Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia podcast

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, Chris Molanphy continues his analysis of Taylor: the country years, dissecting how she gradually, step by step, became the new queen of pop one irresistible song at a time. She went from interviewing bigger stars on MTV’s red carpet one year, to being the talk of the Video Music Awards the next—even before Kanye took that microphone away from her. He told Taylor he would let her finish, but the game was already over. Swift had the most played song in the USA.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja, with help from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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IncredibleSuch a compelling show. Put together in such an original and intelligent way. I wait on tenterhooks for the next episode. It’s so brilliant. Yay!.Score: 5/5

It's a hit!!I love music facts and a well told story and Hit Parade does a perfect job at covering both bases. My fave podcast which more people should def hear!.Score: 5/5

Possibly the greatest podcast everIf there was ever a podcast that was designed to cover everything I love about music, it's this one. The depth of knowledge is amazing, and good to see it's not too US centric, referencing the influence the Bristol trip-hop scene had on Madonna for example. I've learnt a lot from this, and it's really made me fall in love with music more than ever. I can't rave about this enough, awesome..Score: 5/5

I Wouldn’t Miss an Episode!As a child I made it a point to listen to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem every weekend. I made a list of every song and artist in a spiral bound notebook as I recorded it on my hand-held cassette recorder and dared anyone to knock on my bedroom door. This show is hosted by Chris Molanphy with a keen insight of the details of each topic and delivered with the same authority as AT40 was back in the day. If you’re at all interested in the history of popular music, I can’t recommend this show highly enough. It is well written, well researched, well produced and delivered with precision. I wish for it to be a weekly occurrence..Score: 5/5

Totally fantastic podcastEven when I don’t think I will like the topic of a given show I always end up loving it and find a song or two that I had either under appreciated or totally discounted (Donna summer: I feel love) It’s great to hear how disparate seeming music is actually related and how music pushes the culture as well as how it gets pushed by it..Score: 5/5

My new FAVOURITE!This is definitely my new favourite podcast. Well researched by someone who clearly loves music and very much knows what he's talking about. I fear it's going to cost me money though, as I have to now go and download all the songs spoken about that I don't already own!.Score: 5/5

My fave!Hands down my favourite podcast. So well researched and well produced. Chris is very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about music. I have learnt a lot about music and artists I don’t know much about. I only wish I hadn’t listened to them all and had more to catch up on. I look forward to it every month..Score: 5/5

The leading podcast for music obsessives and great fun for everyone elseHear the stories behind artists, albums and moments in music history. Great storytelling adds depth and humour to music you already love..Score: 5/5

A delicious nerdy extravaganzaIf you like research/nerdy investigations, music, and history -this is the gold standard! Interspersed with music and analysis, this is an impressive read of music history. Often presents new angles on well known musicians and songs. Fantastic all round and high sound quality. Listen and learn!.Score: 5/5

GeniusFavourite pod. Chris knows his stuff but delivers nostalgia and facts with care and lov and engagement. I’ve lost count of music I’ve discovered or rediscovered via this pod. Music is rejected is reconsidered and genres i though I knew - Chris brings new insights. Love it..Score: 5/5

Ultimate warm nostalgiaWhat a great find! I used to love music and obsessively record the charts. A sign up f age is that it’s not so fun anymore, but this reminds me of how good it still can be. Perfect for music nerds or just nerds 🤓.Score: 5/5

Sorry Slate, I’m out!Absolutely no need to hold your listeners to ransom. Everyone is suffering during these unprecedented times and asking listeners to pay $35 a year for content that has, up to now, been free, is not the answer. I’m in the UK and organisations like The Guardian often have donation drives...any one who wants to or, more importantly, can afford to is free to donate whatever they can. Maybe that’s a more appropriate strategy at this time. I love Chris and this podcast, but I won’t be paying for it...sorry. S Allan - London / UK.Score: 1/5

Love itAbsolutely fantastic podcast. I’m hooked. High quality and engaging except for the ‘live special’. I wish they were more regular but if a monthly cycle keeps quality high then please continue. Can’t wait for the next episode.Score: 5/5

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Great but...You have to like your music talk entirely devoid of social, pop culture and political context. How you can discuss punk, new age and 70-80s alt music without talking Thatcher, AIDS and economic collapse is beyond me. In other words, smart but not smart. Very American..Score: 4/5

