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Switched on Pop
Switched on Pop

A podcast all about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain... more

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The future of music pt I

In part 1 of our Vergecast: Future of Music series, Alex Cranz talks with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding about... more

27 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Lady Gaga & The Pequeños Monstruos

After an enlightening experience at Lady Gaga's Chromatica Ball, producer Reanna Cruz takes a look at the connection between Gaga's... more

20 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Invasion of the Vibe Snatchers

Why do so many songs sound familiar? Because the number of chart topping interpolations — songs built off of old... more

13 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Into It: Song of Summer 2022

Who had the song of the summer? Sam Sanders chats with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Reanna Cruz about... more

06 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Learning to love the Killers (maybe)

Are you like Nate? Is there one artist that, every time you hear them, you can't help it—you start to... more

30 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
K-Pop Chartbreakers: BLACKPINK, Girls’ Generation, NewJeans, IVE

A lot has happened in the world of Kpop this summer, from Girls’ Generation sugar coated banger “Forever 1” marking... more

23 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
Demi Lovato Searches for "Substance" In Pop-Punk Perfection

Demi Lovato has found herself in many avenues over the past few years – from releasing a tell-all documentary to... more

16 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Beyoncé's ‘Renaissance’ Era

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance is one of her most ambitious albums yet. On this week’s episode of Switched On Pop,... more

09 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
Into It: The Business of Beyoncé

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05 Aug 2022 · 39 minutes
"It's About Damn Time" for Another Lizzo #1

In the middle of a long, hot summer 2022, the people have spoken, and the people want to dance. Lizzo's... more

02 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Elvis, Big Mama Thornton, Doja Cat, and the Long Legacy of “Hound Dog”

Baz Luhrmann’s hit box office hit biopic Elvis has spurred new interest in the music of The King. Elvis Presley’s... more

26 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
We Won’t Go Back: Pop Music and the Fight For Reproductive Rights (w MILCK and Ann Powers)

On June 24th 2022 the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and asserting... more

19 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
Harry Styles and the Sledgehammer Horns

As we hit the dog days of summer, the artist that’s started to soundtrack pool parties across the country is... more

12 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
ICYMI: The 90s’ Most Unlikely Hit (with Baz Luhrmann)

In 1999 filmmaker Baz Luhrmann released the song “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen,” a 7-minute-long graduation speech set to downtempo... more

05 Jul 2022 · 53 minutes
Beyoncé's House

The world stops with a Beyoncé drop. On Monday, June 20th, our prayers were answered with “Break My Soul,” the lead... more

28 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Robert Glasper on jazz, basketball, and his score for "Winning Time"

Robert Glasper is the only artist to have an album debut in the top 10 of 4 different Billboard charts.... more

21 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Scoring Stranger Things with Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

We recently deconstructed how Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” has found itself at the center of culture... more

16 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Kate Bush, Stranger Things, and a hit song four decades in the making

Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” enters the latest season of Stranger Things during a brooding high-school hallway scene right out of... more

14 Jun 2022 · 31 minutes
So your song went viral on TikTok. What’s next?

On TikTok, pop stars — Halsey, FKA Twigs, and Florence Welch among them — have been complaining a lot lately... more

07 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
The 1980s jam that gave Latto and Mariah Carey Big D*** Energy

If you've heard Latto's swaggering track "Big Energy"—and after 30 weeks on the Hot 100, you probably have—you may have... more

31 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Kendrick Lamar and the big samples

It’s been five years since Kendrick Lamar released his Pulitzer winning album DAMN. Having established himself as a modern rap... more

24 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Modern Classics: PJ Morton made Nas’s Stevie Wonder dream come true

On all of his projects — Grammy-winning albums, playing keys with Maroon 5, fronting a full string section in his NPR Tiny... more

17 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Will Ukraine win Eurovision 2022?

Greece, Spain, UK, Sweden, Italy and Ukraine are the frontrunners in the 2022 Eurovision competition. Switched On Pop analyzes the... more

10 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Belle and Sebastian on the value of staying "young and stupid"

Belle and Sebastian released the first album Tigermilk in 1996, and they’ve released eight more since—a catalog that helped define... more

03 May 2022 · 28 minutes
The New Alternative

Last month, Nirvana entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in nearly two decades — only their... more

26 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
Jump-starting the creative process with Allison Ponthier

Allison Ponthier knows the hardest part of making anything is getting started. When she was young, she “always wanted to... more

19 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
A Higher Power Ballad

The recorded version of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” opens with a full-blast chorus alongside driving percussion and ringing guitars. But when... more

12 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
How sound becomes hearing

We love listening to music at a ridiculous level of detail. But the other day we heard a podcast that... more

05 Apr 2022 · 41 minutes
Listening 2 Britney: Gimme More

There’s no more iconic Britney lyric than the opening of “Gimme More.” It's 2007, four years since her last album... more

29 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Listening 2 Britney: Toxic

In 2003 Britney Spears released “Toxic,” a song that would make converts out of pop skeptics, be named one of... more

22 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
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It’s been five years since Kendrick Lamar released his Pulitzer winning album DAMN. Having established himself as a modern rap virtuoso whose... more