List of men's magazines

Men's Health 22 magazine, published by Rodale, Inc. in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, was the best-selling men's magazine on U.S. newsstands in 2006.[1]

This is a list of magazines primarily marketed to men. The list has been split into subcategories according to the target audience of the magazines. This list includes 'adult' pornographic magazines as well as more mainstream ones. Not included here are automobile, trains, modelbuilding periodicals and gadget magazines which happen to have a predominantly male audience.

General male audience

These publications appeal to a broad male audience. Some skew toward men's fashion, others to health. Most are marketed to a particular age and income demographic. In the US, some are marketed mainly to a specific ethnic group, such as African Americans or Mexicans.


United States


United Kingdom
  • #5 Magazine
  • Buck (defunct)
  • The Chap
  • Esquire UK
  • Lusso Magazine
  • Magnate (defunct)
  • Man About Town (2000s–2010s magazine)
  • Men's Health UK
  • Nuts (defunct)
  • Sorted
  • Zoo (defunct)





  • Man's World
  • GQ India



Ethnic men's magazines

African American men's magazines

Latin American men's magazines

  • Hombre
  • Open Your Eyes (defunct)

Gay male audience

Also refer to List of LGBT periodicals.

Men's lifestyle magazines

Men's lifestyle magazines (lad mags in the UK and specifically men's magazines in North America) were popular in the 1990 and 2000s focusing on a mix of "Sex, sport, gadgets and grooming tips".[3] From the early 2000s, sales of these magazines declined very substantially as the internet provided the same content (and particularly more graphic pornography) for free.



United States


  • Donjuan
  • SoHo



  • Front (defunct)
  • Gear (defunct)
  • Loaded
  • Nuts (defunct)
  • Zip Magazine (defunct)
  • Hera Magazine International (defunct)


  • Café (Sweden)
  • Mann (Norway) (defunct)
  • Slitz (Sweden) (defunct)
  • Vi Menn (Norway)
  • M! (Denmark)
  • Egorazzi (Finland)


  • People (Australia) (defunct)
  • Ralph (Australia) (defunct)
  • M2 Magazine (New Zealand)

See also


  1. ^ Kinetz, Erika (3 September 2006). "Who's the Man? Dave". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Oui (magazine)
  3. ^ "Sex doesn't sell as lads mags suffer". BBC News. 1999-08-16. Retrieved 2021-12-19.


  • Benwell, Bethan (2003). Masculinity and men's lifestyle magazines. Oxford, UK Malden, Massachusetts, USA: Blackwell Pub./Sociological Review. ISBN 9781405114639.
  • Benwell, Bethan (March 2005). ""Lucky this is anonymous!" Men's magazines and ethnographies of reading: A textual culture approach" (PDF). Discourse and Society. 16 (2): 147–172. doi:10.1177/0957926505049616. hdl:1893/13065. S2CID 144963267.
  • Benwell, Bethan (2007). "New sexism? Readers' responses to the use of irony in men's magazines" (PDF). Journalism Studies. 8 (4): 539–549. doi:10.1080/14616700701411797. hdl:1893/13077. S2CID 18568206.
  • Benwell, Bethan (Spring 2001). "Male gossip and language play in the letters pages of men's lifestyle magazines". The Journal of Popular Culture. 34 (4): 19–33. doi:10.1111/j.0022-3840.2001.3404_19.x.
  • Benwell, Bethan (July 2004). "Ironic discourse: evasive masculinity in men's lifestyle magazines". Men and Masculinities. 7 (1): 3–21. doi:10.1177/1097184X03257438. S2CID 145210684.
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  • Betrock, Alan (1993). Pin-up mania!: the golden age of men's magazines, 1950-1967. Brooklyn, New York: Shake Books. ISBN 9780962683350.
  • Jackson, Peter; Stevenson, Nick; Brooks, Kate (2001). Making sense of men's magazines. Cambridge, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Polity Press Blackwell Publishers. ISBN 9780745621760.
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External links

  • Calcutt, Andrew. Changing the Subject: from the Gentleman’s Magazine to GQ and Barack Obama at (November 2009)