Hit Parade: Tramps Like Us Edition

Bruce Springsteen went from “new Dylan” to pop pinup when he learned to keep the catchy songs for himself. <iframe title="Tramps Like Us Edition" src="https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SLT8055979361&amp;light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%" ></iframe> Advertisement Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts TuneIn Spotify Stitcher Overcast RSS Feed For questions about subscriptions or your Slate [...] Read more

Hit Parade: Say My Name, Say My Name Edition

Rappers are singing and singers are rapping. When did these styles merge? <iframe title="Say My Name, Say My Name Edition" src="https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SLT7671536984&amp;light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%" ></iframe> View Transcript Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts TuneIn Spotify Stitcher Overcast RSS Feed For questions about subscriptions or your Slate Plus feed, check [...] Read more

Why Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” Is Rock’s First Hot 100 No. 1 in Years

The versatile Disney star might be the dying genre’s best hope. Tweet Share Comment Tweet Share Comment When Olivia Rodrigo made her much-anticipated appearance on Saturday Night Live two weekends ago, the focus was, overwhelmingly, on the first song she performed, “Drivers License.” Over the winter, that out-of-nowhere chart-topping debut had instantly made her a [...] Read more

The Bridge: Hip-Hop, Hit Pop

Chris Molanphy and Amy Coddington give Milli Vanilli props as himbo forefathers of rap and pop cross-pollination. In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Amherst pop-music professor Amy Coddington to provide some context on how Milli Vanilli helped change the sound of pop music at the turn of the ’80s [...] Read more

Hit Parade: Blame It on the Feign Edition

Deceitful as they were, Milli Vanill’s blend of rap and dance-pop topped the charts and made a lasting impression. <iframe title="Blame It on the Feign Edition" src="https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SLT6661168618&amp;light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%" ></iframe> View Transcript <iframe title="Blame It on the Feign Edition" src="https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SLT5262506574&amp;light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%" ></iframe> View Transcript Advertisement Listen & Subscribe Choose your [...] Read more

Hit Parade: Taylor’s Version of Country Edition

At the turn of the ’10s, Taylor Swift pulled off a masterful country-to-pop crossover, ruling two genres at once. <iframe title="Taylor’s Version of Country Edition" src="https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SLT8513901857&amp;light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%" ></iframe> View Transcript <iframe title="Taylor’s Version of Country Edition" src="https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SLT6004911516&amp;light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%" ></iframe> View Transcript Taylor Swift’s new album is a reboot of [...] Read more