Love listening to online radio streams?
It's our hobby too!
Now, finding the best streams can be a bit weary!
A hit or miss scenario.
That's why we're sharing a list of 30 best radio stations.
These are recommendations from one radio enthusiast to another.
Without further ado...
Here is the list:
Please note: It is not an official list of the top 30 radio stations in the world. Don't fret if you don't see your fav station featured. Let's get started:
1. 95-106 Capital FM
Genre: Complementary Hits
Location: UK, London
Key highlights of this radio station include the Capital morning breakfast show with Roman Kemp. You have a section of top hits throughout the day. Very good stream quality. And fun contests & pranks to keep you buzzy.
2. Hot 89.9 FM
Genre: Top 40 & Pop (CHR)
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Well-liked and a favorite of many. Tune-in to catch the top morning breakfast show in Canada, "Morning Tub." Other than that, the station was launched in 2003.
3. Virgin Athems UK
Genre: Hot AC
Location: United Kingdom
If you're looking for soft rock and easy listening –and you're in the UK –listen to Virgin Athems UK. They have three other stations, including Virgin Radio UK, Radio Groove UK, and Radio Chilled UK.
4. BBC Radio 2
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Location: United Kingdom
"Suh." One of the top radio stations in UK by listener count alone. It draws up to 15.6 million listeners weekly.
People flock to the station for quality content. And on BBC radio 2, you can expect a mix of pop and some easy listening music. You'll get a variety of programming, including comedy shows, interviews, & documentaries.
5. 90.3 KEXP 90.3
Genre: Alternative & Indie Rock
Location: Washington, USA
KEXP is the place to be for a variety of programming. The public radio stations has many disc jockeys, so you'll get the variety you deserve.
Make sure to catch the "Midnight Jazz Theater" hosted by John Gilbreath. It's our favorite. And remember to support by donating.
6. KISS 106.5
Genre: Hot Adult Complementary
Location: Sydney, Australia
Nice vibes from down under is what you get when you listen to KISS 106.5. Tune-in for "The Kyle and Jackie O Show" —one of the biggest shows in AU.
Kyle & Jackie O have been on air together for about 20 years.
7. RTÉ 2fm
Genre: Top 40 & Pop Music
Location: Dublin, Ireland
2Fm is the sound of the nation. An absolutely fun station to listen to. There is a nice selection of upbeat music. Also tune-in for the 2Fm Morning breakfast show.
8. Triple J
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie, Hip-hop
Location: Sydney, Australia
Currently, I'm following Tripple J's Hottest 100 of the Decade (the 2010s) playlist. The station is well-liked, wherever you turn: Facebook, 1.3M followers. Tune-In 645K favorites.
Another show to catch is "Roots 'n All." The host, Anele, plays root music from all over the world.
9. BBC Radio 1
Genre: Contemporary Hit Radio
Listeners tune-in to BBC Radio 1 for their official chart. They have plenty of big-name DJs. Throughout the day, you'll be entertained with popular songs. In the evenings, there is a variety of hip-hop tracks, dance, indie, and more.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Flava plays beats that move you. The station is one of New Zealand's oldest Hip Hop stations. Catch the "Wake Up Call" in the mornings. Their playlists will also carry you through the day.
11. ESPN New York
Genre: Sports Talk
Location: New York, US
Plenty of sports news & discussions. Some well-liked shows include Golic & Wingo, Kay Live...
12. WHUR - FM
Genre: Urban Adult Contemporary
Location: Washington, D.C.
You'll love WHUR-FM. Fun morning shows with prank calls.Good classic songs from DC. All the latest hits. What's more, the station has been broadcasting since 1971.
13. WBEZ Chicago
Genre: US News
Location: Chicago, US
It's an NPR affiliated public radio station. It syndicates the "Morning Edition." Mostly, it's what we tune-in to catch.
14. Metro FM
Location: South Africa
Metro FM is a great place to get acquainted with urban music from South Africa. Get all the variety you can!
15. Flow 103
Location: Online, Canada
It's one of the best online radio stations for hip-hop music. Their philosophy seems to be more music less talk. In addition, playlists are well--curated & fun. No wonder Flow 103 has also received 37.5K likes on Tune.in.
16. 101.9 THE MIX
Genre: Hot AC radio
Location: Chicago, US
Catch the fun morning show, Eric in the Morning. They also play music from the hottest artists. Listeners are also rewarded for listening.
Location: Online, Switzerland
The station plays reggae hits and popular tracks all day long. You'll also catch Dancehall tracks & roots music. 1.FM has 60 other channels across various genres.
18. WZXR 99.3
Genre: Rock & Roll
Location: PA, US
The station plays rock music and has been broadcasting since 1991.
19. KUTX 98.9 FM
Genre: Adult Album Alternative
Location: Austin, Texas
Tired of commercial music? KUTX radio station will play music submitted by artists based in Austin. You get a refreshing listening experience after constantly hearing the same tracks on every other station.
20. The Beat 99.9 FM
Plays the best Urban music in Nigeria & from the rest of the world. Drive time shows are especially entertaining.
21. CJAD 800
Genre: Local News
Location: Montreal, Canada
Are you in Montreal? CJAD 800 —a news & talk station —is the best station for national and location news.
22. Homeboyz Radio
Genre: Hip-Hop & Urban
Broadcasts straight from Nairobi. It's full of talented djs dropping the hottest mixes. You'll love most of the shows from the Breakfast show to the "Boyz Club" in the afternoons (GMT +03). It's dubbed "Nairobi's Home of HipHop Culture."
24. Smooth Jazz
Relax with the best smooth jazz on the web. It's the perfect companion all day long —whether you're working or chilling out with friends. Plus, the stream is clear & pleasant to listen to.
Genre: Sound tracks
Location: Online, France
We have featured it in this list because of the unique content it puts out. Listeners get to listen to movie soundtracks 24/7.
26. Soho Radio
Genre: Every genre
Location: Online, UK
Soho Radio keeps you entertained with a wide variety of shows and music. They don't believe in curated playlists, prepared at weekly boardroom meetings. Particularly, we like the "Rotating Institute with Justin Robertson." The vinyl sessions are pretty unique.
27. Nova 100
Don't let timezone differences keep you from listening to stations from Australia. Another favorite of ours is Nova 100. Especially listen to the Chrissie, Sam & Browny morning show.
Location: Online, Los Angeles
DubLab promotes art, culture, and music. There are a non-profit & internet-based station. They play music from all over the world, from artists you never heard before. Djs also get total freedom over their shows.
29. Classic Hits Ireland
Genre: 80s & 90s
Location: Dubin, Ireland
You'll love the music and on-air discussions on major topics, for instance, the effect of social media on mental health. Expect music from artists such as Queen, Bonnie Tyler, Communards...
30. Rock 92
Genre: Classic Rock
Location: Carolina, USA
Occasionally, we tune in for the Two Guys Named Chris show. The station has been broadcasting for the last 30 years.
Hopefully, this list of the 30 best radio stations will help you find a good station.
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