Hit Parade: Still Billy Joel to Me Edition

The so-called Piano Man often avoided the ivories, turning a range of styles and genres into Billy Joel music. <audio title="Still Billy Joel to Me Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT9742275194.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="Still Billy Joel to Me Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT9742275194?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> So, sure—Billy Joel’s first Top 40 hit, way back in 1974, was [...] Read more

The Bridge: Hits Don’t Lie

Chris Molanphy talks to guest Eduardo Cepeda about Latin music’s journey to the center of American pop. <audio title="The Bridge: Hits Don’t Lie" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT1545811346.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Hits Don’t Lie" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT1545811346?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, originally aired on Facebook as part of Slate Live’s Q-Tip [...] Read more

Hit Parade: La Vida Loca Edición

How Ricky, J.Lo and Shakira changed Latin crossover—taking America from “La Bamba” to “Despacito” <audio title="La Vida Loca Edición" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3162109488.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="La Vida Loca Edición" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3162109488?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Hit Parade takes you back to the turn of the millennium when, for a couple of years, it seemed like a [...] Read more

The Bridge: Wesley on Whitney

Chris Molanphy talks to guest Wesley Morris about Whitney Houston’s vocal genius and crossover means. <audio title="The Bridge: Wesley on Whitney" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3761267886.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Wesley on Whitney" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3761267886?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Wesley Morris, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic, New [...] Read more

Hit Parade: I’m Your Whitney Tonight Edition

Whitney Houston’s chart history helps explain why she was so unprecedented—and remains so controversial. <audio title="I’m Your Whitney Tonight Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT7021953633.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="I’m Your Whitney Tonight Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT7021953633?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 [...] Read more

The Bridge: Living in an Amish Paradise

Chris Molanphy talks to preeminent Weird Al chronicler Nathan Rabin about Yankovic’s many phases, monocultural satire, and use of nostalgia to stay relevant over a decadeslong career. <audio title="The Bridge: Living in an Amish Paradise" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT9098919342.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Living in an Amish Paradise" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT9098919342?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen & [...] Read more

Hit Parade: White and Nerdy Edition

Novelty songs were a tough way to make a music career. Until one self-proclaimed Weird guy turned parodies into pop classics. <audio title="The White and Nerdy Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT1451379869.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The White and Nerdy Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT1451379869?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> View Transcript Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google [...] Read more

The Bridge: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse

Chris Molanphy and guest Rich Juzwiak on Mariah Carey’s chart history, whether she’ll score that 20th No.1 hit, and why imperfect pop stars are the best kind. <audio title="The Bridge: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT6999940179.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT6999940179?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen & [...] Read more