Switched On Pop | Why do new Christmas songs fail?
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 23 December 2021
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Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Why are there no new Christmas songs? One one hand, there's more holiday songs than we’ll ever need. Every year pop stars drop countless holiday-themed album.

But despite the annual glut of Christmas releases, few of these new songs join the rotation of holiday classics. On Billboard's Holiday Hot 100 chart right now, there's only four songs from the past ten years that have made it to the top fifty.

We listen to each of these holiday hits - from Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers and and ask if these songs can go the distance and become the 21st century members of the Christmas music canon.

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