The popularity of podcasts is on the rise. If you can think of a subject, you can be sure there’s a podcast about it. So, if you’re tired of sitting in traffic with nothing else to do, why not make your commute more interesting?

Whether you’re looking for a laugh or prefer some hard-hitting true crime on your journey, podcasts have something for everyone. Make your working week that little bit better and read our top 10 podcasts for commuting.

1. Eat Sleep Work Repeat

When is it available?

Every Monday.

What is it about?

Eat Sleep Work Repeat is hosted by Twitter’s European vice president, Bruce Daisley. It’s the number one Apple Business Chart podcast and explores how businesses and employees can make their workplace culture even better.

Every episode features a new guest who talks about their own experiences at work. Some of the topics previously covered include gender inequality at work, evidence-based management and the use of digital minimalism. If you want a podcast that’s full of engaging and thought-provoking discussions, Eat Sleep Work Repeat is right for you.

How long is it?

30-50 minutes.

2. How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

 When is it available?

Every Wednesday.

What is it about?

How to Fail is a funny, heart-warming and inspiring podcast that’s made for anyone who’s ever been unsuccessful – which is more or less everyone! The host Elizabeth Day is an award-winning journalist and author who invites special guests onto her weekly show and finds out about their biggest life fails.

Featuring celebrities like Lily Allen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jamie Laing, this podcast isn’t short of superstars. And as these celebs reveal their most awkward (but hilarious) pitfalls, you’re sure to feel better about your own mistakes by the end of your commute. It’s a really uplifting listen that’s bound to put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.

How long is it?

45-60 minutes.

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3. The Football Ramble

When is it available?

Every Monday and Thursday.

What is it about?

The Football Ramble has been going since 2007 and has organically grown into the largest independent football podcast today.

The four hosts, Marcus Speller, Jim Campbell, Luke Moore and Pete Donaldson, take an informal approach to the game, offering plenty of humour as well as some insightful knowledge. It’s an easy listen for football fans. Plus, after the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the ever-growing popularity of the game each season, The Football Ramble is sure to keep on getting bigger and better.

Aside from regular podcasts each week, the hosts also offer celebrity interviews, occasional live shows and cover all major tournaments as they happen.

How long is it?

45-60 minutes.

4. Eli Roth’s History of Horror

When is it available?

No fixed schedule.

What is it about?

As you can tell from the title, this is one for horror fans. Director Eli Roth speaks with some of the most famous names to discover what makes the terrifying genre so popular with millions of film and TV fans.

With hugely popular stars like Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) and Stephen King (the author behind adaptations of The Shining and It), this podcast isn’t one to be missed. Each guest star talks about their own career, plus explains their opinion on what makes horror so great.

You might have already heard of History of Horror, as it was originally broadcast on American television. But now that it’s available as a podcast, you can listen to it on your everyday travels, too.

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5. The Adam Buxton Podcast

When is it available?

Usually every Thursday.

What is it about?

Adam Buxton was one half of The Adam and Joe Show on Channel 4 some years ago. While co-star Joe Cornish has gone onto direct films like Attack the Block and write for the Ant-Man franchise, Adam has turned to podcasts. In fact, The Adam Buxton Podcast is one of the most popular in the UK and celebrated its 100th episode in July 2019.

Featuring big-name guests from the world of British comedy, including Kathy Burke, Bob Mortimer, Frank Skinner, Sir Michael Palin and Steve Coogan, it’s a great choice if you want to listen and laugh.

The podcast is far from an ordinary interview format, as the conversations regularly go off into side-splitting tangents. Plus, Buxton is renowned for his exciting musical interludes. And to make it even more bizarre, you’ll hear news updates from Rosie the dog, who is often known as the ‘Hairy Bullet’

How long is it?

60-80 minutes.

6. Articles of Interest

When is it available?

It’s a six-episode series which can be downloaded now.

What is it about?

Articles of Interest is a podcast for fashion-lovers. It’s actually a spin-off from another popular podcast called 99% Invisible, which is about design and architecture. However, Articles of Interest delves into the history of specific clothing, with episodes called ‘Kids’ Clothes’, ‘Plaid’, ‘Pockets’, ‘Hawaiian Shirts’, ‘Blue Jeans’ and ‘Punk Style’.

It isn’t just a discussion about the history of fashion, but also the cultural impact and how clothes can influence society. And as well as making your commute more interesting, you’ll also gain some great knowledge to share with the office. For example, did you know that casual Fridays were a result of a Californian trend in the ’90s, where office workers wore Hawaiian shirts? Expect those sorts of fun titbits and lots more.

How long is it?

20-30 minutes.

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7. Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

When is it available?

Every Monday.

What is it about?

Even if you don’t listen to Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC), you’ve still probably heard of James O’Brien. When he’s not dealing with the current political topics of the day, O’Brien is interviewing celebrity guests, from politicians to comedians to TV stars.

The Full Disclosure podcast follows a fairly straightforward format, but O’Brien is a very good interviewer who can get some fascinating insights from his guests. He has great timing and knows exactly when to ask the right questions. The show opened with Tony Blair, but you’ll also find interviews with the likes of Bill Nighy, Ricky Gervais, Paloma Faith and many more.

How long is it?

45-60 minutes.

8. Murderville

When is it available?

No fixed schedule.

What is it about?

Crime podcasts are everywhere – we can’t seem to get enough of them. But Murderville is not just a story; it’s a true crime documentary recounting real events. 

The podcast is hosted by investigative journalists Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith, who look at the 1998 murder of fast-food restaurant manager, Donna Brown, in Adel, Georgia. At the time, the case was solved, but that hasn’t stopped similar murders happening again and again. Segura and Smith delve into the case history to see if the right person was imprisoned, or if the real murderer is still at large.

How long is it?

20-30 minutes.

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9. My Dad Wrote a Porno

When is it available?

Released in seasons.

What is it about?

When Jamie Morton discovered his dad had written a pornographic novel, he decided to get together with his two friends and broadcast it for the world to hear. With each episode, Jamie and his friends chuckle their way through a chapter of his father’s erotic novella ‘Belinda Blinked’ (written under the name Rocky Flintstone). It produces a lot of genuine laugh-out-loud moments as the hosts break down every aspect of the writing. 

My Dad Wrote a Porno has quite the title, but this podcast is now in its fourth season. It was even turned into a one-hour TV special. So far, it’s racked up over 100 million downloads online, along with several live shows, so it must be doing something right.

How long is it?

45-60 minutes

10. The Chernobyl Podcast

When is it available?

No fixed schedule.

What is it about?

HBO’s hugely popular Chernobyl proved to be one of the biggest TV series of the year. It looked back at the 1986 nuclear disaster and asked some probing questions about those involved. Now, you can hear all about the making of the TV programme with The Chernobyl Podcast.

Featuring series creator Craig Mazin, the podcast reveals behind-the-scenes insights on how the five-part miniseries came together. It’s ideal for fans who are disappointed to see the end of the TV programme and want more details about how it all started.

How long is it?

45-60 minutes.

If a good podcast is not enough for your commute, read our guide to making long-distance driving manageable. Or for even more car updates and driving tips, check out the rest of our blog.