My earsI cannot stand his nasally voice.Score: 1/5

Scholarly Smart and FunThis podcast is top of my list because it’s accessible educational and enjoyable.Score: 5/5

Great trip down memory lane!This podcast is super slick and very well produced. Even if you aren’t into the band or genre that is the topic of the episode you are sure to hear something that resonates. Totally worth your time..Score: 4/5

Fantastic!I’ve listened to each of these podcasts multiple times. I learn something new each time. I love the way Chris spins a unique story in each podcast. Plus he has made mention of Squeeze and Glenn Tilbrook in more than one Podcast... who wouldn’t love that!! Fantastic job!.Score: 5/5

WonderfulChris’ enthusiasm for his beloved topic is infectious..Score: 5/5

DopeIt’s Dope!.Score: 5/5

Great listen for music/chart nerds like me...Love this podcast. As someone who followed the Billboard charts obsessively when younger, this podcast is right in my wheelhouse. Well-researched and entertaining. Thanks Chris!.Score: 5/5

So interesting and funThis is truly one fabulous treat if you are a pop aficionado. Truth be told I stopped listening to new radio music after 1992 when I got a cool job, and started living it up. But I did spend the late 70s and all of the 80s glued to the top 40, so I love love love the stories here. The Swedish stories and Brittany Spears are such a revelation. I never paid much attention to Brittany, but boy do I respect her now. The BeeGees and Elton John episodes were terrific. And Madonna! Thanks so much, or as ABBA sang, thanks for the music. At least I think that’s what they said..Score: 5/5

It has the wow factorThis pod is jammed with notes, history, facts, colliding forces and artistic fads. Chris weaves the audience through all the mentioned forces that shaped the music landscape of this time he is speaking about with humour and intelligence. It’s easy to treat music and pop hits as a throwaway and intellectually lacking, but Chris changes this and raises the bar on how to think about pop music. The amount of research compiled, organized and edited for each episode is mind boggling. This show is a gift for music nerds.Score: 5/5

Yah-Friggin’-Hoo...Finally.I’ve been listening to Chris for years, most notably on ‘The Gist’. I love music and I love listening to someone who is passionate and well informed on the subject… This is the perfect confluence..Score: 5/5

What I Always WantedThis is the pop history podcast I've always wanted..Score: 5/5

BrilliantThis is an extremely well-produced, entertaining, informative, fascinating podcast. Pushes the standards of the medium to new heights. I absolutely love it and I hope they never stop making them..Score: 5/5

I LOVE THIS PODCASTHave listed to all of the episodes multiple times. So happy to see it in its own feed..Score: 5/5

Best Music podcast for millennial’s in desperate need of a not too distant history lesson!Best Music podcast for millennial’s in desperate need of a not too distant history lesson. Fantastic content and anecdotes. Only con is that the narration is somewhat contrived and would fair better with content read in a natural and extemporaneous manner but the content far outweighs that slight negative. It’s too bad I won’t be able to hear any new episodes! I’m extremely bummed that you’re making future episodes available only to Slate Plus members. I understand the predicament you find yourselves in but listenership through ads has worked for so many without a subscription model and you’ll be surprised how we will soon see a spike in listenership as North Americans settle in for the long #stayathome..Score: 5/5

A feed of its own!This pod is SO fun. Really well researched and produced. So happy to be able to subscribe to it!.Score: 5/5

So thankful of this showFinally, a host that speaks unpretentiously and serves well researched content as well as laughs. thank you Hit Parade for so many hours of good times..Score: 5/5

Great podcast for those who love music charts.Through most of my teenage years, my Saturdays were spent in close proximity to a radio so I could hear Casey Kasem on AT40. It wasn’t just the music, it was the stories and trivia and Casey’s voice. Hit Parade takes me back to that time and to other periods of significant chart history. I look forward to each monthly episode and the mini episodes (Bridges) with the trivia and teasers of the next episode. Casey would approve, methinks!.Score: 5/5

Brilliant!I was introduced to Hit Parade only this year. And I’m hooked. Working through some past episodes so I can catch up. What an eye-opener. What a joy!.Score: 5/5

AwesomeThis is by far the best podcast I listen to. The host’s delivery of the content is unmatched by any other podcast. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone!.Score: 5/5

