Top 10 Podcasts of 2019

The podcast space is exploding with incredible content. As 2019 wraps up, a number of podcasts this year stood out to us as essential listening for anyone looking to explore a new topic or simply to be entertained.

December 15, 2019

These are our top picks for podcasts in 2019:

1.How I Built This with Guy Raz

This podcast explores the behind the scenes journeys of founders who have built successful businesses. Guy Raz focuses his content on some of the biggest companies in the world, reminding many of us that some household names had a less than glamorous journey to reach the pinnacle of success they’ve achieved today. 

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2.Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

This podcast will be most useful to small and medium sized business owners. Amy Porterfield shares actionable tactics to try for some of your biggest digital marketing problems. She has a wide range of guests from Michael Hyatt to Rachel Hollis. Marketers and business owners alike will find useful tidbits in Porterfield’s 30-40 minute episodes.

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 3. Sickboy with Jeremie Saunders, Brian Stever and Taylor MacGillavary

Jeremie Saunders, Brian Stever, and Taylor MacGillavary speak to guests who have terminal diseases. The guests share their stories and the hosts do an incredible job of reframing serious conversations into ones that can be funny, even empowering. The podcast also addresses stereotypes and misconceptions about diseases that help to shine a light on the actual lived experiences of those afflicted.

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 4. Canadaland with Jesse Brown

Canadaland is an independent podcast critiquing and analyzing Canadian media and news. Jesse Brown questions the role of what he deems obsolete media institutions and calls for the modern journalistic landscape to evolve. This podcast is crowdfunded and receives 100,000 listens per week.

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 5. Before Breakfast with Lauren Vanderkam

Lauren Vanderkam shares how to increase a sense of control over time while increasing your capacity to take care of what matters in your life. The mission of this podcast is to give listeners practical tools to feel less busy and get more done. Each episode is only 5-8 minutes, so true to its name, it’s perfect for the few minutes before breakfast.

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6. The Dream with Jane Marie

Jane Marie digs into the high stakes world of multi-level marketing (MLM). Suburban women have flocked to MLM businesses since the 70s. Defined by their cult-like qualities and aggressive sales tactics, these fascinating companies are explored in this podcast. Find out how they work, what it's like to join one, and how this business model rose to prominence.

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7. Seek Treatment with Cat & Pat

Catherine Cohen and Pat Regan explore topics related to boys, dating, and love. Each week there’s a new guest to discuss and dissect relationships with the hosts. Both hosts are New York based comedians and are able to keep you laughing while still tackling more serious love/dating topics.

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8. 30 for 30 host with Jody Avirgan

This podcast tells the story behind some of the most incredible moments in sports history. More than just that, it also delves into factors surrounding the world of sports from the moment an athlete steps off the field, such as politics, class, and the prominent people who have a stake in that world. It makes for a fascinating listen, even if you’re not a sports buff.

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9. She Explores with Gale Straub

This podcast is about women who are inspired by time spent outside. Episodes cover a wide range of topics including camping,entrepreneurship, and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Gale Straub speaks to female adventurers from all walks of life that share their connection to nature.

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10. You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes is a stand up comedian and modern day philosopher who covers sex, religion, and comedy during his long-form interviews with celebrities, scientists, authors and religious figureheads. He encourages everyone to share the weirdness that he feels we all innately have. Guests include everyone from comedian Rainn Wilson to basketball player Blake Griffin.

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So what makes a podcast pique the interest of the masses? What constitutes as great podcast content?

According to Marketing and Business Development Manager at Castbox, Arielle Nissenblatt,

“The podcasts that I've fallen in love with over the past few years have a few things in common: engaging hosts who care about the subject matter and their guests, transparency from hosts when it comes to release schedule, a commitment to the growth of the larger podcast community and the value of audio as a medium, and an off-podcast component that allows listeners to interact with the show.”

Give any of the podcasts on our list a listen and we’re sure they’ll have you completely hooked.

Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!