The nation's favourite podcasts from 2021 have been revealed, according to new research.

Megaways CASINO has done some extensive research, looking into podcast titles and genres that have received the highest search volume across the past year to produce its ranking. 

With 15 million people tuning into a podcast in 2021, according to Statistica, the audio format is continuing to grow from strength. 

“Podcasts have continued to flourish over the course of 2021, and that trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. It appears the nation is in the mood for some levity in the shape of a comedy podcast as well as wanting to hone their sleuthing skills by revelling in the drama of true crime podcasts," Helen Smith, Senior Brand Manager at MEGAWAYS Casino said.

Ms Smith added: “As we continue into the new year and the UK gets into the swing of 2022, I’m excited to see what new podcasts are on the horizon!”  

What's the most popular podcast in the UK?

The research revealed that South Shields duo Chris and Rosie Ramsey's comedy cast "S******, Married, Annoyed" is the UK's most popular podcast with more than 14,000 UK searches a month. 

The podcast which included humorous discussions around parenting, arguments and relationships is followed by two popular crime podcasts - Dr Death and Serial.

Overall, UK listeners opt for comedy and crime podcasts with these genres taking up six of the ten top spots.

Podcast listening by region

Glasgow Times: Listening differences by region. Credit: MEGAWAYS CasinoListening differences by region. Credit: MEGAWAYS Casino

Listening habits vary across the UK, according to Ofcom data.

Scotland is a nation of podcast lovers, with 9% of the country noted as “regular listeners”.  

Looking to the rest of the UK, the North West has the highest percentage of True Crime listeners in the country at 67%.

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While the East Midlands has the lowest percentage of comedy podcast listeners.  

The research also revealed that 60% of podcast listeners in both the North East and Northern Ireland listen to football podcasts.  

Meanwhile, Londoners are the "nation’s biggest foodies" since they have the highest number of food-related podcast listeners.  

The UK's most popular podcasts from 2021

Glasgow Times: Top 10 most searched for podcasts in the UK. Credit: MEGAWAYS CasinoTop 10 most searched for podcasts in the UK. Credit: MEGAWAYS Casino

Whether you're looking for something new to listen to or you want to see if your favourite made the list, we've got you covered. 

Here are the top 10 most-searched podcasts from 2021, according to MEGAWAYS Casino.

  1. S******, Married, Annoyed – Comedy   
  2. Dr. Death – Crime  
  3. Serial – Crime  
  4. Newscast – News & Politics  
  5. Athletico Mince – Comedy  
  6. Suspect – Crime  
  7. Call Her Daddy – Feminist  
  8. Dreamscapes – Health  
  9. The Joe Rogan Experience – Comedy/Talk show  
  10. Football Daily – Sports