To say Drake has had the best year ever would be a gigantic understatement. Recently, the “God’s Plan” rapper dominated Spotify’s end-of-year chart, which statistically measures the most-streamed artists globally. Now the other giant of the music streaming world has just come to the table to confirm that Drake has indeed ruled the roost this year in streams.

Apple Music has just released its “Best of 2018” charts, which collects the streaming giant’s data over the past year. This year, for the first time, the chart includes editorial picks from an in-house poll.

In addition to being named Apple Music’s Artist of the Year, Drake rules the Top 100 Global Albums Chart with his Scorpion LP and claims the top two spots on the Top 100 Global Songs Chart with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” respectively. All in all, he appears 10 times in the Top 100.

Other artists dominating their respective genres includes Ariana Grande (pop), The Chainsmokers (dance), Major Lazer (electronic), and Imagine Dragons (alternative). Interestingly, The Beatles had the most streams in the rock category, further proving their timelessness.

As for the top ten songs streamed globally, Post Malone helps round out the top five with Drake for his singles “rockstar” and “Psycho.” XXXTENTACION, breakout pop star Camilla Cabella, and Cardi B also join the top ten.

Other notable ranking include Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE” at No. 21, a single which recently got its Skrillex remix. But while it was enough to shoot the single to the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 again last week, it wasn’t enough to top Apple Music streams. Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” makes the top 30, while Tyga’s “Taste” sits just outside at No. 33.

Apple Music editors selected “Lucid Dreams” performer Juice WRLD as breakthrough artist of the year, while Cardi B’s “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, was voted song of the year.


Best Music of 2018 – Editorial Selections
Artist of the Year: Drake
Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD
Song of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin
Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Top Artists by Genre
Country: Jason Aldean
Hip Hop: Drake
Latin: Bad Bunny
Pop: Ariana Grande
Alternative: Imagine Dragons
Rock: Beatles
Kpop: BTS
Electronic: Major Lazer
Dance: The Chainsmokers

Top 100 Global Songs – Chart 
1.  Drake – God’s Plan
2.  Drake – Nice For What
3.  Post Malone – rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)
4.  Drake – In My Feelings
5.  Post Malone – Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
6.  Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
7.  XXXTENTACION – SAD!
8.  Camila Cabello – Havana (feat. Young Thug)
9.  BlocBoy JB – Look Alive (feat. Drake)
10.  Offset & Metro Boomin – Ric Flair Drip
11.  Lil Baby & Drake – Yes Indeed
12.  Post Malone – I Fall Apart
13.  Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams
14.  Post Malone – Better Now
15.  Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B – MotorSport
16.  Bazzi – Mine
17.  Drake – Nonstop
18.  Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
19.  Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be
20.  Ariana Grande – no tears left to cry
21.  Migos – Walk It Talk It (feat. Drake)
22.  Travis Scott – SICKO MODE
23.  Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle
24.  G-Eazy – No Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)
25.  XXXTENTACION – Moonlight
26.  6ix9ine – FEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz)
27.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
28.  Ed Sheeran – Perfect
29.  Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
30.  Dua Lipa – New Rules
31.  Tyga – Taste (feat. Offset)
32.  Cardi B – Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage)
33.  Migos – Stir Fry
34.  Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)
35.  Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B]
36.  The Weeknd – Call Out My Name
37.  Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
38.  Khalid & Normani – Love Lies
39.  Drake – I’m Upset
40.  NF – Let You Down
41.  Camila Cabello  Never Be the Same
42.  XXXTENTACION  Fuck Love (feat. Trippie Redd)
43.  XXXTENTACION  Jocelyn Flores
44.  Marshmello  Silence (feat. Khalid)
45.  Imagine Dragons  Thunder
46.  Rich The Kid  Plug Walk
47.  Khalid  Young Dumb & Broke
48.  Selena Gomez & Marshmello  Wolves
49.  Marshmello & Anne-Marie  FRIENDS
50.  Lil Dicky  Freaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown)
51.  Sam Smith  Too Good at Goodbyes
52.  French Montana  Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee)
53.  XXXTENTACION  changes
54.  Post Malone  Candy Paint
55.  Ella Mai  Boo’d Up
56.  Post Malone  Ball For Me (feat. Nicki Minaj)
57.  Kodak Black  Roll in Peace (feat. XXXTENTACION)
58.  Lil Pump  Gucci Gang
59.  Cardi B  Be Careful
60.  Post Malone  Congratulations (feat. Quavo)
61.  Travis Scott  Butterfly Effect
62.  Drake  Mob Ties
63.  G-Eazy & Halsey  Him & I
64.  Dua Lipa  IDGAF
65.  Jay Rock,Kendrick Lamar,Future & James Blake  King’s Dead
66.  Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso  Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt)
67.  The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar  Pray For Me
68.  Kendrick Lamar  LOVE. (FEAT. ZACARI.)
69.  Lil Uzi Vert  XO TOUR Llif3
70.  Gucci Mane  I Get the Bag (feat. Migos)
71.  Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble  This Is Me
72.  Imagine Dragons  Believer
73.  Eminem  River (feat. Ed Sheeran)
74.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee  Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)
75.  Kendrick Lamar  HUMBLE.
76.  J. Cole  KOD
77.  Ariana Grande  God is a woman
78.  YoungBoy Never Broke Again  Outside Today
79.  Miguel  Sky Walker (feat. Travis Scott)
80.  Rudimental  These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)
81.  5 Seconds of Summer  Youngblood
82.  Imagine Dragons  Whatever It Takes
83.  Logic  1-800-273-8255(feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
84.  Ed Sheeran  Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé)
85.  Kanye West  All Mine
86.  Drake & Michael Jackson  Don’t Matter To Me
87.  Shawn Mendes  In My Blood
88.  21 Savage  Bank Account
89.  Maroon 5  What Lovers Do (feat. SZA)
90.  Famous Dex  Pick It Up (feat. A$AP Rocky)
91.  Post Malone  Rich & Sad
92.  Selena Gomez  Back to You
93.  Rich The Kid  New Freezer (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
94.  Nicki Minaj  Chun-Li
95.  YG  BIG BANK (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)
96.  Halsey  Bad at Love
97.  ZAYN  Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit]
98.  benny blanco,Halsey & Khalid  Eastside
99.  DJ Khaled  Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
100.  Lil Skies  Red Roses (feat. Landon Cube)

