Since Apple’s acquisition of Shazam earlier this year, the music-to-voice recognition service has been relatively quiet in the music and tech news space. But with Spotify’s Wrapped list, Apple Music’s Best of 2018 chart, and SoundCloud’s 2018 Playback, Shazam’s end of year chart comes as a more interesting list than any music streaming service.
Why? Because Shazam’s platform is solely used for identifying unknown songs. So it’s a much stronger indicator of what songs are the most popular based purely off of sound. No names or faces attached.
The most Shazamed song of the year was Clean Bandit‘s “Solo.” The song, which features Demi Lovato, was tagged 9.1 million times. By comparison, the second most Shazamed song was Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s “X” had half a million less tags.
British artists were among the top in-demand artists on Shazam, with Clean Bandit, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, and newcomer Tom Walker all making the top ten chart.
Anne-Marie and Marshmello‘s “Friends” was also the most Shazamed track in a single day, racking up 800,000 tags on April 8. Considering the song was released two months prior, the title gives some insight into the strange nature of music streaming and tagging.
Watch the music video for most Shazamed song of 2018 and see the full list below.
Top 10 Most Shazamed Songs
1. “Solo”, Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato
2. “X”, Nicky Jam & J Balvin
3. “One Kiss”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
4. “In My Mind”, Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino
5. “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran
6. “Leave A Light On”, Tom Walker
7. “Girls Like You”, Maroon 5 Feat. Cardi B
8. “Friends”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie
9. “Flames”, David Guetta & Sia
10. “I Like It”, Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Most Shazamed Songs by Genre
Pop: “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran
Hip-Hop: “I Like It”, Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Rock/Alternative: “Feel It Still”, Portugal. The Man
Dance: “Solo”, Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato
Country: “You Make It Easy”, Jason Aldean
R&B/Soul: “Love Lies”, Khalid & Normani
Latino: “X”, Nicky Jam & J Balvin
K-Pop: “FAKE LOVE”, BTS