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The Most-Consumed Songs of 2018

Call him Drake the dominator. The superstar rapper claimed four of the top 30 most popular songs in a 2018 year-to-date chart created for Variety by BuzzAngle Music, measuring multiple forms of consumption, including audio streams and song sales, to derive a project unit tally. No. 1 on the BuzzAngle Hitmakers ranking is Drake’s “God’s Plan,” kicking off a list dominated even more thoroughly than last year by hip-hop. Of this year’s top 30 songs, only 10 are not of the genre; the highest-ranking single outside of hip-hop is Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” at No. 6. (Last year, Sheeran took the top spot with “Shape of You.”) A pure sales chart would tell a slightly less imbalanced story, and Drake’s singular multiplicity of hits this year did tip the scale a bit. But as BuzzAngle tells — or foretells — it, music’s most active consumers are increasingly looking at rock, country, R&B and even pop hits as flavors they can sprinkle into an otherwise primarily hip-hop stew.

Rank Title Total Label
1. God’s Plan / Drake 5,597,814 Republic
2. Psycho / Post Malone (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) 3,142,471 Republic
3. Sad! / XXXTentacion 2,569,613 Bad Vibes Forever / Caroline
4. Look Alive / BlocBoy JB (feat. Drake) 2,483,541 OVO Sound/
Warner Bros.
5. In My Feelings / Drake 2,447,156 Republic
6. Perfect / Ed Sheeran 2,271,840 Atlantic
7. Lucid Dreams / Juice Wrld 2,209,210 Interscope
8. I Fall Apart / Post Malone 2,156,912 Republic
9. Havana / Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) 2,126,654 Epic
10. Meant to Be / Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line) 2,068,936 Warner Bros.
11. Better Now / Post Malone 2,007,818 Republic
12. I Like It / Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin 2,001,090 Atlantic
13. Mine / Bazzi 1,997,962 Atlantic
14. Stir Fry / Migos 1,897,029 Capitol
15. The Middle / Zedd & Maren Morris & Grey 1,793,277 Interscope
16. Nice for What / Drake 1,791,634 Republic
17. Sicko Mode / Travis Scott 1,771,974 Epic
18. Girls Like You / Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B) 1,736,802 Interscope
19. Walk It Talk It / Migos (feat. Drake) 1,730,836 Capitol
20. FEFE / 6ix9ine (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) 1,706,124 Strainge Entertainment / Caroline / Capitol
21. Thunder / Imagine Dragons 1,671,699 Interscope
22. Never Be the Same / Camila Cabello 1,658,957 Epic
23. Nonstop / Drake 1,644,639 Republic
24. Rockstar / Post Malone (feat. 21 Savage) 1,622,238 Republic / Caroline / Capitol
25. Let You Down / NF 1,616,497 Real Music / Caroline / Capitol
26. Heaven / Kane Brown 1,596,287 RCA Nashville
27. Love Lies / Khalid & Normani 1,593,622 RCA
28. Plug Walk / Rich the Kid 1,566,728 Interscope
29. No Limit / G-Eazy (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) 1,506,257 RCA
30. Bartier Cardi / Cardi B (feat. 21 Savage) 1,503,233 Atlantic
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