Most Searched Podcasts on Google (October 2023 Data)

Most Searched Podcasts
‘Call Her Daddy’ Podcast Host, Alex Cooper.

This article compiles a list of the 40 most searched podcasts on Google in 2023.

With podcast audience metrics notoriously opaque and inconsistent across platforms, search volumes help give us an indication of which shows are attracting the most interest this year.

To collate the data, we leveraged leading online tools including Ahrefs, Semrush and Google Trends. Whilst not perfect, these programs provide the most accurate figures currently available.

Please note, the search volume numbers aggregate variants of the podcast name. For example, the Joe Rogan Experience figure includes searches for “JRE”, “Joe Rogan Experience” and “Joe Rogan Podcast”. Accounting for different name iterations provides a more complete picture.

Now, jet’s jump to it!

Here’s our list of the 40 most searches podcasts on Google in 2023.

Most Searched Podcasts in the US

Ranking KeywordUS Search Volume
1The Joe Rogan Experience135,000
2Call Her Daddy106,000
3This American Life81,000
4Crime Junkie69,000
5Pod Save America48,100
9The Daily (By the New York Times)40,000
11Stuff You Should Know31,300
12The Ben Shapiro Show28,100
13My Favorite Murder26,500
14Pardon My Take26,000
15New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce20,000
16Planet Money19,000
17Hidden Brain18,500
18The Bill Simmons Podcast18,000
19The Rachel Maddow Show16,000
20Huberman Lab15,200
21Breaking Points15,100
22Fresh Air15,000
23Office Ladies14,900
24Dateline NBC14,000
25Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend13,700
26Freakonomics Radio13,300
27The Ramsey Show13,000
28Shawn Ryan Show12,100
29The Dan Bongino Show12,000
30Bad Friends10,600
31The Tim Ferriss Show8,100
322 Bears, 1 Cave 6,400
33Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast6,300
34The Coldest Case in Laramie6,100
35Armchair Expert6,000
36TED Radio Hour5,600
37This Past Weekend5,400
38If Books Could Kill5,350
39The Why Files5,300
40Slow Burn4,000
Average Monthly Google Searches (October 2023)

What are the most searched podcasts on Google?

It’s perhaps no surprise to anyone that the Joe Rogan Experience tops the list as the most searched podcast in the US with 135,000 monthly searches. The show launched in 2009 and has since gained unprecedented traction.

Call Her Daddy, a bold podcast about sex and dating comes in second with 106,000 searches. NPR’s This American Life takes the third spot with its unique storytelling garnering 81,000 searches.

Crime Junkie takes fourth spot with 69,000 searches, proving that podcast fans simply can’t get enough of true crime!

Rounding out the top 10 are political podcast Pod Save America, improv comedy podcast Smartless, true crime show Morbid, investigative podcast Serial, The New York Times’ daily news podcast The Daily, and the science-focused Radiolab.

Podcasting genres on the rise

Analyzing the list of most searched podcasts reveals some interesting trends in terms of the genres and topics resonating most with listeners:

  • True crime is hugely popular – Crime Junkie, Morbid, and Serial all rank highly, showing people’s fascination with real-life mysteries and investigations.
  • Comedy podcasts also have wide appeal – Call Her Daddy, Smartless, Pardon My Take and Conan O’Brien use humor to engage large audiences.
  • News/politics podcasts remain in demand – The Daily, Pod Save America, The Rachel Maddow Show, and The Ben Shapiro Show highlight the desire to stay informed.
  • Educational podcasts thrive – This American Life, Radiolab, Hidden Brain, Stuff You Should Know, and Freakonomics Radio all blend entertainment with learning.
  • Interview podcasts succeed through celebrity – Armchair Expert, Conan O’Brien and The Tim Ferriss Show leverage big-name guests.
  • Nostalgia and pop culture fuel interest – Office Ladies and New Heights capitalize on passionate fan bases.

If you had up all of the monthly search figures, there have been a total of 1,030,550 searches for the 40 podcasts. That shows the massive appetite people have for on-demand audio content and complements data that shows podcasters are the most trusted media personalities in 2023.

Diving deeper into the Google search data of each individual podcast, we have noticed some interesting trends. The Joe Rogan Experience, for example, saw significant spikes in search volumes in early 2022.

Below, we show you graphs from some of the trending podcasts and offer explanations for the sharp rises and falls.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Most Searched Podcasts - Joe Rogan Google Trends Data

Searches for The Joe Rogan Experience spiked in January and February of 2022, which coincides with the height of debate around the accuracy of Covid-19 information being provided on the show.

Below are some other observations from the data:

  • Searches surged when Rogan hosted Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough who shared dangerous vaccine claims.
  • Intense public backlash and scrutiny of these episodes drove interest and searches.
  • Searches spiked each time a major artist like Neil Young exited Spotify in protest of Rogan. (Searches also peaked when Rogan responded publicly to the controversies).
  • Searches returned closer to baseline levels by March/April as furor died down.
  • Shows controversial guests and statements dramatically increase searches, but the effect is always temporary.

Call Her Daddy

Here are some potential reasons why the podcast Call Her Daddy saw a spike in Google searches in May 2020:

  • In May 2020, there was public drama between hosts Alex Cooper and Sofia Franklyn and Barstool Sports over contract negotiations. This made headlines which likely drove searches.
  • After leaving Barstool Sports, Call Her Daddy relaunched as an independent podcast later in May 2020. This new iteration probably led to curiosity and searches.
  • May 2020 was the midst of lockdowns for COVID-19. With people were stuck at home and interest in entertainment podcasts like Call Her Daddy may have peaked.
  • Call Her Daddy consistently discusses provocative sexual topics. During lockdown boredom this content may have attracted increased attention.


Most Searched Podcasts - Smartless Google Trends Data

Launched in June 2020 by hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, the Smartless Podcast has enjoyed rapid growth.

The exact reason for a huge spike in searches recently is hard to determine, but it is perhaps not surprising when you see the names of some of the guests that have been on the show since 2022:

  1. President Joe Biden
  2. Steven Spielberg
  3. Charlize Theron
  4. Tom Holland
  5. Matthew McConaughey
  6. Will Ferrell
  7. Keanu Reeves
  8. Sigourney Weaver
  9. Bono
  10. Jennifer Garner


That concludes our in-depth look at the 40 most searched Podcasts on Google in 2023.

We will update this data again next month, and while we expect the likes of The Joe Rogan Experience and Call Her Daddy will be high on the list, it’s also likely there’ll be newcomers to the Top 40.

The Riddler: Secrets in the Dark, for example, is showing a major surge in search traffic late in October.

Sources: AHREFS, Google Trends, Semrush

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