2018 Was An Awful Year For Pop Hits
2018 is almost in the bag, and folks, it's not looking good in terms of the songs that defined the year.
In a new list, BuzzAngle Music and Variety compiled the "most-consumed songs of 2018," rounding up the year's most popular music according to sales and streaming data.
There's something kinda dystopian about a table of "most-consumed" songs measured in "project units," phrases that seem unique to the streaming era of Spotify and YouTube, relegating the experience of listening to music to a bite-sized, mindless, almost passive act. If that's how listeners engage with songs in 2018, perhaps that's why the BuzzAngle data seems so dark.
Look at the list's 20 most-consumed songs -- many of which were actually released in 2017, no less -- and a bleak narrative emerges of the year in popular music.
A middling single by Drake ("God's Plan") can become the year's most-listened-to song, by the power of Drake being Drake, whose contributions to the year in music take up five of the list's top 20 spots. What exactly he contributed this year, in terms of making music that's as creative and forward-thinking as much as it is popular, isn't as clear.
Post Malone is, improbably, one of music's biggest stars, an artist who, for all his face tattoos, releases singles that are about as faceless as they come in 2018 pop.
At least according to this list, listeners are obsessed with Soundcloud rappers -- a hip-hop aesthetic that, to put it kindly, probably won't be remembered as the genre's best moment.
And the pop songs are, aside from a few gems on the list, perfectly serviceable and yet completely forgettable.
America, here are your top 20 songs of 2018.
1. "God’s Plan," Drake: 5,597,814 project units
2. "Psycho," Post Malone (feat. Ty Dolla $ign): 3,142,471
3. "Sad!," XXXTentacion: 2,569,613
4. "Look Alive," BlocBoy JB (feat. Drake): 2,483,541
5. "In My Feelings," Drake: 2,447,156
6. "Perfect," Ed Sheeran: 2,271,840
7. "Lucid Dreams," Juice Wrld: 2,209,210
8. I Fall Apart / Post Malone 2,156,912
9. "Havana," Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug): 2,126,654
10. "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line): 2,068,936
11. "Better Now," Post Malone: 2,007,818
12. "I Like It," Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin: 2,001,090
13. "Mine," Bazzi: 1,997,962
14. "Stir Fry," Migos: 1,897,029
15. "The Middle," Zedd & Maren Morris & Grey: 1,793,277
16. "Nice for What," Drake: 1,791,634
17. "Sicko Mode," Travis Scott: 1,771,974
18. "Girls Like You," Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B): 1,736,802
19. "Walk It Talk It," Migos (feat. Drake): 1,730,836
20. "FEFE," 6ix9ine (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz): 1,706,124
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