
    Keith Urban on The Speed of Now Part 110/02/2020
    41:37
  3. 11.
    Mickey Guyton sings truth to Country Music09/29/2020
    55:37
  4. 12.
    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows09/22/2020
    36:31
  5. 13.
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wanted09/18/2020
    30:24
  6. 14.
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT III, Putting the Classism in Classical 09/15/2020
    33:51
  7. 15.
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT II, From Struggle to Victory 09/11/2020
    25:04
  8. 16.
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT I, A Battle Brewing09/08/2020
    29:04
  9. 17.
    Announcing THE 5TH with The New York Philharmonic 09/04/2020
    1:26
  10. 18.
    The Resistance is Dancing in the Streets (ICYMI)09/01/2020
    32:48
  11. 19.
    Benee and the Art of the Sad Banger 08/26/2020
    30:39
  12. 20.
    90s Music Canon08/18/2020
    38:34
  13. 21.
    Bruno Major restyles the Great American Songbook08/11/2020
    47:46
  14. 22.
    Black Is King (ICYMI Beyoncé's Gift To Africa ft. Ivie Ani)08/04/2020
    38:04
  15. 23.
    folklore: taylor swift's quarantine dream07/28/2020
    41:09
  16. 24.
    The Women Reclaiming Nu-Metal ft. Rina Sawayama07/21/2020
    1:20:20
  17. 25.
    Rosie: Investigating a Crime at the Heart of the Music Industry07/14/2020
    25:04
  18. 26.
    Song of Summer 2020: TikTok Jams, Protest Anthems, Breezy Bops & Bummer Bangers07/07/2020
    42:21
  19. 27.
    The Many Colors of Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’06/30/2020
    35:35
  20. 28.
    I Am America (w Shea Diamond and Justin Tranter)06/30/2020
    20:52
  21. 29.
    Baz Luhrmann’s “Sunscreen Song” — The 90s’ Most Unlikely Hit (with Avery Trufelman)06/23/2020
    52:55
  22. 30.
    Jacob Collier on staying creative and his 646 track song “All I Need”06/19/2020
    35:03
  23. 31.
    What it means to make music in 202006/16/2020
    35:34
  24. 32.
    Big Floyd And The Influence Of Houston Chopped N Screwed Music06/09/2020
    31:12
  25. 33.
    Carly Rae Jepsen: Meeting The Muse05/26/2020
    41:33
  26. 34.
    Why lo-fi is the perfect background music05/19/2020
    38:43
  27. 35.
    Eurovision Lives! (with Netta)05/12/2020
    41:23
  28. 36.
    How To Soundtrack A Villain: Killing Eve 05/05/2020
    38:24
  29. 37.
    Did Fiona Apple Just Release a Perfect Album?04/28/2020
    35:36
  30. 38.
    Doja Cat’s “Say So” is a Masterclass in Good Times04/21/2020
    33:25
  31. 39.
    Were We Wrong About Kanye West? 04/14/2020
    46:05
  32. 40.
    Aussie2Aussie: 5SOS on Tame Impala (with Luke Hemmings & Calum Hood)04/07/2020
    38:42
  33. 41.
    The (murder) Ballad of Joe Exotic “Tiger King” (with Robert Moor)04/05/2020
    38:13
  34. 42.
    D’Angelo and the Legacy of Voodoo (with Faith Pennick)03/31/2020
    45:35
  35. 43.
    "Happy Birthday" is the Worst (with Anne-Marie)03/24/2020
    34:51
  36. 44.
    Bad Bunny Has A Message For Your Mom03/17/2020
    36:40
  37. 45.
    The Fire & Fury Of Overcoats03/10/2020
    37:48
  38. 46.
    Can't Help Falling in Lauv (the interview)03/03/2020
    35:45
  39. 47.
    What Happens When Justin Bieber Samples Your Music02/25/2020
    36:16
  40. 48.
    Return Of The Guitar: Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Joji02/18/2020
    27:49
  41. 49.
    Look At Selena Gomez Now with Justin Tranter & Ian Kirkpatrick02/11/2020
    37:37
  42. 50.
    Five Directions: How do the solo efforts of One Direction stack up?02/04/2020
    37:49
  43. 51.
    Post Malone has us Running in Circles01/28/2020
    40:33
  44. 52.
    Hopes and Fears of Mac Miller, Future, Drake, and Billie Eilish 01/21/2020
    44:26
  45. 53.
    Dua Lipa’s Disco Fever01/14/2020
    39:13
  46. 54.
    ICYMI: Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, & The Shifting Sound of R&B — with Oak Felder01/07/2020
    55:07
  47. 55.
    ICYMI: Billie Eilish is a Different Kind of Pop Star (ft. FINNEAS)12/31/2019
    47:10
  48. 56.
