7 Podcasts for Your Morning Commute

  1. Modern Love
  2. Pop Culture Happy Hour
  3. Cool Playlist
  4. Part-Time Genius
  5. Spirits
  6. Daily Boost
  7. Circle Round
  8. Top Five
  9. Catch Us Inside
  10. This Ends at Prom

Traffic is relentless, the morning sun is blaring, and you just want to get to work and be off the road. Maybe you work at home. If that’s the case, it’s tough to transition from your living room into your work day. It’s in moments like these when a good podcast is a real lifesaver.

The right podcast, one that isn’t too serious or dry, can make your day a little bit brighter if you’re feeling kind of blah. You’re not ready to dive into that serious true crime podcast in the wee hours of the morning. You can take it easy, indulge in a little bit of ear candy, and start off on the right foot with easy podcasts to listen to.

Here are 7 of the best morning podcasts to start your day on the right side of the bed!

1. Modern Love

Modern Love podcast

You’re likely tired in the morning and maybe want to listen to something heartwarming. If that sounds familiar, then Modern Love is for you!

Well-known actors, like Amanda Seyfried and Ethan Hawke, read other people’s personal essays about life, love, and loss as they were published in The New York Times. This podcast will give you all the feels and make you really want to call your significant other, your parents, and your friends to tell them how much you love them.

2. Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast

Do you want to catch a new movie in theaters? Maybe you need a Game of Thrones recap. Pop Culture Happy Hour should be your new best friend!

The round table includes well-known journalists and NPR favorites who pick apart and discuss new movies, shows, books, and music. They also provide great recommendations, so you’ll always have new content to check out when you’re off the clock. You can get start your work day looking forward to something fun to watch, listen to, or read later.

3. Cool Playlist

Cool Playlist podcast

Cool Playlist gives you a random playlist related to a super specific scenario. There is a list of songs for being single at your sister’s wedding, walking to your job, and even picking up your cat and dancing around with it.

The podcast is self-aware and funny and features a guest that discusses their story and how it relates to the topic. You’ll love this one if you are always looking for new songs and a good chuckle. Horns may be honking at 7 in the morning during commute, but you’ll be too busy laughing to care!

4. Part-Time Genius

Part-time Genius podcast

Uncover some of the world’s greatest mysteries like whether coffee will make you live longer and why the inventor of shopping malls actually hated shopping. Part-Time Genius is here to make sure you’re really awesome at trivia nights!

Hosts Will and Mango, the founders of Mental Floss, dive into questions you didn’t even know you had. No topic is off-limits, making this entertaining podcast a fun way to learn random, cool stuff first thing in the morning.

5. Spirits

Spirits podcast

Are you a fan of the show Drunk History? Well, then you’re going to love Spirits, a podcast that focuses on different folklore, mythology, history, and horror stories while the hosts pour themselves a drink.

Go through the backlist and look into the Myth Movie Night episodes. The two hosts, friends Julia and Amanda, watch a movie and then discuss the film and the social messages behind it. It’s a funny, uncensored podcast that feels like having mimosas at brunch with your nerdy best friends.

6. Daily Boost

Daily Boost podcast

Daily Boost is perfect for those moments when your Spotify playlist just finished, and you want something quick to listen to in the morning.

Each episode is only nine to fifteen minutes long and focuses on some kind of well-being topic related to your life, career, the news, etc. The advice ranges from work-life balance to success habits to how to master mornings (perfect for all those night owls out there). If you woke up feeling grumpy, this easy listening podcast gives you the little boost you need.

7. Circle Round

Circle Round podcast

Here’s one of the best podcasts if you love music and storytelling. A narrator reads a story from a country around the world, while culturally appropriate music plays in the background. The tales are meant to instill some kind of life lesson that will change your way of thinking.

As a bonus, Circle Round is also great for kids. If you’re bringing your little ones to school in the morning, this is a great podcast to have on in the car on the way.  

8. Top Five

Nothing is more digestible than top five lists. Enjoy the hosts’ opinions about ice cream flavors, vacation spots, video games, and everything else!

Each episode is less than an hour, making this an easy podcast to listen to on an early morning. Put it on while you take a shower, eat breakfast, or walk the dog. You’ll love starting your morning with a bunch of ideas of new things to check out in the future.

9. Catch Us Inside

Whitney and Dani had two podcasts before Catch Us Inside. The first was Creepy Caffeine, which covered true crime stories. The other was Dead Zone Drive-In, which covered a different horror movie each week.

In a bold move following the COVID-19 pandemic, Whitney and Dani have rebranded their podcast and started talking about anything and everything spooky! Their lighthearted banner and funny gibes are even better than a cup of coffee. They’ll perk you right up on a tough morning!

10. This Ends at Prom

BJ and her wife Harmony watch a “teen girl” movie together, and discuss if it holds up, how it defies or falls into gender norms, and whether it would be a good prom date. Tune in to get their hilarious and honest takes on favorites like Mean Girls, Grease, and Edward Scissorhands.

Are teen girl movies not really your thing? Check out their Sadie Hawkins episodes where they cover a “teen boy” movie instead.

Final Thoughts

While true crime and educational podcasts are awesome, sometimes you want something that you can tune into without really tuning in. You might need a little pick-me-up, especially if the day ahead seems daunting.

These light podcast suggestions are a good mix of lightweight and fun for those moments when you just want something easy to listen to. Now that your road rage is at bay, download a free podcast app, design a playlist, get to listening, and enjoy your day!

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