“Despacito” Is the Most Dominant Song of the Summer Ever. Could It Become the Biggest Hit, Period?
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.
Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George EditionGeorge Michael and Elton John were friends, collaborators, and for one week, chart rivals.
Why America’s First Spanish-Language No. 1 in Decades Is Likely to Be the Song of the Summer
Hit Parade: The Rogue DJ EditionA new podcast about how that song you love—or hate—became a smash.
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2016This was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year on the pop charts. But streaming gives some hope.
The Summer of DrakeThanks to streaming, the Billboard 200 is working just like it did in the ’80s, and Views is this year’s Purple Rain.
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?
The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2017” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on this year’s Summer Strut playlist and the candidates for song of the summer.
Hit Parade: The Fab Four Sweep EditionHow a major label screw-up helped the Beatles sweep the Billboard top five.
Could Anti-Trump Americans Make “FDT (F--- Donald Trump)” the No. 1 Song in the Country?Here’s how the United States could have its own “God Save the Queen” moment.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m YoursStevie Wonder’s hit songs written for others are so wide-ranging, you might not see his fingertips.
The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2016” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the state of the songs of summer and Summer Strut 2016.