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In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy brings on Rolling Stone Senior Writer and devoted Swiftie Brittany Spanos to talk about the latest episode of Hit Parade focused on the country-to-pop crossover of Taylor Swift. Brittany tells Chris about the birth of her Taylor fandom on Tumblr, about the experience of following an artist as she navigates your same stages of life, and about why Swift’s catalogue is catnip for celebrity gossip fans.
Next, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, gives him a chance to turn the tables with a stumper question of his own, and previews next month’s full-length episode. Slate Plus members can sign up for a chance to be our trivia contestant on a future episode here.
Chris Molanphy, a pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia, and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts, and shaped your memories forever.