Podcasting is growing at an exponential rate, and that includes music podcasts. But what are the biggest, most influential music podcasts in 2016?
According to Apple, these are the music podcasts with the greatest number of followers.
1. KEXP, Song of the Day.
What It Is: In-studio performances, unreleased recordings, and top picks from independent artists by KEXP deejays.
2. NPR, All Songs Considered.
What It Is: NPR curators Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton spin tracks from emerging artists and legendary icons alike.
3. CBS Local, Rap Radar Podcast.
What It Is: Interviews of top rappers by one of hip hop’s biggest publications, Rap Radar.
4. NPR, Tiny Desk Concerts – Audio.
What It Is: Great artists performing live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
5. Song Exploder, Song Exploder.
What It Is: Every week, a well-known artist picks apart the elements of a hit song, including the story of how it was made.
6. WBEZ Chicago, Sound Opinions.
What It Is: The ‘world’s only rock and roll talkshow’ with WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis and the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot.
7. Ken Laster, In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond.
What It Is: A weekly jazz show spanning pretty much every sub-genre except for smooth jazz. This is also broadcast weekly on WWUH-FM in Connecticut.
8. Toolroom Records, Toolroom Radio.
What It Is: House-focused podcast from DJ Mark Knight, plus guest mixes.
9. Soundwall.it, Electronic Music & Beyond.
What It Is: Non-stop guest DJs and artists, updated every week.
10. Georges Dagher, Music on Fire Podcast.
What It Is: Free popular song every week (note: currently offline, not sure if it’s coming back!)
11. Spinnin’ Records, Spinnin’ Sessions.
What It Is: Weekly podcast of the most ‘upfront dance tracks’ and guest DJ mixes.
12. Above and Beyond, Above & Beyond: Group Therapy.
What It Is: Weekly music and interviews from trance group Above & Beyond.
13. Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Music Now
What It Is: Music conversation with the writers at Rolling Stone.
14. LoudSpeakersNet.com, The Combat Jack Show.
What It Is: Heavy hip-hop discussions and interviews.
15. Tiësto, Clublife by Tiësto.
What It Is: Club, Trance mixes.
16. Laidback Luke, Mixmatch Radio.
What It Is: Blend of different EDM styles, great for driving, some talk in-between.
17. Felix Cartal, Weekend Workout.
What It Is: Jam-packed mixes from Canadian DJ Felix Cartal.
18. Joe Budden, I’ll Name This Podcast Later.
What It Is: Talk from the hip hop generation, led by rapper Joe Budden.
19. Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg, Rosenberg Radio: Juan Epstein.
What It Is: ‘Hip Hop Nerdcast’ featuring interviews, discussions, and rap.
20. Oliver Heldens, Heldeep Radio.
What It Is: Lots of EDM/’Future House’