Make My Wish Come True Edition

How Mariah Carey overcame the chart bias against Christmas music to score a No. 1 holiday song after 25 years. <audio title="Make My Wish Come True Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT8261523327.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="Make My Wish Come True Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT8261523327?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts [...] Read more

The Weeknd’s Latest No. 1 Hit Proves He’s the New AC/DC

On “Heartless,” the singer keeps on recycling the same old tricks, and America still can’t get enough. For years—really, decades—AC/DC bandleader Angus Young has been finding creative ways to restate the maxim “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” in interviews. The guitarist can often come off as self-satisfied about his Rock Hall–inducted band’s endurance. [...] Read more

The Bridge: Queens Bey, Rih, and Robyn Reign Over Different Kingdoms

Chris Molanphy and Bridge producer Asha Saluja discuss who won the 2010s in music. <audio title="The Bridge: Queens Bey, Rih, and Robyn Reign Over Different Kingdoms" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT9916162235.mp3" class="slate-megaphone__audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Queens Bey, Rih, and Robyn Reign Over Different Kingdoms" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT9916162235?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: [...] Read more

Hit Parade: Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition

How memes, streams, and crossover dreams drove the hits of the 2010s. <audio title="Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT5546651747.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT5546651747?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 [...] Read more

The Bridge: Genre vs. Generation, ’80s to ’10s

Chris Molanphy and Ned Raggett discuss the ’80s wave of British alt-rock. <audio title="The Bridge: Genre vs. Generation, ’80s to ’10s" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT5231165333.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Genre vs. Generation, ’80s to ’10s" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT5231165333?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> View Transcript Listen longer Slate Plus members get ad-free versions of all Slate podcasts, plus [...] Read more

Hit Parade: The Lost and Lonely Edition

Three decades ago, the biggest alternative rock came with a British accent—and morose lyrics. <audio title="The Lost and Lonely Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3930490706.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Lost and Lonely Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3930490706?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 [...] Read more