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The 100 most popular podcast names

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It’s usually a good idea to choose a podcast that’s unique - that nobody else has. It makes it easier to ask for on smart speakers, and easier to search for, too.

There are, however, a number of names that have been used not just once already but many, many different times.

Podcast Ranking, a podcast ranking and analytics website, kindly looked in their database of over 1,280,000 podcasts to find out the most popular podcast names.

Analysis of the top 25

Podcasts hosted by some hosts, especially Anchor, which hosts around 50% of podcasts, don’t go through the standard Apple Podcasts approval process; and Apple’s process doesn’t stop someone from renaming a podcast, too.

Many people leave the default values in web forms that they fill out. That’s what we suspect has happened at #1 - since the most popular podcast name is, simply, “No Title”. (Try searching for it!)

We also suspect that automated systems are making #3 - 275 different podcasts called “SermonAudio: MP3”. SermonAudio is a podcast production tool, and most of these podcasts also have the default image from the company.

At #8, the first non-English title. “Prueba” is both Spanish and Catalan for “Test”, and 100 podcasters have tried typing that in as a title - almost all using Anchor. “Test”, in English, is at #13 with a further 66 podcasts.

Signs of the times at #9, and again further down the charts - Covid-19, Corona and Coronavirus are all popular show names.

The first real title is “Real Talk” at #10. There are 92 different shows with that title in Apple Podcasts, and plenty more with additional words like “Real Talk with Zoby” or “Real Talk Podcast”.

But actually, “Let’s Talk” has the accolade of the most popular title. 69 podcasters have gone with Let's Talk, placing it at #12 - but a further 38 use a Mac, where the correct apostrophe has been added to Let’s Talk. That means 107 people have gone for that as a name overall. (Our systems correct the apostrophe in both cases, by the way: so they look identical in the chart below).

“Apresentação” is the first Portuguese word (“presentation”), at 20; and rounding off our look at the top 25 is “My Podcast”, which 41 podcasters thought was a good name without realising there were another 40. (Spare a thought for Kevin, too - there are 22 shows called “Kevin’s Podcast”).

Parcast have the right naming idea, if you ask us - simple, SEO-friendly titles that help people find their work. But however it goes, subscribing to Podnews will keep you in touch with the most popular podcast names, and plenty more besides.

July 2020: the top 100 most-chosen podcast names

  1. No Title 637
  2. Sermons 460
  3. SermonAudio: MP3 275
  4. WebTalkRadio.net 247
  5. Podcast 234
  6. Intro 199
  7. Trailer 102
  8. Prueba 100 (Spanish for “test”)
  9. Covid-19 95
  10. Introduction 93
  11. Real Talk 92
  12. Let’s Talk 69
  13. Test 66
  14. Podcasts 65
  15. Life 56
  16. Hola 55
  17. Corona 54
  18. The Journey 53
  19. The Podcast 53
  20. Apresentação 48 (Portuguese for “Presentation”)
  21. Trabalho 48 (Spanish for “Work”)
  22. Coronavirus 47
  23. Tea Time 47
  24. Sunday Sermons 43
  25. My Podcast 41
  26. Untitled 40
  27. ASMR 39
  28. Cyberbullying 38
  29. Let’s Talk 38
  30. University of Portland 38
  31. History 37
  32. Let’s Talk About It 37
  33. Messages 36
  34. Hello 35
  35. Bienvenidos 34 (Spanish for “Welcome”)
  36. Education 34
  37. Food For Thought 34
  38. Teste 34 (Portuguese for “Test”)
  39. Conversations 32
  40. Let’s Talk About It 32
  41. Off the Record 32
  42. Pillow Talk 32
  43. Ridgecrest Baptist Church Sermons 32
  44. Small Talk 32
  45. Thinking Out Loud 32
  46. Anything and Everything 31
  47. Music 31
  48. Story time 31
  49. Calvary Baptist Church 30
  50. Mi primer podcast 30
  51. Table Talk 29
  52. Entrevista 28
  53. Perspective 28
  54. The Bridge 28
  55. Level up 27
  56. Lockdown 27
  57. My first podcast 27
  58. Quarantine 27
  59. Teen Talk 27
  60. The BreakDown 27
  61. Trial 27
  62. Unfiltered 27
  63. . 26 (Yes, just a dot)
  64. Bienvenida 26 (Spanish for “Welcome”)
  65. Events & Discussions 26
  66. My life 26
  67. Reflexiones 26
  68. The Conversation 26
  69. The TRUTH 26
  70. Bullying 25
  71. English 25
  72. English podcast 25
  73. Hear me out 25
  74. Interviews 25
  75. Random 25
  76. RSS Error 25
  77. Sermon Podcast 25
  78. Tech Talk 25
  79. The Beginning 25
  80. Covid 19 24
  81. GIRL Talk 24
  82. Grace Baptist Church 24
  83. Idk 24 (slang for “I don’t know”)
  84. literatura 24
  85. TECNOLOGIA 24
  86. TOM EXO presents PLANET TRANCE ON AIR 24
  87. Insight 23
  88. main 23
  89. prof. mr. Jac Rinkes 23
  90. Random Thoughts 23
  91. Reflections 23
  92. The Rundown 23
  93. Un Poco De Todo 23
  94. Unscripted 23
  95. Work In Progress 23
  96. Abortion 22
  97. Down The Rabbit Hole 22
  98. Interview 22
  99. Kevin’s Podcast 22
  100. opening 22

Data: Podcast Ranking

James Cridland is the Editor of Podnews, a keynote speaker and consultant. He wrote his first podcast RSS feed in January 2005; and also launched the first live radio streaming app for mobile phones in the same year. He's worked in the audio industry since 1989.

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