Best YouTube Music Critics

List of YouTube channels who critique music the realest way they can.

The Top Ten

1 The Needle Drop

"The internet's busiest music nerd"

He is the most unbiased, smartest, and most versatile music critic out there. He listens to and reviews literally everything. From rock, pop, metal, rap, and jazz to everything in between. He is very knowledgeable about the underground of music's most obscure genres, such as death metal, black metal, grindcore, drone, avant-garde, jazz, you name it. He listens to and reviews everything, which makes his "best of the year" videos that much more interesting, because he isn't limited to 1-2 genres like most critics. He judges albums beyond the average critic, for production, artwork, guitar tones, the overall flow of the record and diversity. Check him out, he is awesome - ryanrimmel

Very intelligent and always gives his honest opinion no matter how acclaimed an album might be. Covers all genres and is the most passionate critic on the internet.

I may not always agree with his opinion, but I still love his videos. You can tell he knows what he's talking about and he's really entertaining. - hiphopgod

Gotta give it to melon. y’all should put cal in greatest rappers too to be honest.

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2 Spectrum Pulse

Spectrum Pulse is highly intelligent. He explores all venues of music instead of just sticking to one genre. The amount of work he puts in every single review is astounding, it's like he can know everything about an album and its artist inside and out. Most amazing critic on YouTube. - yaygiants16

He deserves #1. He may have had a handful of disagreeable videos and tends to get his facts wrong sometimes (ie: when he said that Selena Gomez was struggling lately on his review of Wolves when she had to halt promotion), but he's got a very versatile taste in music, is very articulate, and saves his rage for when he really needs it. It's also really nice to see a critic that actually appreciates country music and is willing to advocate for the genre, especially since it's very underrated. - NiktheWiz

Probably my favorite Youtube music reviewer :) he's intelligent, very knowledgeable on music, explores many genres and doesn't just stick to one specific genre (he's actually probably the only music critic on Youtube that reviews country music daily) and he has excellent taste in music. He may sound harsh to some who's not used to watching his reviews all the time but he's very fair & balanced in his reviews & that's what some music critics especially in the mainstream like Pitchfork lack these days is unbiased balance & fairness. He's also very hard-working & puts a lot of effect into his reviews & his weekly series Billboard Breakdown is amazing to watch with such a wonderful & well thought-out analysis on the hot 100 & sometimes other world charts & his brief reviews on the newest tracks on the hot 100 every week. Mark Grondin (Spectrum Pulse's real name) is probably the best music critic on Youtube right now

Meh. His Illuminate review really bugged me. At least don't call Shawn a "d*** piston." because that's not criticism. That is pure hatred! Put Dylan Will Not Participate on this list, at least he's nice!

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3 Todd In the Shadows

My least favorite review from him was his Anaconda review. And not because of the butts in the video. I have no problem with butts. And not because of Nicki's horrible voice (Even Todd notices her voice is terrible). I dislike it because he thought why people rejected Stupid Hoe because it was meant to be unlikable while people didn't reject Anaconda which was also meant to be unlikable (Which was because butts sold millions that year).

Um, news flash for you Todd. People didn't want to listen to Stupid Hoe because the beat was too irritating, Nicki's voice was overly atrocious, and the music video... holy heck don't even get me started on the music video.

He probably already knew that. He was more surprised that something distasteful like Anaconda would be so popular. After all he did state that Anaconda is a complete train wreck but has stated some positive things about the song. Aside from Nicki's horrific voice.

I don't get why there's so much hate right now. Todd is awesome!

What I like about Todd is that he doesn't just review songs based off of certain aspects like the production, lyrics, etc. He just explains why he likes a song and why he doesn't like a song which is way more simple. If he likes a song he just explains what's so good about it and when he hates a song he explains what's so bad about it.

His review says are NEVER boring.

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4 The Double Agent

Ethan is pretty much the teenage, music version of the Nostalgia Critic. Their style of humor is similar and they even wear a suit while they do their reviews. - phillysports

Very mature, cool, awesome, thorough and my favorite reviewer when it comes to songs!

How is this guy not higher?

This guy is awesome! when he reviews music, he's funny,thorough and fair.

5 Dead End Hip Hop

Four people with their own opinions really gives you a balance, unlike The Needle Drop or any other channel with just one reviewer, it doesn't feel that the opinions are being preached to you as "correct", it's just four dudes that love hip-hop and understand the art having a discussion like any hip hop fans would have in their living room, only difference is they capture it on camera.

No agendas or bias, real truthful and brutally honest opinions that are backed up by valid opinions and facts. Great diversity in the 4 different critics tastes leading to a varied and thought provoking discussion

Unique group dynamic combined with honest opinions makes for interesting, energetic and entertaining reviews. They have put me on to new artists whom I otherwise would've never known about or thought to listen to.

Favorite rap reviewers... It's always interesting to see what they have to say about the latest rap records! - EmperorAguila

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6 Rap Critic Rap Critic

Great critic, falls short of fame appeal

Most hilarious person on YouTube. Also analysis the lyrics better than anyone.

He's a decent critic, but he could be better. For example, I'm glad I found someone who thinks the MMLP2 is better than the MMLP in him, but he also pointlessly hates on Mockingbird - Eminem. - WonkeyDude98

7 Bed Reviews

Get this dude to #1 asap. - ProPanda

Funniest/most honest reviewer on YouTube

Hilariously honest meme lord.

8 A Critic Named Kevin
9 A Dose of Buckley

I honestly think he's better than Todd In the Shadows. Check him out if you haven't.

Way better than Todd In the Shadows in my opinion.

THIS guy has an unbiased, true opinion. My only issue with him is his decision to put Really Don't Care on his worst of 2014 list. - WonkeyDude98

Also makes great video compilations, falls short on creativity and better opinionism

10 The Wonky Angle

The Contenders

11 Social Tune
12 ARTV Reviews

Eh, he's got some good lists here and there, but he tends to come off as pretty condescending at times, especially on Twitter. Plus, whenever he talks about people who won't respect opinions, it feels a little hypocritical. - NiktheWiz

Another music critic I enjoy watching He truly loves music with a passion and his reviews are very spot-on & like Spectrum Pulse he's very open to all kinds of music from many different genres and not just one in particular & he puts a lot of effort & hard-work into his reviews & his other channel Beyond ARTV is pretty great to watch too with mulitple weekly series like "7 on Sunday" a list of the top 7 of basically anything mostly music-related like 7 songs that he currently likes or even theme-like lists like 7 songs for fall or 7 songs to help you sleep at night & there's his other series "Rant It Out" where he talks about a certain issue that's on his mind music-related or not there's also track reviews, CD collection videos, he even had podcast for a little while, etc. etc. Definitely one of my favorite music critics

Love him. He has great album reviews and is super quirky, it's hilarious.

He's the reason I'm now into waterparks so...

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13 Myke C Town

Eclectic music taste leads to intelligent & descriptive reviews.

Simon Cowell of youtube music critics

14 Kumerai Fang

Intelligent, funny, good at editing, and one of the very few female critics out at the moment. Kumerai Fang is awesome.

She's definitely been improving lately. Her take on 1-800 and Look What You Made Me Do on her worst of 2017 list is fantastic. - NiktheWiz

Wondering why this isn't higher. I generally love her.

15 AlbumReviewTV

I love him. He's just so crazy, It's funny.

16 Big Quint

Best music REACTOR on YouTube!

Dudes the best

17 Rocked Reviews

Very detailed reviews with a wide variety inside the rock genre that most critics seem to overlook

The best!

The Triforce of Suckage - MickJames

18 TheRadicalDouche
19 CoverkillerNation

Extremely literate and never resorts to "that beat or that riff is so badass". It sounds almost like he is a political figure reading off of his paper. - Caleb9000

The best. Great review of clockwork angels album

The inspiration for music madness. - IronSabbathPriest

While every music critic I found is hipster-ish to the neck, CKN is the on sane person that doesn’t fall into the trends of what should be loved or hated, he see the beauty in some of the grimmest of music that other music journalists would easily dismiss. CKN keeps the Rock genre relavant and promotes music that deserves every bit of your attention. He always reminds me why I even listen to music to begin with, while others only speak for themselves.

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20 Cicabeot1
21 Cal Chuchesta

Decent to strong 9

I'm feeling adecent to strong 10 on him

I was throwing up...ON A TUESDAY rofl


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22 Ducky
23 Rock Critic

This guys is hilarious! Especially his Rise and Fall of Weezer series!

So Underrated. His Green Day Retrospective was awesome! - NvGNick

Review Death Grips

24 Beezy 430

If you want your instrumental project up for a review, this is the guy to get it reviewed by.

Best critic for judging hip hop production

25 Shawn Cee

How is he this low? More popular than a lot of these guys

I think Shawn Deserves to be in the top 10 conversation.

He should be way higher

Shawn Cee is awesome

26 This Is 50 (Mike P's Music Review)
27 True Music Reviews

Really well-written reviews, needs to post more though

Bah God, he actually made the top 30. - GibbyDaGib

28 MrMooney1235
29 Spill Audio
30 Fuse
31 Maidenslave
32 Velocities In Music
33 Lamp Cast

Bunch of kids hanging out, sharing their opinions conversation style

34 Mues
35 Christian McGuire

Who added me on here? My reviews are a deadly combination of cringe delivery and wack opinions.

36 The Iconic Critic

The Iconic Critic has been more oriented towards the album review territory, and seems very genuine in his wording and instantly knows exactly what comes to mind when looking back upon an album. Definitely recommend checking him out.

37 InTheFurnace

He's an actual boi, really underrated

38 Spin It! Reviews
39 TheAlbumMan
40 NeilyMusic

He's really analytical and breaks down songs very well and he's excited about it which makes it interesting to watch.

41 Bret Helm's Life On This Planet Blog
42 Do Bernie Sanders Dream of Electric Sheep

Some friends sharing their opinions on albums, good stuff

43 Show With No Name
44 Catiewahwah

She actually analyzes music instead of just giving her opinion on it. Excellent, excellent music critic!

45 Consequence of Sound

In depth music reviews. These guys really know what they are talking about.

46 MalaCritico

He's funny.

47 Wyattxhim
48 Countblagorath
49 Mickey and Ashton's Album Reviews
50 DesertCoyote22
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1. Spectrum Pulse
2. The Double Agent
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