Apple Podcasts unveils top shows of 2023

Smartless, Dateline NBC and The Daily from The New York Times were the most-streamed podcasts in Canada in 2023, according to Apple Podcasts’ data released this week.

Canadian True Crime is the highest-charting Canadian podcast on the Canadian Top Shows chart and the only Canadian-originating show in the Top 10. Canadian entries making the Top New Shows chart include CBC Podcasts’ The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonder Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman and the Apostrophe Podcast Network’s Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe.

Find the full chart release here:

Top Shows

  1. SmartLess
  2. Dateline NBC
  3. The Daily
  4. Huberman Lab
  5. Canadian True Crime
  6. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  7. Crime Junkie
  8. Stuff You Should Know
  9. Spittin’ Chiclets
  10. The Mel Robbins Podcast

Top New Shows

  1. Scamanda
  2. Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  3. The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonder Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
  4. The Retrievals
  5. The Girl in the Blue Mustang
  6. Murder & Magnolias
  7. The Coldest Case in Laramie
  8. The Girlfriends
  9. Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe
  10. Murder in Apartment 12

Most Followed Shows

  1. Huberman Lab
  2. SmartLess
  3. The Mel Robbins Podcast
  4. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  5. Scamanda
  6. Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  7. Dateline
  8. Jordan B. Peterson Podcast
  9. Suspicion | The Billionaire Murders: The hunt for the killers of Honey and Barry Sherman
  10. The Retrievals

Most Shared Shows

  1. Huberman Lab
  2. The Witch Trials of J.K Rowling
  3. Scamanda
  4. The Retrievals
  5. The Mel Robbins Podcast
  6. SmartLess
  7. The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonder Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
  8. Sold a Story
  9. Suspicion | The Billionaire Murders: The hunt for the killers of Honey and Barry Sherman
  10. Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis Dreyfus

Most Shared Episodes

  1. Huberman Lab: “What Alcohol Does to Your Body, Brain & Health”
  2. SmartLess: “Wayne Gretzky”
  3. Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Julia Gets Wise with Jane Fonda”
  4. The Mel Robbins Podcast: “The ‘Let Them Theory’: A Life Changing Mindset Hack That 15 Million People Can’t Stop Talking About”
  5. The Daily: “The Online Search Wars Got Scary. Fast.”
  6. Sexe Oral: “La maturité affective avec Sarah Hamel”
  7. We Can Do Hard Things: “Why We Love the Way We Love: Attachment Styles with Dr. Becky Kennedy
  8. On Purpose with Jay Shetty: “Mel Robbins ON: Letting Go of Negative Thoughts & Redirecting Your Energy to Self Transformation”
  9. The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling: “Plotted In Darkness”
  10. The Retrievals: “The Patients”

Top Free Channels

  1. iHeartPodcasts
  2. The New York Times
  3. Barstool Sports
  4. Scicomm Media
  5. Curiouscast
  6. Audiochuck
  7. Dear Media
  8. Serial Productions
  9. Sportsnet
  10. Team Coco

Top Subscriber Channels

  1. Wondery
  2. Dateline NBC
  3. Pushkin
  4. CBC True Crime
  5. Canadian True Crime
  6. BBC Podcasts
  7. TED Audio Collective
  8. Lemonada
  9. iHeart True Crime
  10. CBC Stories

The Canadian charts share many common titles with those in the U.S. where Crime Junkie, The Daily, Dateline NBC, SmartLess, and This American Life rounded out the Top 5.

Apple Podcasts will reveal the Show of the Year on Tuesday, Dec. 5.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessenhttps://broadcastdialogue.com
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email - corrections@broadcastdialogue.com

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