I thought it would be fun to create a  list of  popular podcasts, but download numbers can be skewed so who's to say what's popular? With that in mind I reached out to my list of peers, clients, and social media connections and received a wonderful response. From marketing, to politics, to religion, in no particular order here are the top picks. 

Stories of people in dramatic situations, funny moments and emotional moments, surprising and fun.

A.J. and Jordan Harbinger talk to productivity experts like Tim Ferriss, management gurus like Seth Godin, best-selling authors like Neil Strauss, Michael Port, and Ramit Sethi. Topics range from networking, public speaking, negotiating, dating and sex, to finance and career advice, to life-hacking and fitness--every aspect of a rich, fulfilling life. 

Ferris deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tools you can use.

Michael O'Neal's podcast aims to show the other unemployable people of the world the correct path to business success on their own terms.  

Hosted by John Lee Dumas.  Learn from the failures, "ah-ha" moments, and successes of incredible entrepreneur guests like Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and Brian Tracy.

Lewis Howes hosts inspiring stories from the most-accomplished business minds, athletes, and celebrities on the planet to help you find out what makes great people great.

The No. 1 self-help podcast on iTunes specializes in daily motivation. Scott Smith brings a unique, straight-talking, fun style. 

Holly Frey and Tracy V. Wilson do their research and share tons of interesting world history stories.

Business owners share their struggles, and hosts Pat Flynn and Chris Ducker share ideas and develop strategies, tactics, and tips to help.

Thought leaders in the health, fitness, and personal-development world help make living healthy easy. More than just an "eat your kale and be happy" show. 

Host Don Hutcheson interviews individuals who have discovered their true talents and know how to use them to enjoy a life of success, satisfaction, and freedom.

Phoebe Chongchua shares how brands can gain a competitive advantage using content marketing, social media, PR, video storytelling, and more.

Learn from successful black and Latino startup founders, entrepreneurs, activists, marketers and creatives.

A standup comedian for more than twenty years, Rogan hosts long-form conversations with guests on all manner of topics.

Host Srini Rao says you will unlearn everything you've learned about life and business and become unmistakable. 

A show for the sports fan who want great information about a favorite sport in a fun and sassy way.  

From the ecosystem to extinction, topics include everything under the sun! 

Richard Bliss Brooke offers a business-based show that's more about personal growth and belief.

Amy Porterfield delves into strategies to maximize the power of social media and increase your success in online marketing.

In-depth, unscripted, inspiring conversations with Jonathan Fields, and insights from acclaimed artists, entrepreneurs, makers and world-shakers.

Words of wisdom from Bob Burg and guests like Randy Gage, Dixie Gillaspie, Dondi Scumaci, Joe Calloway, Ivan Misner, and John Lee Dumas. 

The star of Dirty Jobs shares his thoughts on skilled labor, the economy, politics, scouting, hard work and well, life. 

Three sassy businesswomen who love to get together and share business secrets to help others achieve success!

A weekly podcast sharing tips, tricks, and proven strategies and methods for growing your business.

Thom Singer shares insights from his more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience.

Weekly roundups, quick takes on news of the day, and reporting from the campaign trail.

Connie Ragen Green shares her experience on how making huge profits with a small list is possible. 

Brad Costanzo, entrepreneur, marketing expert, and angel investor discusses what's working in business and marketing with today's top business and marketing minds.

29. Amplify 

Rachel Martin and Dan R. Morris host this show about today's blogging, tech, and social media headlines. Facebook, YouTube, Wordpress, selfies, bloggers, and more.

Brian Basilico hosts ten- to fifteen-minute, action packed, expert interviews on internet marketing, social media, content marketing, and more.

Public radio's culinary culture and lifestyle program celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone.

A brand new, three-day-a-week podcast designed to help the young entrepreneur do life and business on her terms!

On a mission to ignite 10,000 thriving businesses, Tina Dietz talks with small-business owners who have awesome lives and are paying it forward. 

Ali Brown interviews thought leaders, passionate business builders, multimillion- dollar mavens, and catalysts of change.

Reverend Kitty Benson offers a live weekly recording of uplifting and inspiring messages on Christian living.