Conservative podcasts, simply put, are podcasts that lean conservative, meaning it talks about conservative issues and ideas, or issues and ideas that are spoken about in a conservative way. The most popular conservative podcasts are ones that are well-structured, have notable people like Ben Shapiro or Tucker Carlson, and/or have out-of-the-box ideas that attract attention and clicks. Donald Trump used populist ideas outside of the typical Republican norm (such as Bush and Romney) to great effect back in 2016 during the presidential election, using them to expand his rural margins and win states that Republicans previously have lost in such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, those upper Midwest states. Some Republican groups are “classical liberals” and “MAGA enthusiasts.”
Classical liberals tend to be old-guard Republicans, meaning Republicans who came before Trump. They emphasized several tenets of classical liberalism, such as being a free market and laissez faire economics advocate (a hands off approach basically) and for civil liberties such as limited federal government (proponents of federalism), autonomy, economic and political freedom, and 1st amendment rights such as freedom of speech. These people are characterized as being fiscally conservative but can vary socially, either moderate or conservative usually.
MAGA enthusiasts is a much more familiar term to people, since it is commonly associated with the ideas of former Republican President Donald Trump. They commonly include being tough on illegal immigration (and various forms of legal immigration) and the southern border with Mexico, usually resulting in cries of building a border wall. There’s a streak of economic populism where, to counteract the increasing loss of US manufacturing going abroad, cries of bringing back manufacturing here by becoming more isolationists, both economically and militarily, and cutting and remaking trade deals like NAFTA and TPP.
It includes being distrustful of American institutions, mainly based in Washington, especially if Trump loses (election/voter fraud after Trump lost the 2020 election) and/or gets in trouble (alleged witch hunt by the FBI and the justice system). It also includes “energy independence,” which basically means letting the free-market determine what is best: fossil fuels or alternative energies like nuclear, solar, and wind. Despite efforts from never Trumpers, Trump’s ideas still remain popular among the Republican base.
Most Popular Conservative Podcasts Ranking
|Rank||Conservative Podcast||Listeners||Subscribers||Ratings||Social Media|
|1||Tucker Carlson Podcast||7,300,000||0||0||14,000,000|
|2||The Ben Shapiro Show||1,040,000||1,102,500||155,100||16,700,000|
|3||Jordan B. Peterson Podcast||387,400||591,300||45,500||22,200,000|
|4||The Andrew Klavan Show||309,600||89,600||23,900||11,200,000|
|5||Verdict with Ted Cruz||144,700||98,700||43,000||9,100,000|
|6||The Mark Levin Show||141,800||283,600||22,000||4,000,000|
|7||The Dan Bongino Show||134,500||405,200||58,300||12,200,000|
|8||The Michael Knowles Show||124,600||240,800||29,900||11,200,000|
|9||Louder with Crowder||103,800||171,900||40,000||9,200,000|
|10||The Charlie Kirk Show||73,900||177,500||42,200||8,800,000|
|11||The Megyn Kelly Show||73,300||87,200||29,700||714,800|
|12||The Matt Walsh Show||72,700||251,800||26,100||11,200,000|
|13||The Glenn Beck Program||70,000||394,400||21,500||5,800,000|
|14||The Rubin Report||70,000||116,700||15,600||4,000,000|
|15||The Candace Owens Show||50,200||46,800||15,100||11,200,000|
Note: This list is ranked by number of listeners. Listeners show the # of listeners for the last episode. Subscribers show the amount of people subscribed to them on various podcast platforms. The number of Apple and Spotify ratings show how many people listened and left a rating on the podcast. Lastly, social media measures how popular they are on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Since the original list also included Breaking Battlegrounds, they are on this ranking list despite being #16. This data was compiled from September 25-29, 2023.
List of the Top 16 Conservative Podcasts
1. Tucker Carlson Podcast
Host: Tucker Carlson
Sample Guests: Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Ron DeSantis, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., etc.
Description: The former popular news anchor for Fox News, Tucker Carlson now hosts a podcast on Twitter and his own website that is immensely popular and hosts prominent and significant conservative leaders in America and all across the world such as former President Donald Trump and current Hungarian President Viktor Orban. He discusses current issues and upcoming events with these conservative leaders. It’s an unusual format since it’s just guests but it’s very notable conservatives on a now-popular show.
2. The Ben Shapiro Show
Hosts: Ben Shapiro
Sample Guests: Ron DeSantis (GOP FL governor), Nikki Haley (former GOP SC governor)
Description: The Ben Shapiro Show, hosted by Ben Shapiro, is a popular conservative talk news podcast on the Daily Wire. Talking about conservative issues and news, the show runs from Monday to Friday at around noon with a special Sunday segment featuring a conservative guest. Shapiro often is characterized with having fast responses and a sharp wit and a willingness to challenge the narrative on a variety of topics.
3. Jordan B. Peterson Podcast
Host: Jordan B. Peterson
Sample Guests: Vivek Ramaswamy (2024 GOP pres candidate), Mike Pence (former GOP Vice President(
Description: A reported clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson on his podcast puts everything on a conservative option, discussing Biblical and scientific topics often with conservative guests like Ramaswamu and Pence. Other topics that are discussed include psychology, philosophy, and the role of the individual, including both mental and physical aspects.
4. The Andrew Klavan Show
Host: Andrew Klavan
Sample Guests: Ted Cruz (TX GOP Senator), Glenn Buck (fellow conservative radio host)
Description: Andrew Klavan, another conservative Daily Wire host, has a podcast where he discusses topics concerning the apparent decline of American culture, discussing prominent socially conservative topics such as gender with political satire, cultural commentary, constant interviews, and a mockery of modern norms.
