Best of 2017: Radio stations

Most Listened To Radio Stations

Here at Mixcloud, we’ve been committed to redefining radio since our inception, so we’ve always eagerly watched what our global community of radio stations has produced.

The best radio shows have a particular energy that can’t be captured in any other medium. Here are the top 10 radio stations we spent the most minutes listening to on Mixcloud in 2017.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. Mi-Soul


Mi-Soul is committed to broadcasting the full range of soulful music. With a team of over 70 DJs, the station strikes “a fine balance between old and new music, paying homage to the past and provoking the future”.

9. Aristocrats FM


Broadcasting from Ukraine, Aristocrat FM’s programming covers everything from topical talk shows, disco mixes to comedy performances.

8. ΣΠΟΡ FM


ΣΠΟΡ FM is a Greek sports radio station spanning the entire spectrum of the sports world. With close to 10 million listener minutes, the station’s success evidences the growing popularity of podcasts on Mixcloud.

7. Red Light Radio


Red Light Radio is an “online radio station broadcasting from a former prostitution window in the red light district of Amsterdam”. Profiled by us back in 2015, the station has gone from strength to strength since then.

6. Rádio FM


Rádio FM broadcasts alternative music from Slovakia and is dedicated to avoiding the commercial hits dominating the airwaves elsewhere. In any one week, you may expect to hear movie soundtracks, heavy metal or techno from Bratislava.

5. Soho Radio


Soho Radio transmits “an unrivalled mix of cultures, styles and genres”. Covering everything from pop to punk via reggae, soul and funk, this eclectic station is flying the flag for London’s world famous Soho region.

4. Radar Radio


Radar Radio is the sound of the global youth. Its ascent since its inception in 2014 has been nothing short of astronomical. Radar’s roster of homegrown presenters and its propensity to give opportunities to underground scenes worldwide meant that it was always at the cutting edge of 2017, which is reflected by its positioning in the top half of this list.

3. Worldwide FM


Part of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide family, Worldwide FM has been one of our fastest growing radio stations this year. It’s managed to make an indelible mark on the online broadcasting landscape with its distinctive brand of eclecticism. Worldwide FM’s mission statement is: “Global club culture, legacy and beyond” and in our eyes, they’ve more than achieved that goal this year.

2. Brooklyn Radio


Brooklyn Radio has been committed to “supporting Brooklyn’s local DJs and music lovers since 2006”. Covering mixes across the entire musical orbit and talk shows on a wide range of subjects, the station is doing a great job of representing New York’s most populous borough.

1. NTS Radio


NTS Radio take home the number one spot for this most listened to radio station on Mixcloud in 2017. The station’s tagline is “Don’t Assume”, but you can safely assume that this online broadcasting giant will have been at the forefront of most discussions about online radio this year.

As evidence of its global ambitions, the NTS’ Los Angeles studio has really come into its own this year (and the Shanghai branch is bubbling up), whilst the core London and Manchester studios have continued to ensure our (electronic) airwaves have been enriched with experimental and eclectic vibrations.

Congratulations NTS!

Best of 2017: Magazines & blogs

Magazines and Blogs

In today’s content saturated world, magazines and blogs remain one of the best ways to discover music. We’re privileged at Mixcloud to host a truly global collection of influential publications across all genres and moods.

Everyone has their preferred publications, but here are the top 10 magazines and blogs we spent the most minutes listening to in 2017.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. A Strangely Isolated Place


In 10th place is ‘A Strangely Isolated Place’. Born of the belief that everyone is inspired by their own strangely isolated place, this music blog, record label and most importantly, community, has been dedicated to promoting ambient and electronica since 2008.

Mixcloud are proud to give a home to the mixes, podcasts and other curiosities of this strangely isolated place.

9. Mastered JP

Mastered is an online Japanese magazine based in Tokyo which showcases the freshest Japanese fashion, lifestyle and culture – they also happen to run a monthly mix series of some of the most cutting edge sounds from Japan and beyond.

Not a bad place to start if you want an introduction to what’s bubbling up on the island nation.

8. The Night Bazaar


The Night Bazaar serves up an embarrassment of riches across the dance music spectrum with its regular mix series, covering everything from tech-house to d’n’b.

This year has seen established heavy-hitters like Terry Francis and leading luminaries of the new school like German Brigante.

7. 444


444 showcases the sounds of the Hungarian underground, covering everything from folk to reggae to witch house. Having amassed more than 10 million accumulated listener minutes on Mixcloud, it might just be worth keeping an eye out on what percolates out of Hungry in 2018.

6. FvF


In their own words, FvF (Freunde von Freunden) is an “international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments.”

One of the ways in which this storytelling platform channels its message is through its regular mix series, produced by FvF’s tightknit team and circle of friends.

5. Mixmag


The indomitable Mixmag have been a mainstay of electronic dance music for what seems like forever (1982 in fact). As committed to breaking new sounds as to permitting the giants of dance music to do their thing, it’s no wonder that they’ve managed to climb into the top half of this list.

Some of the highlights this year include contributions from Awesome Tapes from Africa, Paul Oakenfold and Mr. Mitch.

4. Jenkem


Jenkem are a New York-headquartered skateboarding magazine that has managed to collate a collection of rowdy mixes made and curated by the skateboarding world’s stalwarts.

Ever wondered what a skate session with Bam Margera or Daewon Song would sound like? Here’s your answer.

3. XLR8R


There are few more appropriate statements of intent than “accelerating music and culture” – which is what XLR8R have been doing for over 22 years now.

Their mix series hit the milestone of 500 this year, while they similarly managed to amass over an impressive 5 million minutes worth of listening this year on Mixcloud. Or, in other words, just under 10 years worth of listening. Not bad.

2. Resident Advisor


If you are interested in electronic music, chances are you’ve probably heard of Resident Advisor – an “online music magazine and community platform that’s dedicated to showcasing electronic music, artists and events across the globe”.

Its mix series is a leading authority in the world of dance music and it’s really no surprise to see RA on this list.

1. Stamp The Wax


With a simple mission – to give a platform to music they love, Stamp The Wax’s rapid ascent shows no signs of letting up. Moving up from #3 in our 2015 Best Of Magazines & Blogs to the top spot this year, Stamp The Wax are a testimony to what hard work and commitment can achieve on Mixcloud.

We’re keeping a close eye to what they do in 2018.