There are many benefits to listening to audio content – whether audiobooks, music, talk-shows, podcasts, interview, or something else entirely. One of the most popular ways is of course Internet radio, and we’ve already described how to listen to free radio. But, what if you didn’t want to scour the free radio station websites every time, trying to remember the station’s name by genre, song, or artist? In that case, finding a radio station, bookmarking its website, and staying loyal is your best bet. To make that possible, we have done our best to include multiple countries and music genres in our free radio music station list. We’re sure at least one of them will pique your interest.
We’re starting our list with a station that is known for playing the most popular music genres in 2020. Those are, in our opinion, soul, R’n’B, and hip-hop/rap. WHTA HOT 107.9, also known as HotSpot 107.9 ATL, broadcasts from Hampton, Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia. The radio station is well-known for its on-air personalities such as Rickey Smiley and his Morning Show, Gangsta Grillz, radiogostu, and Incognito. Their website also has a news section dedicated to artists, allowing you to stay up to date with the latest events and news about their music.
2. WROD 1340 AM
Did you think we would forget about you, lovers of old hits? Well, you were wrong – here’s WROD 1340 AM, a Daytona Beach, Florida-based radio station. It isn’t unusual to have a desire to go back to the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and even 1980s. This is impossible without a time machine, of course. The next best thing is listening to the music created during those periods, known as “Golden oldies”. They’re all but guaranteed to evoke nostalgia, even if you weren’t alive during those times.
OK, we realize that hip-hop/rap isn’t for everyone. To appease our readers who are religious, here’s WLOF – 101.7 FM The station of the Cross. Obviously, the station is dedicated to Catholic Christian music and is a member of the Catholic Radio Network. They broadcast this particular station from Elma, New York, United States, and air music genres such as pop, soul, R’n’B, country, or any “modest” songs from other genres. Of course, there are also religious on-air shows, mostly on weekdays, allowing you to get answers about your faith.
4. ABC Lounge
Let’s be honest – not every music-listening experience has to make you fall in love, dance around, or pump you up. Sometimes you only want to relax after a long day. What better choice than the ambient sounds of the French Riviera? That’s right, ABC Lounge broadcasts chill, soft music from the seaside of Nice, France, and is guaranteed to set the atmosphere right. In our opinion, the sounds are in perfect harmony with doing daily chores, falling asleep, calming anxiety attacks, and just putting you into a good mod overall.
Do you like jazz and chilling to soft, smooth music? If so, there’s no better radio station but KUNV Radio 91.5, also known as 91.5 Jazz and More. What you see is what you get – this Las Vegas, Nevada, United States-based radio station is pretty straightforward. They also post the latest jazz-related news to their websites, constantly provide internships for anyone interested in the job on the radio, and have entire Listened Request Days scheduled. Oh, and they also host musical guest DJs such as Najee, Boney James, Dave Koz, Bobby Caldwell, Joyce Cooling, Bob Baldwin, and many others.
KIIS FM is a radio station based in Los Angeles, California. It features A-list United States DJs and celebrities for interviews, music, and premieres, and provides other forms of entertainment such as podcasts and talk-shows. People such as Sisanie, Raphael, Ryan Seacrest, JoJo Wright, EJ, Frankie V, Jesse Lozano, Enrique Santos are regular hosts. It is available locally on a 102.7 FM frequency, and over the Internet via iHeartRadio.
7. RADIO 538
You might be surprised to hear that a radio station from Amsterdam, Netherlands, is on our list. But there’s a reason for that. Even though they do play Dutch songs on occasion, the radio station is focused on broadcasting the Top 40 hits on charts such as R’n’B, Dance, and Electro. It’s designed for a younger crowd who still knows how to have fun, but we don’t see why someone older couldn’t enjoy the music. RADIO 538 also hosts various giveaways, some of which are quite hefty – paid vacations and straight-up cash – as much as €15,000 at one time!
8. Hitradio Ö3
We mentioned the Netherlands, so let’s continue the trend with the Austria’s most popular radio station. Broadcasting from the capital, Vienna, Hitradio Ö3 is best known for its pop, rock, pop-rock, and alternative playlists. But, it’s also renowned for bringing the latest news from around the globe. Additionally, they host various podcasts and talk-show programs in German. If you’re ever interested in the inner workings of a major studio and prefer both seeing and hearing, their website has a video live stream of their headquarters while the shows are on.
9. GAY FM
Despite the name, this radio station does far more than provide content and support for members of the LGBTIQ+ community. Their focus is on broadcasting music non-stop, sorted into well-made playlists. Most of those playlists include genres such as pop, electro-pop, techno, house, techno house, dance, and R’n’B. Another great thing is that you can see the name of the song that’s currently playing, as well as the names of the last 8 to 10 songs on their website. This eliminates major concerns over missing songs and having to use Shazam and similar apps to identify them.
10. Planet Rock
Last, but not least, Planet Rock, a London, United Kingdom-based radio station. It’s not hard to guess – if you love listening to classic rock, the station will become your go-to place. On their website, you can find a very precise timeline of all the songs that have played. Also, you can read their schedule of upcoming songs, and browse recent playlists. Additionally, you can learn about the artists that you love via their Rock News section while you listen to the radio. Even better – you can discover new artists in their “The best of Planet Rock” section.