Best YouTube Music Critics

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

The Top Ten

1 The Needle Drop

A great critic. Although some of what he said is quite contradictory, and although his criteria is slightly questionable at times, he remains an open-minded, explorative, surprisingly objective(most of the time) critic.

When I started watching his videos I didn't know how famous he was. Now I realise he's easily as big as Christgau. - JoLeKosovo

Deeply respect his knowledge, work ethic, thorough reviews and humour. Only about a 50% overlap in musical taste, but the Needle Drop has expanded my musical repetoire and taste hugely and I'm very grateful.

"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

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2 Todd In the Shadows

Hands down the most entertaining music reviewer on the internet

The music critic that got me into music critics - WW_SHOCKWAV3

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!

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3 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

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

Great reviewer, especially with Billboard Breakdown.

This guy puts a lot of effort in his video and has really great opinions. He's nerdy but in a good way. He deserves to go higher

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4 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.

NOBODY Are yes men everybody really feel how they feel if that makes sense laugh out loud

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5 The Double Agent

Really funny guy. Grade he’s returned

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?

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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 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

8 A Critic Named Kevin
9 CoverkillerNation

I love that he doesn't allow others to colour his opinion. Everything he says, he personally believes, which is shockingly rare these days.

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

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10 Bed Reviews

Get this dude to #1 asap. - ProPanda

Funniest/most honest reviewer on YouTube

Hilariously honest meme lord.

The Contenders

11 ARTV Reviews

He is usually a very good and smart music critic. - Soulstealer

He's just so genuine about music, you can tell that he really cares about it and the artists. I've been introduced to so much music I never would've seen and deep cuts that I'd never heard of. He inspired me to give The 1975 another shot, and now I'm going to my first real concert that they're doing in Auckland NZ, and I'm really excited! Favorite music critic, probably favorite you-tuber in general.

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.

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12 Myke C Town

Eclectic music taste leads to intelligent & descriptive reviews.

Simon Cowell of youtube music critics

13 Rock Critic

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

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

Review Death Grips

14 Kumerai Fang

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

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

15 Big Quint

Dudes the best

Best music REACTOR on YouTube!

16 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

17 The Rageaholic The Rageaholic
18 The Wonky Angle
19 Cicabeot1
20 Ducky
21 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

22 Cal Chuchesta

I was throwing up...ON A TUESDAY rofl

Decent to strong 9

I'm feeling adecent to strong 10 on him

10/10! REVIEW IT AGAIN!

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23 Shawn Cee

How is he not top 10

He is a great reviewer, should be way higher

Entertaining

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

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24 Christian McGuire

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

25 LoganCrews
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 AlbumReviewTV

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

29 TheRadicalDouche

Check him out, he tends to be... interesting...

30 Diamond Axe Studios Music
31 Spill Audio
32 Fuse
33 Maidenslave
34 LegendBTV

Yes!

Not a music critic anymore. he’s reaction channel sellout

Upcoming YouTube critic with over 1K! - itsyamanpizzacan

35 Show With No Name
36 Brad Taste in Music
37 Velocities In Music
38 MrMooney1235
39 Do Bernie Sanders Dream of Electric Sheep

He cute
:D totally epic

Some friends sharing their opinions on albums, good stuff

40 Lamp Cast

Bunch of kids hanging out, sharing their opinions conversation style

41 Consequence of Sound

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

42 Mues
43 Social Tune

Really underrated - WW_SHOCKWAV3

44 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.

45 InTheFurnace

He's an actual boi, really underrated

46 Spin It! Reviews
47 TheAlbumMan
48 NeilyMusic

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

49 Bret Helm's Life On This Planet Blog
50 Catiewahwah

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

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