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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, Style of Sound created a list of the top 100. They included web-only sites, no 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

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Comments (58)
  1. TuneHunter

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

    Than, you are not a blog.


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    1. Anonymous


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      1. Jen

        Not a bad list I suppose. Happy http://hhhhappy.com has been my go to music blog for a couple of years now and I would have liked to have seen it on the list.


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      2. Tom

        http://www.ribbit.tv is a newer site, but it’s pretty sweet. They put more of a focus on video content.


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    2. Notes n' Stringz

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  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..


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      Honestly I’d never heard of #11 or #13


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      1. 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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    2. 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


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    3. Monster

      And which blog of yours is in the top 100?


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  3. Truth

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


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    1. 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.


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  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.


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  5. rikki

    Hi can anyone direct me to new music site which features kick ass music? you know someone who knows how to play a danceable guitar solo….people who can sing without electronics….here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P4OKxms8hc


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  6. Erik P

    People still use Klout?


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  7. Dave Buerger

    Oh Joy! Another list of blogs we can hit up with music spam!


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  8. Marco

    Is Preetty Much Amazing in 21


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  9. bdub

    Where’s the needle drop? Useless.


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      further down


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  10. 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


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      never heard of them


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  11. Steve Smith

    Where’s Absolutepunk.net? Come on, son!


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  12. Mike

    ILLROOTS.com !!!


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  13. Marc

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


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      never heard of em


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  14. rikki

    Still looking for new music not from wussies….any help here?


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      no


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  15. Jonas

    The Wild Honey Pie?


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  16. PunkSoda

    GorillaVsBear. NeedleDrop. BrooklynVegan. HypeMachine. YoursTruly.


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  17. Mbah. Marshal

    Might. Be. The. Best. African. Rapper. Check. Out. Youtube/mbah. Msrshal. You. gonna. See. What. The. Police. Want. From. The. Niggas. And. Other. Music. Videos. By. Mbah. Marshal. Watch. And. Share


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  18. Dan Smith

    Big industry news coming soon – this project with Ginny Vee is going to be majorly exciting.


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  19. Nazmul

    Hey guys! Loved John Legend’s “All Of Me” so much I made a cover. Would you help me promote it by sharing? THANK YOU!


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  20. maya

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


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    1. Nina Ulloa

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


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  21. Radi

    Wow so nice to see someone mentioned Happy on this list. :) x


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      i see you….


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  22. Alex

    lift me up by Lord reptar listen to it on spotify itunes or wherever you want!


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  23. PirateGang Radio

    Jae’zus – Of The Essence [Music Video]


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  24. Rani Warne

    all 20 are great.


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  25. Rachel

    Check out this music video from a local artist in Prescott, WI!


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  26. JJ

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


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      The Orwells are a band not a blog


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  27. theneverendingstage

    Love Your blog/music site!


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  28. Rishi

    This was awesome a lot of these blogs are great! I have posted below a single my friend just release please take a look!!


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  29. 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!


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  30. sophiamoors

    nice video


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  31. Carlos Herrera

    Awesome list.. I love all those blogs thanks


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  32. Anonymous

    test


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