Culture Gabfest

“Summer Strut” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on the songs of the summer.


Episode Notes

This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy for our annual Summer Strut episode. First, they discuss this year’s song of the summer and how one particularly passionate fan base gained control of the charts. Then, the panel announces their favorite song picks from the mammoth playlist of listener suggestions and explain why they love them.

In Slate Plus, the panel does a couple additional rounds of strut picks.

Sumer Strut Final Selections:

Summer Strut Full List:

Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here: 20112012201320142015201620172018, 2019, 2020.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Cleo Levin.


About the Show

New York Times critic Dwight Garner says, “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts.

  • Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.