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.
From the guys who brought you Yacht Rock comes a deeper dive into the ocean of arbitrary genres. Hosts Steve Huey, JD Ryznar, David B Lyons, and Hunter Stair invent a new musical genre and count down its top ten songs. Plus, each episode features a bonus Yacht Rock Bone Throw track.
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. From Vulture and the Vox Media Podcast Network.