Chris Molanphy
Chris Molanphy

Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts. Follow him on Twitter.

Music
April 20 2018 1:38 PMAmerica’s New Favorite Song Finds Drake Saying “Sorry” for “Hotline Bling”With his latest No. 1, the rapper takes a page from Justin Bieber and breaks another record.
Hit Parade
April 5 2018 5:00 PMHit Parade: Call for ContestantsWe’re going to release bonus episodes packed with music trivia—and we want you to play along.
Hit Parade
Feb. 23 2018 6:21 PMHit Parade: The Def Jams EditionToday, rap is ubiquitous on pop radio. But the genre’s first crossover hit required a little help from some out-of-favor rock stars.
Music
Jan. 26 2018 8:15 PMAmerica’s New No. 1 Song Is the “Crazy in Love” of Its MomentWith “Havana,” Camila Cabello emerges as a solo artist on her own terms.
The Music Club
Dec. 28 2017 9:30 AMThe Music Club, 2017Entry 12: This year’s Latin pop boomlet might not last—but white pop stars probably aren’t about to take back the charts either.
Music
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMTom Petty Was a Rock ChameleonHis career quietly spanned subgenres, from new wave to Southern to classic to grunge—anything that was rock ’n’ roll.
Hit Parade
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?
Brow Beat
Oct. 27 2017 2:11 PMThe Man Behind the New No. 1 Song in America Is the Kid Rock of the 2010s
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2017 3:29 PMWhat America’s New No. 1 Song Has in Common With J. Lo’s First, and Taylor Swift’s Last
Brow Beat
Aug. 24 2017 7:33 AM“Despacito” Is the Most Dominant Song of the Summer Ever. Could It Become the Biggest Hit, Period?
Culture Gabfest
July 13 2017 1:13 PMWhat 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
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.
Brow Beat
May 26 2017 7:33 AMWhy America’s First Spanish-Language No. 1 in Decades Is Likely to Be the Song of the Summer
Brow Beat
May 5 2017 10:41 AMBruno Mars’ New No. 1 Proves He’s the Canniest Hit-Maker of the Decade
Hit Parade
April 28 2017 7:03 AMHit Parade: The Rogue DJ EditionA new podcast about how that song you love—or hate—became a smash.
Hit Parade
April 20 2018 8:00 AMMusic Trivia: Welcome to Hit Parade—the BridgeSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some tough pop-chart trivia.
Hit Parade
March 29 2018 7:03 AMHit Parade: The Veronica Electronica EditionIn 1998, at a crossroads, Madonna rebooted her career by fusing electronics with matters of the heart—and turned digital music into viable pop.
Music
Feb. 1 2018 2:45 PMDrake’s Latest No. 1 Was a Foregone Conclusion. Is There Anything Left for Him to Prove?“God’s Plan” set a one-day streaming record. But in a pop world he remade in his own image, it’s getting harder for Drake to stand out.
Hit Parade
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.
Hit Parade
Dec. 28 2017 7:47 AMHit Parade: The Silver Medalists EditionOn the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number.
Brow Beat
Dec. 15 2017 1:30 PMWhy Beyoncé Needed Ed Sheeran to Score Her First No. 1 Hit in Nine Years
Hit Parade
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.
Hit Parade
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.
Brow Beat
Sept. 8 2017 12:56 PMWhy Taylor Swift’s New No. 1 Is Her “Ballad of John and Yoko”
Hit Parade
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?
Culture Gabfest
July 12 2017 9:20 AMThe 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
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.
Brow Beat
May 12 2017 1:38 PMAmerica’s New No. 1 Song Is the Triumph of DJ Khaled, Hip-Hop’s Jay Gatsby
Brow Beat
April 29 2017 8:03 AMKendrick Lamar’s New No. 1 Proves He’s as Much a Rival to Ed Sheeran as He Is to Drake
Music
Feb. 22 2017 9:27 AMCould 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.

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