The 2020 Countdown
Well, here we are. This long, brutal, weird, year is finally coming to an end. There’s no doubt that 2020 sucked, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some highlights. We wouldn’t have been able to get through this year if podcasts didn’t allow us the avenue to escape from the real world for a little bit.
At Podfluence we have had the opportunity to work with and feature a ton of awesome podcasts this year. Full stop – the podcast world has never been in a better place than it is exiting 2020. We’ve also heard the phrase “everyone has a podcast” more this year than likely ever before. That’s why we wanted to end the year with our Podfluence Top 10 Podcasts of 2020. We will list these in no particular order as we aren’t Chartable or Spotify, and we definitely aren’t Apple. We’re just a few podcast fans that love true crime podcasts.
Those Conspiracy Guys is my favorite true crime comedy podcast. The podcast is hosted and produced by Gordon Rochford, who typically has a guest on. The Dublin based podcast investigates conspiracy angles in some of the most and least famous cases.
LISK is hands down one of the best podcasts in a long time. The single season podcast investigates the Long Island Serial Killer. An ideal podcast for a long drive or flight over the next few days. Contains interviews and first hand accounts of the grizzly murders, and the discovery of body bags on a beach.
At this point I hope you’ve heard of red handed. The duo is the number one podcast in the United Kingdom and quickly growing in the United States. They remind me of Crime Junkie in the early days. I’m excited to see how they grow in 2021. It’s a must check out for any true crime podcast fans.
If there was a podcast stock market, we would be buying stock in pi_rational. It’s one of our personal favorites here, and we expect big things in 2021. he anthology-style format not only keeps things exciting but makes for the perfect binge-listen. Each season is accompanied by a different narrator, all of who add to the mystique and lore of each story.
Looking to take a break from listening to murder? Check out Swindled. The podcast focuses on white collar crime, and sometimes it’s even more heinous than your typical crimes. Check out the Bayer episode to start.
When the quarantine fist hit in March, I was in a dark place. That dark place was a stale podcast library. But Cool Mules changed all of that. Seriously though, what’s more interesting than a couple of Vice employees trying to start a drug-smuggling ring and getting caught in the act. If you are either having a slow day at the home office or just relaxing on a Saturday, this is one of the most #bingeworthy pods we can recommend.
Season one of Counter-Clock was simply fantastic. Host Delia D’Ambra explores a 23-year-old cold case that took place in her hometown on the coast of North Carolina. But in one of the small bright spots of 2020, a second season dropped in September and took this pod to the next level, as Delia investigates another case in her hometown. Needless to say, this is one of our favorites from this bizarre year.
It’s merely a coincidence that two drug smuggling podcasts have cracked our top 10 list this year. The Syndicate is 8 episodes of good old adrenaline pumping podcasting content. Host Chris Walker is an award-winning journalist that sheds light on one of the lives of varying members of one of the largest smuggling rings in the US. You won’t be disappointed by hitting play on The Syndicate.
Another bright spot of 2020 is the growing popularity of Always Time for True Crime. Since its launch in February Always Time has skyrocketed up the charts and now comfortably sits within the top 200 true crime podcasts. Join host Julia as she dives deeper into the details of lesser know cases ranging from murders to missing persons.
Hosted by journalist Josh Bloch, the Lost Kids explores the disappearance and search of a missing teen who mysteriously disappeared from a tough-love program his parents sent him to. Josh explores how some institutions prey on the idea of the “troubled teen” and what effects these programs have on the long term psyche of the kids who are sent to these dreadful programs.