What Chris Does 101: interviews on how charts, hitmaking and podcasting work
11 August, 2021
Steve and Dana are joined by Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy to discuss how one passionate fanbase gained control of this year’s Song of the Summer. Then the panel announces favorite songs from the mammoth playlist of listener suggestions.
6 August, 2021
In this Slate Plus episode for One Year, Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy and One Year producer Evan Chung discuss the music of 1977, from disco to punk to AM radio rock.
2 June, 2021
This week Steve Metcalf, Allegra Frank and Karen Han are joined by Slate’s Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy to dive into Olivia Rodrigo’s breakout album ‘Sour.’
8 May, 2021
How does a song get on Billboard’s Hot 100? How have the charts adapted to stay relevant? We speak with chart analyst Chris Molanphy, who explains how the charts are always evolving and why they are so important to the industry.
7 May, 2021
Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard call up Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voters to see who they chose on this year's ballot—guests include Lauren Onkey, Rob Tannenbaum, Amy Linden and Chris Molanphy.
28 April, 2021
In this episode of MetaPod, Chris Molanphy discusses how he conceives topics and uncovers chart phenomena for his podcast Hit Parade—and makes the case that music charts still matter.
23 April, 2021
To conclude our 2021 Oscar series highlighting the technical awards, I discuss the nominees for Original Score with score composer Louis Weeks, songwriter Mick Coogan and Chris Molanphy, host of the Slate podcast Hit Parade.
19 April, 2021
With the Oscars ceremony approaching, we’re talking about Academy Award nominees in the technical categories. Today, we're breaking down Original Song with Mick Coogan (composer) and Chris Molanphy (host of the Slate podcast Hit Parade).
17 February, 2021
Steve and Dana are joined by Slate’s pop music expert Chris Molanphy to discuss new artist Olivia Rodrigo, whose debut single “Drivers License” surprisingly shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
22 July, 2020
Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy to take on the Song of the Summer contenders. Then the team dives into listener-nominated songs to determine the “struttiest” music to listen to as you strut around your house.
24 May, 2020
Chris Molanphy is a music journalist, pop-chart expert, and host of the podcast Hit Parade, which dissects how the songs you love (or hate) rule the airwaves. His must-read Slate column “Why Is This Song No. 1?” analyzes current hits.
30 January, 2020
Our 2020 series of Oscar conversations continues with a discussion of the nominees for Original Song and Original Score. I’m joined by score composer Louis Weeks, songwriter Mick Coogan and Chris Molanphy, host of the Slate podcast Hit Parade.
25 January, 2020
Chris Molanphy is back to talk Mike Pesca through the hits of 1983. Enjoying vegemite sandwiches, the rains in Africa, and some sweet dreams, they indulge in pop mainstays that persist on the radio and at the karaoke bar.
2 January, 2020
Starting Jan. 3, 2020, Billboard will include YouTube streams in its album charts. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Chris Molanphy, a chart analyst and pop critic at Slate, about the significance of this change.
21 December, 2019
…or just a cash grab? Paul Haavardsrud interviews Hit Parade podcast host Chris Molanphy on just why we keep reminding ourselves that all we, and Mariah Carey, want for Christmas is “you.”
18 December, 2019
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner talk with Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy to discuss how and why Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” finally hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 charts after 25 years.
22 November, 2019
Mike Pesca interviews Chris Molanphy, who runs through the nominees for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He and Mike talk about the new nominees, those who’ve appeared time and again, and the game theory of it all.
7 August, 2019
Farhad Manjoo: "Chris Molanphy, who writes a brilliant music chart-watching column for Slate, told me that streaming has led to quirkier hits that seem to come out of nowhere, and that stick around for longer.”
6 August, 2019
"Old Town Road" has been No. 1 on the Hot 100 since early April. Chris Molanphy, chart analyst and host of the Hit Parade podcast, talked with Sound & Vision’s Emily Fox about what’s made the song a hit, as well as the controversy around its genre.
30 July, 2019
How did “Old Town Road” do it? We spoke with chart analyst and pop critic Chris Molanphy, who writes the "Why Is This Song No. 1?" feature and hosts the Hit Parade podcast for Slate.com.
29 July, 2019
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has officially broken the record for the longest-running No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100. Pop critic and chart analyst Chris Molanphy says, ”It has dodged all of the major contenders for song of the summer.”
16 July, 2019
Sound & Vision host Emily Fox spoke with chart analyst Chris Molanphy about the controversy surrounding “bundling.” Artists and labels are raising concerns that purchasing merch or tickets doesn’t prove people actually want to buy an album.
3 July, 2019
Chris Molanphy joins the gabbers to discuss 2019’s Song of Summer candidates—and how one unlikely track emerged as the decisive winner. Then they sift through 400-plus listener-nominated songs to select finalists for the Summer Strut playlist.
7 May, 2019
Chris Molanphy is on the show again, this time to walk us through the big tracks from the year The Gist was born—2014 was full of retro vibes and repeats, with hits like “Happy,” “All About That Bass,” and “Blank Space” echoing older styles.
17 April, 2019
Dana Stevens, Steve Metcalf and Dan Kois consult Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy on the controversy around “Old Town Road”—the reasons for its exclusion from the country charts, and how and why genre is policed in the first place.
12 April, 2019
On The Gist, songs like “The Sign” and “I’ll Make Love to You” dominated the charts in 1994, but they weren’t all that emblematic of what was happening in music that year. Chris Molanphy has ideas as to why, and…
18 December, 2018
What is it that makes so many artists want to sing about Christmas? Why not other holidays, in other times of year? And after decades of holiday hits, is there anything new to do with the genre?…
11 December, 2018
The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are less progressive rock, more progressive politics.…
15 November, 2018
In the fall of 1987, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that George Michael’s solo debut, Faith, would be a hit. As successful as Michael had been as half of the Wham! duo, going solo was always going to be a…
19 August, 2018
Chris Molanphy, host of Slate's podcast Hit Parade, sees connections and parallels along the history of popular music. Buckle up for a 100-minute trip up and down the Hot 100.
25 July, 2018
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21 April, 2017
3 March, 2017
22 December, 2016
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16 September, 2016
26 August, 2016
27 July, 2016
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24 June, 2016
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30 December, 2015
16 October, 2015
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28 August, 2015