    Dolly Parton's America (with Jad Abumrad)12/24/2019
    41:58
  49. 57.
    Who's Afraid of the Sound of TikTok? (w Cat Zhang)12/17/2019
    37:21
  50. 58.
    Paper Planes, Chandelier & What the #@%! is Timbre? (with Constance Grady)12/10/2019
    40:20
  51. 59.
    Prelude & Feud on a 'G' Thang: Biggie vs Tupac12/03/2019
    46:30
  52. 60.
    Pop is the Sound We Need Right Now (with Electric Guest)11/26/2019
    42:51
  53. 61.
    The Past, Present, and Future of EMO (with Allegra Frank)11/19/2019
    54:53
  54. 62.
    When Pop and Classical Collide (with James Bennett II)11/12/2019
    1:00:59
  55. 63.
    Unlocking the Rhythms of Rosalía11/05/2019
    51:41
  56. 64.
    Rihanna Party! (with Gina Delvac)10/29/2019
    55:47
  57. 65.
    Why U Love 2 Listen 2 Prince (with Anil Dash)10/22/2019
    35:01
  58. 66.
    A Brief History of Men Singing Really High10/15/2019
    45:47
  59. 67.
    Total Request Live! Taylor, Lana, Kim, and More (with Sam Sanders)10/07/2019
    41:38
  60. 68.
    Mastering Music (with Dallas Taylor of Twenty Thousand Hertz)10/01/2019
    55:44
  61. 69.
    Jazz 195909/24/2019
    48:14
  62. 70.
    BONUS: Charli XCX and The Future of Music (with Dani Deahl)09/22/2019
    34:37
  63. 71.
    The “Baby Shark” Phenomenon (with Andrea Silenzi)09/17/2019
    35:58
  64. 72.
    BONUS: Who are the Picassos of pop? (with Ross Golan)09/13/2019
    46:15
  65. 73.
    Switched Off Book the Improvised Musical (with Jess McKenna and Zach Reino)09/10/2019
    1:30:32
  66. 74.
    ICYMI: How to 'Make Me Feel' with Lizzo09/03/2019
    51:06
  67. 75.
    ICYMI: Why is 90s Pop so Bizarre?08/27/2019
    47:20
  68. 76.
    Songs of Summer Call-in Special08/20/2019
    52:49
  69. 77.
    Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, & The Shifting Sound of R&B — with Oak Felder08/13/2019
    54:09
  70. 78.
    Beyoncé's Gift To Africa (with Ivie Ani)08/06/2019
    37:36
  71. 79.
    LCD Soundsystem and the Unbearable Sameness of Restaurant Playlists07/30/2019
    34:45
  72. 80.
    The $50M Beat Marketplace That Broke the Billboard07/23/2019
    29:29
  73. 81.
    Shawn Mendes and the Rhythm of Rhyme07/16/2019
    32:55
  74. 82.
    Space, The Final Frontier: Madonna, Stephen Puth and Street Studios07/09/2019
    58:19
  75. 83.
    What BTS's "Boy With Love" ft. Halsey Can Teach Us About K-pop07/02/2019
    39:43
  76. 84.
    "Prince Ali" and Why We're All Music Theorists06/25/2019
    29:20
  77. 85.
    Why Does Every Intro Sound Like It's Underwater? (Live)06/18/2019
    25:26
  78. 86.
    The Man Behind the Rocketman with Giles Martin06/11/2019
    51:57
  79. 87.
    The Greatest Pop Stories Never Told (with Jessica Hopper)06/04/2019
    41:41
  80. 88.
    Should You Care About Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber?05/28/2019
    52:20
  81. 89.
    The Smooth Sound of NPR Morning News05/21/2019
    40:15
  82. 90.
    Is There An Indie Rock Conspiracy? (Featuring Joywave)05/15/2019
    30:06
  83. 91.
    Lizzo And The End of Genre (with Sam Harris of X Ambassadors)05/07/2019
    50:21
  84. 92.
    Taylor Swift Causes a PANIC!04/30/2019
    40:26
  85. 93.
    Sounds Like Teen Spirit (with Elle Fanning) 04/23/2019
    54:49
  86. 94.
    Lil Nas X: Country at the Crossroads04/16/2019
    41:29
  87. 95.
    Billie Eilish is a Different Kind of Pop Star (ft. FINNEAS)04/09/2019
    45:40
  88. 96.
    BONUS: Bhi Bhiman's 'Peace of Mind' Episode 104/08/2019
    29:22
  89. 97.
    Bhi Bhiman Puts the Music Before the Message 04/02/2019
    45:43
  90. 98.
    Comeback Kids: The Jonas Brothers are Back03/25/2019
    33:17
  91. 99.
    Lost & Found: The Drama of Pop Form with Emily King03/19/2019
    30:42
  92. 100.
