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

Hit Parade: 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 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

The Bridge: Rain Sounds and Moody Goths

Chris Molanphy and Aisha Harris talk about the song template Janet Jackson’s producers spun into five hits. <audio title="The Bridge: Rain Sounds and Moody Goths" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT3724819272.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="The Bridge: Rain Sounds and Moody Goths" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT3724819272?light=true" frameborder="no" height="200" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe> View Transcript Listen & Subscribe Choose your preferred player: Apple Podcasts Google [...] Read more

Hit Parade: State of the World Edition

Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation redefined pop style 30 years ago—and generated more hits than any album, ever. <audio title="State of the World Edition" src="https://traffic.megaphone.fm/SLT1902110333.mp3" class="audio-player" tabindex="0" preload="metadata" controls></audio> <iframe title="State of the World Edition" src="https://player.megaphone.fm/SLT1902110333?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 [...] Read more

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