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
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
May 2 2016 7:32 AMThe New No. 1 Song in the Country Might Herald a New Era of Hit-Making
Brow Beat
March 3 2016 8:02 AMCould Rihanna Beat the Beatles’ Most Unbeatable Record?
Brow Beat
Jan. 25 2016 1:47 PMJustin Bieber Is More Popular Than He’s Ever Been. Like, Beatles-Level Popular. Here’s Why.
The Music Club
Dec. 17 2015 3:10 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 4: In 2015, black artists took back the pop charts.
Brow Beat
Nov. 6 2015 8:02 AMHow Adele’s “Hello” Was Perfectly Formulated to Make You Play It Again and Again and Again
Brow Beat
Oct. 27 2015 3:34 PMHow Adele, Apple Music, and the Weeknd Robbed Drake of His First No. 1
Brow Beat
Sept. 14 2015 5:34 AMHow Justin Bieber Bypassed the Radio to Score the Biggest Hit of His Career
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
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
Brow Beat
April 22 2016 12:37 AMHow Prince Ruled the Charts in the ’80s—Even When His Name Wasn’t on the Songs
Brow Beat
Feb. 8 2016 4:51 PMWhat “Love Yourself” Songwriter Ed Sheeran Has in Common With Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen
Brow Beat
Jan. 12 2016 7:32 AMDavid Bowie’s Final Album Could Be His First No. 1. We Can Do This, America.
Brow Beat
Dec. 2 2015 7:55 AMWhy Is Adele’s 25 the Biggest-Opening Album of All Time? ’N Sync Might Give Us Some Clues.
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 5 2015 1:06 PMThe “Primitively Motivating Music” Bonus SegmentThe Culture Gabfest hosts on what music makes them sweat.
Brow Beat
Sept. 25 2015 11:10 AMWhy Is the Weeknd’s Dark, Radio-Unfriendly “The Hills” No. 1?
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

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