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The best podcasts in the world - Apple Podcasts 2020

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Apple Podcasts have released a list of their “Shows of the Year”, together with their “Biggest Shows”, “Biggest News Shows”, and editorial favourites.

The 'biggest’ lists are drived by the Apple Podcast charts, which encompass a mix of new subscriptions, playback activity and completion rate; ratings and reviews aren’t factored into these charts. Eligible shows were those with multiple episodes available on December 1.

Your own country’s list of shows is in the Apple Podcasts app - but here are the biggest shows (including the biggest NEW shows, shows that were only released in 2020) for a number of countries across the world.

Click each show to listen in Apple Podcasts (or in a podcast app of your choice).

US

Show of the year:

Code Switch (NPR) (press)

Biggest New Shows:

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Nice White Parents
CounterClock
Red Ball
SmartLess
Blood Ties
Supernatural with Ashley Flowers
Down The Hill: The Delphi Murders
Park Predators
Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction

Biggest Shows:

Stuff You Should Know
This American Life
The Daily
Crime Junkie
My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
The Ben Shapiro Show
Up First
Call Her Daddy
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Apple Podcasts’ “Our favorites this year”:

California Love (LAist Studios)
Canary: The Washington Post Investigates (The Washington Post)
Dying for Sex (Wondery)
FANTI (Maximum Fun)
Floodlines (The Atlantic)
Ghost Tape (QCODE)
How To Citizen with Baratunde (iHeartRadio)
In The Bubble with Andy Slavitt (Lemonada Media)
Louder Than a Riot (NPR)
Nice White Parents (New York Times)
Rabbit Hole (New York Times)
You’re Wrong About (Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall)

Canada

Show of the year:

The Hopeful (Frequency Podcast Network)

Biggest New Shows:

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Nice White Parents
SmartLess
Rabbit Hole
The Dating Game Killer
Chasing Cosby
Sofia with an F
Dying For Sex
Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction
The Don Cherry’s Grapevine Podcast

Biggest Shows:

Stuff You Should Know
This American Life
The Daily
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Call Her Daddy
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Spittin Chiclets
Uncover
Canadian True Crime

Apple Podcasts’ “Our favorites this year”:

Hustled (The Toronto Star)
This is Not a Drake Podcast (CBC)
Recall: How to Start a Revolution (CBC)
Unreserved (CBC)
More with Anna Maria Tremonti (CBC)
History of the 90s (Curiouscast)
We Are Not the Virus(Encampment Support Network)
Cityline Real on Race (Cityline / Frequency Podcast Network)
Parkdale Haunt (Frequency Podcast Network)
Notes from the Frontline (Entertainment One)
Jay du Temple discute (Studio SF)
Avec son Sam (Sam Breton)

Brazil

Show of the year:

A Terra É Redonda (Revista Piauí)

Biggest New Shows:

Praia dos Ossos
Modus Operandi
History Cast
E Tem Mais
5 Fatos
Caixa Preta
Fernanda Witwytzky - Fora do FEED
A Terra é redonda
Bom dia, Obvious
Invista Com Tiago

Biggest Shows:

NerdCast
O Assunto
Academia CBN - Mario Sergio Cortella
Mamilos
ResumoCast | Livros para Empreendedores
Do Zero ao Topo
Autoconsciente
Inglês do Zero
Xadrez Verbal
Foro de Teresina

UK

Show of the year:

The Joe Wicks Podcast (BBC Radio)

Biggest New Shows:

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Grounded with Louis Theroux
Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald
Here We Go Again with Stacey Solomon
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell
Americast
The High Performance Podcast
Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything
Fake Heiress
The Joe Wicks Podcast

Biggest Shows:

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Desert Island Discs
Happy Place
Sh**ged Married Annoyed
THE ADAM BUXTON PODCAST
Grounded with Louis Theroux
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
That Peter Crouch Podcast
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

Apple Podcasts’ “Our favorites this year”:

I Weigh with Jameela Jamil (Earwolf)
Phone a Friend with George Ezra & Ollie MN
The Fault Line (Somethin’ Else)
Growing up with gal-dem
How Did We Get Here? (Somethin’Else)
How to Wow (Chris Evans)
Anthems (Broccoli Content)
Americast (BBC Radio)
Lockdown Parenting Hell (Keep It Light)
Grounded with Louis Theroux (BBC Radio)

France

Radio France has its podcasts listed in Apple Podcasts, but Apple does not supply third-parties like Podnews with their RSS feeds.