    How Streaming Changed the Sound of Pop03/12/2019
    35:06
  93. 101.
    Top 40 Activism with Justin Tranter03/05/2019
    46:14
  94. 102.
    What Makes An Award Winning Song?02/20/2019
    40:34
  95. 103.
    What Makes a Song Sexy?02/05/2019
    33:35
  96. 104.
    The Deep History of '7 Rings'01/29/2019
    37:54
  97. 105.
    Do You Believe in Life After Autotune?01/23/2019
    47:40
  98. 106.
    Slay Bells, All Year Long12/26/2018
    39:09
  99. 107.
    Look What You Made Us Do12/11/2018
    56:28
  100. 108.
    Entering Beard Phase with Mike Posner11/27/2018
    52:05
  101. 109.
    How Dirty Projectors Make You Feel Energy (with David Longstreth)11/13/2018
    54:12
  102. 110.
    Stairway To Hell: Greta Van Fleet’s Scorching Album Review That Went Viral10/30/2018
    58:29
  103. 111.
    Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s 10/16/2018
    36:27
  104. 112.
    Sicko Rap and Drunk Country10/03/2018
    35:04
  105. 113.
    The Side Effects of Pop Music with Emily Warren09/18/2018
    44:16
  106. 114.
    Drake vs Drake09/06/2018
    42:10
  107. 115.
    Summer Heat of the 2000s: Beyoncé and Black Eyed Peas (Pt. II)08/23/2018
    27:33
  108. 116.
    Summer Heat of the 2000s: Nelly + Katy Perry (Pt. 1)08/09/2018
    24:16
  109. 117.
    Why is 90s Pop so Bizarre?07/27/2018
    49:03
  110. 118.
    The Resistance is Dancing in the Streets07/12/2018
    29:23
  111. 119.
    Switched on Summer: Getting Around with the Beach Boys06/28/2018
    29:01
  112. 120.
    The Pure Pop of Charlie Puth + Carly Rae (ft Hanif Abdurraqib)06/14/2018
    45:44
  113. 121.
    Afrofuturism in Kali Uchis & Clipping (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes)05/31/2018
    48:58
  114. 122.
    Finding Equanimity In 'No Tears Left To Cry'05/17/2018
    37:45
  115. 123.
    Can AI 'Algorhythms' Write Pop Songs? (With Taryn Southern)05/03/2018
    54:19
  116. 124.
    Listening Differently to Lorde | with MARIAN HILL04/19/2018
    44:48
  117. 125.
    Kacey Musgraves Gives Us Butterflies04/05/2018
    28:25
  118. 126.
    Gucci Gang and the Neural Substrate of Subjective Time Dilation03/22/2018
    27:13
  119. 127.
    How to 'Make Me Feel' with Lizzo03/08/2018
    51:15
  120. 128.
    808s & Havana Heartbreak02/22/2018
    56:48
  121. 129.
    My My My! Troye Sivan + Queer Pop (w Gina Delvac, Darryl Bullock)02/08/2018
    57:22
  122. 130.
    90s Nostalgia in Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth01/25/2018
    34:54
  123. 131.
    Justin Timberlake's Identity Crisis01/11/2018
    36:29
  124. 132.
    Dua Lipa's Minor Mantra (w Emily Bootle)12/28/2017
    19:20
  125. 133.
    All I Want for Xmas is a Year in Review Episode12/14/2017
    41:02
  126. 134.
    Björk's Emotional Landscapes11/30/2017
    38:34
  127. 135.
    Taylor Constructs A Darker Reputation11/16/2017
    38:13
  128. 136.
    Unlikely Mashups: Taylor + Cardi B | Clean Bandit + Berlioz11/02/2017
    46:16
  129. 137.
    Kendrick Lamar's HUMBLE deconstructed w. guest Amber Mark10/19/2017
    31:20
  130. 138.
    Demi Lovato is Not Sorry10/06/2017
    37:05
  131. 139.
    How to 'Feels' the Groove09/22/2017
    32:22
  132. 140.
    Anthems of Resilience - Kesha and Imagine Dragons [LIVE]09/07/2017
    42:45
  133. 141.
    The Many Worlds of "Despacito"08/10/2017
    30:45
  134. 142.
    Selena Gomez: Bad Liar, Psycho Songwriter07/13/2017
    43:16
  135. 143.
    Breaking Down Alanis Morissette (and our own Preconceptions) with guest Andrea Warner06/29/2017
    32:07
  136. 144.
    Morgan Page Reveals the Rule of 3 in Julia Michaels and Maroon 506/16/2017
    45:23
  137. 145.
    DJ Khaled - I'm The One... six... four... five06/01/2017
    37:17
  138. 146.
    Musical Architecture in Charlie Puth + HAIM05/18/2017
    40:41
  139. 147.
