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Billboard Hits From 1990: What Was in “Vogue” 25 Years Ago?

Billboard Hits From 1990: What Was in “Vogue” 25 Years Ago?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 26 2015 7:55 PM

1990: The Year Before Music Changed Forever

Mike Pesca strikes a pose as we explore the many highs and unforgettable lows of the 1990 Billboard chart.

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From Madonna’s 1990 album

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Today on The Gist, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains the vulnerability of Friday’s SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage, and a favorite Scalia moment from the arguments. She’s the host of the Slate podcast Amicus. Plus, our regular guest Chris Molanphy suffers recalling the wide range of hits from 1990.


Listen back to the 1990s hits mentioned in today’s show in this Spotify playlist. (And feel free to skip the tracks by Wilson Phillips.)

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.