The 20 Most Influential Music Blogs…

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We often discuss which bands are getting the most online buzz, like in the 50 most blogged artists list. But who is talking about these bands and creating the buzz?

Enter this list of the most influential music blogs.  In fact, Style of Sound created a list of the top 100.  They included web-only sites, so none of these blogs that are associated with print magazines, newspapers, or radio stations. I’ve included the top 20 here so you can see who the major players are.

Their list was created using a scoring system based on post frequency, quality, SEO, social media, and Klout score.  It isn’t perfect… they excluded XLR8R because they thought it was still a print magazine, but they’ve been web-only since 2011.  They also list Tiny Mix Tapes ahead of Resident Advisor, which I’m not so sure about.

All of that aside, this will give you general knowledge of the most important music blogs. If you care, I’ve put stars next to the ones that I read regularly.

 

 

1. Pitchfork*

2. Consequence of Sound

3. Tiny Mix Tapes

4. Resident Advisor*

5. Stereogum

6. The Line of Best Fit*

7. Your EDM

8. Pop Justice

9. Dancing Astronaut

10. Drowned in Sound

11. Fake Shore Drive

12. All Hiphop

13. EDM Sauce

14. Large Hearted Boy

15. Rap Radar

16. 2 Dope Boyz

17. FACT*

18. Hypetrak

19. Indie Shuffle

20. The Wild Honey Pie

366 Responses

  1. TuneHunter

    Nina, did you provide this list with hope to get rid of me?

    Than, you are not a blog.

    Reply
  2. hippydog

    wow.. i only have heard of two of those..
    looking at some of them, I now know why..
    they kinda look the same.. Word press copies of each other..

    Reply
      • yaaaassss

        Fake Shore #11 is Chicago/Mid West Rap Centric… since The hottest unsigned rapper (Chance) and arguably the hottest rapper period (Kanye) are from the chi.. It seems to be at the forefront of it all.

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    • Nina Ulloa

      That’s being said, most of these are pretty specialized and have carved out their own niche. Yeah, they’re almost all wordpress blogs… But hey, even DMN has a similar layout to most of these.

      There is crossover, but most have quality content

      Reply
  3. Truth

    No Deli Mag or My Social List – but Dingus? I question your “grading” system . . . .

    Reply
    • Nina Ulloa

      Pretty sure Deli Mag is print / radio associated. Which, as explicitly stated, wasn’t included.

      &. Dingus is actually a really good blog, you should read it.

      Reply
  4. Michael

    Personally I just go with musmooth.com, enough good selection, good tastes. I just don’t like to be overhelmed with too much shit.

    Reply
  5. Jason

    What about Exposed Vocals? They’ve been generating buzz for unsigned artists and bands for a while now. I can’t imagine why this platform wouldn’t make this list? Good stuff though! Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  6. Marc

    Why isnt the DreadMusicReview on this list??? that Makes me question this….

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  9. maya

    Great article!
    Would you happen to know which of these blogs are based in Cali?

    Reply
    • Nina Ulloa

      not sure, but Yours Truly is based in Cali and they should be on this list

      Reply
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  11. JJ

    You guys are definitely missing two AMAZING music blogs
    1) Plaincut (www.plaincut.com)
    2) DJbooth (www.djbooth.net)

    Reply
  12. Lewis Lister

    Hi Nina, great list, I’d really appreciate it if you checked out prvnce.com – maybe we’ll make next year’s list!

    Reply
  13. Monsieur TMS

    Can you put me on that list that you didn’t write next time round? xD

    xoxoxox

    Reply
  14. John Noi

    Just a heads up that the list has been updated for the summer. Check it out on the Style of Sound website.

    Reply
  15. Anna Ballantine

    My last comment didn’t stick so just commenting on what #jen said, Happy music or happy music festival as I think they are known is in my top 3 go to music blogs for sure.

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    Young female artist(unsigned), singer/songwriter born in Cali raised in Miami, FL. Her music is soft and sweet, most people like to compare her to Aaliyah. She says her sound is more of a “kick back in the clouds” type. People also describe her as the “Female version of the weekend”. I’ll let you guys be the judge of that.

