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. 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?
Brow Beat
Aug. 9 2013 3:43 PMWhen Did the “Song of the Summer” Become a Thing?
Brow Beat
Feb. 21 2013 6:41 PMYouTube Shakes Up the Billboard Charts: What the Move Means for the Future of the Hot 100
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.
Brow Beat
June 27 2013 1:21 PM“Get Lucky” Won’t Make It to No. 1, but It Can Still Be the Song of the Summer



Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Lifetime Didn’t Find the Steubenville Rape Case Dramatic Enough. So They Added a Little Self-Immolation.

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.