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

Traffic is relentless, the morning sun is blaring, and you just want to get to work and be off the road. 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 can take it easy, indulge in a little bit of ear candy, and start off on the right foot.

Here are 7 feel-good podcast recommendations for your morning commute.

#1:  Modern Love

You’re likely tired in the morning and maybe want to listen to something cushier than a true crime podcast. If that sounds familiar, then Modern Love is for you.

A bunch of 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. It’ll give you all the feels and make you really want to call your significant other, your parents, or your friends and tell them how much you love them.

#2:  Pop Culture Happy Hour

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 great content to check out when you’re off the clock. You can get to work looking forward to something fun to watch, listen to, or read later.

#3:  Cool Playlist

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. While horns are honking at 7 in the morning, you’ll be too busy laughing to care!

#4:  Part-Time Genius

Uncover some of the world’s greatest mysteries – like whether or not coffee will make you live longer, and why the inventor of shopping malls actually hated shopping. Part-Time Genius is your guide to being 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 about a bunch of random, cool stuff during your morning commute.

#5:  Spirits

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 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 is perfect for those moments when your Spotify playlist just finished, and you want something quick to listen to for the rest of your commute.

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, and more. 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 on the wrong side of the bed, this podcast gives you the little boost you need.

#7:  Circle Round

Here’s a great podcast 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.

The best part of Circle Round is it’s also great for kids. So if you are bringing your little ones to school in the morning, this is a great podcast to have on in the car on the way.  

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

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.