Thanks for this!Chris outdoes himself every week with this podcast...but the story of The Bee Gees went above and beyond! Excellent podcast!! Am always excited to see it in my feed!.Score: 5/5

Too much Weird Al. Enough.Bit tired of subject. Not that interesting..Score: 1/5

Pay Wall 👎CAUTION: Great show, fantastic show, one of my favs, but new episodes are now behind a PAY WALL. I get your business is suffering, but so are the rest of us, and we have even less disposable income to now spend for your previously free content. This feels like a giant middle finger to the listeners, thanks so much for making our 2020 even more dismal..Score: 1/5

A must for the music historian AND the casual fanThis podcast is entertaining, informative, and full of music trivia you didn’t know you wanted. Chris was great on The Gist as a special segment; having an hour with him is a real treat. My only complaint is that it’s only a monthly podcast. Highly, highly recommended for both casual music fans and serious musicologists alike..Score: 5/5

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So SadThus was the first podcast I ever listened to. I have been a faithful listener and supporter since the beginning. I am now in the position of having to pay to listen and while Slate wants to cry the blues over the Covid situation, what makes them think individuals are in any better financial shape. For what it’s worth, none of the other podcasts I listen to ( and there are many, many of them) have decided to charge for content. I can’t afford to pay for a podcast in these difficult and uncertain times..Score: 1/5

Runner22033Been listening since you started always enjoyed your in depth analysis and popular culture references... can you do something on Herb Alpert?.Score: 5/5

Nicely researchedThe episodes are well-researched and I love hearing about the other music that was on the charts at the same as the artist(s) being covered. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the podcast is done in a bit by the host. The strange halting way that he speaks drives me crazy and it’s really distracting. He is also literally the only person I have *ever* heard pronounce Nirvana’s album NEVER-mind. I don’t know why it bothers me so much but for the love of god it’s annoying..Score: 3/5

A must for music loversGreat podcast and great host. Chris somehow bridges the gap between serious music journalist and avid music fan. I’ve listened with great enjoyment to every episode. Unfortunately, like many others in this review section, I will not be paying $35 to listen further to the only Slate content I access. It’s a huge bummer, and a big loss. I wish the host and the podcast well—it’s been fun..Score: 5/5

Tremendous Podcast For Music LoversI subscribe to a number of podcasts of all types and this is one of the very best. I think I get more excited seeing a new episode of this podcast than any of the others, because I know I'm going to learn the most intersting information about the artist or style of music featured in that episode. I can't even imagine the amount of research Chris Molanphy must conduct for each episode. His scripts are tightly written and the music clips he chooses illustrative and evocative. I've even enjoyed the episdoes on syles of music I didn't care all that much for. I was albe to hear them afresh and appreciate them in ways I didn't before. If you wonder whether you'll like this podcast, at least give one episode a try. I think you'll be hooked. This is a fabulous podcast!.Score: 5/5

Great podcast. Too bad about the paywall!This is absolutely my favorite music podcast, and I always appreciate the arc Chris is able to draw between genres and eras! My favorite episodes are undoubtedly the Lost and Lonely Edition & the Oh My God, Becky Edition! Brilliantly written, conceived and narrated! Unfortunately, because of the paywall, you’ve lost yet another listener. To have to pay for a podcast which also makes me listen to commercial content makes no sense to me, especially when there are countless others out there that don’t require me to do so..Score: 5/5

Hit ParadeChris is an amazing reporter. His research, his details, his ability to weave history and insert musical interludes is simply delicious! I generally listen multiple times to episodes. Well done!.Score: 5/5

Bright spot in my lifeSo glad I discovered this podcast...it’s truly been a bright spot for me lately. It’s so fascinating to learn about this part of the music industry. I do love a good Fun Fact - no shortage of them here!.Score: 5/5

Odd moveIt seems like most other podcasts are being generous during this situation, offering previous paid shows for free as bonuses, yet this one takes it all away. It was good while it lasted (except for the needless trivia segment during the bridge episodes). You always say that you have to be a member to participate, so why did you ask every single contestant if they were a member? They wouldn’t have been on if they weren’t..Score: 3/5

Boo! on you for insisting on payingI have been a devoted listener from the beginning but this is the only Slate podcast I listen to regularly. Wrong of you & Slate to demand payment for podcasts right now..Score: 1/5

