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Shazam’s Mid-year Review: The Most Popular Songs & Artists Of 2018 - So Far

Blog post   •   Jun 26, 2018 15:24 EDT

With June drawing to a close, Shazam’s team of experts looked back at the first half of 2018 to gain insight into the year’s biggest movers.

2018’s most popular songs so far are a mix of artists who have continued phenomenal momentum from 2017 - led by Ed Sheeran - and exciting new tracks from the likes of Marshmello & Anne Marie, Rudimental and Nicky Jam & J Balvin.

“Even though Ed’s album ÷ is now more than a year old, the songs from it continue to be Shazamed in large numbers,” said Julian Marshall, Global Head of Content. “With some big releases incoming from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, and tracks like “X” still in our Worldwide Top 10, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s still top of the charts at the end of the year.”

Here are the 2018 trends so far.

The most shazamed 2018 tracks:

  • Ed Sheeran - “Perfect”
  • Nicky Jam & J. Balvin - “X”
  • Jax Jones Feat. Ina Wroldsen - “Breathe”
  • Alice Merton - “No Roots”
  • Marshmello & Anne-Marie - “Friends”
  • Rudimental Feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - “These Days”
  • Tom Walker - “Leave A Light On”
  • Camila Cabello - “Never Be The Same”
  • Portugal, The Man - “Feel It Still”
  • G-Eazy & Halsey - “Him & I”
  • Imagine Dragons - “Whatever It Takes”
  • Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - “Échame La Culpa”
  • Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage - “rockstar”
  • Camila Cabello Feat. Young Thug - “Havana”
  • Drake - “God's Plan”

Top 5 Shazamed artists in 2018:

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. J. Balvin
  3. Drake
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Kendrick Lamar

Longest consecutive run at #1 in the Shazam Charts in 2018: Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa Most Shazamed female artist in 2018: Dua Lipa

Most Shazamed male artist in 2018: Ed Sheeran

Most Shazamed band in 2018: Imagine Dragons

Most Shazamed duo in 2018: Nicky Jam & J. Balvin

Most Shazamed track by genre in 2018:

  • Pop - Ed Sheeran - Perfect
  • Hip-Hop - Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
  • Dance - Jax Jones Feat. Ina Wroldsen - Breathe
  • Latin - Nicky Jam & J. Balvin- X
  • R&B/Soul - The Weeknd - Call Out My Name
  • Country - Jason Aldean - You Make It Easy
  • K-Pop - BTS - FAKE LOVE