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.

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.
Music
Oct. 3 2017 3:38 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.
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.
Brow Beat
Jan. 23 2017 5:45 AMWhy the New Song From Ed Sheeran, the Ned Flanders of Pop, Is the Biggest in the Country
The Music Club
Dec. 26 2016 11:55 AMThe Music Club, 2016This was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year on the pop charts. But streaming gives some hope.
Brow Beat
Nov. 22 2016 8:18 AMWhy Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” Is No. 1 (Hint: It’s Not Just the Mannequin Challenge)
Brow Beat
Aug. 1 2016 12:49 PMHow Sia Beat Rihanna at Her Own Game to Score Her First No. 1
Music
June 23 2016 10:00 AMThe 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.
Brow Beat
May 16 2016 10:59 AMCould the New No. 1 Song in the Country Herald a New Era of Pop-Music Doldrums?
Brow Beat
Oct. 27 2017 2:11 PMThe Man Behind the New No. 1 Song in America Is the Kid Rock of the 2010s
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.
Brow Beat
Jan. 16 2017 6:00 AMWhat the New No. 1 Song in America Shares in Common With Both “Kokomo” and “In Da Club”
Wonder Week
Dec. 18 2016 7:59 PMSigned, Sealed, Delivered, I’m YoursStevie Wonder’s hit songs written for others are so wide-ranging, you might not see his fingertips.
Brow Beat
Aug. 26 2016 1:25 PMWho Are the Chainsmokers, and Why Is Their Song “Closer” the Biggest Hit in the Country?
Culture Gabfest
July 27 2016 12:34 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2016” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the state of the songs of summer and Summer Strut 2016.
Brow Beat
May 23 2016 12:57 PMWhy Justin Timberlake Said Bye Bye Bye to R&B and Went Back to the Top of the Charts
Brow Beat
May 6 2016 1:22 PMKeanu and the Remarkable Chart History of George Michael, “Black” Music Star

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