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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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Doja Cat’s Satanic Suite

For the first time in 2023, a rap song is at number one on Billboard's Hot 100: Doja Cat's “Paint... more

19 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Jimmy Buffett: Next Year in Margaritaville

When Jimmy Buffett died on the first day of September, 2023, musicians from Paul McCartney to Pitbull mourned the death... more

12 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
ICYMI: 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

05 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Olivia Rodrigo’s Good Ideas

Everyone seems to be getting Olivia Rodrigo wrong. She's one of the few pop stars who has made it big... more

29 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Wonders: "Stacy's Mom" and Adam Schlesinger

In 2003, amidst a bunch of bleak alternative rock bangers like “Numb” by Linkin Park and “Bring Me To Life”... more

22 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
The mid-career crises of Travis Scott and Post Malone

Right now, the two biggest records in the country come to us from two of hip-hop’s biggest superstars: Travis Scott... more

15 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
Song Camp 2: Electric Boogaloo! (with Alex Tumay, Wolftyla, Nicholas Petricca, Grace VanderWaal)

Part two of the secret world of song camps looks at the different roles in a songwriting session. There are... more

11 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
The secret world of songwriting camps

Beginning in the nineties, pop songwriters have traveled to a 13th-century castle in the south of France for what’s come... more

08 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
Your cursive singing is tearing this family apart!

Recently while scrolling twitter we saw a clip from American Idol of judge Katy Perry admonishing an auditioner on the... more

01 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Barbie and the plasticity of pop

This past week, the film Barbie opened nationwide to massive success – and with it came a soundtrack, executive produced... more

25 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
How Louis Armstrong invented the modern pop star

In 1964, Louis Armstrong knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts with his recording of “Hello, Dolly!” becoming,... more

18 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
Speak Now (about Taylor's versions)

Taylor Swift is currently the most streamed artist in the world as she’s commandeered the media as she embarks on... more

11 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
My Beyoncé Ticket Cost $4,000: Why the Touring Industry Might Be Broken – Into It with Sam Sanders

Us at Switched On Pop are off on vacation, but don't fret – this week we're still bringing you an... more

04 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
What makes a gay anthem?

Vulture might have killed the song of the summer back in 2016, but if you’re a member of the LGBTQ+... more

27 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Switches Brew: blink-182, Kate Bush, BewhY, The Pointer Sisters, Saint Levant

Another installment of Switches Brew the show where you get to hear from the larger team Switched On Pop team... more

20 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Chartbreakers: Mexican regional y más

As summer comes upon us, it’s time for some Billboard shake ups. On this week’s edition of Chartbreakers, we’re looking... more

13 Jun 2023 · 44 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

In the song "Touch" from Daft Punk's final studio album, 2013's Random Access Memories, featured artist Paul Williams sings a... more

06 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Human After All / Alive 2007

Throughout their legendary career, Daft Punk continued to prove that the more robotic their music became, the more human they... more

30 May 2023 · 39 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Discovery

Daft Punk’s first album laid the groundwork for their robot personas, with four to the floor beats, programmed drum machines,... more

23 May 2023 · 36 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Homework

Ten years ago, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories gave life back to music. The world-beating smash “Get Lucky” broke streaming... more

16 May 2023 · 37 minutes
The Jonas Brothers' Yacht Rock Revival

After nearly two decades as a band the Jonas Brothers are staking their claim to a magnum opus by calling... more

09 May 2023 · 39 minutes
From Westeros-techno to trance metal: Eurovision 2023

It’s May, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Eurovision Song Contest. This year’s edition of... more

02 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Who killed the key change in pop music?

When trouble strikes in music town, there’s one guy who gets the call. That’s me, Joe Treble, forensic musicologist. This... more

25 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
A.I. Drake has put music in a tailspin

We have an emergency podcast drop because the biggest and fastest moving story on the internet right now is about... more

21 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
BTS goes solo together

The South Korean idol group BTS is one of the biggest musical sensations in history. They're constantly breaking records and... more

18 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
This Generation's Caroline Polachek

From the first seconds of her latest album Desire, I Want to Turn Into You, Caroline Polachek asserts that she is... more

11 Apr 2023 · 43 minutes
The Shakira Conspiracy

Shakira is back on the Billboard Hot 100 – thanks to the help of Argentinian producer Bizarrap. Together, their song... more

04 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Reinventing Bach

If you’ve ever learned classical piano, you probably tried to play one of Bach’s Inventions. The composer wrote fifteen pieces... more

28 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
100 gecs and the new sound of hyperpop

