The Culture Gabfest on pop music history and the Hit Parade podcast.

The Culture Gabfest on What Makes a Song a Smash Hit

The Culture Gabfest on What Makes a Song a Smash Hit

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July 13 2017 1:13 PM

What Makes a Song a Smash Hit?

The Culture Gabfest chats with the host of Hit Parade, a new podcast about our favorite pop songs.

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In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Wednesday's edition of the Culture Gabfest, Dana, Stephen, and Julia chat with Slate music critic Chris Molanphy about Hit Parade, his new podcast for chart nerds that explores the history of our favorite songs. They discuss what’s up next for the podcast, why storytelling is such a good way to explore a smash hit, and what Chris looks for when he deconstructs a song’s backstory.

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