What is a 'legacy hit'? How songs from Elton John, Etta James, and more get a second life

Find out now on the Slate Culture’s ‘Hit Parade’ podcast
Elton John, Etta James, Peter Gabriel
Photo credit Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images (Elton John), Vince Bucci/Getty Images (Etta James), Michael Loccisano/Getty Images (Peter Gabriel)

Timing is everything and some of the most well-known songs around the world are proof!

LISTEN NOW: Chris Molanphy counts down the top 10 flops-gone-classics on Slate Culture’s ‘Hit Parade’ podcast

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The latest episode of Slate Culture’s Hit Parade podcast with host, Chris Molanphy, takes a look at some of music’s most iconic songs that didn’t take off until they got a second chance — tunes Chris calls “Legacy Hits.”

From Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” Etta James’, “At Last” and The Romantics’ “What I Like About You,” to Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” and Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime,” Molanphy is taking a look into what exactly changed the second time around for some of the biggest “legacy hits.”

Hear about the many factors that can change a song’s trajectory and why Maolanphy says the charts don’t always get it right as he counts down his top 10 “legacy hits” above.
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