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Chris Molanphy quizzes Slate staffers on the chart hits of the 1970s, from Elton to Stevie, Carole to Donna.

Episode Notes

In this special summer trivia mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by the host and producers of Slate’s new podcast One Year, which introduces you to the people and ideas that changed American history—one year at a time. The first season of One Year, which wrapped up just this week, covers 1977: a year when gay rights hung in the balance, Roots dominated the airwaves, and Jesus appeared on a tortilla.

Besides all these happenings, 1977 was also a big year for music: from Rumours to Saturday Night Fever to Never Mind the Bollocks. And our next episode of Hit Parade will be about another musically significant year, 1971—the year of Tapestry, Imagine and Shaft. So we’re celebrating with a ’70s trivia extravaganza. See If you can beat One Year host and Slate national editor Josh Levin, One Year co-producer Evan Chung, assistant producer Madeline Ducharme, and Slate senior culture editor Allegra Frank. You can listen to One Year on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen.

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.