Podcasts are magical for many reasons. They make you feel less alone — I’ve practically doubled my friend circle with all of the podcast hosts I’ve gotten to “know.” (Anyone else?) They distract you from boring tasks — I love a one-hour pod while commuting or doing laundry. They also give you advice — true crime podcasts remind us not to murder, and wellness podcasts remind us to eat kale. There’s just no solidarity like the kind of solidarity that comes from listening to strangers talk to each other, which is why I really dig podcasts about dating.
Dating can be difficult and lonely. If you're actively hunting for a cutie, you know I'm not lying — it's hard out there. There’s nothing like swiping for hours, finding the one person who is not holding a fish and/or taking a mirror-selfie, finally arranging a date, and then having them cancel the night of. It can be very difficult not to veer into existential crisis mode while walking home alone with a dollar slice of pizza in hand. (Again, anyone else?)
While apps have expanded the number of people you're likely to meet, they can also sometimes be exhausting to use. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: Dating is a part-time job. Or more accurately, an unpaid internship. If you’re dating or have ever dated here are some of my favorite podcasts to commiserate with on a regular basis.
Nicole Byer (Girl Code, Loosely Exactly Nicole) is truly a gem of a person — there's no one like her. She's hilarious, she's curious, and she's transparent about her dating life, which is extremely refreshing. Nicole invites people she's dated in the past on her podcast, and she also asks each one of her guests if they would date her. I've never felt less alone in struggling with being emotionally available in relationships, and I've never laughed out loud so hard at a podcast. This is a must-listen.
Jordana Abraham of Betches and comic Jared Freid bring very real (see: blunt) talk to the dating world in U Up?. I love that they tackle dating issues from both a female and male perspective, and I also love that they are generally not about anyone wasting anyone else's time. Listen to this when that date tells you they're "just not ready for a relationship," two months into sleeping together. Plus, the Andy Cohen was a guest on this podcast.
Want a raw podcast about sex, dating, and relationships? Whoreible Decisions is a great option. The co-hosts, Mandii B and WeezyWTF, have an incredible friendship, and they have no qualms about getting real with their audience about the raunchiest topics possible.
Former Bachelor Nick Viall loves giving dating advice on The Viall Files, and he’s pretty good at it, too. Every week, he releases an “Ask Nick” episode, where he invites listeners to speak directly (and anonymously) to him about their current dating woes. He offers unfiltered advice and is always game for a healthy debate — two musts in a podcast host, IMO.
Most dating podcasts avoid giving you hard and fast dating rules, but Metselaar’s We Met At Acme is different. She has a set of guidelines — like no sending a “thank you” text after a first date — for those hoping to find a healthy relationship while also protecting their hearts.
Her IG Stories are also a treat. On a regular basis, Metselaar posts follower-submitted poll questions on her podcast profile. Tapping through them is a great way to get to see how other people view the dating world — even if they don’t agree with you.
This is like the Porsche of relationship podcasts. Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author, and her podcast features real, anonymous couples in recorded sessions with her. Whether you are single or in a relationship, you'll relate to, learn from, and cry with these couples. 10/10 would recommend.
Some dating podcasts can feel a little too serious. If you want to laugh more, Girls Gotta Eat, a comedy podcast about dating, relationships, and sex, is a great reminder that dating is supposed to be fun! No matter the topic, hosts Ashley Hesseltine and Rayna Greenberg have plenty of advice and anecdotes to give listeners. Plus, hearing the dynamics of their friendship is unbelievably entertaining.
No matter how you identify, We’re Having Gay Sex is worth a listen. Gavin is a comic who has a nothing-is-off-limits approach to hosting. On the show, Gavin invites guests who are over the gender and sexuality spectrums to interview them about their dating and sex lives.
Ever wondered how dating has changed over the years? Excuse My Grandma is dedicated to answering that exact question. Kim Murstein and Grandma Gail go through topics surrounding dating, sex, and relationships and compare their takes on each. It turns out that some advice is timeless, some advice is trendy, but every episode is packed with humor and heart.
Seeing Other People is all about empowering listeners to take charge of their dating lives. Dunn releases two episodes per week, one in which she interviews an expert and another where she invited anonymous listeners to share their stories. If you’re feeling a little intimidated by dating and want to feel less alone, this podcast is definitely worth tuning into.
Remember Love Is Blind? This has a similar premise. Each episode follows a hopeful single as they virtually meet two matches — without seeing each other’s faces at first. Listen in as they get to know each other and test if their attraction pans out once they turn on the cameras.
This podcast is hosted by a couple who consider themselves to be opposites. It’s all about navigating the modern dating world and finding a relationship that works for you. Not to mention, this couple’s banter is seriously fun to listen to.
Call Her Daddy is one of the most popular dating podcasts out there. (There’s a reason Spotify offered Cooper $60 million for an exclusive three-year deal.) Although some of her advice might be a little exaggerated for laughs, there is something refreshing about how blunt Cooper is. That said, it’s definitely worth a listen.
Almost 30 is self-described as a podcast "inspired the transition from [your] twenties to [your] thirties," but it's truly about so much more than that. While many episodes of this podcast focus on wellness and generally living your best life, the episodes that talk about dating and relationships are eye-opening. Check out episodes 96 and 97 with relationship coach John Wineland to start, but then listen to other episodes too — because if you're your best self, you'll attract the best people to your love life, you dig?
If you’re searching for a new favorite podcast, look no further. Out of these 15, there's definitely at least one that’ll make you a regular listener.