Show of the year:

Vulgaire (Marine Baousson)

Biggest New Shows:

13 novembre : l’enquête
Radiographies du coronavirus
Mythes et Légendes
Philosophy is Sexy
Des hommes violents
Un Bon Moment avec Kyan KHOJANDI et NAVO
Vulgaire
Travail (en cours)
La Clinique de l’amour
Pandémie

Biggest Shows:

Les Grosses Têtes
Le Cours de l’histoire
Nicolas Canteloup - La revue de presque sur Europe 1
Les Chemins de la philosophie
Affaires sensibles
Les Pieds sur terre
Hondelatte raconte - Christophe Hondelatte
Les couilles sur la table
Franck Ferrand raconte…
Au cœur de l’histoire

Spain

Biggest New Shows:

The Wild Project
Estirando el chicle
Filosofía de bolsillo
Mi año favorito
MI PATIO DE VECINAS - EL PODCAST DE LA FORTE
Un café secreto con Carlos Ríos
La Parroquia del Monaguillo
Dentro de la pirámide
El colegio invisible
El Mundo Today

Biggest Shows:

SER Historia
Nadie Sabe Nada
Herrera en COPE
Entiende Tu Mente
Es la Mañana de Federico
La Vida Moderna
El Partidazo de COPE
Más de uno
El podcast de Cristina Mitre
Aquí hay dragones

Italy

Biggest New Shows:

Il podcast di Alessandro Barbero: Lezioni e Conferenze di Storia
The Essential
Muschio Selvaggio
Blu Notte - Misteri Italiani
Start - Le notizie del Sole 24 Ore
Alessandro Barbero. La storia, le storie - Intesa Sanpaolo On Air
LessonPod: pillole di cultura!
SENZA TABÚ ??
Notizie a colazione
L’Asciugona

Biggest Shows:

Global News Podcast
La Zanzara
Il podcast di Alessandro Barbero: Lezioni e Conferenze di Storia
Marco Montemagno - Il Podcast
The Essential
Morgana
Muschio Selvaggio
Fottuti geni
Da Costa a Costa
In 4 Minuti

Germany

Show of the year:

Apokalypse & Filterkaffee (Studio Bummens)

Biggest New Shows:

Das Coronavirus-Update von NDR Info
Baywatch Berlin
Der tagesschau Zukunfts-Podcast: mal angenommen
Unter Pfarrerstöchtern
Verbrechen der Vergangenheit
PLÖTZLICH SCHWANGER
Die Sendung mit der Maus zum Hören
Das ist ja Claße(n)
Kekulés Corona-Kompass von MDR AKTUELL
Schaumermal

Biggest Shows:

SWR2 Wissen
Das Coronavirus-Update von NDR Info
Verbrechen
Baywatch Berlin
Eine Stunde History - Deutschlandfunk Nova
Lage der Nation - der Politik-Podcast aus Berlin
happy, holy & confident. Dein Podcast fürs Herz und den Verstand
Mordlust
Steingarts Morning Briefing – Der Podcast
Dick & Doof

South Africa

Biggest New Shows:

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction
A Bit of Optimism
The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Podcast
Djy Jaivane
BlackMusic Experience
Major League Djz
Our Love Journey With Mpoomy & Brenden
Amapiano Pandemic
Don’t Shoot The Messenger

Biggest Shows:

Stuff You Should Know
TED Talks Daily
Global News Podcast
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Joel Osteen Podcast
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
Elevation with Steven Furtick
The Robin Sharma Mastery Sessions
dj maphorisa’s Podcast

