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
Nov. 16 2018 7:00 AMMusic Trivia: The ’90s Pop EditionFrom Ace of Base to Britney Spears, Slate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you on pop icons.
Hit Parade
Oct. 26 2018 3:50 PMHit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky EditionWhat finally got hip-hop to the top of the Billboard charts?
Music
Sept. 28 2018 6:06 PMHow Maroon 5 Fused With the Pop Machine to Score a Second Life on the ChartsThe band’s new No. 1 is only their latest collaboration with the song factory.
Hit Parade
Aug. 31 2018 1:28 PMMusic Trivia: The Aretha Franklin EditionThe Queen of Soul is gone. How much do you know about her music, really?
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July 27 2018 12:56 PMHit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now EditionHow did guest rappers change the way supporting performers are credited across popular music?
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July 13 2018 12:50 PMHit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part 2How the two leading bands from Athens, Georgia, transformed themselves from college-rockers in the ’80s to hit-makers by the ’90s.
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June 29 2018 12:20 PMHit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part 1The story of how two very different bands came to define the boundaries of New Wave rock from the college town of Athens, Georgia.
Music
June 15 2018 6:23 PMAmerica’s New Favorite Song Proves Post Malone Is a Full-Blown Pop StarWith “Psycho,” the “rapper” behind “Rockstar” confirms he’s this generation’s Everlast.
Hit Parade
May 25 2018 10:02 AMHit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting EditionSince the heyday of MTV, music videos have made hits bigger. Now, watching them even counts for the charts—which helped make Miley Cyrus’s career.
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May 11 2018 8:30 AMMusic Trivia: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame EditionSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some trivia.
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.
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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
Nov. 15 2018 4:40 PMWhy Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Is Her First No. 1 SongThe single’s chart-topping success is the culmination of years of resilience in the face of tragedy and heartbreak.
Hit Parade
Oct. 12 2018 1:38 PMMusic Trivia: The ’90s Hip-Hop EditionFrom the Notorious B.I.G. to the Fresh Prince and LL Cool J, Slate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you.
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Sept. 28 2018 11:08 AMHit Parade: The Nights on Broadway EditionHow did the Bee Gees survive the fall of disco? The falsettos? The white suits? It was the songs.
Music
July 27 2018 2:26 PMIs Drake’s Latest No. 1 a Hit Song or a Hit Meme?“In My Feelings” is an accidental smash. It could become Drake’s biggest hit.
Culture Gabfest
July 25 2018 11:58 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2018” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on this year’s candidates for song of the summer and our annual Summer Strut playlist.
Music
July 5 2018 10:33 AMCardi B’s “I Like It” Is the Latest Version of a Song that Took 50 Years to Get to No. 1The post-“Despacito” boom isn’t the only thing behind its crossover success.
Music
June 28 2018 6:13 PMXXXTentacion’s No. 1 Hit Presents the Ultimate Music-Industry Test of the #MeToo AgeThough he’s far from the first troubled victim of gun violence to go to No. 1.
Hit Parade
June 15 2018 5:00 PMMusic Trivia: The MTV and Alt-Rock EditionSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some trivia.
Music
May 22 2018 5:54 AM“This Is America,” the Video, Is a Smash. Will the Song Have Legs?Childish Gambino’s chart-topper is unprecedented, and its future on the radio is uncertain.
Hit Parade
April 27 2018 7:00 AMHit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition  Over the objections of critics, Bon Jovi entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. What is the band’s legacy?
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.
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Dec. 28 2017 7:47 AMHit Parade: The Silver Medalists EditionOn the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number.

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