Switched On Pop | "It's About Damn Time" for Another Lizzo #1
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 02 August 2022

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.

In the middle of a long, hot summer 2022, the people have spoken, and the people want to dance.

Lizzo's "About Damn Time" just replaced Harry Styles's "As It Was" to become the top song on the Billboard Hot 100.

Powered by retro instrumentation, a propulsive groove, meme-worthy lyrics, and a generous dose of slash chords (not the Guns 'n Roses guitarist, the harmonic voicing), Lizzo's hit song marks a deepening of the sound she established in past tracks like "Juice".

But on other tracks from her latest album Special, Lizzo aims for new aesthetics. "Coldplay" - featuring a rare Chris Martin vocal sample - opts for emotional honestly over pithy affirmations.

With the upbeat "Grrrls", Lizzo found herself in an online controversy: she had used a ableist slur in the song's lyrics.

Taking the criticism as an opportunity to learn, Lizzo chose to replace the offensive line - but have other artists of pop's past always followed suit when met with fan feedback?

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