The music blogosphere is a big place. There are well-known websites with hundreds of thousands of raving fans, new blogs from talented writers, and an ever-growing level of fan commentary on social media sites. How do you sift through these to find the blogs that are meaningful, inspiring, and motivating to you?
We’ve assembled this list of the best music blogs for music bloggers to help you discover new music, find your style, and become part of the community.
Whether you read music blogs daily or it’s a whole new experience for you, we’re sure that there’s a blog or two here that will become a firm favorite.
Before we jump into the list, let’s talk about why being an active reader of other blogs can be helpful for you as a music blogger.
Blogging can be a lonely business. Unless you start a blog with a team, chances are that you run your blog solo, from home, and without anyone else to bounce ideas off of.
One of the best ways to unleash your creativity and rekindle your enthusiasm for writing about music is to get together with other music bloggers. This might be through local meetups, online communities, or simply through conversations on social media.
Here are the top reasons to read and interact with other music blogs:
- To raise awareness of your blog, through comments or social media
- To support fellow music bloggers and the community
- To find inspiration for your content and ideas for features
- To fast-track your own music discovery, so you can write with greater knowledge
- To help you refine your own goals and purpose for your music blog
Now that we’ve covered why it’s important to read other music blogs, let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
In this list you’ll find a range of music blogs that cover multiple genres including classical, indie, R&B, EDM, and pop. There are blogs that are specific to a certain area (like NYC-focused Brooklyn Vegan) or that celebrate a particular part of the music industry (like A&R Factory for music managers).
Among this list are huge blogs with millions of readers, as well as fan favorites. Every blog starts somewhere. With talent, hard work, and support, you could find your blog on a list just like this one day.
To help you learn from other music bloggers, discover new music and find inspiration, here are 25 of the best music blogs to read this year.
Pitchfork is widely known as one of the most popular music resources on the internet. It features daily news and features on a range of artists and music genres, including pop, metal, and indie rock.
For a curated view of the latest top tracks, head to their Best New Music page.
2. Gorilla vs. Bear
A popular music blog based in Texas, Gorilla vs. Bear features a mix of content including new music, reviews, videos, and announcements. Their embedded playlist player is a great way to discover new music.
Check out their video section for interesting music videos and a visual way to discover new music.
3. Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound is a much-loved music blog based in Chicago that covers music, film, and TV all in one space. This blend of features makes it a powerful destination for fans who want the latest news on what’s happening in the entertainment world.
As well as the blog, Consequence of Sound creates and publishes a number of podcast series. You can find them here.
4. Brooklyn Vegan
Brooklyn Vegan is an influential NYC-focused blog that covers mostly music, as well as comedy, TV, and music. Expect to find news, tour dates, live show reviews, and social commentary.
A really useful feature on Brooklyn Vegan is “What’s Going On Tonight?” — a list of tonight’s live shows and events in the NYC area.
5. This is RnB
This is RnB is a popular destination for RnB fans. The blog features news, new music, and commentary on the RnB scene. You can also watch videos and performances from top artists.
For the latest on RnB artist tour dates and announcements, head to their tours page.
AdHoc is an underground music blog and zine. The blog has become a daily destination for news, MP3s, mixes, and social commentary on music and visual culture. Expect to find features on emerging artists and grassroots initiatives.
Discover live shows from underground and emerging artists via AdHoc Presents.
Earmilk is a wonderful destination for music discovery. Here you’ll find new music, news, reviews, and video features on artists from multiple music genres.
For the best op-ed and personal commentary on the music industry, check out their Voices section.
8. Slipped Disc
Slipped Disc has become a go-to for music fans who want inside details on the world of classical music. The blog features news, features, and opinion pieces on classical music and related cultures — submitted by readers and fans.
Classical music fans can submit editorial content to the site via email.
9. Hip Hop Wired
A leading authority on hip hop music, Hip Hop Wired covers not just music, but news, tech, and politics stories. This mix means it’s become a daily destination for fans who want the latest on what’s happening in their community.
For the latest hip hop and culture news, head to Hip Hop Wired’s news section.
10. Indie Shuffle
On Indie Shuffle you’ll find recent and classic songs in a playlist format, which is a great way to discover new music while you work or study. There’s also a news section with details on festivals and live shows.
