Hit Parade
Hit Parade

Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition

Today, rap is ubiquitous on pop radio. But the genre’s first crossover hit required a little help from some out-of-favor rock stars.

Jan. 26 2018 3:51 PMHit Parade: The B-Sides Edition Live from Brooklyn’s Bell House, it’s a very special Hit Parade about B-sides that improbably became classics, or even No. 1 hits.
Nov. 27 2017 11:03 AMHit Parade: The Queen of Disco EditionDonna Summer set chart benchmarks and managed to stay relevant for more than three decades. Why didn’t she get more respect from the rock establishment?
Sept. 29 2017 5:01 PMHit Parade: The Great War Against the Single EditionThe story of how the recording industry made you shell out $18 for one good song in the ’90s.
June 30 2017 2:45 PMHit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George EditionGeorge Michael and Elton John were friends, collaborators, and for one week, chart rivals.
April 28 2017 7:03 AMHit Parade: The Rogue DJ EditionA new podcast about how that song you love—or hate—became a smash.
Dec. 28 2017 7:47 AMHit Parade: The Silver Medalists EditionOn the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number.
Oct. 30 2017 12:02 PMHit Parade: Le Petty Prince EditionTom Petty and Prince only played together once. But their careers paralleled each other for four decades.
July 28 2017 1:45 PMHit Parade: The Charity Megasingle EditionIn the mid-1980s, big, loud, multicelebrity pop songs were briefly all over the charts and the radio. How’d that happen?
May 26 2017 5:12 PMHit Parade: The Fab Four Sweep EditionHow a major label screw-up helped the Beatles sweep the Billboard top five.