Podcasts are digital audio series’ that discuss various topics. From recent pandemic issues to debates about random science experiments, podcasts can cover literally any topic. With streaming platforms like Spotify, podcasts are also more accessible than ever.
Here are the most popular global podcasts on Spotify right now:
The Joe Rogan Experience
Popular comedian and UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, host The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE). The podcast is actually quite simple and very casual, all Rogan does is sit with several influential figures and chats with them about anything under the sun. Joe’s already interviewed people like Kanye West, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Dr. Rhona Patrick, and more. The Joe Rogan Experience has actually been going on for longer than most would think, starting all the way back in 2009. Joe Rogan himself is a decent host, funny enough to not be dull, curious enough to coax out stories, and well-mannered allowing guests to speak their minds.
TED Talks Daily
Next, is TED Talks Daily created by the popular organization TED Conferences LLC. This podcast goes through concrete topics and is hosted by journalist Elise Hu. Additionally, all of the guests have proper credentials and are known experts in the fields that they discuss. Topics range from language studies and creative writing processes to feminism issues and financial principles. Episodes are usually only twenty minutes max and are never less than 5 minutes, but can reach up to an hour for very informative episodes. Listeners are sure to pick up a bit of food for thought regardless of how long the episode is.
Another podcast hosted by a journalist is The Daily by The New York Times. The show posts twenty-minute episodes at 6 am, five times a day. Even though The Daily is hosted by journalist Michael Barbaro, most of its stories by several other journalists as well. The podcast focuses on the most relevant topics like America’s First Coronavirus Vaccinations and Evicted During the Pandemic. Similar to TED Talks Daily and JRE, The Daily also follows the question and answer format between hosts and guests. However, The Daily uniquely inserts audio snippets from actual news events to back up what the guests are saying.
The Michelle Obama Podcast
In fourth place, hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama, is The Michelle Obama Podcast. The podcast primarily focuses on a discussion on relationships and how they affect us. It’s very raw, relatable, and inspiring to all its listeners. The podcast was only released this year but is already one of the most popular podcasts this year. The Michelle Obama Podcast only has one season and 12 episodes. Produced by Higher Ground, each episode is around an hour long and touches topics like women’s health, marriage, and mentorship.
Call Her Daddy
Finally, the fifth most popular podcast on Spotify in 2020 is the very open and explicit Call Her Daddy. This podcast is produced by Barstool Sports and has lively former Division I athlete, Alex Cooper, as its host. The show goes through different social experiences, relationships, embarrassing moments, sex, drama, and more. Additionally, the podcast currently has a bit over 105 episodes all at least an hour long.