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Apple Podcasts: top shows around the world for 2022

Earlier this month, Apple published a number of charts looking at popular shows on the platform. These charts were published within the Apple Podcasts app, and only your own country’s data was visible: but we have the data from many different countries to share.

We have also added the main genre that each podcast used, and spotted the hosting company for each one. If the podcast is using a Channel within Apple Podcasts, we link to that, too.

Top shows by country

See the full lists by selecting a country:

🇺🇸 USA · 🇬🇧 UK · 🇮🇪 Ireland · 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates · 🇦🇺 Australia · 🇳🇿 New Zealand · 🇩🇪 Germany · 🇦🇹 Austria · 🇧🇷 Brazil · 🇨🇦 Canada · 🇮🇹 Italy · 🇲🇽 Mexico · 🇸🇪 Sweden · 🇳🇴 Norway · 🇩🇰 Denmark · 🇪🇸 Spain · 🇮🇳 India · 🇫🇷 France · 🇹🇷 Türkiye · 🇨🇭 Switzerland

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Overall statistics

There were a total of 370 highlighted shows. This data is purely algorithmic, calculated by a combination of new follows, playback activity and completion rate. It allows us to take a quick snapshot of the top podcast shows in the world.

Top ten genres

  • 1: True Crime (59)
  • 2: News (57)
  • 3: Comedy (51)
  • 4: Culture (43)
  • 5: Society & Culture (31)
  • 6: Health & Fitness (18)
  • 7: History (13)
  • 8: Business (12)
  • 9: Education (10)
  • 10: Arts (9)

Top ten podcast hosts

  • 1: Acast (54)
  • 2: Omny Studio (51)
  • 3: Simplecast (38)
  • 4: Spreaker (22)
  • 5: Anchor (16)
  • 6: ART19 (12)
  • 7: Triton Digital (11)
     = Megaphone (11)
  • 9: SRF (10)
     = BBC (10)

Podcasts nominated in three countries or more

Podcast language

  • English (142 podcasts)
  • German (56 podcasts)
  • Spanish (38 podcasts)
  • Portuguese (19 podcasts)
  • Danish (19 podcasts)
  • Italian (18 podcasts)
  • Norwegian (16 podcasts)
  • Swedish (15 podcasts)
  • French (15 podcasts)
  • Arabic (10 podcasts)
  • Turkish (10 podcasts)
  • (None given) (9 podcasts)
  • Bokmål (1 podcasts)
  • Catalan (1 podcasts)
  • Hindi (1 podcasts)

By Apple Podcasts Channel

Hero image: Daniel Fontenele via Unsplash

Sources: Charts from Apple Podcasts. Our genre data uses a normalised list via Podcast Index, based on the RSS feed. Podcast hosting company data based on the RSS feed and media enclosure, using OPAWG, and counts total nominations. Language information is as stated in the RSS feed. Where podcasts have opted-out of external directories, we can’t extract any information.
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