Everyone will describe the music of 100 gecs differently. To some, Dylan Brady and Laura Les make deeply satisfying earworms,... more

21 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
Switches Brew

Every week the Switched On Pop team gets together and everybody shares one song they’re loving right now. It is... more

17 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
Modern Classics: Seal - Kiss From a Rose

“Kiss From a Rose” is one of the most unusual number one hits of all time. Seal’s song can’t decide... more

14 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
How John Denver got huge in Asia

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a song about West Virginia, but its message of homecoming has resonance far beyond... more

07 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Chartbreakers: Jersey Club, Complicated Country, and 50s Crooners

Currently on Billboard’s hot 100 there is an unexpected UK Garage / Jersey House mashup, a disgraced country star making... more

28 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Five years later, the legacy of Nipsey Hussle's "Victory Lap"

Five years ago, Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle released Victory Lap, his only full length album. It was the high... more

22 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
“Flowers” and the art of the response song

“Flowers” by Miley Cyrus is spending another week on top of the Billboard 100 – quite fitting for Valentine’s Day. The... more

14 Feb 2023 · 39 minutes
ICYMI Rihanna Party!

“Rihanna Is The 21st Century’s Most Influential Musician” according to NPR. Millions and millions of fans the world over agree,... more

12 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
The L.A. guitar shop that reinvented indie folk

In 2010, a photographer named Reuben Cox moved to Los Angeles to start Old Style Guitar Shop. In the years... more

07 Feb 2023 · 36 minutes
A History of Whammies at the Grammys - Into It with Sam Sanders

It's Grammys weekend and Sam Sanders, host of Vulture's Into It podcast, is ready for disappointment! Sam is joined by Switched... more

02 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

In 1988, Bobby McFerrin recorded a song a cappella with a simple message: not to worry, and just enjoy life.... more

31 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
The New Wave of Paramore

Six years after their last record, Paramore is back with new music, and their upcoming record seems to have an... more

24 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
Taylor Swift and the music industry's next $20

Streaming feels like it's both at its height and on a precipice. Musicians are fed up at getting paid fractions... more

20 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
SZA's Endless Melody

Why does SZA's latest album SOS hit different? It's the way her melodies don't repeat where you expect them to,... more

18 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Too Fast? We’re Curious: The sped-up remix phenomenon

Over the past few months, you may have heard your favorite song pop up on the Internet – just slightly... more

10 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
ICYMI 90s Music Canon

Matt Daniels, editor of the publication The Pudding, wanted to find out what songs from his youth would last into... more

03 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
ICYMI: We *do* talk about Bruno

The number one song on the charts is a bit of a mystery. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is the... more

27 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Anitta & Rosalía on the borders of Latin pop

When it comes to distinguishing what exactly Latin music is, what makes the cut? To some, it’s simply music from... more

20 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
How Bad Bunny won 2022

For Switched On Pop’s end of year coverage, we just have one superlative: who won 2022? The answer, of course,... more

13 Dec 2022 · 34 minutes
The soft sounds of Kali Uchis (live from Vulture Fest)

Through crafting a unique, cross-cultural sound, Kali Uchis has emerged as one of indie music’s most promising talents. From playing... more

06 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
Why do new Christmas songs fail?

In case you missed it last year: why are there no new Christmas songs? One one hand, there's more holiday... more

29 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
The Art of Flow

In hip-hop, what draws us to an artist is not just the content of their lyrics but how they deliver... more

22 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Willow Smith rocks harder

Coping Mechanism, Willow's new album, is her heaviest music yet. Charlie and Willow chat about the making of the new... more

15 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
The Sound of Sapphism

Tegan & Sara and King Princess have found themselves placed under the banner, "sapphic pop," a term recently coined referring... more

08 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Scary Pockets funkify pop classics (with Lizzy McAlpine)

Scary Pockets is the musical collective that has been transforming pop classics into funk anthems for over half a decade.... more

01 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Up late with Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’

A Taylor Swift album is just not a collection of new music, it’s an exploration of a theme. For the... more

24 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Steve Lacy brings bedroom pop to the Billboard top

It’s the song that launched a thousand TikTok videos – or over 500,000 to be exact: Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit.”  The... more

18 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Why it hurts to release a record (with Sylvan Esso)

Earlier this year, the members of Sylvan Esso took a gamble, making their "most free and wild and strange" album... more

11 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
Santigold sings Spirituals

After a four-year hiatus – and a name drop on a Beyoncé remix – musical polymath Santigold is back with... more

04 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
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
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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