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.

A genius when it comes to inspecting different genres of music and also and in my opinion and he is also hilarious.

He always has an open mind, and respects the opinions of others and always defends himself. He also has an impeccable taste in memes.

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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.

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.

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

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 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

7 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

8 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.

9 Bed Reviews

Get this dude to #1 asap. - ProPanda

Funniest/most honest reviewer on YouTube

Hilariously honest meme lord.

10 A Critic Named Kevin

The Contenders

11 ARTV Reviews

Eh, he's got some 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.

Hands down my favorite tuber

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12 Myke C Town

Eclectic music taste leads to intelligent & descriptive reviews.

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13 Social Tune
14 AlbumReviewTV

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

15 Big Quint

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

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17 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

One of the best for metal and hard rock.

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18 The Wonky Angle
19 Cal Chuchesta

Decent to strong 9

I'm feeling adecent to strong 10 on him



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20 Ducky
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