The most listened-to podcasts in 2023

Podcasts continue to rise in France, solidifying their position as one of the most influential media. Here is the ranking of the 20 most listened to podcasts in France in 2023.

Summary of the article : the most listened to podcasts in 2023 :

  1. Top 20 most listened to podcasts in France in 2023
  2. The overall audio landscape in France in 2023
  3. Podcasts in the Audio Ecosystem
  4. Opportunities for advertisers and brands

Top 20 most listened to podcasts in France in 2023

In 2023, podcasting has firmly established its popularity in France, asserting itself as an influential media. Digital platforms have accelerated audio consumption, with radio leading the way.

Médiamétrie's Global Audio study reveals that in 2023, 84% of French people aged 15 to 80, or 42 million individuals, listen to at least one audio content every day. Nearly all French people (97%) listen to audio content at least once a month.

Let's dive into the top 20 most listened to podcasts in France for the year 2023:

RankPodcastWorldwide downloadsDownloads in FranceBrandNumber of Episodes
1Transfert1,696,468 1,329,378Slate284
2Les actus du jour - Hugo Décrypte1,550,878 1,174,938 Hugo Décrypte645
3Métamorphose, éveille ta conscience !1,147,624 1,147,624 Métamorphose774
4Bliss stories950,143 795,271 Bliss stories245
5L'appel trop con910,408711,432Rire et chansons1,291
6CRIMES • Histoires Vraies 868,558 614,371 Studio Minuit430
7Code source828,043 642,971 Le Parisien1,073
8Montreux Comedy Edition Audio756,572 585,561 Montreux Comedy 262
9La Story676,381 504,907Les Echos1,070
10Émotions477,960 331,719 Louie Media200
11Manu dans le 6/10 : Le best-of427,255 368,508 NRJ3,552
12Les couilles sur la table412,154 301,297Binge Audio121
13SHERLOCK HOLMES • Les enquêtes400,269 308,160Studio Minuit280
14Le Précepteur376,360 243,206Charles Robin 133
15Somnifère, le podcast pour s'endormir367,693 291,722291,722401
16C'Cauet342,619260,348 NRJ3,117
17Raconte-moi une bêtise 325,028 289,426 Initial Studio49
18La Loupe323,920 243,123L'Express576
19Passages312,923 245,201245,201119
20La grande histoire de Pomme d'Api272,645 217,079 Pomme d'Api 71


Slate's "Transfert" podcast tops the ranking with 1,329,378 downloads in France. This podcast mainly covers topics related to culture and society, often through captivating true stories. It caters to a fairly broad audience interested in deep reflections on various social issues.

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Les actus du jour - Hugo Décrypte

In second place, "Les actus du jour - Hugo Décrypte" records 1,174,938 downloads and focuses on current affairs. This podcast is particularly popular among those looking to understand the day's news in a decoded and simplified format. This concise and accessible format has attracted many young French listeners in 2023. Hugo Travers, the host of this podcast, has seen his popularity soar and even secured an interview with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Métamorphose, éveille ta conscience

In third place, "Métamorphose, éveille ta conscience!" with 1,147,624 downloads, retains its third position. This podcast covers topics related to fitness and health, targeting an audience interested in well-being and personal development.

These three podcasts cover a wide range of topics - from culture to current affairs to well-being. Their popularity reflects the diverse appetite of the French audience for high-quality audio content.

>>> If you want to discover the 2021 ranking, it's over here.

The overall audio landscape in France in 2023

These data clearly show that podcasting has solidified its position as an influential media in the French audio ecosystem. It offers tremendous potential not only in terms of audience but also opportunities for advertisers. Digital, especially mobile devices, plays a key role in this ascent, making podcasts more accessible and integrated into the daily lives of the French.

Audio format is omnipresent in the daily lives of the French, whether it's morning, afternoon, or evening. Particularly, young people aged 15 to 24 prefer to listen in the evening, with 39% of their total audio consumption taking place between 6 p.m. and midnight.

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Podcasts in the audio ecosystem

Podcasts gather nearly 20 million monthly listeners in France in 2023. This format represents 5% of the total volume of daily audio consumption, in addition to radio, which accounts for 58%.

It's interesting to note that over half of daily audio consumption is done on digital platforms, with smartphones leading the way. After 9 p.m., digital consumption even represents 71% of listening volume, underscoring the growing importance of digital audio, including podcasts.

Opportunities for advertisers and brands

The H1 2023 BUMP revealed encouraging figures regarding audio. Digital audio generated over 16 million euros in net revenue during this period, a 28.2% increase compared to H1 2022. This significant growth affirms that advertising in podcasts represents an opportunity not to be overlooked.

Médiamétrie's 2023 study indicates that radio accounts for three-quarters of daily free audio consumption (67% for live radio and 7% for radio, replay, and native podcasts), making it a preferred medium for advertisers.

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