#115: Podcast Top 40 Countdown [Podcast]

When I was 14 years old, I was inspired to get into radio because I loved listening to “American Top 40”. It was a countdown show of the 40 most popular songs on the radio each week, hosted by Casey Casum. This week, I'm sharing the top 40 podcasts I listen to, with a little explanation of why you might want to check them out.

I will also identify the podcasts I absolutely do not miss, ever. And I'll share the 3 very popular podcasts I instantly did NOT like. Plus, here are some additional reasons to keep listening…

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  • An interview with Strategic Living Podcast host Brian Holmes.
  • Contest where you can win our recent $797 training for FREE…


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Spiritual Foundations

This week's Spiritual Foundations segment is an interview with Brian Holmes, the host of the Strategic Living Podcast.

Feature Segment:  Ray Edwards' Top 40 Podcast Countdown

These are my Top 20 Podcasts. This list is entirely subjective, and it will undoubtedly change. Every week I am trying out new podcasts, so every week a few may drop off this list and a few new ones may rise up. But the top 5-7 have remained remarkably stable, with one notable exception.

  1. This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt.
  2. Podcast Answerman by Cliff Ravenscraft.
  3. 48 Days by Dan Miller.
  4. Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn.
  5. The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins.
  6. Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield.
  7. Converge by Dane Sanders.
  8. Christ Is All by Frank Viola.
  9. The Charged Life by Brendon Burchard.
  10. Beyond The To Do List by Erik Fisher.
  11. The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss.
  12. The Joseph Prince Podcast
  13. Bethel Sermon of the Week
  14. Social Media Marketing Podcast by Michael Stelzner
  15. Social Triggers Insider with Derek Halpern
  16. The Lede by Copyblogger Media
  17. Internet Business Mastery with Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden
  18. Rise to the Top with David Siteman Garland
  19. Mixergy with Andrew Warner
  20. Lighten Up! with Ken Davis
  21. The Fizzle Show with Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves, and Caleb Wojcik
  22. Ask Pat with Pat Flynn
  23. Read to Lead Podcast by Jeff Brown
  24. The Robert Plank Show by Robert Plank.
  25. Radiolab from WNYC.
  26. This Week In Tech by Leo Laporte.
  27. The Tech Guy by Leo Laporte.
  28. The Strategic Living Podcast with Brian Holmes.
  29. Eventual Millionaire by Jaime Tardy.
  30. The God Journey by Wayne Jacobsen
  31. Entrepreneur On Fire by John Lee Dumas
  32. The Joel Comm Show by Joel Comm
  33. Starve the Doubts by Jared Easley.
  34. The Audacity to Podcast byDaniel J Lewis
  35. The Dave Ramsey Show.
  36. 99% Invisible by Roman Mars.
  37. TED Radio Hour.
  38. The 5AM Miracle Podcast by Jeff Sanders.
  39. Conversion Cast by LeadPages.net
  40. New Rainmaker by Brian Clark


The 10 Podcasts I Never Miss

  1. This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt.
  2. Podcast Answerman by Cliff Ravenscraft.
  3. 48 Days by Dan Miller.
  4. Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn.
  5. The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins.
  6. Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield.
  7. The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss.
  8. Converge by Dane Sanders.
  9. Christ Is All by Frank Viola
  10. Radiolab from WNYC.

The 3 Podcasts I Instantly Disliked… And Later Changed My Mind

  1. The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss.
  2. The Charged Life by Brendon Burchard.
  3. Entrepreneur On Fire by John Lee Dumas


Listener Questions

  1. Jon D Harrison asks about how to start fresh with a new direction.
  2. Bill Thomas had some comments about Podcast Episode 113.
  3. Jevonnah Ellison had nice things to say about the show.


What To Do Now

Here are some steps you can take to put this week's episode content to work for you:

  1. Click here to request your copy of Jeff Walker's new book, Launch, for free.
  2. Check out some fresh new podcasts to renew your thinking.
  3. Rate and review the show on iTunes to have a chance at winning our $797 training for free.

Question: What are podcasts do you never miss? Click here to leave your comments.


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  • Awesome Ray. I look forward to listening to this podcast. I am always looking for podcasts to listen to that are not on my current list. Thanks for providing this!

  • Kathleen Thompson

    Here are my never-miss: This is Your Life, The Ray Edwards Show, Smart Passive Income, Your Move by Andy Stanley, Podcast Answer Man

    Almost never miss: 48 Days, Entre-Leadership
    I will add my own to the list when I launch it soon – Finding Your Groove!

    • Kathleen – what an awesome list – almost all of those on in my top picks as well.

      • Believe it or not, I have yet to check out Andy’s stuff… will correct that NOW

        • James Kinson

          I love everything Andy does, great podcasts. His Northpoint Church, Your Move, and Leadership shows are all good.

        • His “Your Move” series is excellent – my wife and I really enjoy listening to this one together.

  • Joel Tetzner

    Solopreneur Hour w/ Michael O’Neal; Go For It w/ Tyson Webb; Chris Cerrone Show; Music Radio Creative; New Business Podcast w/ Chris Ducker.

