Nate Sloan

Nate Sloan

Co-Host and Producer. Assistant Professor in Musicology at USC. @NeatSloan


Charlie Harding

Co-host and Producer. Songwriter and producer. @CharlieHarding

The Show

A podcast about the making and meaning of popular music hosted by musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding. We break down pop songs to figure out what makes a hit and what is its place in culture. We help listeners find "a-ha" moments in the music. Switched on Pop will make you laugh, dance, and ask ridiculous questions like: does the falsetto in One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” essentially make them our modern day Castrati?

Switched On Pop has been cited by Rolling Stone, NPR, The Guardian and Entertainment Weekly as a top music podcast. The show has contributed music reporting for The Economic, NPR, The Ringer, The Atlantic, Vox, The Boston Globe and CBC Radio's "Day 6."

The show is an independent production of Rock Ridge Productions LLC. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.