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Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

By Slate Podcasts

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.

  1. 1.
    The Bridge: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation09/13/2019
    27:29
  2. 2.
    We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified08/30/2019
    1:18:08
  3. 3.
    The Bridge: Nostalgic for Number Ones08/16/2019
    25:54
  4. 4.
    Without The Beatles07/26/2019
    1:11:41
  5. 5.
    The Bridge: Farewell, Lilith Fan07/19/2019
    26:55
  6. 6.
    The Lullaby of Broadway Edition06/28/2019
    1:16:51
  7. 7.
    The Bridge: The "Give My Regards" Edition06/14/2019
    23:41
  8. 8.
    The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition05/31/2019
    1:25:57
  1. 9.
    The Bridge: Monster Drums Edition05/17/2019
    23:52
  2. 10.
    The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle 04/26/2019
    1:29:15
  3. 11.
    Coming Soon: Hit Parade, Live in Seattle! 04/04/2019
    0:55
  4. 12.
    The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition03/29/2019
    1:08:06
  5. 13.
    The Bridge: Cover Queens and The Boy Wonder03/15/2019
    21:59
  6. 14.
    The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition 02/28/2019
    1:00:22
  7. 15.
    The Bridge: R. Kelly and Music's #MeToo Reckoning02/15/2019
    23:40
  8. 16.
    The Gaga is Born Edition01/25/2019
    1:07:25
  9. 17.
    Music Trivia: Grammys and Gaga Edition01/18/2019
    22:34
  10. 18.
    The Christmas is All Around Edition12/21/2018
    1:10:50
  11. 19.
    Music Trivia: The Christmas Music Edition12/14/2018
    25:38
  12. 20.
    The Give Me a Sign Edition11/30/2018
    1:14:08
  13. 21.
    Music Trivia: ’90s Teen-Pop Edition11/16/2018
    19:52
  14. 22.
    The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition10/26/2018
    1:24:05
  15. 23.
    Music Trivia: The '90s Hip-Hop Edition10/12/2018
    21:32
  16. 24.
    The Nights on Broadway Edition 09/28/2018
    1:30:56
  17. 25.
    Music Trivia: The Aretha Franklin Edition08/31/2018
    25:57
  18. 26.
    Madonna: The Veronica Electronica Edition (Encore)08/16/2018
    1:13:07
  19. 27.
    The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition07/27/2018
    1:12:56
  20. 28.
    The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two 07/13/2018
    54:58
  21. 29.
    The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One 06/29/2018
    1:02:32
  22. 30.
    Music Trivia: The MTV and Alt-Rock Edition06/15/2018
    18:21
  23. 31.
    The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition 05/25/2018
    1:04:38
  24. 32.
    Music Trivia: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Edition05/11/2018
    19:43
  25. 33.
    Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition 04/27/2018
    1:11:03
  26. 34.
    Music Trivia: Welcome to Hit Parade—The Bridge04/20/2018
    10:52
  27. 35.
    Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition 03/29/2018
    1:12:32
  28. 36.
    Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition 02/23/2018
    1:26:55
  29. 37.
    Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition 01/26/2018
    1:22:24
  30. 38.
    Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists Edition 12/28/2017
    51:36
  31. 39.
    Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco Edition 11/24/2017
    1:12:42
  32. 40.
    Hit Parade: Le Petty Prince Edition10/30/2017
    1:10:22
  33. 41.
    Hit Parade: The Great War Against the Single Edition09/29/2017
    1:16:52
  34. 42.
    Hit Parade: The Charity Megasingle Edition 07/28/2017
    1:06:12
  35. 43.
    Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George Edition 06/30/2017
    1:09:51
  36. 44.
    Hit Parade: The Fab Four Sweep Edition 05/26/2017
    49:28
  37. 45.
    Hit Parade: Red, Red Wine Edition04/28/2017
    38:37

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