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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
As part of the ongoing series, That Was A Hit?!?, Soundcheck looks the unlikely success of two Fergie singles that laid the groundwork for her solo career.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
As part of the ongoing series, That Was A Hit?!?, Soundcheck looks at how Stevie Wonder's early hit "Fintertips" set him on the trajectory to become the influential artist he is today.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Chris Molanphy charts the unexpected and long-lasting popularity of Enigma's 1990 release, which stayed on the Billboard charts for five years and sparked a revival of Gregorian chants.
Monday, July 21, 2014
In our occasional series That Was A Hit?!? pop chart analyst and contributor to NPR Music and Slate Chris Molanphy returns to our studio to tell the story of 1994's summer smash "Regu...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit "Sukiyaki” left its mark on rapper Slick Rick, Mad Men and countless cover versions.
Friday, June 13, 2014
In this edition of "That Was A Hit?!?" we look back at a hit...that wasn't. Although we may now think of The Isley Brothers' "Shout!" as a classic, it was never formally considered a...
Friday, June 06, 2014
In our occasional series That Was A Hit!?!, we look at songs that snuck onto the pop charts and achieved improbable success. This week, Paul Ford -- contributor to online magazine The...
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Charts analyst Chris Molanphy shares the story of an unusual instrumental hit from 1962, The Tornados' "Telstar," as part of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
While "Hooked On A Feeling" is a great song, the five-year journey to reach a No. 1 on the charts is so improbable, it's amazing it ever happened. Chris Molanphy explains the long-win...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The latest installment in our That Was A Hit!?! series about improbable chart hits looks at Candyman's 1990 song "Knockin' Boots."
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Carl Douglas' 1974 song "Kung Fu Fighting" was such an unlikely smash that Soundcheck features it in the intro theme for our occasional series "That Was A Hit?!?" But the song itself ...
Thursday, February 13, 2014
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, it’s important to pay tribute to the less successful entries in the love-song genre. Mario Correa -- writer and Entertainment Weekly Radio host -- offer...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our series That Was A Hit?!? is all about unlikely songs that have made it to the top of the charts. Today's installment looks at three versions of the surprise hit "Der Kommissar" th...
Monday, December 09, 2013
In this installment of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?: how a song featuring a singing, disco-dancing duck reached the top of the charts in 1976.
Monday, December 02, 2013
In this installment of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?, Mario Correa explains how "One Night in Bangkok," a song from a musical about chess, became a chart-topping pop hit.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Our series That Was a Hit?!? is all about improbable chart success -- generally, of a single song that unexpectedly rose to the top. Today, music writer Chris Molanphy joins us to talk about trumpeter Herb Alpert, whose entire career full of surprises.
The incredibly successful musician and record label founder ruled the 1960's with five No. 1 albums -- second only to The Beatles. By the end of the '70s, Alpert had scored two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Top 20: "This Guy's In Love With You" (with the Tijuana Brass) and "Rise."
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Every so often, we turn our series “THAT Was A Hit?!?” on its head with Soundcheck frequent guest Chris Molanphy, calling it instead, “That WASN’T A Hit?!?” We look back at songs that...
Monday, June 03, 2013
"I wanted to talk about an improbable hit, but not a terrible hit." That's what music writer and chart columnist Chris Molanphy had to say about choosing "Tom's Diner" -- DNA's remix of the a cappella Suzanne Vega song -- for our That Was a Hit?!? series.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Writer Paul Ford brings in a variety pack for our series about surprising pop hits.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Every so often, our series, “That Was A Hit?!?,” catalogues songs that — however unlikely — charted in the Top 40. Chris Molanphy, who previously profiled Prince’s “Batdance” in our s...