Top Podcast Genres: Part 1

There’s a reason the podcast industry has been one of astronomical growth:

There’s something for everyone!

From the educational, informative, and inspiring, to the engaging, comedic, and entertaining, there are endless options to enjoy. Read on to learn about some of the top podcast genres, including show recommendations to get you started or take you to the next level!


Self-improvement podcasts bring you into the minds of the world’s experts, celebrities, and high performers. From anxiety, depression, and procrastination to addiction, relationships, spiritual growth, and grieving, careers, business, and everything in between, there’s a podcast that can help you along your journey.

PODTV is home to award-winning self-help podcasts like Team Never Quit and The Jordan Harbinger Show. Each week on Team Never Quit Retired Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, Morgan Luttrell, and Producer Andrew Brockenbush take you into the "briefing room" to chat with incredible guests who share their greatest never quit stories. This humorous, heartfelt, and entertaining podcast is changing lives and has become a beacon of hope and resilience to those who are facing the impossible.

Jordan Harbinger unpacks guests' wisdom into practical nuggets you can use to impact your work, life, and relationships as he brings you into the studios with people at the top of their game. Learn from leaders (Ray Dalio, Simon Sinek, Mark Cuban), entertainers (Moby, Tip "T.I." Harris, Dennis Quaid), scientists (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye), athletes (Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Tony Hawk) and an eclectic array of fascinating minds, from art forgers and arms traffickers to spies and psychologists.


Why are we so fascinated by crime? Some scientists say it has to do with fear, and that exposing ourselves to content that scares us helps us subconsciously develop coping mechanisms and strategies without actually having to experience the danger directly. Whatever the reason, crime podcasts are one of the most popular genres. The best shows are the ones that provide an intriguing narrative and unique insight, taking us places we’ve never been before. Get a peek behind the prison walls with PODTV’s top crime podcasts, including PODTV original Dog in the Yard, PODTV exclusive Gangster Chronicles, and Shaun Attwood’s True Crime Podcast.

Pistol Pete of Dog in the Yard, aka "King of Rikers Island,” interviews real life prisoners and celebs that have done hard time and shares his personal experiences along with his guests amazing stories of how they survived and persevered.

The Gangster Chronicles offers an exclusive look into the world of those that live their lives outside of society's normal parameters, where the risk are high, but the rewards are astronomical. Shaun Attwood as he interviews experts at the forefront of true crime, including ex-cops, ex-cons, crime victims, journalists, authors, ex-guards, and more, tackling such subjects as conspiracies, free speech, and activism in addition to true crime.

Self-Help/Productivity and Crime podcasts are among the most popular podcast genres, but three genres beat them for the top spots. Can you guess what those three are? Check out our social media post and drop your vote, answers will be in our next podcast industry blog! Connect with us -> @watchpodtv

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