Why is this song popular?Do you ever wonder why certain songs become hits? Chris Molanphy, a self-described pop chart analyst, breaks down the history, sociology, and the straight up strange factors behind the success of a song. Episodes focus on either the career of an artist/band or on a particular genre or trend in popular music. Molanphy is good at making the stories behind even songs that I hate sound absolutely fascinating. I highly recommend this podcasts to music fans and anyone interested in popular culture and history..Score: 5/5

Discovered this treasureI just started listening over the weekend and I have listened to thirteen episodes. Great historical content.Score: 5/5

Stilted delivery is tough to takeOverall interesting, but Chris’ robovoice is so halting that it sounds like it’s made for English learners or 2-year-olds. Maybe I’m just used to people sounding like natural humans. It’s the spoken word version of the uncanny valley. It just feels wrong..Score: 3/5

Was Great, Now PaywalledThis was a great podcast but now it’s just the shows in between the main podcast which is behind a paywall. It’s too bad Slate felt they needed to go this route. I hope to hear Chris Molanphy on an open podcast in the future..Score: 1/5

Fascinating and AbsorbingA wonderful deep dive into popular music, one that I thoroughly enjoy, even when — especially when — the focus is on an artist or genre I don’t really follow..Score: 5/5

AmazingI’ve been listening to this podcast for a few years and I think I’ve heard every episode at least once. All are great. But the two Chic episodes are by far the best. The first episode explains the origins of the group members, the formation, songwriting process, inspirations, and their chart success. Then goes on in the second episode to explain how it led to decades of collaborations, production, and songwriting with a huge array of other artists all over the pop landscape. I had no idea and I’m so glad to learn about it. I’m excited to dig deeper on my own to all the stuff that could only be mentioned in passing..Score: 5/5

Fantastic educational music podcastHighly HIGHLY recommended.Score: 5/5

Great podcast for unabashed music nerdsI have a sore plus subscription JUST so I can have access to this show. Worth’s every penny. Deep dives, no snobbery here as Chris take about and through all genres, time periods and influences. This is a great podcast for music lovers, nerds, historians etc... one of my Top five across all podcasts..Score: 5/5

This is what podcasts should beThis podcast is just so full of music tidbits I always wanted to know but didn’t know Existed to be learned. It’s so perfect to hear samples from the songs amid all the deep commentary. This podcast makes me want to go on a road trip so I can just listen for hours without distractions..Score: 5/5

SadI’m sad that a paywall is going up for this. I have always loved this podcast. But since I’m unemployed and the writing at slate in general has just gone downhill in the last year, I can’t justify paying $35 for this. Sorry..Score: 1/5

Outstanding showI’ll make this short. Hit Parade is fantastic. But what isn’t fantastic is its recent descent behind the pay wall. Now I can’t listen to it. I modestly donate to a few podcast producers every month and if I had that option I’d do it for Slate Plus. But that option doesn’t exist..Score: 5/5

Transcends the podcast formatAt its best, such as the recent episode about Sam Cooke, this podcast offers insight into music history, along with a healthy dollop of informed criticism, at a level that meets or exceeds anything you can find. While not every episode is a home run, the quality is consistently high enough that if I could only listen to one podcast, this would be it..Score: 5/5

Well this is a bummerI am so sorry to lose this podcast due to paywall. Hopefully it’s just temporary during this pandemic. It really has been one of my favorite listens and, Chris, you’re great. May the “haves” continue to enjoy and if you can, subscribe. I wish I could..Score: 1/5

Hit Parade - These are the Good TimesThank you for highlighting Chic! Nile Rodgers is one of my heroes. I had the pleasure of meeting him at EPCOT in ‘02 or ‘03 & he was wonderful. I grew up in the ‘80s & many of my favorite bands worked with him. When I first heard the story of Duran Duran & The Reflex, I was so disappointed. As a white kid that grew up just south of DC, I listened to everything. My mom lived for Doowop & Motown. We watched Soul Train. The executives at the record companies couldn’t have been more wrong! I was a huge alternative music fan, too which includes The Smiths. Guitar God Johnny Marr named his son after Nile! Record Execs really got it wrong as has the Rock Hall. Nile is in, but Bernard & Tony deserve to be in with him. Just ask Duran Duran; then again the Rock Hall has that wrong, too! Love your podcasts. It satisfies the music nerd in me! Keep up the great work! Thank you.Score: 5/5

