Apple Podcasts releases its top shows list for 2022

True crime podcasts Crime Junkie, Morbid, and Dateline NBC most popular

Apple Podcasts revealed its ‘Top Shows of 2022’ list on Monday, one week after the launch of this year’s Spotify Wrapped

Weekly true crime podcast Crime Junkie hosted by Ashley Flowers ranked as the number one most popular show on Apple Podcasts, while politics and long-form journalism podcast The Daily was second. True crime podcasts Dateline NBC and Morbid followed closely behind as third and fourth most popular podcasts on the same list.

Apple’s podcast round-up looked at engagement and listenership of podcasts on its platform between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022. Besides the top shows of 2022, the platform also highlighted newcomers in this period, with another true crime podcast The Deck topping the ‘Top New Shows of 2022’ list. 

Alongside Morbid, Wondery’s entertainment podcast Smartless starring Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett - which recently boasted US President Joe Biden as a guest - were top two for ‘Top Subscriber Shows in 2022’ respectively, and were also the top followed podcasts behind Crime Junkie.

In addition to the popular podcasts, Wondery was Apple Podcast’s number one subscriber channel of 2022 and Dateline NBC was second, while Flowers’ media company audiochuck - which produced Crime Junkie - was the top free channel. 

Crime Junkie and The Daily were the only podcasts this year to appear on both Spotify and Apple Podcasts’ top shows for 2022. Crime Junkie ranked as number 5 on Spotify’s ‘Most Popular Podcasts Globally’ while The Daily only appeared as fourth most popular on Spotify’s ‘Most Popular Podcasts in the U.S’ list. 

Spotify’s Wrapped list was released 30 November and was mostly made up of podcasts exclusive to the platform, including The Joe Rogan Experience, Call Her Daddy, Case 63, and Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain.