The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the years.

Thirty-three percent of Americans older than 12 have listened to at least one podcast, according to the Pew Research Center.

A strong sign that listeners are craving more podcasts came in the fall of 2014, when Serial became the quickest podcast ever to hit five million downloads.

With the increased listener base iTunes presents (along with Sticher and other third-party listening apps), podcasters are flocking to the platform and launching their own shows.

In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, at the end of 2014 there were 22,000 actively hosted podcasts.

This leads to the question: Of these 22,000, which ones should you skip and which ones should you quickly subscribe to?

Here's a list of the top 10 business podcasts of 2015.

1. The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

The Top is like a 15-minute, daily, audio version of a monthly income report. Nathan Latka is the 25-year-old CEO at Heyo.com, which has over 10,000 monthly paying customers and $2.5 million in funding. Latka drills into guests in a fast-paced, numbers-driven podcast that leaves you with the income numbers top entrepreneurs generated last month and a clear plan to getting ahead of your competitors, on your way to the top.

Favorite episode: How to sell 1.5m books and command $20k per keynote with Bob Burg

2. Entrepreneurs on Fire

Host John Lee Dumas brings on daily entrepreneurs and discusses their biggest failures, most rewarding successes, and what they'd do to start a business if they were stranded on a deserted island and had to start 100 percent from scratch.

Favorite episode: A brush with death shifted Derek Rydall's mindset

3. The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim is a self-experimenter and best-selling author, best known for the book The 4-Hour Workweek. In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas, digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

Favorite episode: Sam Harris on daily routines

4. Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn releases one episode each week focused on how to generate passive income to free up your time and energy. Pat's been supporting his family 100 percent with passive income generated online, easily earning a six-figure salary while only working a few hours a week. Automation, outsourcing, and SEO are favorite topics you can find discussed on the show.

Favorite episode: How to invest the passive income you earn, episode 174

5. Online Marketing Made Easy With Amy Porterfield

Amy takes a behind-the-scenes approach on her show and shares highly tactical strategies that she employs with her own team and on her own launches. She's a best-selling author, and shows you exactly how to increase your lead generation strategies so you can launch and promote your new program, grow your list, and build your authority.

Favorite episode: #64: A backstage pass to my most successful launch yet

6. ProBlogger Podcast

Darren Rowse is your host and his sole focus is helping you build a better blog. He mixes case studies and actionable challenges to help you create compelling content, find readers for your blog, and deepen engagement with readers. Darren has been blogging since 2002 and making a full-time living from his blogs for the past decade.

Favorite episode: 032: Can you really make money blogging?

7. The James Altucher Show

James is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books, including the recent WSJ best-seller, Choose Yourself. In his podcast, he tells life stories based on a plethora of experience -- he went from dead broke, to advising a billion-dollar company, and has had eight exits for himself over his career.

Favorite episode: How to get an MIT education for 1% of the price

8. Mixergy

In his mid-20s, host Andrew Warner built his company to $30 million in annual revenue with no outside funding. Mixergy is the resource he wish he had had back then. This is great street-smart education for any entrepreneur.

Favorite episode: 1188 How to use the media to grow your business

9. The #AskGaryVee Show

Gary answers questions about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship. Anyone can try to get on the show using #askgaryvee on Twitter and Instagram. Each episode averages 20 minutes and a new one is posted once every three or four days.

Favorite episode: How I balance risk and reward in investments

10. Perpetual Traffic

A weekly podcast produced by Digital Marketer. The hosts share cutting-edge strategies on acquiring leads and sales for your business through paid traffic. They focus on getting your product, service, or message in front of your target audience.

Favorite episode: #03: Facebook video ad game plan

What other podcasts would you add to this list? Leave a comment for me below.

Published on: Sep 29, 2015