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
May 23 2016 12:57 PMWhy Justin Timberlake Said Bye Bye Bye to R&B and Went Back to the Top of the Charts
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May 6 2016 1:22 PMKeanu and the Remarkable Chart History of George Michael, “Black” Music Star
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April 22 2016 12:37 AMHow Prince Ruled the Charts in the ’80s—Even When His Name Wasn’t on the Songs
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Feb. 8 2016 4:51 PMWhat “Love Yourself” Songwriter Ed Sheeran Has in Common With Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen
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Jan. 12 2016 7:32 AMDavid Bowie’s Final Album Could Be His First No. 1. We Can Do This, America.
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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?
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Aug. 14 2015 1:21 PMAn Alt-R&B Hero Goes Full Michael Jackson—and Hits No. 1
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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
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March 10 2015 9:20 AMImagine Dragons and the Curse of the Hot 100 Longevity Record
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Dec. 23 2014 5:10 PMThe Top 10 Producers of 2014
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Dec. 1 2014 9:09 AMTaylor Swift May Never Be This Popular Again. Here’s Why.
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May 16 2016 10:59 AMCould the New No. 1 Song in the Country Herald a New Era of Pop-Music Doldrums?
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May 2 2016 7:32 AMThe New No. 1 Song in the Country Might Herald a New Era of Hit-Making
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March 3 2016 8:02 AMCould Rihanna Beat the Beatles’ Most Unbeatable Record?
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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
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Oct. 27 2015 3:34 PMHow Adele, Apple Music, and the Weeknd Robbed Drake of His First No. 1
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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
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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.

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