As of 2020, Joe Rogan is easily the most prolific podcaster in the game. With just over 1500 episodes at the time of writing, he releases a podcast every couple of days. During the isolation that COVID-19 has brought along, he’s increased the output, sometimes doing daily podcasts. With a move to Texas and Spotify on the horizon for Rogan, we thought we’d showcase his top ten most viewed podcasts based on YouTube plays. There is a reason why each of these podcasts have amounted the views to make it into the top 10, whether that’s from the guest or the subject at hand.
10. Bernie Sanders #1330
During his campaign for the Democrat nomination, Bernie Sanders stopped in at JRE HQ. Rogan deftly interviewed Sanders and gave the candidate a chance to dive deep into his message. This wasn’t 15-second bromides a la a debate format. This was Rogan asking Sanders what he believes, how he thinks he can change the country, and where the money will come from. There is not really a platform for politicians to have in depth and drawn out discussions. We usually only receive a mere snippet here and there. This podcast definitely helped Bernie gain popularity, but unfortunately did not do enough for him to win the Democratic race.
A short time after the podcast, Joe Rogan stated that he would vote for Bernie. This endorsement was a significant deal and increased Sanders’ popularity among many who may have voted for someone swinging more to the right.
9. Niel deGrasse Tyson #1159
Astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson has become a mainstay of the podcast, with his 3rd appearance becoming the 9th most watched.
Each show is a chance for Rogan to quiz Tyson on issues that the public still seems to find hard to grasp, giving Tyson a chance to explain some of the harder corners of science in layman’s terms.
Case in point, this is the episode wherein Tyson breaks down exactly what’s happening when a microwave is heating food and why it’s silly to be afraid of them. As always, episodes with Tyson are as fun to listen to as they are educational.
8. Mike Tyson #1227
Mike Tyson joined Joe with Tom Segura (at the start) back in 2019. Mike opens up about drugs, even admitting he took acid at the age of 11. But mostly they discuss marijuana, as Mike has opened his Tyson Ranch where he grows his own strain of cannabis.
Near the conclusion, Tyson states there is a movie being written about him and explores the idea of Jamie Foxx playing him in it.
The podcast is an eye opener into the extravagant life of Mike Tyson as well as what he’s up to now.
7. Michael Osterholm #1439
In early March, just before the corona took hold, Joe Rogan had University of Minnesota professor and epidemiologist Michael Osterholm on the podcast to delve into the virus and most importantly its severity. Straight off the bat Michael Osterholm introduced himself as a medical detective having spent his whole career tracking infectious diseases down and trying to stop them.
At the time, this 1hour 34minute podcast was a great source of information as the entire world was trying to find out more about the virus. The pair cut through the mainstream media’s sometimes confusing reporting and delved into the facts with one of the most informed individuals in the world when it comes to the virus.
“My job isn’t to scare you out of your wits, it’s to scare you into your wits,” Osterholm told Rogan.
6. Edward Snowden #1368
If you somehow do not know Edward Snowden, he is an ex-CIA employee who leaked classified NSA documents then fled to Russia.
Snowden said he was inspired to appear on The Joe Rogan Experience after Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on the show in August, in part to draw attention to the government’s lawsuits against his new book, Permanent Record, which he described as an ongoing effort in “financial censorship.”
This almost 3 hour podcast explores Edward’s story and the breathtaking amount of surveillance that is going on. This will open your eyes to what the government actually knows and observes regarding average citizens.
5. Ben Shapiro #993
Right winged political commentator Ben Shapiro joined Joe Rogan for the first time in 2017. With over 16 million views, the almost 3 hour podcast delves into a lot of discussions, from transgender people to Donald Trump.
While the former editor-at-large of Breitbart isn’t quite as inflammatory as his Republican party comrade, Milo Yiannopoulos, he’s still a hugely controversial figure for many people.
It’s an extremely fascinating conversation as Shapiro and Rogan don’t always agree on everything, but they have an interesting back-and-forth that leads to some compelling viewing. Whether or not you agree with Shapiro’s ideas and thoughts, this is still an interesting podcast with Joe.
4. Elon Musk #1470
Following the birth of his son together with Grimes, Elon Musk joined Joe Rogan for the second time.
Musk and Rogan talk about his new baby and how he and Grimes came up with his complicated name – Xae-x12, as well as comparing a child’s developmental process to Artificial Intelligence. They delved into Musk’s recent decision to sell almost all of his material possessions, including his houses – one of which was previously owned by Gene Wilder. Musk dives into how he plans to focus on getting people to Mars, and his ultra-productive lifestyle which sees him covering various different sectors including SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, Boring Company and his other interests.
3. Dan Bilzerian #857
Dan Bilzerian is the guy everyone loves to hate. The son of a 1980s Wall Street corporate raider wanted to become a Navy Seal, but after he got kicked out he ended up dropping out of college to play professional poker. His bacchanalian exploits off the felt and high-swinging lifestyle got him noticed by the mainstream. The rest is history.
The poker player, Ingite (CBD products) owner and general rich guy appeared on the JRE podcast back in 2016. Dan details his heart attack story in which he took a lot of Viagra and cocaine as well as the $1.2 million bet for him to travel from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on a bike in under 48 hours. This may not be the best podcast for the female audience, as Dan delves into the many relationships and experiences with women over the years.
2. Alex Jones Returns! #1255
Prolific conspiracy theorist Alex Jones returned to Joe Rogan’s podcast after being de-platformed from most of the internet. After the friends were feuding, they made up and then re-united on the podcast. The almost 5 hour podcast is one of the longest that Joe Rogan has completed and with Eddie Bravo joining in as well – this is a very interesting time. Whether or not you support Alex Jones, it’s an interesting and enlightening conversation.
But to justify inviting the controversial far-right radio show host on to the podcast, Rogan made sure to walk Jones through an apology for the whole Sandy Hook affair, practically holding Jones’ hand to keep him from meandering into some of his wild theories.
In a brief moment that almost approached self-awareness, Jones reckoned that he’d plunged way too deep into conspiracy theories, to the point where he was questioning every single atrocity as a possible false flag. At least, every atrocity that might ignite a gun control debate.
1. Elon Musk #1169
The infamous podcast which saw Tesla shares drop 9% after much revered (and recently new father) Elon Musk took a drag or two of Rogan’s marijuana/tobacco spliff. With 33 million views, this seems to be the most viewed podcast on the entirety of YouTube. However, knowing Elon Musk, this may not be surprising to some.
With talk of us being in a simulation, artificial intelligence, some teases of what came to be Musk’s Neuralink project and even more eccentric topics – this mix of Musk and Rogan was a result for an entertaining and eye opening 2 hours and 27 minutes. With the TSLA share price close to $1500, Elon’s weed incident was just a bump in the road for Tesla’s impressive business.
Bonus: Bob Lazar & Jeremy Corbell #1315
Bob Lazar may be the most prominent Area 51 whistle blower. Together with Jeremy Corbell, they discuss the strange occurrences at Area 51 along with Bob’s story and what came along with that. Whilst it’s not in the top 10 most viewed, it’s certainly still one of the most popular podcasts with 11 million views on YouTube alone.
This will definitely have you question whether or not Area 51 actually held Alien and/or Alien technology in the past.