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 AC/DC Rule, Part 2
    1:18:36
  2. 2.
    The AC/DC Rule, Part 1
    47:12
  3. 3.
    These Are the Good Times, Part 2
    1:21:26
  4. 4.
    These Are the Good Times, Part 1
    57:02
  5. 5.
    Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 2
    49:41
  6. 6.
    Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 1
    35:50
  7. 7.
    Friends in Low Places, Part 2
    43:14
  8. 8.
    Friends in Low Places, Part 1
    1:19:39
  1. 9.
    Turn Around, Bright Eyes, Part 2
    54:03
  2. 10.
    Turn Around, Bright Eyes, Part 1
    50:00
  3. 11.
    One and Done, Part 2
    49:35
  4. 12.
    One and Done, Part 1
    49:45
  5. 13.
    The Bridge: Yacht Or Nyacht?
    49:34
  6. 14.
    Wednesday Night Live: Music Trivia
    3:57
  7. 15.
    What a Fool Believes Edition
    8:16
  8. 16.
    The Bridge: Lilith’s Winding Road
    7:01
  9. 17.
    Building a Herstory Edition
    7:06
  10. 18.
    The Bridge: Many Ways to be OutKasted
    4:31
  11. 19.
    Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture Edition
    7:28
  12. 20.
    The Bridge: Piano Man, Everyman
    3:51
  13. 21.
    Still Billy Joel to Me Edition
    7:09
  14. 22.
    The Bridge: Hits Don’t Lie
    28:16
  15. 23.
    La Vida Loca Edición
    1:34:39
  16. 24.
    The Bridge: Wesley on Whitney
    28:47
  17. 25.
    I'm Your Whitney Tonight Edition
    1:27:13
  18. 26.
    The Bridge: Living in an Amish Paradise
    28:07
  19. 27.
    The White and Nerdy Edition
    1:25:50
  20. 28.
    The Bridge: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse
    31:11
  21. 29.
    Make My Wish Come True Edition
    1:11:57
  22. 30.
    The Bridge: Queens Bey, Rih and Robyn Reign Different Kingdoms
    26:28
  23. 31.
    Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition.
    1:35:45
  24. 32.
    The Bridge: Genre v. Generation, ’80s to ’10s
    26:36
  25. 33.
    Lost and Lonely Edition
    1:24:02
  26. 34.
    The Bridge: Rain Sounds and Moody Goths
    25:57
  27. 35.
    State of the World Edition
    1:11:39
  28. 36.
    The Bridge: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation
    24:40
  29. 37.
    We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified
    1:14:15
  30. 38.
    The Bridge: Nostalgic for Number Ones
    25:17
  31. 39.
    Without The Beatles
    1:08:52
  32. 40.
    The Bridge: Farewell, Lilith Fan
    26:58
  33. 41.
    The Lullaby of Broadway Edition
    1:17:05
  34. 42.
    The Bridge: The "Give My Regards" Edition
    24:41
  35. 43.
    The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition
    1:22:30
  36. 44.
    The Bridge: Monster Drums Edition
    24:52
  37. 45.
    The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle
    1:28:44
  38. 46.
    Coming Soon: Hit Parade, Live in Seattle!
    0:55
  39. 47.
    The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition
    1:06:17
  40. 48.
    The Bridge: Cover Queens and The Boy Wonder
    21:09
  41. 49.
    The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition
    1:00:32
  42. 50.
    The Bridge: R. Kelly and Music's #MeToo Reckoning
    23:13

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