What Do Chart-Topping Podcasts Have in Common?

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Chart Topping Podcasts


Ranking in the Spotify or Apple Podcasts charts is the ultimate goal of many new podcasters. It's no wonder; podcast discoverability remains pretty basic compared to other platforms. Making the charts gives you a good chance of getting found by more listeners.

The ranking algorithms powering the charts are famously opaque, although Apple recently revealed that the listens, follows and completion rate are the factors that affect their podcast chart rankings.

We dug in to see if there are any other notable traits for top-ranking podcasts by analyzing Rephonic’s data on chart rankings, gender skew, episode frequency and more, across a few dozen countries with the highest podcast listenership.


  • Top-ranking shows on Spotify tend to be newer

  • Society & Culture, Comedy and True Crime shows chart the highest on both Spotify and Apple Podcasts

  • Top-ranking podcasts tend to publish new episodes weekly

  • Audiences of top-ranking shows on Apple Podcasts tend to skew male

Artical originally published on Rephonic/Blog.

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In 2002, two years before the word "podcast" was coined, I stumbled across an iTunes station that sounded like an amateur talk radio show. A couple of friends got together each week, recorded an hour or more of their conversation, and posted it as The Great Radio Tiki Experiment. (The show is long gone, but archives(Opens in a new window) of it are still available.) It was one of the earliest podcasts, and I was hooked.

It took another decade for the medium to catch on widely, and now it seems like anyone can create a podcast. Today the podcast market is so overrun with content that the only way to find shows you love, organize episodes you want to hear, and listen to them is to download a dedicated podcast app.

Having tested around 25 podcast players, I've picked the ones that offer a great overall experience or something unique. Among these, I have a few personal favorites. Read More

Article originally written by Jill Duffy and published on PC Mag.

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