The Bridge: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation

How a couple of major hit-makers fulfilled their chart destinies from the ’60s to the ’90s. <audio title="The Bridge: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3707036581.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3707036581?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> View Transcript Listen longer Slate Plus members [...] Read more

Why It Took an Inflatable Butt for Lizzo to Finally Score Her First No. 1

  The singer has long been a hit with parents. “Truth Hurts” finally won over their kids. Tweet Share Comment <img src="https://compote.slate.com/images/51fb9b74-0ef8-4e08-9bff-6b7b76e582cb.jpeg?width=780&amp;height=520&amp;rect=1560x1040&amp;offset=0x0" alt="Lizzo onstage at Coachella." /> Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella. Recently in Music America’s New Favorite Song Cements This as the Summer of Gen Z Taylor Swift’s [...] Read more

Hit Parade: We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified Edition

Sure, Woodstock was a legendary festival—but it also turned several performers into chart-topping stars. <audio title="We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3635412610.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3635412610?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts TuneIn Spotify Stitcher Overcast [...] Read more

The Bridge: Nostalgic for No. 1s

How soon is too soon to mine pop’s past for a new hit? <audio title="The Bridge: Nostalgic for No. 1s" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3772466174.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Nostalgic for No. 1s" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3772466174?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen longer Slate Plus members get ad-free versions of all Slate podcasts, plus extra segments, bonus episodes, and [...] Read more

Hit Parade: Without the Beatles Edition

Only three Lennon-McCartney songs not by the Beatles topped the Hot 100. And they’re all strange. <audio title="Podcast audio player" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT9449298010.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="Podcast audio player" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT9449298010?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts TuneIn Spotify Stitcher Overcast RSS Feed Get Your Slate Plus [...] Read more

The Bridge: Farewell, Lilith Fan

A new female-focused concert series could include alt-rockers like Alanis Morisette and rising hip-hop stars like Lizzo. <audio title="Podcast audio player" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT8618809515.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="Podcast audio player" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT8618809515?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Get More Hit Parade Slate Plus members get extended, ad-free versions of our podcasts—and much more. Sign up today and [...] Read more

Hit Parade: The Lullaby of Broadway Edition

  Hit Parade Music from Broadway used to top the charts before rock and rap made the musical old hat—but show tunes are making a comeback. By Chris Molanphy June 28, 201910:17 AM Tweet Share Listen to Hit Parade: <iframe src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT1487097838?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Get More Hit Parade Slate Plus members get extended, ad-free [...] Read more