Best YouTube Music Critics

List of YouTube channels who critique music the realest way they can.
The Top Ten
1 Todd In the Shadows

Nobody has talked about pop music and pop music and pop culture in a way to make me fall to the floor laughing. He knows what he's talking about and can make it as enjoyable as it is informative.

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.

Todd likes anaconda because it's supposed to be controversial. The whole point he is making is it is provocative on purpose and getting mad at it is just helping the song.

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.

2 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

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.

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.

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.

3 Spectrum Pulse

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

Nope. He's terrible! He said Crying In The Club sucked but Strip That Down was a good song! what? Is he on drugs? And he couldn't even pronounce Camila's name right. It's Ca-BEY-o, not Ca-BEL-o! Get it? CamEEla CabEYo, not CamILLa CaBELLo! And for the record, the reason it kinda sounds like Sia is because SIA COWROTE IT! But the more you listen to it, the less it sounds like Sia, and the more it sounds like Camila! And she CAN stay on-key watch her Fallon performance! Otherwise she wouldn't have made X-Factor! So take a seat!
-CamilaCabelloFAN

He's willing to admit the strengths and weaknesses for all genres, instead of just saying, "AlL tRaP mUsIc Is TrAsH, bRinG bACk REAL mUsiC aNd No MoRe BrO CoUnTRy" and I respect that.

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.

4 The Double Agent

One of the funniest and most clever critics out there. He's definitely on par with Todd In The Shadows.

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

An annoying smart kid minus annoying

How is this guy not higher?

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!

6 Rap Critic

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

Great critic, falls short of fame appeal

7 Diamond Axe Studios Music

Sean is the Next Big Thing is the Music Critic community. His videos are authentic, well thought out, well defended, and of course, very bold. I also admire that he doesn't shove humor down your throat. He's funny at perfect times. This man needs more subscribers because he is very interesting.

Exceptional writing, excellent editing, good personality, decent one line presence, meh videos at the absolute worst, bad takes, terrible acquaintances at times... wait what as I talking about? Oh right, the best music critic Youtuber on a website he doesn’t like great

Can we all take a moment how much heard and effort he puts into his vids? In each one you can tell how important music is to him, and that's admirable. Sean being only #13 in this ranking right now is ridiculous.

He is whitty, and is well worth the 40+ minute videos that he makes. He takes so much analysis and really is the next big YouTube music critic

8 Brad Taste in Music
9 Ducky

Another one whose opinions can be against the beliefs of the rest of the community, but he’ll tell you exactly why he thinks what he does.

10 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.

The Contenders
11 Reacts by Ash
12 A Dose of Buckley

While he will say he isn’t a music critic, he is most known for his musical autopsies and his angry humor makes his channel unique

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

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

Way better than Todd In the Shadows in my opinion.

13 A Critic Named Kevin
14 ARTV Reviews

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

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.

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

He is usually a very good and smart music critic.

15 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.

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.

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.

YouTube's biggest metalhead. He listens to the most obscure metal imaginable, so hist best of the year videos are awesome. Seeing hidden gem bands in his countdowns

16 Bed Reviews

Funniest/most honest reviewer on YouTube

Get this dude to #1 asap.

Hilariously honest meme lord.

17 Cicabeot1

She's been doing music reviews for longer than most and keeps getting better and better. She deserves more credit and fame.

Hell yeah, explains well

The Hills is good.

18 Rock Critic

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

So Underrated. His Green Day Retrospective was awesome!

Review Death Grips

19 Deep Cuts
20 Myke C Town

Eclectic music taste leads to intelligent & descriptive reviews.

Simon Cowell of youtube music critics

21 The Wonky Angle

Tommy was the first music critic I have ever watched purely because he talks about the realm of Electronic music almost exclusively, he's gotten me into so many genres, styles, artists and sounds that I had no idea existed when I watched his channel all the way back in 2016. Deserves to be so much higher on this list, he's also incredibly funny at times. A recent review he did he legit just left and no words had to be said to get the message across, we all knew what he was meaning without even being on screen or on mic.

Cool presence

22 Cdtvproductions

CDTVThaG is cooler.

23 TheRadicalDouche

Fast talker, makes me feel like I'm friends with him

Each video is sooo mindblowing. How does he do that?

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

24 Rocked Reviews

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

The Triforce of Suckage

25 Mr. 96

Unique, uses characters and is friendly

How is this guy so low on the list?

Very good, I especially like Mr 69

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