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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.

66. The Many Worlds of "Despacito"

What has catapulted Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" to the top spot on the Billboard charts? Sorry, typo—to its status as the biggest song in the world? Your hosts explore the many worlds of "Despacito" in search of an answer.


Lusi Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee - Despacito
Luis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee y Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)
Luis Fonsi y Juan Luis Guerra - Llegaste Tú
Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber - Cold Water
Los Del Rio - Macarena
Daddy Yankee - Gasolina
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Toto - Africa

Further reading:

Petra River-Rideau Interview in The Atlantic
Remezcla  Roundtable on Despacito w Isabel Herrera and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd