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The 10 Best Binge-Worthy YouTube Podcasts and Channels for 2021

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Stream yourself out of boredom with these 10 binge-worthy YouTube podcasts and channels.

With half the country in lockdown and the other half spending more time at home, it’s safe to say that many of us are looking for fresh entertainment. We’ve watched all the movies, played all the games, baked all the cakes, and yes, read all the books. But, dear reader, have you binged all the YouTube podcasts and channels? Quite unlikely, since there are so many out there with fresh videos being pumped out daily. Approximately 720,000 hours of video uploaded every day to be exact.

It’s time to get your mind out of the clouds and into some zany stuff; from true crime stories to the funniest videos, and everything else in between. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 binge-worthy YouTube podcasts and channels for 2021, with each offering something unique. Ready to listen to and stream right now, you’re sure to find a vlogger that tickles your fancy, or at least cures your boredom.

Best True Crime YouTube Channel: Bailey Sarian

Even if you’re not a total fan of makeup, you can’t help but be captivated by the candid storytelling of Bailey Sarian. She’s just so relatable! Not to mention her true crime podcasts are heavily in-depth. With new videos being uploaded to YouTube weekly, as well as hours of content already published, you’ll have plenty of serial killers and cannibals to binge on with Bailey Sarian. Matched with stunning makeup skills, and you’ve got the perfect night in. Just beware: some videos are not recommended before bed. Like this one. Viewer discretion is advised!


Best Music YouTube Channel: NPR Music

Nothing does music justice quite like NPR Music, made famous by their super intimate Tiny Desk concerts. They’ve hit-up the big guys like Dua Lipa and Lizzo, while equally supporting all the smaller indie artists that are bringing new flavour to the music industry. Their videos are not made to be played in the background, but to truly watch and experience the music as well as the artists behind them. You’ll be singing for days with this YouTube channel.


Best New Ideas YouTube Channel: TEDx Talks

TEDx Talks is the place where big ideas come to life. They can make you rethink the world, uncover peculiar curiosities, or even develop new skills like boosting your memory. And with new discussions being uploaded daily, you’ll never run out of new ideas to explore. Expand that brain of yours in all areas of humanity; from new technology to personal triumphs, all from the comfort of your own home.


Best History YouTube Channel: Weird History

Learning about history is pretty easy with Google and, not to mention so easily accessible. But, did you know there’s an abundance of weird history to know? The stuff they likely didn’t teach you at school! In this YouTube history channel, Weird History, you learn that the original Queen Elizabeth’s makeup was the likely culprit to her eventual death. That’s all sorts of weird. And there’s much more to see, from questionable Aztec hygiene to Kamikaze pilots. If you love history, then binge and stream your way through this channel.


Best Science YouTube Channel: Veritasium

Veritasium is not only ridiculously in-depth, but it’s also insanely interesting – especially if you are a little nerdy like we are. But, more than that, the passion of the guys behind Veritasium makes it so easy to binge. You can watch crazy optical illusions, understand the logic behind infinity, uncover the wonders of the universe and, you can even find out why a reservoir is filled with 96 million black balls. This science-based YouTube channel will definitely expand your mind!


Best Animals YouTube Channel: Nat Geo Wild

You’ll be filled with cuteness thanks to Nat Geo Wild – the best YouTube channel focused on animals. Both thoroughly educational and ultra adorable, you can spend hours looking at cute and cuddly animals while immersing yourself in their wild stories. In this particular video, zookeepers at Taronga Zoo are finding new ways to feed their animals, and by far the pickiest eaters are lemurs. But we can forgive them because lemurs are just so cute! This is one YouTube channel where you’ll have no hesitation to stream your way through the entire series – it will be as if the zoo has come to you!


Best ASMR YouTube Channel: Gibi ASMR

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is the sensation you get from hearing specific sounds. Tingles up your spine, shivers down your back, and spikes flying out of your head. On YouTube, Gibi ASMR is the leading lady behind this trend bringing sounds that, for some, are simply stimulating. For others, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. If you need a good binge on ASMR to escape the banalities of planet earth, definitely check out Gibi ASMR. Or, you can take your pick from these five other satisfying YouTube channels that will help soothe your soul.


Best Experimental YouTube Channel: The Slow Mo Guys

You might not learn a whole lot from The Slow Mo Guys, but they’ll definitely satisfy your curiosity. They do this by videoing things happening in slow motion – from glass breaking to 1000 paint-covered mouse traps going off. Their experiments can be as cute as cats pouncing in slow motion, and they can also be as in-depth as “the earth inside a macro water droplet”. But mostly they are just a whole lot of fun, making them a perfectly binge-worthy YouTube channel.


Best Medical YouTube Channel: Dr Mike

It’s okay, you don’t need to be a medical expert to enjoy Dr Mike. In fact, non-medical experts are his biggest fans! That’s because you can both learn something new from his videos while simultaneously being entertained. And isn’t that what we want? A YouTube podcast series ready to watch, he not only reacts to memes, but he also critiques popular medical TV shows, shares interesting facts about the human body, and vlogs his life as a professional doctor. Also, aren’t those eyes just dreamy?


Best Food YouTube Channel: People vs Food

Be warned: this YouTube channel will make you hella hungry! But, they are also quite zany in their food-laden topics, so much so that they are just so easy to binge-watch. As the name suggests, this channel focuses on the weird relationships between humans and food, from desired dishes to repulsive meals. Mostly they challenge YouTube stars with food – whether forcing them to try death-row criminal’s last meals or telling them to not eat delectable goodies. If you want to cook up a storm you can also checkout these 10 best cooking YouTube channels to subscribe to now.


If you’re ready to listen away, then be sure to also put these 10 binge-worthy podcasts that aren’t true crime on your list now. Or, to get hands on virtually, subscribe to these four best pottery YouTube channels now.

Feature image: Photographed by traveliving. Image via Shutterstock.
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