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  1. Tangofish
    Tangofish at |

    No Ricky Gervais? presenter of the most downloaded podcast ever, makes it into the guiness book yet he doesn't make the top10.

    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Tango – Excellent suggestion and I have listened to this podcast many times.

      1. Jamie
        Jamie at |

        He’s not american, so no he doesn’t seem to make the list.

  2. Kay Nicholas
    Kay Nicholas at |

    How about the Bob and Sheri early morning show, 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Lots of fun topics, call-ins with a variety of subjects, and interesting guests. Great show!!

  3. Dustin
    Dustin at |

    Maybe not "you must listen to" but for free fiction of the SciFi/ horror variety I recommend Scott Siglar, Pseudopod, Escape Pod, and The Cthulhu Podcast.

  4. Sara
    Sara at |

    No Sound of Young America?

  5. Danny
    Danny at |

    How did Smodcast make it but Uhh Yeah Dude didn't? I would say if you haven't had the pleasure, check out UYD, it's more consistently funny than Smodcast, though Smith and Mosier are rather funny.

  6. Ken
    Ken at |

    I need to say this one, but the Penny Arcade has a podcast of its authors (Writer Jerry Holkins and cartoonist Mike Krahulik); The podcast is unstructured without even an intro, and it focuses entirely on their brainstorming sessions for the strip.

    Topics almost always include video games, however they regularly talk about their home lives and their history together, to great amusement. For example, talking about college Jerry commented about turning off the hot water before Mike could shower on a daily basis, forcing him to endure a year of cold showers – before this moment, Mike never knew Jerry was behind it.

  7. Marcus the Intoxicat
    Marcus the Intoxicat at |

    Why isn't the Geekshow Podcast (geekshowpodcast.com) on this list?

    Seriously, I love those guys.

  8. Mor
    Mor at |


    no list is complete without "Fresh Air"

    1. Evan
      Evan at |

      Fresh Air is a good show and just missed making the list. The thing that's always held that one back for me is Terry Gross. Despite what everyone says, I just don't think she's a very good interviewer.

      1. Karen
        Karen at |

        Evan, as much as I like the show, Terry Gross comes across to me as uninformed and uninteresting.

  9. Chris
    Chris at |

    A bunch of these are podcasts that are just recordings of their respective terrestrial radio shows (ie: NPR wwdtm). Not that I don't enjoy them a ton but they shouldn't really be considered podcasts in the truest sense. Oh, and check out Keith and The Girl (www.katg.com) and Marc Maron's WTF podcast (www.wtfpod.com) for the best in comedy podcasting.

    1. Evan
      Evan at |


      I agree with you, and I almost disqualified the NPR stuff because it's all based on terrestrial radio, but I don't think every affiliate broadcasts every program, so the podcast is the only way some people could hear these shows.

  10. dopetype
    dopetype at |

    no WBAI???
    amy goodman + the crew??

  11. dopetype
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  12. Crazy Nutso
    Crazy Nutso at |

    I can't believe Volcanicast isn't on this list.

  13. NotoriousBigBrain
    NotoriousBigBrain at |

    Come on fellows. What about TWIT "This Week in Tech" with Leo Laporte. It is one of my favorites and it is one of the oldest podcasts (Leo calls them netcasts) in the industry. Leo was also voted President of the Internet by a popular election held by TechRepublic.

  14. Cody
    Cody at |

    Why isn't "insert personal choice here" on the list? I like it so it must be on the list

  15. sage
    sage at |

    There's no Pilkington on this list?

  16. Michael
    Michael at |


    The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe

    Everyone's a Critic

    Ask a Ninja

    The Bike Show

  17. Weird Worm
    Weird Worm at |

    I am huge fan of Stuff You Should Know from The How Stuff Works Podcasts. It should be #1 on list. But cool list thou. I guess I will download some other podcasts you recommended.

  18. Zaha
    Zaha at |

    My personal favourite – Mugglecast !

  19. The Radio Guy
    The Radio Guy at |

    I agree with one of the comments that this list is pretty mainstream. I will plug a podcast that isn't my own (The Radioaffliction!) No Agenda with Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak.

    Very well done and informational!

  20. rabiolab
    rabiolab at |

    where is RABIOLAB?

  21. Tanya Bennett
    Tanya Bennett at |

    And, don't forget TopTenz now has a podcast, too – check it out and let TopTenz know what you think! http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/toptenz-net-to

  22. Dan
    Dan at |

    sick and wrong podcast isn't right for this list, but check it out if you love podcasts, it's among the best and severely underepresented!

  23. Alex
    Alex at |

    the 40 year old boy

    the best

  24. Alex
    Alex at |


  25. Marco
    Marco at |

    “Thinking Allowed” on BBC Radio4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. DS
    DS at |

    Train by day, Joe Rogan Podcast by night, all day!!!!

  27. Pam O'Brien
    Pam O'Brien at |

    Do check out one of Australis’s top podcasts: ‘Conversations with Richard Fidler’. I defy you to hear a better interviewer, or a more diverse and fascinating selection of people talking about their lives.

  28. HighProofMerlot
    HighProofMerlot at |

    I would like to add the Art Howard at Night podcast to this list. Not a professional entertainer, but I’ve found his stuff to be surprisingly engaging. Goes well with my morning bagel and Italian Roast.

  29. TaJolie
    TaJolie at |

    I LOVE these guys it’s called the Chonilla.com podcast it’s hosted by couple Cho & Nilla. It’s nice to hear the inside perspective on interracial couples. Great dynamic, and very funny.

  30. Derrek
    Derrek at |

    Train by day, fuc&*ng Joe Rogan at night. Yeah.

  31. Dave
    Dave at |

    Train by day, Joe Rogan Podcast by night, all day!

  32. tom
    tom at |

    There is an app called “This American Life with transcript”, “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/this-american-life-transcript/id687304371?mt=8”, you could read transcript while listening the audio

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  34. Dya
    Dya at |

    I’ve just listened to the latest episode from the The Verbal Shotgun Effect (episode 6 I think). Well worth a listen.

  35. Lisa S
    Lisa S at |

    I’d like to ask for an updated list… please??? …since this is so old that there is no Welcome to Night Vale on this one.

  36. lucas
    lucas at |

    “Welcome to Nightvale” would have been my number one and my number second would be “Critical hit”… Don’t forget to check out Websters word of the day for the word game lovers!

  37. Bobby G
    Bobby G at |

    “Ride With Coyote” is a new Spaghetti Western scripted pod that’s pretty dark; but I like stuff like that. I think it’s on podbean and itunes.

  38. Herman Squyres
    Herman Squyres at |

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