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The Bridge: Everybody’s Got a Hungry Chart

Chris Molanphy and Caryn Rose discuss Bruce Springsteen’s artistry and whether he tried to evade pop success.

Episode Notes

In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Caryn Rose, music writer, archivist and Bruce Springsteen authority, to dissect the latest full-length episode of Hit Parade. Chris and Caryn discuss Bruce’s relationship with writing Top 40 hits, for himself and others—and the conditions necessary to reign in his storytelling impulses to pen tight pop singles. They dive into The Boss’s relationship with his E Street Band and muse about his future as a touring artist and multimedia polymath.

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.

Podcast production by Asha Saluja.

About the Show

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.

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