  • Paolo_Sini

    Hi Ray, great show. I really love charts. I found that my list of podcasts is quite similar to yours. I also listen to The Mad Marketing Podcast by Marcus Sheridan and The Professional Content Creation by Rebecca Livermore.
    I left my review on iTunes.

    • Thank you sir – I’ll check out your podcast!

  • dougsyo

    Great recommendations. I had several already, but added a few others.
    If you like Bethel Church Redding and Joseph Prince, you might also like Phil Drysdale’s podcast as well.

    • Yes, I actually do love Phil Drysdale and his podcast! How could I have lefty him off the list! Oh Phil, will you forgive me?

  • Mark DeJesus

    Fun episode! I enjoyed the format of the show. Also LOVED your guest Brian Holmes. Right on!

    • Mark, glad you enjoyed hearing from Brian – he’s pretty amazing.

  • Great episode, Ray!

    1st – thanks for taking my question, I appreciate your insight.

    2nd – what an amazing list of resources! I’ve got much more listening to do – thank you for creating such useful & quality rich content.

  • lucrecer

    My goodness, Brian was resonating with me today! Awesome! Also, great list of podcasts. I now have new ones to check out.

  • That a great list of shows I will check out Mike. And how could I have left YOU off my list! HEAD-SLAPPING MOMENT! Love you man!

    • You listen to my podcast?!? That made my day!

  • Christy Largent

    I loved this podcast today. Brian was an especially powerful segment. I’ll be looking up his podcast.

    I noticed there were only 2 women on your list. (Amy and Jayme). Probably because there aren’t that many women doing business-related podcasts? I just started mine after being inspired by you and Cliff at the Platform Conference. (And taking Cliff’s class.) It’s titled “Encouraging Words for Working Moms with Christy Largent”, but I think it’s interesting for men too. 🙂 Thankfully, it’s being well received in the kids and family section.

    I loved your list of podcasts – and add Kevin Leman’s “Have a New Kid by Friday” because that’s where I am in life, along with Glamazon with Ali Brown. She’s really fun and has interesting interviews.

    Just my two cents this week. Keep up the great work! YOUR show is on my “always listen to” list. 🙂

    • Thank you Christy, and you’re right about the imbalance of men to women. Now I’m going to be more intentional about adding some more female voices to my list! I’ll start by checking out your show. I’m not a working mom… but I bet I’ll still learn something!

  • 48DaysDan

    Ray – thanks so much for the shout out about my 48 Days Podcast – I’m honored to be on your list.

    The interview with Brian was powerful. He is brilliant and so articulate. Very deep stuff and I hope it resonated with a lot of your listeners.

    • Thank you Dan. Brian is a treasure (and so are you)!

  • Ray,
    I was excited to know that several of the podcasts that are on your list are also on mine. I’m planning to add Dane’s show to my list as well.

    One that I JUST added to my list is “Fire on Your Head” with Steve Bremner, who is a missionary to Peru. His most recent episode was a discussion of “Grace v. Law.” Parts of it really reminded me of your discussion with Frank Viola.

    Thanks so much!

  • Thanks for the shout-out, Ray. Honored. btw/ you inspired me to do something different for my 100th episode, which is right around the corner. So it will be something never before attempted in podcastdom nor the podcastophere. 😉 Listener discretion is advised.

  • Micki

    I personally love a few that you mentioned, Ray. Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt, Read to Lead are some of my favorites. But, I have to say that your podcast and the Andy Andrews podcasts are the two that I most look forward to listening to every week. You are both so inspirational and uplifting! Keep up the great content!

    • To think that you would put my show alongside those others – and even Andy’s – is truly humbling. I am so grateful. You made my day!

  • Jevonnah Ellison

    Thanks for the kind mention, Ray! So thoughtful of you. Blessings!

  • Wow! I’m honored to be on your top 40 list! Thank you, Ray!

  • Ray, Just another great podcast, this is why I continue to listen to you.

  • Great list Ray!. Just added Dane Sanders’ Converge to my playlist; unique style. Joel Comm is excellent as well, just waiting for a recent episode from Joel. Checking out Frank Viola soon. Thanks brother.

  • Ray,

    My first time listening to your podcast. Very well done, entertaining and worthy content.

  • Ray, thanks for curating this personal list! Very helpful to get in the fast lane on shaping a personal list. I listened to ‘Read to Lead’ on a walk this evening — specifically episode #46 on doodling and thinking differently with Sunni Brown. Fascinating stuff! I may look into her book. Thanks again!

  • What a great and comprehensive list Ray – did not know Tim Ferriss was podcasting now, shall add to my list! As an update, #18 – Rise to the Top with David Siteman Garland – he is no longer podcasting 🙁

  • Just ran into your interview with Michael Hyatt and decided to check out your show. I write for kids, not copy, so at first I wasn’t sure how it would go.
    Anyone who so openly discusses JESUS (not just religion, church, or even God) is someone I want to hear from.
    Now, I’m finding just how many topics you cover and am thrilled. I don’t have time to search out the best info sources for myself, so finding your list of best podcasts is a huge blessing. I already spend too much time staring at a screen, but there’s always laundry, dishes, quiet time before sleep, and other MP3 moments to tuck learning into.
    Thank you so much!
    God bless. 🙂
    PS, I’m thinking of starting a podcast of my own, those shows are going to be extra helpful.