Russia

Biggest New Shows:

Чай с психологом
Otvet.co
Истории кино
К тебе или ко мне? 18+
Темная материя
Серёжа и микрофон. Подкаст
Запуск завтра
Извини, что голосовым
Ты же мать
Арт и Факты

Biggest Shows:

Radio Record
ЕвроХит Топ 40 Европа Плюс Official - новинки песен
ТЕД на русском
KuJi Podcast
Короче, история
Пожалуй, самая красивая музыка на свете!
Психология на Дожде
Это разве секс? 18+
Что случилось
РУССКИЙ ТАНЦПОЛ

Turkey

Biggest New Shows:

The English We Speak
Kendimiz İçin Yapıyoruz
Kendine İyi Davran
Bunu ben de yaparım
Metro FM - Aragaz
Merdiven Altı Terapi
English Hour (İngilizce Saati)
Nasıl Olunur
Virgin Radio - Mesut Süre ile Rabarba
Yoldayız Geliyor Musun?
Nereden Başlasam?
Fularsız Entellik
Zihnimin Kıvrımları
O Tarz Mı?

Biggest Shows:

Kendimiz İçin Yapıyoruz
Merdiven Altı Terapi
Nereden Başlasam?
Zihnimin Kıvrımları
Tasarım Bienali Sohbetleri
Biraz Konuşabilir miyiz?
Anormal Şartlar Altında
Gülünecek Bir Şey Göremiyorum
Nasıl Gidiyor Karantina?
Müzik - 2020 Şarkılar - Yeni müzikler - Türkçe Şarkılar

Austria

Biggest New Shows:

Das Coronavirus-Update von NDR Info
Baywatch Berlin
Unter Pfarrerstöchtern
Verbrechen der Vergangenheit
Die Pochers hier!
Die Sendung mit der Maus zum Hören
Das ist ja Claße(n)
Schaumermal
Hawi D’Ehre
Besser leben

Biggest Shows:

Das Coronavirus-Update von NDR Info
Verbrechen
happy, holy & confident. Dein Podcast fürs Herz und den Verstand
Dick & Doof
Ö3 Frühstück bei mir
Ö1 Journale
FALTER Radio
Thema des Tages
ZIB2-Podcast
Erklär mir die Welt

Arab World

Show of the year:

Biggest New Shows:

بعد أمس
Fool W Tamees
Juha | جحا
مذكرات جنائية
بحب | B’Hob
بودكاست نقطة
Reham Podcast with Reham Al-Rashidi
Taqat Hob | طاقة حب
سكون | Sukoun
Business Wars | حروب الأعمال
بودكاست بعوضة
Ara - أرى
Vikings: The Nine Realms | فايكنغز: العوالم التسعة
حكايات رمضان | Hkayat Ramadan
صوت معنى

Biggest shows:

بودكاست أبجورة
فنجان مع عبدالرحمن أبومالح
أشياء غيرتنا
عقل غير هادئ.. مبارك الزوبع
PaperSamwich ساندوتش ورقي
معنى مع محمد الحاجي
بحب | B’Hob
1001 Nights | ألف ليلة وليلة
مهارات
وجدان | Wijdan
Eib | عيب
قبس مع خالد اليحيا
الشيخ ماهر المعيقلي
Taqat Hob | طاقة حب
بودكاست بعوضة

Australia

Show of the year:

The Eleventh (ABC Radio)

Biggest New Shows:

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Grounded with Louis Theroux
Chasing Cosby
The Night Driver
Dying For Sex
I Catch Killers with Gary Jubelin
The Eleventh
Coronacast
Chasing Charlie
It’s A Lot with Abbie Chatfield

Biggest Shows:

Stuff You Should Know
The Daily
Casefile True Crime
Hamish & Andy
Conversations
The Lighthouse
Australian True Crime
No Filter
Shameless
Coronacast

Apple Podcasts’ “Our favorites this year”:

CrossBread (ABC Radio)
The Deep (Zoe Marshall)
Chasing Charlie (Fremantle Australia)
So Now What with Waleed Aly (10 Speaks)
In Good Health (Sandro Demaio)
Always was, Always will be our stories
Naked City (The Age and Sydney Morning Herald)
Everyone Has An Ex (Minty media)
The Wait (The Guardian) - a miniseries within Full Story
McUniverse
Zero Waste Baby (PodcastOne Australia)
ListenABLE (PodcastOne Australia)

New Zealand

Biggest New Shows:

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Rabbit Hole
Grounded with Louis Theroux
The Night Driver
White Silence
Chasing Charlie
RNZ: The Aotearoa History Show
The Girls Uninterrupted
RNZ: The Service
Tick. Tick.

Biggest Shows:

Stuff You Should Know
This American Life
The Daily
TED Talks Daily
Call Her Daddy
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Casefile True Crime
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
White Silence

China

Show of the year:

梁文道·八分 (梁文道)

Biggest New Shows:

梁文道·八分
一席英语·脱口秀:老外来了
日谈物语
郭德纲于谦助眠相声集
不合时宜
大咖说
天才捕手FM
东亚观察局
说归说
Naive咖啡馆

Biggest Shows:

段子来了
潘吉Jenny告诉你|学英语聊美国|开言英语 · Podcast
酷狗新歌榜
郭德纲相声十年经典
睡前故事:一千零一夜
大内密谈
日谈公园
故事 FM
梁文道·八分
忽左忽右

Taiwan

Biggest New Shows:

Gooaye 股癌
哇賽心理學
那些電影教我的事
聽天下:天下雜誌Podcast
台灣通勤第一品牌
姐妹悄悄話|SistersTalkTalkShow
好味小姐開束縛我還你原形
壹加壹電台
M觀點 | 科技X商業X投資
《The Real Story》By 報導者

Biggest Shows:

Gooaye 股癌
Kevin 英文不難
百靈果NEWS
通勤學英語
哇賽心理學
大人的Small Talk
呱吉
台灣通勤第一品牌
姐妹悄悄話|SistersTalkTalkShow
科技島讀

Korea

Biggest New Shows:

Music By Mood 듣고싶은기분의음악
해리포터 챌린지
씨네마운틴
표창원의 뉴스 하이킥
How Did I Get Here? w/ Jae and AleXa
그것이 알고싶다
ASMR by 피스풀모닝
* [KBS] 주진우 라이브
아메리카노2020
이청아의 뮤지엄 에이로그 (Alog; Audio blog)

Biggest Shows:

TED Talks Daily
* [지대넓얕] 지적 대화를 위한 넓고 얕은 지식
컬투쇼 레전드 사연
송은이&김숙 비밀보장
김영철의 진짜미국식영어
TBS 김어준의 뉴스공장
두시탈출 컬투쇼
이진우의 손에 잡히는 경제
* [듣똑라]듣다보면 똑똑해지는 라이프
김동환 이진우 정영진의 신과함께

Japan

Show of the year:

J-WAVE INNOVATION WORLD ERA (J-WAVE)

Biggest New Shows:

辛坊治郎 ズーム そこまで言うか!
霜降り明星のオールナイトニッポン0(ZERO)
英語で雑談!Kevin’s English Room Podcast
Creepy Nutsのオールナイトニッポン0(ZERO)
TBSラジオ『ジェーン・スーと堀井美香の「OVER THE SUN」』
トータルテンボスのぬきさしならナイト!Season2
飯田浩司 The Daily News
TBSラジオ「アフター6ジャンクション」
J-WAVE INNOVATION WORLD ERA
ファーストサマーウイカのオールナイトニッポン0(ZERO)

Biggest Shows:

TED Talks Daily
Global News Podcast
NHKラジオニュース
バイリンガルニュース (Bilingual News)
English News - NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN
All Ears English Podcast
スピードラーニング ポッドキャスト* [Speak UP Radio]
Hapa英会話 Podcast
飯田浩司のOK! Cozy up! Podcast
辛坊治郎 ズーム そこまで言うか!

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