More than 300,000 podcasts exist in the world as of the close of 2015. They range from products made by someone pressing record in their closet to million-dollar outfits with sterling sound engineering. The objectives of the podcasts tend to vary. Some of the podcasts will focus on such things such archeological fantasies to something as popular as fantasy football. However, the popularity of Serial was a game changer for podcasts. Podcasts before were such a niche thing that you listened to if you loved a particular subject but with the popularity of Serial, podcasts became very mainstream. So with that in mind, it’s time to discuss the 16 podcasts you need to be listening to in 2016.
Honorable Mention: Monkeys Fighting Robots Podcast
Matthew Sardo interviews celebrities and hits on the hottest topics in Pop Culture.
15. Anime Addicts Anonymous
Founded by original hosts Chiaki and Mitsugi in July 2009, the Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast was born from a decision to put together something awesome from their collective anime knowledge. They wanted to make a community where people could share their love of anime and Japanese culture while learning in an enjoyable environment.
14. Couchparty Podcast
The podcast equivalent of friends sitting at the end of the bar shooting the bull over movies, sports life’s little moments.
13. Drunkendork Podcast
The Drunken Dork Podcast is a show about superheroes, pop culture news, and booze.
12. The Fake-A^% Radio Show
The Fake-A^% Radio Show is an honest attempt at being a professional and uncensored morning talk radio show complete with sound effects, guest interviews, games, and skits.
11. Nerdrage Podcast
Ryan Anderson leads a band of misfits and friends as they break down the latest in pop culture.
10. The ComicNoobs Show
9. Classy Little Podcast
Classy Little Podcast hosts, James, and Emily, select a different topic each week to discuss over wine and cheese. They share the history, fun facts and stories about each subject.
8. Rick and Paul Heal The World
Be it a plague, pestilence or wasps, Rick, and Paul are on a magical, aural journey to solve the world’s ills with their comedy podcast.
7. The Reigning Lunatic
The Reigning Lunatic is a scripted situation comedy set in a despotic medieval kingdom plagued by dragons, sorcerers, and dreadful Wifi.
6. Fantasy Football Today
Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg, Adam Aizer, and Heath Cummings dive into the world of fantasy football, Ghostbusters 2, and Aizer’s undying love of the New York Giants.
5. Around The NFL
The Around NFL crew break down all the news for football fans and do so with their particular brand of humor.
4. Hooray Show
Each week, Horatio and his co-host Chad Krueger invite you into Bro Bro Studios to listen in on some friendly conversations with friends, comedians, and special guests. Break out the tissues, because we bring out the issues.
Serial is a podcast exploring a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. First released in October 2014, it is a spinoff of the radio program This American Life.
A weekly interview show “about what it means to be a nerd” hosted by Web Soup, Talking Dead, and @midnight host Chris Hardwick.
1. Guys We F%^@#ed
Comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson explore the world of sex and touch on topics that other shows wouldn’t dare while adding their brand of humor.