Switched on Pop
Switched on Pop
Switched on Pop
CATEGORY: Music
What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.
  1. September 18, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wan…
    When we listen closely to the Fifth, we hear a testament to self-expression and determination. Which means that we get to decide how to honor this symphony today, whether that means taking a break from Beethove…
  2. September 15, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT III, Putting the Classism in Clas…
    Before Beethoven’s time, classical music culture looked and sounded quite different. When Mozart premiered his Symphony 31 in the late 1700s, it was standard for audiences to clap, cheer, and yell “da capo!” (I…
  3. September 11, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT II, From Struggle to Victory
    In the first movement of his famous symphony, Beethoven sets up a battle between hope and despair. The dark side of that spectrum is represented by the anguished opening notes of the first movement: DUN DUN DUN…
  4. September 08, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT I, A Battle Brewing
    You know Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. You’ve heard it in films, advertisements, parodied in Saturday morning cartoons and disco-ized in Saturday Night Fever. The Fifth Symphony is a given, so much so that it ble…
  5. September 04, 2020
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    Announcing THE 5TH with The New York Philharmonic
    A podcast mini-series in IV movements explaining and reconsidering Beethoven’s game-changing symphony. Episodes air Tuesdays & Fridays starting Sept 8th.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch…
  6. September 01, 2020
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    The Resistance is Dancing in the Streets (ICYMI)
    Our Switched on Summer Throwback Series continues with “Dancing in the Street,” the 1964 Motown hit by Martha and the Vandellas that was co-written by none other than Marvin Gaye. Over 50 years and countless co…
  7. August 26, 2020
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    Benee and the Art of the Sad Banger
    How does it feel to become a global pop star under lockdown? Benee’s “Supalonely” had been out for over 5 months when in March of 2020, it quickly became the second most popular song on TikTok. The song’s hook…
  8. August 18, 2020
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    90s Music Canon
    Matt Daniels, editor of the publication The Pudding, wanted to find out what songs from his youth would last into the future. So he designed a study that would test if Gen-Z had a grip on 90s culture. Hundreds…
  9. August 11, 2020
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    Bruno Major restyles the Great American Songbook
    Bruno Major blends old song structures from The Great American Songbook with contemporary production on his new album “To Let A Good Thing Die.” The result is a nostalgic, yet contemporary collection of love so…
  10. August 04, 2020
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    Black Is King (ICYMI Beyoncé's Gift To Africa ft. Iv…
    Beyoncé' has released "Black Is King," a visual album based off of music that she released last year. We're rerunning that piece so that you can place the visual component of "Black Is King" in context to the m…
  11. July 28, 2020
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    folklore: taylor swift's quarantine dream
    Taylor Swift has released folklore, her unexpected eighth studio album. It is an understated work that firmly puts celebrity gossip behind her (there are no who's-dating-who easter eggs to be found). Instead we…
  12. July 21, 2020
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    The Women Reclaiming Nu-Metal ft. Rina Sawayama
    Nu-Metal, the mid 90s creation that blended metal, rap and pop, is one of the most critically derided pop genres. So it is strange that this genre is having a comeback. But whereas its first incarnation was dom…
  13. July 14, 2020
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    Rosie: Investigating a Crime at the Heart of the Mus…
    Listen closely to the start of the 2015 hit "Hey Mama" by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Afrojack, and Bebe Rexha and you'll hear voices intoning a chant: "Be my woman, girl, I'll be your man." It's sample from a 1…
  14. July 07, 2020
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    Song of Summer 2020: TikTok Jams, Protest Anthems, B…
    The 2020 song of summer competition is underway. We asked you for your favorite songs and put them in a head-to-head tournament. Find out which is the song for this very unusual summer. ROUND 1 - TikTok JamsSAI…
  15. June 30, 2020
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    The Many Colors of Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’
    Lady Gaga’s 6th album is a conceptual release about a future that is neither utopian nor dystopian. Despite its sci-fi visuals, the album looks more to the past and present than the future. Chromatica gives us…
  16. June 30, 2020
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    I Am America (w Shea Diamond and Justin Tranter)
    Shea Diamond has experienced so many facets of America as a black trans woman, and with songwriter Justin Tranter, she's woven those experiences into "I Am America," a blistering, funky anthem about community a…
  17. June 23, 2020
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    Baz Luhrmann’s “Sunscreen Song” — The 90s’ Most Unli…
    In 1999 filmmaker Baz Luhrmann released the song “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen,” a 7-minute-long graduation speech set to downtempo electronic music. It was a highly unlikely hit that made its way across…
  18. June 19, 2020
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    Jacob Collier on staying creative and his 646 track…
    Quarantined in his family’s music room, musician Jacob Collier has been remarkably productive. Known for his polymathic musical talents, Collier has used this time to reflect on, and release new music. His late…
  19. June 16, 2020
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    What it means to make music in 2020
    The pandemic has upended the art and business of making music. Producing, performing and releasing — every aspect is new and uncharted. The need for social distancing means that it’s unsafe to collaborate in sm…
  20. June 09, 2020
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    Big Floyd And The Influence Of Houston Chopped N Scr…
    In a Rolling Stone article titled “He Shook The World: George Floyd’s Legendary Houston Legacy”, writer Charles Holmes reveals the musical past of the man who has become an international symbol for justice sinc…

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