    The End Of Pop Music As We Know It: Fall Out Boy & Charli XCX05/04/2017
    47:38
  140. 148.
    Harry Styles, Eschatology and Teen Girl Fandom04/20/2017
    43:54
  141. 149.
    What's to Love About Ed Sheeran? (guest Ross Golan)04/06/2017
    41:38
  142. 150.
    Zedd + Alessia Cara - Stay (w special guest Grey)03/23/2017
    44:53
  143. 151.
    Chained to the Green Light: Katy Perry + Lorde03/10/2017
    39:35
  144. 152.
    Oscar Week!: La La Land ft. Genevieve Koski02/24/2017
    51:45
  145. 153.
    Zayn, Taylor Swift & The Grammys02/09/2017
    32:28
  146. 154.
    The Puzzle of Ariana Grande's "Into You" (with K. Flay)01/27/2017
    49:12
  147. 155.
    Seduced by the Sound: The Weeknd + Daft Punk01/12/2017
    24:15
  148. 156.
    Dreaming Of A White Christmas12/16/2016
    40:06
  149. 157.
    How to Listen to Music in 4 Easy Steps12/01/2016
    46:17
  150. 158.
    Playing it Cool: How Tove Lo Aims High11/17/2016
    30:02
  151. 159.
    Made In America: Toby Keith & Jay-Z11/03/2016
    47:22
  152. 160.
    Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal10/20/2016
    44:12
  153. 161.
    The Most Popular Song In The World10/06/2016
    39:08
  154. 162.
    Lady Gaga Is A Perfect Illusion09/22/2016
    1:02:00
  155. 163.
    How Beyoncé to The Beatles Modulate Your Emotions09/09/2016
    36:14
  156. 164.
    Pop Drops and Chipmunk Soul08/25/2016
    39:45
  157. 165.
    The Gideon and Hubcap Show08/15/2016
    25:27
  158. 166.
    Breaking Down The House08/01/2016
    38:41
  159. 167.
    Around The World With Drake07/14/2016
    42:08
  160. 168.
    When Good Music Happens To Bad People06/30/2016
    37:33
  161. 169.
    Justin Timberlake Goes Medieval06/16/2016
    34:14
  162. 170.
    All About Those Baseline Assumptions About Femini$m in Pop06/06/2016
    33:36
  163. 171.
    Jonas vs. Jonas: Or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Boy Band 05/19/2016
    34:59
  164. 172.
    Purple Lemonade: Prince & Beyoncé05/05/2016
    44:06
  165. 173.
    Pablo And The Wolves04/22/2016
    36:36
  166. 174.
    The Populist Pop of Twenty One Pilots04/06/2016
    32:22
  167. 175.
    American Oxygen03/23/2016
    25:00
  168. 176.
    Say Hey03/10/2016
    44:05
  169. 177.
    Now I Sia, Now I Don't02/26/2016
    38:05
  170. 178.
    B Side: Singing With Mama Jan02/18/2016
    7:01
  171. 179.
    Call Your Girlfriend02/12/2016
    38:21
  172. 180.
    Click With Dick And Other Campaign Anthems01/29/2016
    58:25
  173. 181.
    The Life Changing Magic of Music in 201501/17/2016
    31:52
  174. 182.
    Linus & Lucy12/17/2015
    32:22
  175. 183.
    Same Here12/02/2015
    31:50
  176. 184.
    Searching for Max Martin11/19/2015
    43:36
  177. 185.
    Hotline Hello: Drake and Adele11/04/2015
    32:56
  178. 186.
    Can’t Get You Out Of My Head10/22/2015
    35:39
  179. 187.
    Justin Bieber’s Existential Suite10/07/2015
    31:49
  180. 188.
    The Weeknd: Dance of Deception09/23/2015
    25:45
  181. 189.
    Let’s Talk About Sax09/09/2015
    35:08
  182. 190.
    Kacey Musgraves: Transgressing Country08/14/2015
    26:03
  183. 191.
    Song of Summer: LIVE!07/30/2015
    29:29
  184. 192.
    The Dual Meaning of Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen07/15/2015
    20:40
  185. 193.
    One Direction: Our Modern Day Castrati05/29/2015
    23:23
  186. 194.
    The Final Dropout05/15/2015
    7:49
  187. 195.
    Hidden Sounds in FourFiveSeconds05/06/2015
    21:00
  188. 196.
    Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You04/15/2015
    21:48
  189. 197.
    Hozier’s Waffling of Faith in Take Me To Church04/02/2015
    17:15
  190. 198.
    Taylor Swift’s Beethovian Blank Space03/26/2015
    15:31
  191. 199.
    A Cappella Dreams03/16/2015
    47:19
  192. 200.
    Radio Africa02/19/2015
    30:12

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