What many see as an unfortunate consequence of the digital era is the constant decrease in sales and popularity of most print publications. However, men’s magazine subscriptions have been surprisingly resilient and resistant to this trend; there has even been a boost in annual subscriptions of these magazines in print format and digital downloads.
So what would you say if we took a look together at 25 historic and successful men’s magazines that have not only stood the test of time but have become synonymous with pop culture and lifestyle guides for millions of men around the world?
Since 1999, The Chap has been championing the rights of that increasingly marginalized and discredited species known as the “gentlemen.” If you find it hard to fit into the not-so-kind age of the twenty-first century, The Chap will definitely give you something to hope for.
The tagline of Paste magazine says really all you need to know about this publication: “Signs of Life in Music, Film and Culture.” It ran as a print publication from 2002 to 2010 before converting to an online only mag where the soccer section is the absolute highlight.
Nuts is a British weekly men’s mag that has also become quite a hit outside the UK. It was the first weekly men’s magazine to be published in the UK.
New Man was a prominent American Christian lifestyle print magazine founded in the mid-1990s that became an online publication in 2008. Its stated purpose is “helping men to develop Christ-centered perspectives that will transform their lives, their families, and their worlds.”
American Cowboy is the cultural chronicler of the West, covering its history and heritage, travel and events, and its art and entertainment, food and fashion. A very cool publication, especially for all the dudes out there who are fascinated by rodeo competitions, tobacco, cowboy hats, spurs, and boots.
The perfect magazine for those really tough guys who are into the hottest combat sport in the world: Mixed Martial Arts.
The largest young men’s lifestyle brand in America with nearly nine million readers each month, Maxim magazine is published in more than seventy-five countries around the world.
Wired is a monthly American magazine that is widely considered the hottest “high-tech” publication. It reports on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, our lifestyle, and politics. Hands-down, it is every sophisticated geek’s bible.
The mission of Outside magazine is to inspire participation in the outdoors through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends, and events that define the active lifestyle. If you’re into sports such as cycling, triathlons, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and more, then you will definitely love this magazine.
Stuff is a British men’s magazine featuring reviews of consumer electronics and previews of future technology. International editions, such as the one previously published in the United States, include other articles of interest to a predominantly male audience.
Out is a popular gay (and lesbian) fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle magazine. It has the highest circulation of any gay monthly publication in the United States. Picture classy, heterosexually oriented magazines such as Esquire and GQ but geared toward the gay community and you’ve got a pretty good grasp of Out magazine.
Penthouse is a men’s magazine founded by Bob Guccione, who dreamed of being the Hugh Hefner of the ‘90s. The magazine used to combine urban lifestyle articles and soft-core pornographic pictorials, which today have pretty much almost evolved into hard-core porn.
This is the kind of magazine every videogame addict, enthusiast, and fetishist around the world will buy every month to get enlightened about the latest in videogame news as well as reviews of new releases and classic games. Some men love football; some love women; some love money, and well, some just love video games. It really is just as simple as that.
Based in London, England, The Economist is decidedly global in its execution. Let’s just say that it’s the best magazine out there for all those business-savvy readers who enjoy keeping up with economic trends and broadening their understanding of pressing economic issues.
France Football is a French bi-weekly magazine containing football news and is published in every corner of the world where people play football. It’s arguably one of the most famous sports publications and is particularly known for awarding the Ballon d’Or to the best European footballer annually since 1956.
FHM is a British monthly men’s lifestyle magazine that has become a worldwide hit with its most popular feature—The FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World—being the ultimate hot 100 list of hotties across the globe.
With all due respect to the great ladies of rock ‘n’ roll out there like Joan Jet, Lita Ford, and Orianthi, who have played the guitar better than most males ever could, the guitar world is still a man’s world.
Sports Illustrated is the quintessential American sports magazine. It has over 3.5 million subscribers and is read by twenty-three million people every week, of which over eighteen million are men.
Historically an esquire may be a title of respect accorded to men of high social rank, but in modern history it is a magazine that flourished during the Great Depression and was read by men of all social classes.
Car and Driver
Originally, Car and Driver almost exclusively featured and reviewed small imported sports cars, but today it features a much more diverse selection of cars including more affordable domestic brands. They are known for “telling it like it is” and are not afraid to voice their opinions in editorials, even if they piss a few major brands off.
Playboy was founded by the legendary Hugh Hefner in 1953, and since then has been the ideal magazine for professional men—not to mention all other types as well—who aren’t just satisfied with staring at gorgeous women, but also want to read in-depth articles, interviews, and stories.
GQ is an international monthly men’s publication that includes everything from fashion to style, food to movies, sex to music, travel to sports, technology to books.
Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc. It features original articles on finance, investing, marketing topics, and will give you all the advice you need to make your dreams come true on a professional and financial level. Or at least that’s what it promises.
Popular Mechanics is all about the latest developments in the automotive industry, for the home and outdoors, in science, and other technologies, delivering the newest and most exciting innovations to all the “geeks” around the world.
Men’s Health is undoubtedly the leading health magazine for men in their prime who are fitness-conscious and are thirsty for all the trending training methods and nutrition secrets that will help them burn more calories and get the perfect abs among other toned body parts.