The Show is Fantastic - Slate is NotI LOVED this show and the host. Well researched, interesting, really, just everything you want, even if you're not a music geek. I think I'd even happily pay for just this podcast - becaue it's THAT good, and I missed the Billy Joel episode! - but I'm not interestedin buying Slate. I think their journalism has devolved mostly into opinion..Score: 1/5

Great for Music AddictsI found this podcast only a month ago but I am devouring episodes, like one a day. They are so imformative, even if I'm not a fan of the artist, I always learn something..Score: 5/5

Great content - why the slow taking?I’ve heard Chris on lots of Slate podcasts and he has a normal conversational speed. On Hit Parade, when he’s presumably reading a script, he talks PAINFULLY slowly. And I can’t solve it by playing at 1.5x speed, because then all of the music clips get thrown off! Is this a Slate thing? I have the same issue with the latest season of Slow Burn. I listen to Josh every week and know how he talks - why did he run into molasses for Slow Burn?.Score: 4/5

Genius - Love this Podcast!Chris is genius. His podcast is smart, witty and detailed. Every podcast takes you on a musical journey full of pathways and intersections exploring the edge of the genre, artist or topic he is sharing and deftly bringing it back to center. There are so many great ones, but don’t miss “The Great War Against the Single”, “One and Done”, and “The Imperial Elton and George Addition”. So far, “Turn Around Bright Eyes” chronicling Jim Steinman is my all time favorite - the level of research conducted for that podcast was simply amazing..Score: 5/5

Sorry I have to unsubscribeI have no ability to subscribe to anything new. Much as I like this podcast there’s a depression going on. Sorry the advertising can’t support it.Score: 1/5

Now only available to paying members?I really, really love this podcast and can appreciate the economic fallout due to COVID. But charging for it is really sad given that Americans are also struggling financially right now too. Whack..Score: 2/5

Amazing and informativeSo I know we are all trapped in various phases of isolation. I can’t recommend Hit Parade by Slate Podcasts highly enough. Every month I listen and learn some more musical knowledge I had no idea about. Worth your time. The new eps require a subscription but previous are free. I subscribe to Slate because of this. Some fun facts -do you know who actually originally wrote and performed Red, Red Wine? (Of UB40 fame). Did you know Tegan and Sara performed at the ‘99 Lilith Fair before their first album ever came out? Facts taken from the first and last eps. Every time I listen I learn something about an area I am well informed about and it always expands my mind. Double thumbs up!.Score: 5/5

AC/DC, Part 2Tedious and pointless..Score: 2/5

Love it, but not worth $3 /monthWhen your listeners are suffering through this economic crisis, you decide to demand a $35 ransom for continued listenership? I have sampled other Slate content and it’s just not my cup of tea. A voluntary patreon paywall for some content would be understandable, but to do this now just is inconsiderate. Too bad, I did enjoy this podcast....Score: 1/5

Wow! This is a great podcast!If you love music or trivia, this is a podcast for you! Chris is outstanding with his descriptions and little tidbits about music! One of the best podcast period!.Score: 5/5

Simply the BestThis show alone is worth the cost of Slate Plus for anyone who enjoys listening to and learning about the hits of the past several decades..Score: 5/5

Awesome and definitiveLove learning about music history and Chris is a freaking amazing expert! Cannot miss the Oh. My. god. Look. At. Her. Butt. Episode..Score: 5/5

So long Chris, you will be missed...Requiring those who look forward to Hit Paeade and Chris’ words, to pay, especially at this time, is sad. We’re all hoping for a few hours of escape from this insanity, some just cant justify the cost. I though hard about it and tried out the other slate content...no offense, but this is definitely your best. I get it, but I just cant do it, and on the Billy Joel-BILLY JOEL! episode, of all artists...darn it. Maybe Chris will do a fantastic piece about this time in music history. I’d love to afford to hear it. So long, friend..Score: 3/5

Used to be great, hard pass on the pay wall.I used to look forward each month to the well-researched and presented take on the billboard charts, however, using a global pandemic as the opportune time to move the podcast to a subscription only model is certainly one way to give your audience the finger. No thanks Slate. Unsubscribed..Score: 1/5

This WAS a great podcastA paywall during a pandemic is an insanely idiotic decision. And forcing people to pay $35!? I don't want the rest of Slate's content. This was one of the most entertaining and educational podcasts out there. Now it seems greed and shortsightedness have ruined it..Score: 1/5

