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.

Brow Beat
Aug. 14 2015 1:21 PMAn Alt-R&B Hero Goes Full Michael Jackson—and Hits No. 1
Brow Beat
July 20 2015 1:45 PMAmerica’s New No. 1 Makes It Official: This Is the Summer of the Remix
Culture Gabfest
July 8 2015 1:09 PMThe “Very First Concert I Ever Attended” Bonus SegmentDana, Julia, and Chris discuss their musical firsts, Bob Dylan, and more.
Brow Beat
June 3 2015 8:32 AMWhy Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Is the Avengers: Age of Ultron of Pop
Brow Beat
March 10 2015 9:20 AMImagine Dragons and the Curse of the Hot 100 Longevity Record
Brow Beat
Dec. 23 2014 5:10 PMThe Top 10 Producers of 2014
Brow Beat
Dec. 1 2014 9:09 AMTaylor Swift May Never Be This Popular Again. Here’s Why.
Slate Picks
Oct. 30 2014 6:03 PMListen to Our October Music RoundupYour autumn playlist to put on repeat, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
Brow Beat
Aug. 29 2014 3:50 PMHow Taylor Swift Carefully Conquered the Pop Charts
Brow Beat
July 15 2014 11:14 AMCan Anyone Unseat Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” as the Song of the Summer? A Look at the Numbers.
Brow Beat
June 10 2014 5:13 PMWhat Will Be Your Song of the Summer? Take This Quiz and Find Out.
Brow Beat
May 12 2014 4:35 PMHow Did John Legend Finally Top the Charts? He Should Probably Thank Adele.
Brow Beat
Feb. 4 2014 3:54 PMWhy Katy Perry Tops the Charts
The Music Club
Dec. 20 2013 5:42 PMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 10: Finding music you love is great. But music you like is even better.
The Music Club
Dec. 16 2013 2:02 PMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 2: Was “Harlem Shake” by Baauer actually a hit song? Or just a fad?
Culturebox
July 31 2015 9:45 AMFeat. Don’t Fail Me NowThe rise of the featured rapper in pop music.
Culturebox
July 16 2015 12:54 PMWithout the BeatlesThe three strange Lennon-McCartney hits that went to No. 1 without Lennon or McCartney—and what they tell us about the secret to recording a smash.
Culture Gabfest
July 1 2015 11:01 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Quinquennial Strut” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Love & Mercy, songs of summer, and Summer Strut 2015.
Brow Beat
April 28 2015 8:02 AMHow the Wisdom of Spinal Tap Explains Music’s Newest No. 1
Brow Beat
Jan. 13 2015 11:30 AMAmerica’s New No. 1 Song Is to Electro-R&B What “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Was to Punk
The Music Club
Dec. 16 2014 2:46 PMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 4: The bad news: Artist “loyalty” is over. The good news: Hits are as varied as ever.
Culturebox
Nov. 6 2014 2:19 PMWhy Taylor Swift Is the Super Bowl of PopIn the music industry today, there’s the 1 percent, and there’s everybody else.
Brow Beat
Oct. 14 2014 2:47 PMWhy Is Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Still No. 1?
Brow Beat
July 21 2014 4:55 PMWe Need to Have a Talk About Our Taste in Reggae Music, America
Brow Beat
June 16 2014 1:35 PMWhy Casey Kasem Was the Nerd Leader of Pop Music Geeks
Brow Beat
June 4 2014 9:07 AMHow a White Australian Model Imitated Black Southern Rap—and Topped the Charts
Brow Beat
March 3 2014 12:02 PMPharrell’s “Happy” Is the New “Hey Ya!”
Brow Beat
Jan. 20 2014 1:54 PMAmerica’s No. 1 Song Is Basically This Generation’s “Cotton Eye Joe”
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2013 2:05 PMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 6: Number of black acts that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 this year: 0.
Brow Beat
Dec. 13 2013 6:12 PMWhy Is Eminem’s “The Monster” No. 1 on the Charts? Because It’s a Sequel.

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