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As at all times, the final "Ask Billboard" of the yr is all about your charts! Here's a have a look at your favorites of 2018 (together with these from a few of Billboard's chart makers).


Hello Gary,

It's as soon as once more time for a favourite year-end custom, and that’s sending you an inventory of my private year-end charts! So, listed below are my prime 18 albums and tracks for 2018, together with my greatest live performance experiences of the yr. I've been chart-watching since 1972, and sit up for listening to what's in retailer for 2019.

1, A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (soundtrack)
2, Youngblood, 5 Seconds of Summer

three, Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
four, Post Traumatic, Mike Shinoda
5, Wildness, Snow Patrol
6, Sir Rosevelt, Sir Rosevelt
7, Voicenotes, Charlie Puth
eight, Alive, Crystal Bowersox
9, The Greatest Showman, soundtrack
10, Songs for the Saints, Kenny Chesney
11, My Dear Melancholy, EP, The Weeknd
12, Buried Treasure, Jimmy Buffett
13, Egypt Station, Paul McCartney
14, Look Up Child, Lauren Daigle
15, AMERICA, Thirty Seconds to Mars
16, Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, varied artists
17, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, varied artists
18, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, soundtrack

1, "I'll Never Love Again," Lady Gaga
2, "Shallow," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
three, "In My Blood," Shawn Mendes
four, "Life on Earth," Snow Patrol
5, "Always Remember Us This Way," Lady Gaga
6, "It Goes On," Zac Brown & Sir Rosevelt
7, "Natural," Imagine Dragons
eight, "Rewrite the Stars," Zac Efron & Zendaya
9, "River," Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran
10, "Youngblood," 5 Seconds of Summer
11, "Perfect," Ed Sheeran
12, "Sixteen," Thomas Rhett
13, "Diggin' My Grave," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
14, "You Say," Lauren Daigle
15, "Maybe It's Time," Bradley Cooper
16, "Marry Me," Thomas Rhett
17, "Dear God," Hunter Hayes

18, "What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?," Snow Patrol

1, Ed Sheeran/Snow Patrol/Anne-Marie, Philadelphia
2, Zac Brown Band, Syracuse, New York
three, Brantley Gilbert/Aaron Lewis/Josh Phillips, Albany, New York

Thanks once more for the chance to share my favorites. Wishing you and your loved ones a really Happy New Year 2019!

George Lotter
Kingsley, Pennsylvania


Hey Gary,

2018 was an incredible yr in music. (As to how every title made every checklist under, it was a easy tabulation of performs, streams and my scores of albums or singles.) There appears to be a little bit of consistency within the names that seem, so I wish to give a fast shoutout to the distinctive artists, together with Jakob Ogawa, whose "Velvet Light" was the right wind-down observe all year long, and Thutmose. Plus, Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus crafted a wonderful tune that took me without warning on the finish of the yr, as "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" has the potential to be massive in 2019.

Finally, I hope that Janelle Monáe wins album of the yr on the Grammys, as a result of, let's be actual, there was none that was higher and everybody is aware of it. Without additional ado, listed below are the lists!

Top songs
1, "No Contest," Tinashe
2, "Black Effect," The Carters
three, "Tiwa's Vibe," Tiwa Savage
four, "Make Me Feel," Janelle Monáe
5, "La Di Da," The Internet
6, "On and On," Steven A. Clark
7, "Velvet Light," Jakob Ogawa
eight, "House in LA," Jungle
9, "Hi Lo," Chloe x Halle feat. GoldLink

10, "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart," Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus

Top albums
1, Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe
2, Hive Mind, The Internet
three, Where Neon Goes to Die, Steven A. Clark
four, For Ever, Jungle
5, Redemption, Jay Rock
6, Joyride, Tinashe
7, Everything Is Love, The Carters
eight, The Kids Are Alright, Chloe x Halle
9, Man on Fire, Thutmose
10, Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired by, soundtrack

Top artists
1, Janelle Monáe
2, Tinashe
three, Daye Jack
four, The Internet
5, The Carters
6, Tiwa Savage
7, Steven A. Clark
eight, Jungle
9, Chloe x Halle
10, Jungle


Charlie O'Keefte
Seattle, Washington


Hey Gary,

All the perfect needs for the brand new yr!

And, because of you and Trevor for doing the podcast. I actually take pleasure in it as a chart geek!

Favorite songs of 2018
1, "No Tears Left to Cry," Ariana Grande
2, "BOY," Charlie Puth
three, "GTFO," Mariah Carey
four, "My My My," Troye Sivan
5, "New Rules," Dua Lipa
6, "Thank U, Next," Ariana Grande

7, "Heart to Break," Kim Petras
eight, "Love Can Be So Hard," Disclosure
9, "Ocean," Martin Garrix feat. Khalid
10, "Thunderclouds," LSD (Sia, Diplo & Labrinth)
11, "Worth It," Kodaline
12, "Done for Me," Charlie Puth feat. Kehlani
13, "Nevermind," Dennis Lloyd
14, "Breathin," Ariana Grande
15, "Heavy, California," Jungle
16, "Youngblood," 5 Seconds of Summer
17, "Fake Nice," The Aces
18, "I Wanna Know," NOTD feat. Bea Miller
19, "In My Mind," Dynoro
20, "Right Now," Nick Jonas

Favorite albums of 2018
1, Caution, Mariah Carey
2, Voicenotes, Charlie Puth
three, Bloom, Troye Sivan
four, Dancing Queen, Cher
5, Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

Diego F.


Hi Gary,

Here are my favorite songs of 2018 …

1, Loud Luxury feat. Brando, "Body"
2, Bruno Mars & Cardi B, "Finesse" [Remix]
three, Ed Sheeran, "Perfect"
four, M-22 feat. Medina, "First Time"
5, 5 Seconds of Summer, "Youngblood"
6, Sigrid, "Strangers"
7, Marshmello & Anne-Marie, "Friends"
eight, Ariana Grande, "No Tears Left to Cry"
9, Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble, "This Is Me"
10, Panic! on the Disco, "High Hopes"

… and my prime 5 albums of the yr:

1, Camila Cabello, Camila
2, The Greatest Showman soundtrack
three, Jess Glynne, Always In Between
four, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! soundtrack
5, Robin Schulz, Uncovered

Many thanks,

Piran Delves
Helston, UK


Hi Gary,

Some of my prime tunes this yr:

BTS, "Fake Love," "IDOL," feat. Nicki Minaj
Steve Aoki feat. BTS, "Waste It On Me"
Post Malone, "Better Now," "Rich & Sad"
Marshmello & Bastille, "Happier"
Seeb & Bastille, "Grip"
Panic! on the Disco, "High Hopes," "Hey Look Ma, I Made It"

Grace Yang
New York


Hey Gary,

Here are my prime 10 songs and albums of 2018, based mostly off my iTunes playlists this yr!

Top songs
1, "Broken Clocks," SZA
2, "Lucid Dreams," Juice WRLD
three, "Ocean," TK Kravitz feat. Jacqueez
four, "I Like It," Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
5, "Mine," Bazzi
6, "Love Lies," Khalid & Normani
7, "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
eight, "Nice for What," Drake
9, "I Like That," Janelle Monáe
10, "What You Want," Belly feat. The Weeknd

Top albums
1, Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired by, soundtrack
2, Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B
three, Freudian, Daniel Caesar
four, Everything Is Love, The Carters
5, Astroworld, Travis Scott
6, Scorpion, Drake
7, Culture ll, Migos
eight, H.E.R., H.E.R.
9, Queen, Nicki Minaj
10, beerbongs & bentleys, Post Malone


André Johnson
East St. Louis, Illinois


Hi Gary,

This is my third time right here; first in 2015, then 2017 and now in 2018, as I'm an enormous fan of Billboard journal (and have accessed the web site each week since 2010). This is my better of 2018!

1, "It Runs Through Me," Tom Misch & De La Soul
2, "Desculpa Doutor," San Joe
three, "Shallow," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
four, "Changes," XXXTentacion
5, "This Is America," Childish Gambino
6, "Tiro Certo," Viegas
7, "Sicko Mode," Travis Scott
eight, "Baby," Clean Bandit, Marina and The Diamonds & Luis Fonsi
9, "Made for Now," Janet Jackson & Daddy Yankee

10, "There's a Reason Why," Blossoms

1, A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (soundtrack)
2, Scorpion, Drake
three, ?, XXXTentacion
four, Lobos, Jão
5, Isolation, Kali Uchis
6, Bluesman, Baco Exu do Blues
7, What Is Love?, Clean Bandit
eight, Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe
9, beerbongs & bentleys, Post Malone
10, Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired by, soundtrack

Alah Costa
Bacabal, Maranhão, Brazil


Hi Gary,

My checklist! Unabashedly pop-centric, with mainstream smashes and some underappreciated gems (and a tremendous Canadian).

20, "Breathin," Ariana Grande

19, "Africa," Weezer
18, "High on Life," Martin Garrix feat. Bonn
17, "Bad Habits," Delaney Jane
16, "Sticks & Stones," Metro & Nelly Furtado
15, "Solo," Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato
14, "Head Above Water," Avril Lavigne
13, "Happier," Marshmello & Bastille
12, "Back to You," Selena Gomez
11, "Love Lies," Khalid & Normani
10, "Sanctify," Years & Years
9, "Alone," Halsey feat. Big Sean & Stefflon Don
eight, "Shallow," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
7, "Promises," Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
6, "Be Alright," Dean Lewis
5, "Young Dumb & Broke," Khalid
four, "Not a Love Song," bulow
three, "No Limit," G Eazy feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B
2, "Sorry," Halsey

1, "Sick Boy," The Chainsmokers

Robbie Romu
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

And, favorites from Billboard's charts dept.:


10, Lake Street Dive, Free Yourself Up
9, Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer
eight, Noname, Room 29
7, Leon Bridges, Good Thing
6, Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
5, Mitski, Be the Cowboy
four, Superorganism, Superorganism
three, Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
2, Black Panther, soundtrack
1, Boygenius, Boygenius EP

10, Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up"
9, Kacey Musgraves, "Slow Burn"
eight, Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA, "All the Stars"
7, Jade Bird, "Lottery"

6, Maggie Rogers, "Light On"
5, The 1975, "Love It If We Made It"
four, Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
three, Drake, "Nice for What"
2, Boygenius, "Me & My Dog"
1, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, "I Like It"

5, The Killers, Barclay's Center
four, Lake Street Dive, Brooklyn Steel
three, Arctic Monkeys, Brooklyn Steel
2, Phil Collins, Barclay's Center
1, Florence + The Machine, Barclay's Center

Xander Zellner
Billboard chart supervisor/affiliate editorial liaison


1, Trampled by Turtles, Life Is Good on the Open Road
2, Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You

three, Ruston Kelly, Dying Star
four, The Brother Brothers, Some People I Know
5, I'm With Her, See You Around
6, Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer
7, Ashley McBryde, Girl Going Nowhere
eight, The Dirty Nil, Master Volume
9, Slothrust, The Pact
10. Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

1, Drake, "Nice for What"
2, Ruston Kelly, "Mockingbird"
three, Travis Scott, "Sicko Mode"
four, Betty Who, "Just Thought You Should Know"

5, Michael Brun feat. Strong G, Baby & J Perry, "Bayo"
6, Kacey Musgraves, "Slow Burn"
7, A$AP Rocky feat. Moby, "A$AP Forever"
eight, Metric, "Now or Never Now"
9, Jealous of the Birds, "Plastic Skeletons"
10, Parker Millsap, "Fine Line"

Kevin Rutherford
Billboard social, streaming, rock chart supervisor


1, Rosalía, El Mal Querer
2, Thom Yorke, Suspiria
three, Draco Rosa, Monte Sagrado
four, Jack White, Boarding House Reach
5, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis & Ruben Blades, Un Noche Con Rubén Blades
6, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Young Sick Camellia
7, Natalia Lafourcade, Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoaméricano en Manos  de Los Macorinos), Vol. 2
eight, Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
9, Ray Lamontagne, Ray of Light
10, Paul McCartney, Egypt Station

1, Rosalía, "Malamente"
Bursting with poetic lyrical imagery, "Malamente" is stuffed with forceful handclaps and an avalanche of sounds from flamenco's roots, which mesh with modern city elements. The first single off the album El Mal Querer, the tune was written by C. Tangana (Rosalía's ex), El Guincho and Rosalía. The stylistic musical collision makes the 25-year-old Rosalia a trailblazer of a style that leans extra on the senses than on a mannequin that may be grasped. "Malamente" is city, flamenco and R&B, all fused in an uncharted area.

2, Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
three, Draco Rosa, "333"
four, Thom Yorke, "Suspirium"
5, Dave Mathews Band, "Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)"
6, The Racounters, "Now That You're Gone"
7, Childish Gambino, "Feels Like Summer"
eight, A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta, "Praise Da Lord (Da Shine)"
9, Billie Eillish, "You Should See Me in a Crown"
10, Conociendo Rusia, "La Luna"

Pamela Bustios
Billboard Latin chart supervisor


10, Jax Jones feat. Mike Dunn & MNEK, "House Work"
9, Kidnap, "Ashes"
eight, Gorgon City, "Motorola"
7, Fisher, "Losing It"

6, Rufus Du Sol, "No Place"
5, Nora En Pure, "Riverwards Stream"
four, CamelPhat X Cristoph feat. Jem Cooke, "Breathe"
three, Galantis, "Emoji"
2, WoodS, "Desert Storms" (Joris Voorn Remix)
1, Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford, "Northern Soul"

Gordon Murray
Billboard dance/digital, easy jazz chart supervisor


1, Look Up Child, Lauren Daigle
2, Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
three, Hiding Place, Tori Kelly
four, Graffiti U, Keith Urban
5, Burn the Ships, for King & Country
6, Desperate Man, Eric Church
7, Rearview Town, Jason Aldean
eight, Seasons Change, Scotty McCreery
9, I Serve a Savior, Josh Turner
10, Songs for the Saints, Kenny Chesney

Jim Asker
Billboard senior chart supervisor


1, Sheppard, Watching the Sky
2, Winnetka Bowling League, Winnetka Bowling League (EP)
three, Panic! on the Disco, Pray for the Wicked
four, Vin Sessoms, Life
5, Mariah Carey, Caution
6, Ariana Grande, Sweetener
7, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Window
eight, Lauren Daigle, Look Up Child
9, Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
10, Des Rocs, Let the Vultures In (EP)

1, Sheppard, "Coming Home"
2, Lauren Daigle, "You Say"
three, lovelytheband, "Broken"
four, Panic! on the Disco, "High Hopes"
5, The Rebel Roads, "Maybe I'm Just Drunk"
6 (tie), Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle"
6 (tie), Parachute, "The Middle"
eight, Winnetka Bowling League, "On the 5"

9, Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
10 (tie), William Singe, "Please"
10 (tie), Halsey, "Without Me"

Alex Vitoulis
Billboard affiliate chart manufacturing supervisor


And, my favorites of 2018 …

Favorite chart achievements:

Favorite story to jot down, which you hopefully like(d) in case you're a fan of deserted locations. I nonetheless haven't gone inside (but? …)

Favorite new vacation observe, by a band that's nonetheless Monkeeing round. (It's additionally pure XTC, written by Andy Partridge):

And, favourite 18 songs of '18, with a becoming title to start out:

18, "Eighteen," Pale Waves
17, "Sometimes Just the Sky," Mary Chapin Carpenter
16, "Going," Tow'rs
15, "Volcanic Love," The Aces
14, "All I Ever Wanted," The Rua
13, "Light On," Maggie Rogers
12, "Break," Gin Blossoms
10 (tie), "Name You Beautiful," Per Gessle

10 (tie), "Ship to Shore," Stars
9, "Kiss," Pale Waves
eight, "Twentytwo," Sunflower Bean
7, "Get Out," CHVRCHES (It was a great yr for songs titled "Get Out" …)
6, "Roman Ocean," Hayley Sabella
5, "The Tide," Pale Waves
four, "Face the Dark," Gin Blossoms
three, "Solstice," Kim Wilde

And …

1 (tie), "Get Out," LEXXA

1 (tie), "Turn Around," Hayley Sabella

Speaking of my hometown Boston … since Drake had such a historic yr, he has to indicate right here someplace. How about, oh, I don't know, this:

And, the 2018 tune that merely deserves the most important highlight attainable:

As at all times, your insights make "Ask Billboard" so enjoyable to submit, whereas, in 2018, the Chart Beat weblog marked its 37th yr as a Billboard characteristic (created by Paul Grein and later helmed by Fred Bronson). More mailbags and Chart Beat Podcasts … and the music that makes them attainable … await in 2019. Happy New Year!