Great podcast, poor decisionWe will all come back. 99% of al other podcasts are running like usual. And Slate decides now is the time to ask people during a pandemic to pay for something that was free. Poor move. Can’t imagine many people have signed up to play. Such a shame. On to other podcasts, there are hundreds of thousands out there to accept my free time….Score: 1/5

Sam Cooke & One Night in MiamiIn this episode Hit Parade manages to combine chart and music history with some film screenplay analysis and put it all in the context of the civil rights era. Quite a feat and enjoyed it even more than usual!.Score: 5/5

Love the music, enthralled by backgroundA great deep dive into music that hit the charts and the mechanics, whims and characters that brought it there. Lots of music you know! and facts you didn’t. Great deadpan delivery..Score: 5/5

Disappointed, hope paywall is temporaryI refuse to give a poor rating due to the choice to move this podcast behind a paywall, but I do want to express my disappointment. This is the only slate podcast I listen to, I respect and enjoy all the work Chris et. all put into the production and realize that all that work isn’t for free, but I can’t justify the expense for one podcast that puts out 2 shows a month. Times are tough and we all have to do what we need to do to get by, but I do hope that a version of this show (with ads of course) comes back after the pandemic is behind us..Score: 4/5

I love this show! Worth three dollars a month? Quite possibly?I look forward to every episode and learn something new every time. While I was disappointed when the paywall was announced, I really have to think about it. Is this podcast worth three dollars a month? Considering you get a full episode and a bridge episode, and the entertainment value, quality, and amount of detail that Chris puts into each and every episode, I believe it might actually be worth it, if one can afford it. Not to say that everyone can, and people certainly have their right to be upset with the introduction of the pay wall. I’m pretty sure I will pay the $35, three dollars a month for two episodes, to still be able to hear this great content..Score: 5/5

So fun!My husband and I love listening to this in the car. I just subscribed to slate plus for this show. We love Chris’a professorisms—can’t wait for the imperial period to be mentioned each episode : ) would love to hear an episode on queen, buddy holly, or Paul Simon.Score: 5/5

Great podcast but not worth $35This is my favorite podcast and I thought about paying the $35 this year to continue listening, but since this is the only content I listen to on Slate I decided it’s not worthy supporting this left biased company..Score: 5/5

FrustratingThis is the only podcast I listen to that is punishing people who can’t afford to pay. I get paying for additional content. But requiring people to start paying when so many are out of work is heartless. I wish you had done a separate announcement after this bridge episode because it’s now totally ruined..Score: 1/5

Audio essays about music are my heroin2020 Edit: regretfully I am changing my review to one star bc of the new paywall. Not interested in funding all the rest of the mediocre libs on Slate. Here’s what I originally wrote: I love listening to people knowledgeably speak about music. That’s probably why I’ve had some ill-advised relationships with musicians. Hit Parade gives me all the musicsplanation I crave with none of the drama. It’s well researched, well produced, and- for the sheer amount of information presented- incredibly concise. I look forward to each new episode and immediately crave more after I listen. If you like Song Exploder, you’re going to really enjoy Hit Parade. As a visual artist, it is endlessly fascinating to me to learn about the creativity, calculation, and cleverness involved in making pop music. I love gaining a deeper appreciation for these songs by learning about the commercial context in which they were made, and more closely paying attention to the constituent elements of the production. After the most recent episode, listening to Madonna is giving me actual shivers. Thanks Chris & keep it up!.Score: 1/5

It’s a pandemic so fork over $35Love the show, hate the decision to go behind a paywall when people are most vulnerable..Score: 1/5

Always enjoyThis is one of the best podcasts of the many I subscribe to. Always interesting. I love learning about what was happening behind the scenes in the subjects explored - things I certainly didn’t know or threads not seen. Thanks! I always look to the next!.Score: 5/5

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Great series for those who love musicThis podcast is one of the highlights of my listening. For anyone who likes American pop/rock music it gives a great insight, often from a really different angle. Love it!.Score: 5/5

Slate’s hit paradeHave been listening to podcasts forever. Hours a week. This is, simply, the best podcast I’ve listened to (even taking account of the Bon Jovi episode). My First review too - so must be the best..Score: 5/5

