When music isn’t enough on long car trips, there’s a better listening option that can be entertaining for hours. Here’s our best podcasts for road trips.
Music is a great way to pass the time while out on the road. You can sing along to the classics or listen to the hot 100, but eventually you get tired of singing Bohemian Rhapsody and the pop music gets aggravating after the 10th Taylor Swift song in an hour. You could turn off the radio and enjoy some small talk or play road trip games, but I’d suggest starting up a new podcast instead.
Podcasts are long format, episodic talk shows that span across different genres of interest and can keep you entertained for hours on end. Looking to learn something new? Check out some educational podcasts. Need a good laugh? There are tons of comedians banding together for hilarious podcasts. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s the latest in sports news or some people playing a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. So, hook up your Spotify to the infotainment system and give a listen to some of the best podcasts we’ve picked for our list.
Being that we’re Carsforsale.com, we’ve got to have some car centric podcasts for our road trips. Here’s a couple of good podcasts for the gearheads out there.
We’ve already praised Donut Media’s YouTube channel, but have you heard of Past Gas? The car centric podcast focuses on racing history, manufacturer beginnings, car development, and just about anything related to cars. James and Nolan are a great duo and present their car topics in an informative and entertaining way.
Did you know comedian Adam Carolla, wrestling superstar Goldberg, and film producer Matt D’Andria all have a car podcast together? For the CarCast podcast, the group get together twice a week to talk about their experiences with cars and to give their opinion on auto industry news. They also interview big names in the auto world and answer listeners’ questions too.
Matt Farah and Zack Klapman host The Smoking Tire podcast, where they discuss car industry news, concepts, races, personal car experiences, and interview professionals from different areas of the car world. It’s an informal podcast that really gives you a good understanding of different professions across the automotive industry as well as helpful insights into what’s happening with cars today.
Feel like learning something new? These educational podcasts aren’t just entertaining, you’ll actually gain some knowledge just from listening to them.
Stuff You Should Know is a podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark where the duo introduces you to a specific topic each episode and they do their best to inform you about it. They attempt to explain everything from basic Tupperware, to dragons, to the history of Groundhog Day. Their collection of diverse topics and entertaining banter will keep you coming back for more.
Do you know what Lepidopterology is the study of? Find out on Ologies with Alie Ward. Likeable host Alie Ward interviews different professional “-ologists” in order to better understand what they study. She asks the questions we want to ask these smart people, even if they’re considered no-brainers to some professionals, but they help open up a better understanding of a bunch of different scientific obsessions.
Are you a big history buff? Then Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is for you. Carlin’s long form podcast helps retell historical events and asks insightful questions about how history reflects on the present. Just be aware that his podcasts are super long form, meaning episodes can reach over 5 hours long. Not my cup of tea personally, but the show has a huge following.
Are you a sports fan? There are tons of different sports podcasts to choose from whether you enjoy basketball, football, baseball, hockey, or even professional wrestling. These are just a couple of the best podcasts centered around sports.
Who knew the Indianapolis Colts punter was such a charismatic character? Pat McAfee talks about his past NFL experiences, talks with other NFL players from the past and today, reacts to current sports news, and makes for an enjoyable and comedic podcast listening experience. He also dips into some trending non-sports news and talks about WWE events.
The Bill Simmons Podcast is one of the most popular sports podcasts online. Simmons interviews athletes, coaches, celebrities and has a rotating cast of personalities that pop in like Cousin Sal and Joe House. So, if you’re looking for lighthearted sports talk that can keep you entertained for hours, this podcast may be for you.
Are you a part of a fantasy football league? Maybe more than one? Well, the Fantasy Footballers podcast is for you. Andy Holloway, Jason Moore, and Mike Wright give their fans the latest fantasy football news, offer up their rankings for different formats and specific positions, and they also argue about different player values or league trades. If you’re looking to win your fantasy football championship this year, these guys can help.
Who doesn’t like a little bit of mystery or a good retelling of real-world horror? True crime has become a popular podcast genre that focuses on serial killer stories, creepy cults, and even the paranormal.
Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat host Crime Junkie, a podcast that researches unsolved cases, missing person clues, and some of the most shocking crimes to happen in the US. The hosts present the information in an easily digestible and informal way, keeping listeners on the edge of their seat every episode.
My Favorite Murder has amassed a huge following in the true crime podcast genre. Not only do Karen Kilagriff and Georgia Hardstark discuss infamous events and terrible crimes, but they also wander off into personal life and self-help topics. So, while you still get the dark crime story you wanted, there’s also the lighter side of the conversation making the experience a little less grim.
Not only does the And That’s Why We Drink podcast explore crimes and mysteries, but Em and Christine also cover some spooky paranormal stories. The duo explores the different crime and paranormal topics in a friendly way that makes the podcast feel more like a conversation with you rather than just a listener.
Do you consider yourself kind of nerdy? Whether you enjoy Marvel, DC, Star Trek, Star Wars, or whatever manner of fandom you align yourself with, there’s a podcast for you. There are even some roleplaying game campaigns that make for an entertaining podcast.
Dungeons & Dragons has evolved from being a basement dweller’s fantasy board game into being a full-on pop culture, high production online phenomenon, and there’s no better example than Critical Role. The D&D podcast follows a group of heroes on their quest through different campaigns as they act out conversations with characters, fight through hordes of monsters and evildoers, and get their characters in heaps of trouble. It’s a long running series that’ll have you invested in a winding story that’s basically made up on the spot.
If you’re a big gamer, then Kinda Funny has you covered. Kinda Funny Games Daily gives you a rundown on all the latest video game industry news like game leaks, reviews, and even online patches. They also go off on a couple of tangents about popular movies or series.
So, you think you know everything about Star Wars? Well, the Star Wars Minute podcast may give you a run for your money and point out something from the universe you never knew. The group dissects the Star Wars movies and points out every little detail or piece of lore that can be seen on screen.
If you’re more into finances or business talk, there are podcasts for you. Business & technology podcasts look at the economy, the workplace, and the growing tech world in an informative manner that is easily digestible and offers some diverse opinions.
Dave Ramsey has been around for a while now helping people get out of debt and start living debt free. His podcast The Ramsey Show continues to do that and even takes calls and questions from listeners about their own financial situations. If you’re looking to better your spending habits, this podcast could help.
NPR’s Planet Money podcast helps frame economic news and explanations in a creative and entertaining way. If you’re not well versed in the world of economics, this podcast will help create a better picture of what is happening in the world and how it’s affecting the US and world economy. It’s not all boring conversation either, they go in depth on the financial implications that are more fun to learn about like Kid Rock using economics to beat ticket scalpers.
The Back to Work podcast is hosted by Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann, and focuses on keeping productive, working on communication, overcoming obstacles, and looks at some of the latest advancements in technology that interacts with our workdays. It’s not fun to think about work when you’re on the road, but the podcasts can be helpful for when you go back to the office.
Sometimes a good laugh is all you want in a podcast experience. The comedy genre is full of well-known comedians all interacting with one another to create hours long content that will have you crying laughing. They’re also great for hearing hilarious stories that can only be found because of the podcast format.
You may recognize Joe Rogan from Fear Factor or UFC, but he’s also a big-time podcast host on his show The Joe Rogan Experience. Every episode has a different guest like comedian Bill Burr, rapper Kanye West, and even Tesla’s own Elon Musk. The one-on-one interview style makes for some interesting conversations and opens the floor for any topic. It can sometimes be a more serious experience for a self-proclaimed comedy podcast, but some of the stories shared on there are pretty funny.
Comedy Bang Bang used to be a TV series on IFC that interviewed actors and comedians while throwing them into the middle of an improvisational skit, but it was cancelled. The host, Scott Aukerman, took the comedic format and brought its styling to the podcasting world. Now, Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast has over 700 hilarious episodes for you to enjoy.
The McElroy brothers get together to talk about life, answer fan questions, and navigate through Yahoo Answers weird questions. My Brother, My Brother And Me is a weekly series that gives advice, even if it isn’t really the best advice. They encounter funny questions and fire back with even funnier answers.