Chris Molanphy is a chart analyst and pop critic who writes about the intersection of culture and commerce in popular music. For Slate, he hosts the Hit Parade podcast and writes their “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vulture, NPR Music, The Village Voice, Billboard, and CMJ. Chris is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and on Slate’s podcasts The Gist and the Culture Gabfest.