What a music fan needs most!This is a surprisingly detailed and accurate podcast that uses storytelling, aided by deep and detailed research, rare and appropriately well loved music clips, that explains how we got to hear the hits that we know and love, as well as the less well known experiments along the way. This is the best work I've ever read or heard about Madonna's career re-defining album Ray of Light..Score: 5/5

Wonderful!This has quickly become my favourite podcast. A great mix of music and history presented in a engaging and entertaining way. Chris is brilliant. Wish it was more frequent! But absolutely worth the wait each month!.Score: 5/5

Multi Platinum Music Podcast!In depth history and analysis with snippets of music actually included make this a highly interesting music doco podcast. Much better produced than much of what is out there - very enjoyable.Score: 5/5

I almost boycottedA mid-late 80s teenager, Bon Jovi were my favourite band. Reading the BJ episode notes and listening to Chris’ opening 3 minute denigration of the band almost had me boycotting this episode (my first) yesterday and Hit Parade entirely. Glad I didn’t - brilliant, entertaining, informative and funny, I’ll be listening to many more episodes..Score: 5/5

Never disappointsThe latest episode was a revelation. I can’t say I’m a fan of Genesis or Phil Collins - I think that’s about the over exposure that Chris talked about in the episode. But the way in which Chris told the story gave me a newfound respect for the work, the strength and depth of the hits and even got my toes tapping and head bobbing a few times. I cannot recommend this podcast enough. Chris’ depth of knowledge shines through and he comes across as personable and just a fan of music. You don’t have to be a fan of the artist he’s talking about to get a lot out of the episode (I’m looking about you Miley Cyrus!) Start with any episode but do go back to hear the beginning ones about The Beatles and Red Red Wine - totally fascinating..Score: 5/5

Great podcastThis podcast really fills a void for music and pop chat history buffs like me. The multiple music sound bites are fantastic as they bring back memories and make you nostalgic while you are being educated. Marvellous !.Score: 5/5

One of the bestIf you like music history, this is an engaging show!.Score: 5/5

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Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia Podcast Episodes

Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 2

In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, Chris Molanphy continues his analysis of Taylor: the country years, dissecting how she gradually, step by step, became the new queen of pop one irresistible song at a time. She went from interviewing bigger stars on MTV’s red carpet one year, to being the talk of the Video Music Awards the next—even before Kanye took that microphone away from her. He told Taylor he would let her finish, but the game was already over. Swift had the most played song in the USA.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja, with help from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 1

Taylor Swift’s new album is a reboot of an old album: Fearless, her 2008 chart-topping juggernaut that made her the biggest star on the Billboard charts. But Fearless (Taylor’s Version)—filled with banjos, steel guitars and fiddles—is also a reminder for those who forgot: Swift was once the top act in country music, too. From Dolly Parton to Shania Twain, the Chicks to Faith Hill, no country artist has ever crossed over to pop the way Taylor did, utterly dominating one genre before she took over another.   In this episode, Chris Molanphy focuses on Taylor: the country years, dissecting how she gradually, step by step, became the new queen of pop one irresistible song at a time. She went from interviewing bigger stars on MTV’s red carpet one year, to being the talk of the Video Music Awards the next—even before Kanye took that microphone away from her. He told Taylor he would let her finish, but the game was already over. Swift had the most played song in the USA.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja, with help from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Don’t Know Much About History, Part 2

In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, Chris Molanphy continues his analysis of the music of Sam Cooke. The Oscar-nominated film One Night in Miami… imagines the conversation between Cooke, Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown the night in 1964 they gathered to celebrate the soon-to-be Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight victory. Malcolm X challenges Sam Cooke to use his amazing voice to help “the struggle.” Little did he know Cooke had already recorded his civil‑rights masterpiece, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”   In his too-brief career—seven years as a gospel star, then seven more as a chart-conquering superstar—Sam Cooke took a remarkable journey: from the pathbreaking pop of “You Send Me,” to the wistful R&B of “(What a) Wonderful World,” to the yearning romance of “Bring It on Home to Me,” to—of course—the now-legendary “Change Is Gonna Come.” Meet the man who defined what soul music was and could be.   Hit Parade episodes are now split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive. Click here for more info. Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Don’t Know Much About History, Part 1

