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Miley Cyrus in her “Wrecking Ball” music video.
  

Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition

Since the heyday of MTV, music videos have made hits bigger. Now, watching them even counts for the charts—which helped

Chris Molanphy is a chart analyst and pop critic who writes about the intersection of culture and commerce in popular music. For Slate, he hosts the Hit Parade podcast and writes their “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, PitchforkVultureNPR Music’s The RecordThe Village VoiceBillboard, and CMJ. Chris is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio (SoundcheckAll Things ConsideredPlanet MoneyOn the Media) and on Slate’s podcasts The Gist and the Culture Gabfest.

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