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Read the Best and Most Popular Magazines in the World (A Review of National Geographic, Esquire, Maxim and more)

Updated on September 20, 2016
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Among the most read materials in the world, magazines occupy a very high position. This is mainly because the available content are extremely user friendly, very attractive, contains precise information and are cheap. Magazines are easy to read, portable and a good way to spend your leisure. Also magazines comes in various categories so you can pick the one that suites your needs and wants.

Types of magazines

There are quite a variety of magazines.

  • Kids magazines
  • Fashion magazines
  • Gossip magazines
  • Sports magazines
  • Men's magazines
  • Women's magazines
  • Science magazines
  • Nature magazines
  • Automobile magazines
  • Adult magazines
  • Tech magazines
  • Magazines by different groups and organizations

There could be even more. These were the ones that just popped in my head. Magazines like Reader's Digest belong to a whole new category.

So let us see some of the most read, loved and sought after magazines in the world. These aren't in any order.

National Geographic Magazine

The magazine of the popular National Geographic Society, National Geographic Magazine aims to broaden and enhance the knowledge of people about science, world history, nature, culture, and geography in attempt to conserve and document them. If you want to learn more about rarely visited and exotic places across the different parts of the globe, learn more about cultures that most people haven’t heard about, or take steps back into the world’s history as well as ancient civilizations then National Geographic Magazine is the best option. It is no doubt that this magazine is one of the most sought after and read magazines worldwide, an award winning top magazine that has been satisfying people for decades. Each and every page of this magazine offers thoughtful and rare insight about the entire world.

National Geographic also issues a kids edition named 'National Geographic Kids'.

Esquire Magazine

Esquire magazine – a lifestyle magazine ideal for professional men out there, the main goal of this excellent magazine is to provide a wide scope of essential information to this entire demographic including health, business, fashion, fitness, fiction, sports, family life, entertainment, and arts. In addition to that, Esquire offers irreverent and smart lifestyle guides for both young and adult men. There is definitely something for almost everyone with this excellent and high quality publication. You can enjoy highly in depth featured articles as well as the magazine’s main focus on famous culture. It is a great magazine indeed!

Maxim Magazine

Maxim Magazine is aimed squarely at young men, it is a glossy and classy magazine focused more on slick gadgets, beautiful women, sports, fast cars, entertainments, and other men obsessions. Maxim is ideal for young intelligent and confident everyday guys. This excellent magazine is definitely an excellent combination of irreverent humor and service journalism addressing different concerns of guys. The magazine offers relevant and witty information to the readers. It’s absolute success and popularity comes from a belief that men actually need to learn more about lots of things and that’s what Maxim delivers, addressing real life requirements and needs in an informative and entertaining manner.

Maxim is definitely a magazine for your 'naughty' self. It is customary for Maxim to feature a sizzling model on their cover page each issue.

Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone Magazine is THE best music magazine of the Music industry, a magazine that features excellent cutting edge reviews of music, in depth interviews, award winning features, and provocative photos. Not just that! This magazine also covers social and political examinations of today’s world as well as how these relevant issues affect readers from across the globe. There is no shortage of entertainment and informative articles and features in this high quality and exceptional magazine – ideal for readers interested in entertainment including movies, television, music, technology, as well as national affairs. It basically combines relevant entertainment reviews with social and cultural commentary, featuring excellent articles on celebrities, musicians, politics, and many more!

Popular Mechanics Magazine

Buy Popular Mechanics Magazine and master the modern world! This quality magazine presents trusted and reliable information about home, car, technology, and almost everything about the world around you. A magazine that is equipped with lots and lots of excellent features about the innovative and latest high-tech cars, sports gear, tools, and also military developments. This magazine is aimed at people whose passion is to know everything about how different things work. It talks about the advances of technology and science and how it will affect your home, your car, computers, electronics, and even health. It is indeed a magazine for those curious minds.

Playboy Magazine

The list wouldn't be complete without the coveted Playboy magazine. American entrepreneur Hugh Hefner founded and runs the Playboy enterprises, which began as the Playboy magazine. Playboy is an adult magazine directed mainly at men, but there are many female subscribers around the world. The magazine provides quite useful life education, sex education, fashion tips, global brands, comic strips, and the legendary 'Playmate of the Month' section.

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Cosmopolitan Magazine

Cosmopolitan is a magazine aimed at young women, with valuable fashion, relationship, day-to-day tips and interesting reading material. Cosmopolitan magazine will bring you the latest buzz around the entertainment business with current trends and what other people are following. So you can be updated on the happenings around the world. They provide relationship advice like none other. Even more Cosmopolitan will address to the feminist in you-health tips, sex education and many more topics to enhance your social knowledge.

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So there you go. Those were a FEW of the most popular magazines in the world. I'm sure I missed a lot, but it's difficult to accumulate all available magazines into one article. I will try to add more later.

In the meantime tell us about your experience with these magazines or any other magazine that you love and adore, that was helpful for you and maybe saved your life.


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    • Nimesh De Silva profile image

      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago


      I've read they are very good magazines.

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      DATALOAD 4 years ago from Michigan

      Two of my favorite magazines have always been Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. Great list.

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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      Well, I don't think experience is a goal. It's a continuous thing. I wish I had known about HubPages two and a half years back. Then I would be (probably) as successful as you guys.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It doesn't take long to get experience here. Seems like me and Frog Prince and Billy Buc and phdast7 just started, but it's been two and a half years and we're the old timers!

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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      @My Cook Book

      Thanks a lot. This isn't complete without a cooking magazine. I'm sorry about that. Maybe I will edit it later.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Great article, good list in here. I like the same. Thank you for sharing. Voted UP.

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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      @Kathleen Cochran

      Thanks a lot, specially coming from an experienced hubber like you.

      All the best for your hub journey too. :)

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Interesting hub with a great deal of research. Good luck with your future hubs.