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10 Most Popular Spanish Radio Stations from Spain

Are you looking for Spanish radio stations from Spain? Then, you are in the right place.

Besides watching series and/or movies in Spanish, listening to the radio in Spanish is another good and fun way to practice the language.

Here, you will find the most popular radio stations in Spanish from Spain.

Most Popular Spanish Radio Stations

According to Estudio General de Medios (EGM), Cadena Ser is the radio station with the most listeners in Spain with 4,113,000 listeners every day in 2020. In addition, Cope and Los40 are the second and third most listened to with 3,220,000 and 2,923,000 listeners every day, respectively.

Graphic of popular radio stations in Spain
Most popular generalist radio stations from Spain
Graphic of popular music radio stations in Spain
Most popular music radio stations from Spain

Popular Spanish Generalist Radio Stations

Cadena Ser

The most listened to radio station in Spain is Cadena Ser, which programming includes news, talk, sports and humor.

One of Cadena Ser‘s most popular show is Hoy por hoy. The show broadcasts live interviews about current affairs, such as politics, economics, social issues, and culture.

Additionally, you can find a podcast, where some episodes come with an automatic transcription.

Cope

Cope is the second most listened to radio station in Spain. Its programming covers news, talk, sports, humor, and religious content.

One of Cope’s most known show is Herrera en Cope, which provides information about current affairs, politics, and humor.

Cope also has two podcasts; the first one is about current affairs and entertainment, while the second focuses on sports.

Onda Cero

Onda Cero is the fifth most popular radio station in Spain. Its programs cover topics like news, sport, music, history, traveling, and animals.

Más de uno is their main show, which provides news updates with a focus on current political events.

In addition, they have a podcast about various topics, including sports, culture, and international affairs.

Radio Nacional de España

Radio Nacional de España (RNE) is the eighth most listened to radio station in Spain. It includes six branch radio stations: Radio Nacional, Radio Clásica, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5 and Radio Exterior de España.

Both Radio Nacional and Radio 4 are generalist radio stations. While the first one is in Spanish, the second is in Catalan. In addition, Radio Clásica plays classical music and Radio 3’s programming covers social issues, culture and alternative music. Radio 5 covers the news and finally, Radio Exterior de España offers a broad variety of programs for Spaniards abroad and foreigners who want to learn about Spain.

RNE is home to Las mañanas de RNE, which covers topics such as news, culture, music, social issues, science, and sports. The show includes talks and interviews.

Just like the other radio stations, it also has a podcast. It features fictional stories, documentaries, interviews, and audiobooks.

Popular Spanish Music Radio Stations

Cadena Dial

Cadena Dial is the fourth most listened to radio station. This radio station plays music exclusively in Spanish from Spain and Latin America.

Some of its shows are Atrévete and Dial Tal Cual. While the first is a morning show, the second provides information about current affairs and news regarding music, and includes interviews.

Cadena dial also has a podcast section where you can listen to their recorded shows.

Cadena 100 

The sixth most popular radio station is Cadena 100, and our favorite one :). Here, you mostly find current pop-rock music from around the world, including Spain.

Buenos días Javi y Mar, which is a morning show, and La mejor variedad musical with 45 minutes of non-stop music, are among some of the shows you can listen to.

Also, they provide podcast section with different shows, such as El sitio de mi recreo and Ponte a 100.

Europa FM

The seventh on the list is Europa FM. Here, you can listen to pop-rock music from the 90’s to today from anywhere, including Spain.

It is home to various programs, such as Levántate y Cárdenas, which is a morning show.

Europe FM has a podcast with their recorded shows as well.

Los 40

Los 40, being the third most listened to radio station, is one of the most popular Spanish radio stations in Spain. The most popular Spanish and English contemporary hit music are played here.

Some of the shows you can listen to are Anda Ya and Del 40 al 1. While Anda Ya is a morning comedy show, Del 40 al 1 goes through the 40 hit songs of the week.

In addition, there is a podcast section where you can listen to their recorded shows.

Rock FM

Are you looking for rock music? Then, Rock FM is what you need. As the you can guess form the title, rock is all you find here.

Different shows are broadcasted here, such as El Pirata y su Banda, which is a morning show.

Just like the others, you can find a podcast section with different shows like Rock and wine or Selfie and Roll.

Kiss FM

If you like a mix of adult contemporary music from the 80s, 90s and today, Kiss FM is your radio station. Additionally, they play music from all over, including Spain. Besides music, they also broadcast the news every hour.

Some of the shows found are Las mañanas de Kiss and Las 30 de las 3. While the first is a morning show, the second is a show where they play music for 120 minutes without any interruption.

On their website, you can also find a podcast section with their recorded shows, even their news.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, you have no excuse not to practice your listening skills in Spanish. There are plenty stations to choose from.

Now, turn on the radio and listen to it. Learn and practice about politics, sports, or music in Spanish. No matter what topic you choose, listening to the radio will help you get familiarized with the Spanish accent and enhance your listening skills.

Before you leave, if you are interested taking a step forward on your listening skills, check out our audiobooks full of audios about everyday topics from Spain. They provide both Spanish and English audios to listen side by side whenever you go.

We would love to hear from you:

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