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Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

By Slate Magazine

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.
    Music Trivia: ’90s Teen-Pop Edition11/16/2018
    19:52
  2. 2.
    The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition10/26/2018
    1:24:05
  3. 3.
    Music Trivia: The '90s Hip-Hop Edition10/12/2018
    21:32
  4. 4.
    The Nights on Broadway Edition 09/28/2018
    1:30:56
  5. 5.
    Music Trivia: The Aretha Franklin Edition08/31/2018
    25:57
  6. 6.
    Madonna: The Veronica Electronica Edition (Encore)08/16/2018
    1:13:07
  7. 7.
    The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition07/27/2018
    1:12:56
  8. 8.
    The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two 07/13/2018
    54:58

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