The Gist

The Year “Gangnam” Was Robbed

When everyone was spoofing “Call Me Maybe” and a Swedish song factory in Sweden was taking over the charts.

Korean pop artist Psy performs “Gangnam Style” in Rome on May 26, 2013.

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The Gist’s Billboard charts Sherpa Chris Molanphy returns to hearken back to more recent musical history: the hits of 2012. We learn why Psy’s ubiquitous “Gangnam Style” isn’t technically on the list and how a Swedish stable of songwriters dominated the charts with “turbo pop.” Molanphy writes the Why Is This Song No. 1? column for Slate.

In the Spiel, chasing down a lesser-known lie.

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