5. The Verdict with Ted Cruz
Hosts: Ted Cruz and Ben Ferguson
Sample Guests: Mike Lee (GOP UT Senator), Lindsey Graham (GOP SC Senator)
Description: Ted Cruz, the current Republican senator from Texas, has his own podcast that he co-hosts with Ben Ferguson. With a conservative tilt, they break down the top news stories of the day along with common political debates that take place among Republicans and also between Republicans and Democrats.
6. The Mark Levin Show
Host: Mark Levin
Sample Guests: Ron DeSantis (GOP FLA Gov), Newt Gingrich (former GOP House Speaker)
Twitter Followers: 141,800
Description: The Mark Levin Show is a popular conservative talk radio show that attracts millions of listeners. Based in either New York or Washington DC, he discusses political and social commentary and recent Supreme Court decisions in a conservative and sometimes hostile tilt, and takes in listeners and sometimes cuts them off when they disagree with him.
7. The Dan Bongino Show
Host: Dan Bongino
Sample Guests: Lauren Boebert (GOP rep from CO-3), Marjorie Taylor-Greene (GOP rep from GA-14)
Description: The Dan Bongino Show, hosted by Dan Bongino, is a conservative news talk podcast that wants to “own the libs” and is a former Trump supporter. Along with talking about conservative news, he peddles popular conservative theories such as election fraud and COVID-19 misinformation. He is also a failed Senate candidate in Maryland and a failed House candidate in both Maryland and Florida.
8. The Michael Knowles Show
Host: Michael Knowles
Sample Guests: Christopher Rufo (conservative author), Candace Owens (fellow conservative podcast host)
Description: The Michael Knowles Show, hosted by Michael Knowles, is another conservative news podcast that talks about conservative issues and ideas while also bashing liberal ideas. The show runs from Monday to Friday in the mornings.
9. Louder with Crowder
Host: Steven Crowder
Sample Guests: Ted Cruz (GOP Texas Senator), Carly Fiorina (GOP CA Senate nominee)
Description: Steven Crowder hosts Louder with Crowder, one of the more popular conservative podcasts. Sometimes, he’s popular enough that his livestreams can break even popular mass media channels like Fox or MSNBC. His main topics are American politics, culture, and news, and both Facebook and YouTube reportedly tried to take some of his videos down and called him out for some of his content.
10. The Charlie Kirk Show
Host: Charlie Kirk
Sample Guests: J. D. Vance (GOP OH Senator), Dan Bishop (GOP rep from NC-8)
Description: Charlie Kirk, the founder of TPUSA (popular conservative youth organization), has his own podcast where he dives in and breaks down America’s current cultural landscape from a conservative and freedom-loving point while constantly mobilizing thousands of high school and college students from all across the nation.
11. The Megyn Kelly Show
Host: Megyn Kelly
Sample Guests: Emily Jashinsky (Federalist Radio Hour host), Jason Whitlock (conservative sports commentator)
Description: The Megyn Kelly Show, hosted by Megyn Kelly, is a conservative news talk podcast on SiriusXM. Notably, she is not as conservative as other conservative talk show hosts, being an independent, more in favor of things like immigration, and also more in favor of gun control although against using preferred pronouns now.
12. The Matt Walsh Show
Host: Matt Walsh
Sample Guests: Tulsi Gabbard (former Dem representative from HI)
Description: The Matt Walsh Show, hosted by Matt Walsh, is a conservative news talk show that discusses current events on cultural, religious, and political views. It airs Monday to Friday at 1:30 PM ET.
13. The Glenn Beck Program
Host: Glenn Beck
Sample Guests: Vivek Ramaswamy (GOP pres candidate), Kari Lake (GOP AZ gov nominee)
Description: Based in suburban Dallas, the Glenn Beck Program is one of the more popular conservative talk radio shows. This show combines comedy-centric hot talk with traditional radio and consists of humor, commentary, and discussion about current events. The first half is a monologue or guest interview while the latter half usually involves calls from listeners.
14. The Rubin Report
Host: David Rubin
Sample Guests: Kari Lake (GOP AZ gov nominee), Larry Elder (GOP CA gov recall nominee)
Description: Formerly a liberal anchor on The Young Turks, Rubin has now turned into a conservative and Republican, having his own show called The Rubin Report. Describing himself as a gay classical liberal, he holds views that are somewhat more moderate than your usual conservative but still far more conservative than liberals and moderates. On his podcast, he has conversations, news, and interviews with conservative guests.
15. The Candace Owens Show
Host: Candace Owens
Sample Guests: Lauren Chen (commentator), Mike Pence (former GOP vice president)
Description: The Candace Owens Show, hosted by the black woman Candace Owens, discusses issues from a perspective of a black conservative. Formerly with TPUSA (Turning Point USA, a conservative youth organization) and now with Daily Wire, she discusses Blexit and the extent (or lack of) of white supremacy along with peddling COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories.
16. Breaking Battlegrounds
Hosts: Sam Stone and Chuck Warren
Sample Guests: Marco Rubio (GOP Florida Senator), Mike Lee (GOP Utah Senator), Joe Lombardo (GOP Nevada Governor)
Description: Breaking Battlegrounds is a podcast hosted by two people: Sam Stone and Chuck Warren. Based in Phoenix, Arizona in the swing county of Maricopa, they discuss politics, policies, and culture that affects the lives of everyday Americans in a conservative tilt. They evaluate policies on a city/local, state, and national (federal) level. They interview prominent conservative politicians like Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Byron Donalds, etc.