Top 100 Global Albums – Chart
1.  Drake  Scorpion
2.  Post Malone  beerbongs & bentleys
3.  Cardi B  Invasion of Privacy
4.  XXXTENTACION  ?
5.  Travis Scott  ASTROWORLD
6.  Ed Sheeran  ÷
7.  Chris Brown  Heartbreak on a Full Moon
8.  Various Artists  The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
9.  J. Cole  KOD
10.  XXXTENTACION  17
11.  Lil Uzi Vert  Luv Is Rage 2
12.  Khalid  American Teen
13.  Lil Baby  Harder Than Ever
14.  21 Savage,Offset & Metro Boomin  Without Warning
15.  Juice WRLD  Goodbye & Good Riddance
16.  SZA  Ctrl
17.  Dua Lipa  Dua Lipa
18.  Camila Cabello  Camila
19.  YoungBoy Never Broke Again  Until Death Call My Name
20.  The Weeknd  My Dear Melancholy,
21.  Ariana Grande  Sweetener
22.  Kodak Black  Project Baby 2: All Grown Up
23.  Nicki Minaj  Queen
24.  Kanye West  Ye
25.  Lil Skies  Life of a Dark Rose
26.  G-Eazy  The Beautiful & Damned
27.  Eminem  Kamikaze
28.  Lil Wayne  Tha Carter V
29.  Gunna  Drip Season 3
30.  Luke Combs  This One’s for You
31.  Rich The Kid  The World Is Yours
32.  A Boogie wit da Hoodie  The Bigger Artist
33.  Migos  Culture
34.  Travis Scott  Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
35.  Bruno Mars  24K Magic
36.  Shawn Mendes  Shawn Mendes
37.  Charlie Puth  Voicenotes
38.  THE CARTERS  EVERYTHING IS LOVE
39.  Logic  Bobby Tarantino II
40.  Playboi Carti  Die Lit
41.  H.E.R.  H.E.R.
42.  Future & Young Thug  SUPER SLIMEY
43.  Lil Yachty  Lil Boat 2
44.  Russ  There’s Really A Wolf
45.  Lil Pump  Lil Pump
46.  Daniel Caesar  Freudian
47.  Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton  Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
48.  Gucci Mane  Mr. Davis
49.  Bazzi  COSMIC
50.  DJ Khaled  Grateful
51.  A$AP Rocky  TESTING
52.  Imagine Dragons  Evolve
53.  Ozuna  Odisea
54.  21 Savage  Issa Album
55.  J. Cole  2014 Forest Hills Drive
56.  Bryson Tiller  T R A P S O U L
57.  Rae Sremmurd,Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi  SR3MM
58.  YoungBoy Never Broke Again  AI YoungBoy
59.  Kane Brown  Kane Brown
60.  Meek Mill  Wins & Losses
61.  Future  BEASTMODE 2
62.  Chance the Rapper  Coloring Book
63.  Justin Timberlake  Man of the Woods
64.  Miguel  War & Leisure
65.  Lil Baby & Gunna  Drip Harder
66.  PnB Rock  Catch These Vibes
67.  Calvin Harris  Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
68.  Frank Ocean  Blonde
69.  Wiz Khalifa  Rolling Papers 2
70.  The Chainsmokers  Memories…Do Not Open
71.  Bebe Rexha  All Your Fault, Pt. 2 – EP
72.  P!nk  Beautiful Trauma
73.  Future  FUTURE
74.  Beyoncé  BEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition)
75.  Trippie Redd  LIFE’S A TRIP
76.  Little Mix  Glory Days: The Platinum Edition
77.  French Montana  Jungle Rules
78.  Taylor Swift  reputation
79.  Bruno Mars  Doo-Wops & Hooligans
80.  5 Seconds of Summer  Youngblood
81.  Future  HNDRXX
82.  Mac Miller  Swimming
83.  Macklemore  GEMINI
84.  6ix9ine  DAY69: Graduation Day
85.  Various Artists  Love, Simon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
86.  Future  DS2 (Deluxe)
87.  Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZA  Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
88.  Adele  25
89.  Sam Smith  The Thrill of It All
90.  Ty Dolla $ign  Beach House 3
91.  Adele  21
92.  A$AP Ferg  Still Striving
93.  Kodak Black  Painting Pictures
94.  NAV  RECKLESS
95.  Bryson Tiller  True to Self
96.  Anne-Marie  Speak Your Mind
97.  6LACK  East Atlanta Love Letter
98.  Lil Peep  Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
99.  YG  STAY DANGEROUS
100.  Einstein Baby Lullaby Academy  Baby Lullaby: Relaxing Piano Lullabies and Natural Sleep Aid .for Baby Sleep Music

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Written by Ryan Morse

I'm probably listening to Bassnectar.