Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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.

  • Spirit of ’71, Part 1

    September 10, 2021

    Spirit of ’71, Part 1

  • What a Fool Believes, Part 2

    August 27, 2021

    What a Fool Believes, Part 2

  • What a Fool Believes, Part 1

    August 13, 2021

    What a Fool Believes, Part 1

  • Tramps Like Us, Part 2

    July 30, 2021

    Tramps Like Us, Part 2

  • Tramps Like Us, Part 1

    July 17, 2021

    Tramps Like Us, Part 1

  • Say My Name, Say My Name, Part 2

    July 2, 2021

    Say My Name, Say My Name, Part 2

  • Say My Name, Say My Name, Part 1

    June 18, 2021

    Say My Name, Say My Name, Part 1

  • Blame It on the Feign, Part 2

    May 28, 2021

    Blame It on the Feign, Part 2

  • Blame It on the Feign, Part 1

    May 20, 2021

    Blame It on the Feign, Part 1

  • Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 2

    April 30, 2021

    Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 2

  • Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 1

    April 17, 2021

    Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 1

  • Don’t Know Much About History, Part 2

    April 2, 2021

    Don’t Know Much About History, Part 2

  • Don’t Know Much About History, Part 1

    March 23, 2021

    Don’t Know Much About History, Part 1

  • The AC/DC Rule, Part 2

    February 26, 2021

    The AC/DC Rule, Part 2

  • The AC/DC Rule, Part 1

    February 13, 2021

    The AC/DC Rule, Part 1

  • These Are the Good Times, Part 2

    January 29, 2021

    These Are the Good Times, Part 2

  • These Are the Good Times, Part 1

    January 19, 2021

    These Are the Good Times, Part 1

  • Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 2

    December 31, 2020

    Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 2

  • Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 1

    December 14, 2020

    Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 1

  • Friends in Low Places, Part 2

    November 27, 2020

    Friends in Low Places, Part 2