Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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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.
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-ch...Read More
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Building a Herstory Editi...

30 Jun 2020 | 07 mins 06 secs

Building a Herstory ...

30 Jun 2020 | 07 mins 06 secs

The Bridge: Many Ways to ...

12 Jun 2020 | 04 mins 31 secs

The Bridge: Many Way...

12 Jun 2020 | 04 mins 31 secs

Shake It Like a Polaroid ...

29 May 2020 | 07 mins 28 secs

Shake It Like a Pola...

29 May 2020 | 07 mins 28 secs

The Bridge: Piano Man, Ev...

15 May 2020 | 03 mins 51 secs

The Bridge: Piano Ma...

15 May 2020 | 03 mins 51 secs

Still Billy Joel to Me Ed...

30 Apr 2020 | 07 mins 09 secs

Still Billy Joel to ...

30 Apr 2020 | 07 mins 09 secs

The Bridge: Hits Don’t Li...

17 Apr 2020 | 28 mins 46 secs

The Bridge: Hits Don...

17 Apr 2020 | 28 mins 46 secs

La Vida Loca Edición

31 Mar 2020 | 01 hr 37 mins 56 secs

La Vida Loca Edición

31 Mar 2020 | 01 hr 37 mins 56 secs

The Bridge: Wesley on Whi...

13 Mar 2020 | 29 mins 17 secs

The Bridge: Wesley o...

13 Mar 2020 | 29 mins 17 secs

I'm Your Whitney Tonight ...

28 Feb 2020 | 01 hr 30 mins 14 secs

I'm Your Whitney Ton...

28 Feb 2020 | 01 hr 30 mins 14 secs

The Bridge: Living in an ...

14 Feb 2020 | 30 mins 24 secs

The Bridge: Living i...

14 Feb 2020 | 30 mins 24 secs

The White and Nerdy Editi...

31 Jan 2020 | 01 hr 28 mins 05 secs

The White and Nerdy ...

31 Jan 2020 | 01 hr 28 mins 05 secs

The Bridge: Legacy of the...

17 Jan 2020 | 31 mins 41 secs

The Bridge: Legacy o...

17 Jan 2020 | 31 mins 41 secs

Make My Wish Come True Ed...

23 Dec 2019 | 01 hr 14 mins 27 secs

Make My Wish Come Tr...

23 Dec 2019 | 01 hr 14 mins 27 secs

The Bridge: Queens Bey, R...

13 Dec 2019 | 26 mins 58 secs

The Bridge: Queens B...

13 Dec 2019 | 26 mins 58 secs

Rolling in God’s Royal Up...

27 Nov 2019 | 01 hr 37 mins 15 secs

Rolling in God’s Roy...

27 Nov 2019 | 01 hr 37 mins 15 secs