The Year in Streaming Charts: Hip-Hop Dominates, But Rock & Country Score Highlights


If you want any proof of hip-hop’s streaming dominance, look no additional than Billboard’s year-end Streaming Songs Artists chart for 2018.

Of the 25 acts featured on the 2018 listing, 17 are rappers, exceeding the 15-rapper mark set in 2017. The prime 10 options eight of these musicians, together with the complete prime 4.

Additionally, on the 75-position year-end Streaming Songs chart, 50 songs come from the hip-hop style, up from 40 in 2017.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based mostly on chart efficiency through the charts dated Dec. 2, 2017, to Nov. 17, 2018. Data registered earlier than or after a title’s chart run will not be thought of in these standings. That methodology element, and the December-to-November time interval, account for a number of the variations between these lists and the calendar-year recaps which might be independently compiled by Nielsen Music. 

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That’s to not say no different style had any vivid spots on Billboard’s streaming charts in 2018, however for essentially the most half, rap continued to say its dominance. From Drake to Post Malone, XXXTentacion to Juice WRLD, the style was inescapable amongst prime hits playlists on companies like Spotify and Apple Music, and on the Streaming Songs chart normally. And they weren’t simply slow-builders, both; in 2018, 11 songs debuted at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, 10 of them hip-hop songs. Only 4 did so in 2017 (three rap) and two in 2016 (neither rap).

To that finish, rap not solely dominated streaming in 2018 – it turned the charts right into a car for vital moments. Reaching No. 1 on Streaming Songs was a feat earlier than, but it surely’s since turn into one thing a title typically does out of the gate, denoting that week because the week of “God’s Plan,” or of “This Is America,” or of “I Love It.” Sometimes these songs keep atop the chart, generally they don’t. But one factor is for certain: their premieres are occasions, and the objective is to rack up as many clicks as potential earlier than the clock resets.

Drake Takes the Cake: For the second time, Drake is the No. 1 act on the year-end Streaming Songs Artists listing. Previously, the Canadian celebrity dominated the 2016 listing in a yr that noticed him debut full-length album Views after scoring a brand new private excessive on the 2015 rating at No. three. He adopted that up by dropping to No. 5 in 2017, his More Life playlist album was his solely style of cohesive materials.

2018, after all, noticed Drake re-enter the dialog in an enormous means. After debuting “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” in January, he continued to drop new songs previous to the discharge of the 25-song behemoth Scorpion album in late June.

In all, Drake scored 34 entries on the weekly Streaming Songs listing in 2018. He additionally seems on the year-end rating eight instances, with “Plan” the most-streamed track of the yr, coming in at No. 1. The monitor grew to become Drake’s largest track but on Streaming Songs, main the listing for 11 weeks, greater than every other track in 2018. The second-most weeks at No. 1? The rapper’s “In My Feelings,” which dominated the chart for eight weeks. “Nice for What” added 4 weeks atop the tally, the fourth-longest amongst any track this yr.

Drake’s 2018 feats didn’t simply concern his Scorpion materials. He hopped on a pair of songs from rising rappers that shot stated artists to stardom (in addition to the year-end Streaming Songs chart). First got here BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive,” which enters at No. 13 on the year-end listing and debuted at No. 2 on the Streaming Songs tally dated Feb. 24 because of Drake’s look. Then got here Lil Baby’s “Yes Indeed,” which ultimately reached No. 1 on the chart (and is available in at No. 16 on the year-end chart).

Rock Comes Back: Only twice had a rock act reached the highest 10 of the year-end Streaming Songs Artists chart earlier than 2018. First got here Imagine Dragons, which ranked at No. 5 in 2013 on the power of hits “It’s Time,” “Radioactive” and “Demons.” Then got here twenty one pilots and its No. four rating on the 2016 listing with the success of “Stressed Out,” “Ride” and “Heathens.”

Make that thrice. Imagine Dragons attain the 2018 listing at No. 10, becoming a member of Ed Sheeran (No. three) as the one non-hip-hop acts within the year-end prime 10.

Perhaps most impressively, Imagine Dragons attain the highest 10 with the least quantity of songs (three) to have made the Streaming Songs listing all yr of anybody else within the prime 10 (Sheeran had 4; Drake, as beforehand famous, had 34). In an period the place many streaming winners accomplish that with a glut of songs over the course of a yr, Imagine Dragons did so with a smaller – however altogether potent – lineup. “Believer,” which ranks at No. 15 on the year-end songs listing, has remained on the weekly chart regardless of its preliminary February 2017 launch, and “Thunder” (year-end No. 40) spend a number of weeks contained in the weekly prime 20, peaking at No. 18 in December 2017.

Imagine Dragons’ songs are additionally the one rock tracks on the year-end listing, and so they additionally declare three of the 5 rock songs to make Streaming Songs for a minimum of one week the complete yr, joined by songs from Portugal. The Man and Queen.

Country’s First Top 10: For the primary time, a rustic track makes the highest 10 of the year-end Streaming Songs chart, as Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” is available in at No. 10.

The earlier finest? Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” which reached No. 24 on 2017’s year-end rating.

“Meant to Be,” a country-pop crossover smash, hits No. 10 on the year-end listing regardless of by no means truly reaching the highest 10 on the weekly Streaming Songs listing, peaking at No. 11 (March 24). Its longevity assists its total rating, because the monitor reached Streaming Songs for a lot of the yr, oftentimes within the chart’s prime half.

It’s additionally the primary prime 10 on the year-end Streaming Songs for each artists; whereas Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” got here in at No. 27 on the 2013 listing, Rexha’s “Me Myself & I” with G-Eazy ranked at No. 15 on the 2016 rating.