Want to get heard by dedicated music listeners in your genre? Here’s a list of the top 100 music blogs. They’re in no particular order or sequence of being the best, but I did list them according to their genre to help you sort through them.
I added a brief description, and if you want to send a press kit or track check out their site first and maybe even try to contact a certain writer. (That is how I would do it.)
Music lovers support these sites and a pre-qualification for the list is that either they openly take submissions, or artists who aren’t necessarily on major labels are talked about on their site… I mean come on, this is “Musicians Empowered” not labels empowered.
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A few tips for those newer to this submission thing: send only to those that are your genre and don’t add them to your e-mail fan list. It comes across as unprofessional and you’ll only get sent to spam, unsubscribed, or worse cursed at when you enter their inbox. So be respectful with this list. Also note that individual specifics from their websites about music submissions are listed as well.
— Sarah Popejoy (@RadioCafe) February 15, 2015
Americana and Folk (1 -12)
Twangville – based out of Sommerville, MA, Twangville includes alt-country, americana, indie, rock, folk and blues, starting out a way to promote their friends in 2005, they have grown into covering reviews, releases and downloads, to submit requests for review to firstname.lastname@example.org and submission that come with written permission to post a song will be looked at first. You may also send a CD/press kit to Twangville, PO Box 440282, Somerville, MA 02144 for possible review.
Folk Alley – this nationally syndicated radio show is based out of Kent, Ohio on Kent State University’s WKSU, music submissions to the blog should be sent to email@example.com and physical CDs to Linda Fahey, Folkalley.com, PO Box 261, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 USA
Timber and Steel – based out of Australia, reviews releases and news, this folk blog has a ton of writers and you should be able to find a writer to connect with, to send promotional material then contact them by e-mail at timberandsteelaustralia@
Post to Wire – all spectrums of Americana, including alt-country, folk, blues, and rock’n’roll, from Australia, New Zealand, and “around the world”, music submissions and gig listings e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For Folk’s Sake – folk record reviews and playlist, for reviews e-mail Ian Parker at email@example.com, for live shows reach Helen True at firstname.lastname@example.org, for the song of the day send your information to Ali Mason at email@example.com
TurnStyled Junkpiled – Americana music with features and reviews, to be considered include a direct link for download in MP3 format and PR to firstname.lastname@example.org, some submissions may not be reviewed but used for their monthly Podcast. Artists based in LA, be sure to indicate that in your subject heading of your e-mail.
— Rachel (@adobeteardrops) February 4, 2015
Bluegrass Music (Traditional) (13 – 17)
Bluegrass Today – charts, news and community, for CD submissions send to Bluegrass Today, 1639 Read Mountain Road, Roanoke, VA 24019
Country Music (18 – 25)
Country Music News Blog – country music news written by country music fans, submission to site, Country Music News Blog, P.O. Box 8010, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Engine 145 – classic country and roots music, say their not currently taking submissions (have a list of writers on their site)
Electronic Dance Music (26 – 40)
— EDM Sauce (@EDMsauce) February 6, 2015
New Dust – based out of Washington, D.C. shares vintage indie and undiscovered bands in indie, electronic, and pop, for submissions send 3 mp3 files, your bio, and high resolution image of either your band, the artist, or album artwork. (also include any upcoming shows) contact Morgan Clinton at email@example.com
Hip Hop and Rap ( 41 – 49 )
Fake Shore Drive – based out of Chicago, this site focus’s on the midwest’s urban music scene, with interviews and updates, to get your music on their site submit a link to your music for consideration at firstname.lastname@example.org, but they prefer file sharing services like hulkshare.
2 Dope Boyz – news, singles, mixtapes/albums, and video, to submit music send in the heading subject of your email write artist’s name and location, in the subject place a short bio and style of music with links. Do not place any attachements. Send e-mail to email@example.com. If for some reason the e-mail comes back then send it again later because it means their inbox is full at that time.
Underground Hip Hop Blog – mixtapes, producers/djs, throughback, and interviews, heck they even have a version specifically for hip hop in Spanish, submit your music to UGHHBLOG@Gmail.com with a full bio/project description, city and state, all your network links, and only a few of your best pictures in high resolution of 500px X 500px, 300psi or above. Do not place any attachments only links (Youtube, Soundcloud, etc…) Press Kits and EPKs are welcomed.
— UGHHBLOG (@ughhblog) February 17, 2015
She Bloggin – with Tastemaker Tuesdays and music 101, specific guidelines for material submission are in subject title line place artist’s name and song/video/mixtape name, for songs include link only (soundcloud, audiomack, etc.) and for videos or mixtapes include direct links (no redirects or embeded links, attach a professional picture, include a short bio or description, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indie Hip Hop – have something called “Indie Wednesday” where you can post as a comment every Wednesday one song with specific submission instructions. The link changes every Wednesday so go to their main link to find it.
Anonymously Gifted – a blog designed for aspiring musicians trying to get their music out, send submissions to email@example.com, and these guys have very specific submission instructions for artists, producers, and djs, and is too long to put right here so go to their site to read through the instructions.
RapRadar - charts, features, and the latest news, your best bet is to e-mail Paul “Big Homie” Duong at Bighomie@Rapradar.com, he’s a writer for Rap Radar, otherwise look for other writers on the site.
Check out this article I found too with 345 Hip Hop Blogs Guaranteed to Post Your Music
Jazz ( 50 – 53 )
Jazz Lives – written by an English professor out of New York state, an indulgent treat for any Jazz lover, requests that you look at the blog and take a more personal approach to contacting him, you can send Michael an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Indie Rock (54 – 68)
Pitchfork – based in Chicago, music reviews, news, and artists interviews, to send a press release e-mail email@example.com or if interested in press promotion then contact one of their writers or editors directly.
Maximum RocknRoll – punk fanzine, radio show, website, and record label, send CD’s and demos to Maximum RocknRoll PO Box 460760, San Francisco, CA 94146-0760, USA
7 Inches – new music reviews every day, send submissions for possible review to 414 Albemarle Road #4A Brooklyn, NY 11218 (Vinyl reviews come first )
Tiny Grooves – “record collector, music blogger, trend / jet setter and retired hipster” is the description of the author Jonathan Markley and kind of gives you the vibe to the blog as well, to contact e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via usps @ j. markley // tiny grooves, c/o permanent records, 1914 w chicago ave, Chicago IL 60622
Buzz Bands – founded by the columnist for the Los Angeles Times who likes to scout out LA for up and coming acts, they prefer MP3 submissions or physical copies of music, a bio and press photo, do not send social media links or try to contact them via social media, and please specify permission so that they can share your MP3; sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a physical copy to Kevin Bronson, editor/publisher, 1146 N. Central Ave, #622, Glendale CA 91202-2502
Metal Injection – pure heavy metal, black metal and any other metal you can think of, they take press releases and video links (youtube, etc.) but they do not take demo submissions, send to email@example.com
Hard Rock Hideout – hard rock and metal, CD reviews and photo galleries, mail CD’s and press kits to Hard Rock Hideout, 1429 Creeknoll Court, Elsmere, KY 41018
Indie Rock Cafe – popular long-running indie and DIY music blog covering talented, under-the-radar and small label artists and bands that music lovers need to hear. Submit an artist or band for review via the music submission form on the about page
Pop Music (69 – 73)
Pop Justice – a blog that is proud of it’s love for pop music, to send press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org (but only send to their e-mail so you won’t be marked as spam) or if you want to tell them about a specific release, send MP3s, SoundCloud links, and/or YouTube Videos to email@example.com
Reggae (74 – 76)
Singer/Songwriter (77 – 80)
Songwriting Scene – a songwriting blog for songwriters by songwriters, contact Sharon Goldman, by the way when you Google “Songwriting Blogs” Sharon’s is one of the first that pulls up. by having a blog for her niche she’s found a way to gain more exposure and get more fans through blogging… exactly what we talk about and an underutilized form of music marketing
— Songwriting Scene (@songscene) March 10, 2015
Acoustic Pie – devoted to acoustic music and totes “not to folksy and not to rock”, I don’t believe they take submissions, but if you read their rules, you may be able to find someone who will do a review for you and send it to Acoustic Pie, it just can’t be an artist manager or family member, read more here
— Taylor Hutchcraft (@imtaylorrrr) February 5, 2015
Songwriters Talk About Songwriting – this is a really cool blog that is a question and answer format on songwriting, if your a singer/songwriter, check out their site first to kind of get a feel for what they do then e-mail Ben if you’d like to be featured firstname.lastname@example.org
My blog 'Songwriters talk about Songwriting has been chosen as one of the top 100 music blogs. http://t.co/41IikWn9zo which is nice.
— Ben Williams (@benpwilliams) February 19, 2015
Multiple Genre Music Blogs (81 – 100)
Drowned in Sound – Eclectic, niche based blog from a spectrum of countries, mostly UK based music, they get 700 press releases a day, so instead of sending it to their main e-mail it’s best to find a writer you connect with.
Ear Grub – founded with the intention of sharing and promoting underground artists, genres include electronic, dance, hip hop, indie, and experimental, having trouble finding ways to submit to this site. Any suggestions leave in the comments section otherwise I would go to one of their social sites and maybe there might be some information there.
Gorilla vs Bear – based out of Dallas, Texas, recognized by Newsweek, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone as one of the most influential blogs on new music in the industry, send music submissions to email@example.com
FACT – known for discovering artist at an early date, originating out of Britian, now spanning the United States, Australia and New Zealand in addition to the U.K. and has it’s very own online T.V. channel, for submissions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to FACT, 16-18 Marshall Street, London W1F 7BE
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