It wasn’t until this last spring that I started to seriously delve into podcasts. Truth be told, it’s easier and more fun to listen to music while on the move. With podcasts, there’s a certain level of attention that’s required to enjoy the episode or commentary. However, when I do have a chance to sit down and really focus — there are a handful of podcasts I always like to listen to.
When it comes to music podcasts, there are a lot of choices. Just like the subgenres that make up the vast industry, there’s a podcast for practically every aspect of the music world. Here are the ones I like to catch up on from time to time, in no particular order.
This podcast offers music lovers and journalists alike an inside look into one of the most revered music publications in the world. What I particularly enjoy about this podcast is hearing directly from the writers and editors at Rolling Stone. It creates a certain type of authenticity.
A goldmine for pop enthusiasts everywhere, the New York Times pop music team discuss everything relevant to the pop music world from album reviews, hot takes, and more. While I don’t always agree with the aforementioned hot takes, it’s interesting to hear different points of view.
The long-awaited podcast from Pitchfork has finally launched and editor-in-chief Puja Patel examines everything from new artists to historical events. When I listened to the first episode on Tik Tok’s impact on the music industry, I was immediately hooked.
For everyone who has ever wondered what makes a song successful, especially a pop song, this is the podcast for you. Not only is it entertaining, but it’s informative and takes listeners one step further to critically think about why we listen to (and enjoy) the music we do.
This podcast is innovative and different from the others above. It tells the history of music through an examination of chart numbers and positions — blasting listeners through a plethora of music history in an accessible format.