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    Hey, how can I get on that soundCloud thing and this music is great, It is nice to hear new sounds!

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  19. www.drunkenwerewolf.com

    It’s hilarious how recycled these lists are from year-to-year, plus a few ‘cool’ new blogs thrown in for good measure.

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  20. Dr. Midnight

    Music blogs are like fishing reports: by the time you’ve read them, the fish have already moved on.

    Reply
  21. R.P.

    and if you ask any of these blogs listed here they will all say Et Musique Pour Tous is their influential blog.

    Reply
  22. JohnD

    PLAINCUT
    http://www.plaincut.com
    is probably the best urban music blog out there right now. That may just be because they are new on the scene but so far, I dont think any other site compares….

    Reply
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  26. James

    Very good selection of influental music blogs!
    “Your EDM” is one of the best regarding the EDM scene in my opinion.
    Pitchfork is also definitely my favorite. I love their site layout!
    I heard that http://www.weglobalmusic.com/ is also a really good music blog for artist promotion

    Reply
  27. Claudio

    Best list of music blog! I think that “youredm” is one of most important site because there are a lot of interesting articles about my preferite genre of songs: Electronic Dance Music!

    Reply
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    Well done with the list. I have already seen Africa’s Greatest Pop singer Vasco DADA’s video on one of the mentioned. The blog is driving huge traffic to his World hit single ‘One People One People”,
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  34. James

    Check out my blog as well? We primarily promote the french house movement (Daft Punk, Justice, etc.), but occasionally talk about other genres, like synthwave, techno, and indie dance, too!

    http://frenchshuffle.com/

    Let me know what you think 😉

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  35. Dave

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  41. Lazy Reporting

    Nina (aka “The Laziest Reporter”),

    This is word-for-word, the exact same article that DMN posted on March 26, 2014. Literally word-for-word…you should be embarrased

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  43. Juliet

    This was very helpful- Do you have any advice on how to get into contact with some of these bigger blogs to showcase some Indie Artists ?

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  44. Joy Conaway

    Hello Digital Music News,

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  45. sanober

    What about Exposed Vocals? They’ve been generating buzz for unsigned artists and bands for a while now.

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  47. jim marven

    I need help finding a song. Female singer, euro accent, ethereal sounding voice amid an electro ballad. Lyrics I caught were : ” if you open up your eyes, you will see, you will breathe, you will see, you and me” I heard the song in an Ann Taylor loft store and can t forget that tune! I have googled the lyrics, but nothing.
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  49. OMG

    Hello,

    I have been reading all the comments for a while now. However, today I wanted to ask the room a question.
    What is the best platform to showcase a new artist and get new music these days?

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  50. Ibiza Making Music

    Good job in this post list!

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  52. Adam

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  53. Catterwall

    Serviceable list! Definitely missed a few already mentioned but I dig dancing astronaut and especially wild honey pie for whoever cares about my opinion. The main thing for me is supporting artists and especially the ones who are just poking their heads up. So many great tools out there for artists-here is one I especially like to help put recordings all together: https://youtu.be/AtpBef-2444

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  54. mantashakhan

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  56. Keiko

    Lots of cool music and many not known artists all over the net if you look and search. I keep finding good music everywhere, that is not pushed down peoples throats like so much od the horrible EDM or Big Room crap. Good for us in Japan, but also for people in spanish speaking countries.It’s great!

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  57. F.P.

    Cool list! I’m familiar with a few (Pitchfork, Stereogum, couple others) but hadn’t heard of most of ’em.

    Just took a look at Consequence of Sound, seems like a great site, thanks for the heads-up. Just set up a blog with an article on some weird & cool guitars if anyone wants to check it out: http://guitarspotting.com/25-weird-awesome-cool-guitars/

    Cheers!

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  58. Anonymous

    Definitely check out essentiallypop.com – their whole thing is about music that deserves to be heard. Like, they write positive stuff about everyone.

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  59. Soaking music

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  60. Eleazar

    I’m New to music blog and your post has saved me from the hassle of endless search. I like your blog, it’s quite interactive. I do love to visit more often

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