Switched On Pop | Made In America: Jay-Z & Toby Keith
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 28 September 2023
Jay-Z & Kanye West / Taken from the "Otis" Music Video

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 case you missed it rerun from 2016.

Back in 2011, two pop songs dropped with the same patriotic title: "Made in America". But the similarities pretty much end there.

Toby Keith's country smash and Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean's soulful hip hop anthem have little in common except a firm conviction that each song knows what it really means to be American.

Five years later, these tracks have a lot to tell us about the role music plays in shaping our national identity, and begs the question: does music truly bring us together?

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