For featured playlists and top tracks, head to their playlists page.
11. Dancing Astronaut
Dancing Astronaut is a leading destination for dance music fans. The blog’s mission is to increase exposure of dance music and support up-and-coming artists.
The photos section is a great way to experience or re-live live events and festivals through visuals.
12. Drowned in Sound
Drowned In Sound is home to opinions, news, and in-depth features. The blog features in-depth album reviews, a great way to discover new releases.
As well as the main blog, there’s also a very active community where users discuss music, current affairs, and life.
13. A&R Factory
This industry music blog for the A&R (artist and repertoire) community is a great resource for record labels and managers to discover unsigned acts. A&R Factory has been rated as a top 10 music blog in the U.K., and top 100 worldwide, and remains a favorite of the music industry.
Unsigned artists can submit a demo to be featured on the blog.
Popjustice is a hugely popular blog dedicated to the pop music genre. The blog features new music, reviews, and interviews from the pop elite as well as newcomers.
Stay up-to-date with the latest pop news with Popjustice’s The Briefing.
15. One Stop Record Shop
One Stop Record Shop is an influential London-based music blog. The blog champions the underdogs through regular features, interviews, and a popular track of the day listing.
Read festival highlights and plan your next live music experience with their Festivals section.
Stereogum is a fantastic place to hear new music from popular and new artists. The blog is home to regular updates with new releases, as well as music news.
Tune into Stereogum’s Album of the Week for a weekly dose of recommended music.
17. Hype Machine
This New York-based blog is a daily destination for music fans. Hype Machine indexes the latest posts from hundreds of music blogs, which makes it easy for listeners to discover new music and new music blogs to enjoy.
Discover a handpicked selection of this week’s top tracks through the weekly Stack edit.
18. Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes is a destination for album reviews and in-depth features on artists from a range of genres. As well as music commentary, the blog is also home to a comics section, and ideas for curated mixtapes.
Readers can get involved by creating mixtapes based on requests submitted by fans, thanks to the Compile A Mix Tape section.
19. Your EDM
Your EDM is a frequently updated destination for the latest in electronic dance music, or EDM. Regular features include interviews, dance music news, and details on new releases.
Head to the free downloads section to get your hands on fresh EDM tracks.
20. Largehearted Boy
Largehearted Boy is a unique blog that covers both music and literature, and the space where the two worlds merge.
A popular feature is “book notes,” where writers and poets share playlists of the music that they feel accompanies and tells the story of their written work.
Hypebot is home to daily features on the indie music industry, including behind the scenes of the music business. It’s a great resource for musicians and fans interested in the technology of music.
In the DIY section you’ll find articles on how to make it in the music industry.
22. The Music Enthusiast
The Music Enthusiast is a Tumblr music blog that features a lot of live show and concert reviews. The blog is also home to stories on new and rising artists, popular musicians, and local talent from Texas.
Readers local to the Dallas/Fort Worth area can find a list of upcoming live shows here.
23. For The Love Of Bands
For The Love Of Bands is a home for independent music, and a great resource for discovering new and independent artists. The blog features reviews, industry tips, and advice, and a list of Spotify playlists for you to enjoy.
The blog welcomes submissions and music reviews from readers, as well as curators for Spotify playlists.
24. Indie Is Not A Genre
Styled as a music blog that “doesn’t believe the hype,” Indie Is Not A Genre features news, new releases, and reviews on the hottest indie bands from across the world.
The blog is home to a useful list of upcoming album releases, which makes it a valuable destination for new music fans.
The r/Music community on Reddit is a fast moving resource of user-generated content. Here you’ll find reviews, rumors, and fan commentary on music of any genre.
As well as the main music Reddit, you can find a list of subreddits by genre here.
Would You Like to See Your Blog on a List Like This?
We hope this list of the best music blogs to read this year has helped you to find a new blog that you love to inspire your content.
If you’ve thought about starting a music blog, now is the perfect time to turn that dream into reality. There’s never been a better time to make a career of your passion for music and share your content with the world.
Whether you want to start a music blog about emerging local artists, or grow your R&B community blog, we’re here to help.
If you’re new to blogging, our guide on how to start a music blog is perfect for you. For seasoned bloggers who want a kick of inspiration, read our recent feature on 8 types of music blog posts you could write this week.
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