The Oscar-nominated film One Night in Miami… imagines the conversation between Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown the night in 1964 they gathered to celebrate the soon-to-be Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight victory. Malcolm X challenges Sam Cooke to use his amazing voice to help “the struggle.” Little did he know Cooke had already recorded his civil‑rights masterpiece, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”   In this episode, Chris Molanphy sets the record straight on the man now called the King of Soul. In his too-brief career—seven years as a gospel star, then seven more as a chart-conquering superstar—Sam Cooke took a remarkable journey: from the pathbreaking pop of “You Send Me,” to the wistful R&B of “(What a) Wonderful World,” to the yearning romance of “Bring It on Home to Me,” to—of course—the now-legendary “Change Is Gonna Come.” Meet the man who defined what soul music was and could be.   Hit Parade episodes are now split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive. Click here for more info. Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The AC/DC Rule, Part 2

In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, Chris Molanphy continues to demonstrate a weird chart phenomenon he calls The AC/DC Rule. Hit Parade episodes are now split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive. Click here for more info. What was the only No. 1 album by Jimi Hendrix? How about the first No. 1 by Billy Joel? Jackson Browne? Pat Benatar? Pearl Jam? Lady Gaga?   In all cases, the answer isn’t obvious—it’s not the album you know best, the one with the most hits on it. It’s the album after that classic that goes to No. 1. And there’s no better example than AC/DC, the Australian-by-way-of-Scotland hard rock band that’s sold more than 20 million copies of Back in Black. But it was their next album (can you name it?) that topped the Billboard album chart.   Just as less-good movie sequels open better at the box office than classic first installments, follow-up albums often chart higher than their slow-growing but hit-packed predecessors. Some of the rock and pop legends who fell prey to this chart phenomenon might surprise you…might just leave you shook all night long.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The AC/DC Rule, Part 1

Quick, what was the only No. 1 album by Jimi Hendrix? How about the first No. 1 by Billy Joel? Jackson Browne? Pat Benatar? Pearl Jam? Lady Gaga?   In all cases, the answer isn’t obvious—it’s not the album you know best, the one with the most hits on it. It’s the album after that classic that goes to No. 1. And there’s no better example than AC/DC, the Australian-by-way-of-Scotland hard rock band that’s sold more than 20 million copies of Back in Black. But it was their next album (can you name it?) that topped the Billboard album chart.   Chris Molanphy has coined a term for this weird chart phenomenon: He calls it The AC/DC Rule. Just as less-good movie sequels open better at the box office than classic first installments, follow-up albums often chart higher than their slow-growing but hit-packed predecessors. Some of the rock and pop legends who fell prey to this chart phenomenon might surprise you…might just leave you shook all night long.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

These Are the Good Times, Part 2

Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, we continue the story of how Chic—cofounded by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards—gave life to disco through the 1980s and beyond. Their “Good Times” bassline spawned a slew of copycats, from “Rapper’s Delight” to “Another One Bites the Dust” to “Rapture.” And as if that wasn’t enough, over the next decade, the Chic masterminds became the secret sauce for a range of cutting-edge pop acts, producing and writing for everyone from Diana Ross and David Bowie to Madonna, Duran Duran and the B-52’s. Nile Rodgers even scored a hit in the 2010s with a pair of French robots who “got lucky” with another take on the Chic groove. Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

These Are the Good Times, Part 1

Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. How can you tell disco didn’t really die at the start of the 1980s? Because half of ’80s pop owed its sound to one of disco’s most seminal acts. Chic—cofounded by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards—would be legendary if all they’d done was record the’70s disco smashes “Le Freak,” “I Want Your Love” and “Good Times.” Indeed, the “Good Times” bassline spawned a slew of copycats, from “Rapper’s Delight” to “Another One Bites the Dust” to “Rapture.” As if that wasn’t enough, over the next decade, the Chic masterminds became the secret sauce for a range of cutting-edge pop acts, producing and writing for everyone from Diana Ross and David Bowie to Madonna, Duran Duran and the B-52’s. Nile Rodgers even scored a hit in the 2010s with a pair of French robots who “got lucky” with another take on the Chic groove. Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Smells Like Christmas Spirit, Part 2

Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, we continue the story of how Nirvana’s Nevermind ousted Michael Jackson’s Dangerous from the top of the Billboard album chart, Chris Molanphy examines the chart dynamics that not only ushered in the grunge era but also invented a new music sales strategy, the post-Christmas album, and how that trend has been shaped and changed by the rise of rap, and the surprise album drop. Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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