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.
Hit 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.
Hit 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?
Hit 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.
Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George EditionGeorge Michael and Elton John were friends, collaborators, and for one week, chart rivals.
Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists EditionOn the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number.
Hit Parade: Le Petty Prince EditionTom Petty and Prince only played together once. But their careers paralleled each other for four decades.
Hit 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?