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Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan host the podcast Switched On Pop and are co-authors of the book Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters. Ellyn Jameson/Switched On Pop hide caption

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What Makes A Hit Pop Song

Listen up music composition nerds and music lovers! In this episode Sam is joined by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding, co-hosts of the podcast Switched On Pop. They break down what makes a song: why certain pop songs become ear worms and what their form and structure mean for the future of music. Answers to those questions and more that will leave you singing along. Sloan and Harding's recent book is called Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works and Why It Matters.

What Makes A Hit Pop Song

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2012's song of the summer, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," inspired the popular music podcast Switched on Pop. Now, the co-hosts have authored a new book. Barry Brecheisen/AP hide caption

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'Switched On Pop' Podcast Turns Accessible Music Analysis Into A New Book

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