Most Streamed Hit Songs of 2018

December 6, 2018 by Steven M. Peters

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Long gone are the days of records and CDs. Even buying music online to download is increasingly a thing of the past. More and more, today’s music fans are relying on streaming to listen to their favorite tunes. Streaming music accounted for three-quarters of the music industry’s revenue in the first half on 2018. And the use of streaming is likely to expand even more because of the ease of use and access to a large variety of music.

Spotify – the world’s most popular streaming service – currently hosts over 40 million songs, available to 191 million users. For a musician’s work, therefore, to be among the most streamed is quite a feat.

24/7 Wall St. has identified the most streamed hit songs of 2018. These are the songs that charted this year on the Billboard Hot 100 – which considers streaming, sales, and radio play – and outshined the competition in 2018 with the most streams on Spotify.

The majority of the year’s most streamed songs belong to the R&B/hip hop music style. R&B/hip hop surpassed rock as the most dominant genre last year, and it has sustained its popularity. Drake – who eclipsed The Beatles this October to become the artist with the most top 10 hits in a single year – performs four of the most streamed songs. XXXTentacion – the 20-year-old rapper who was murdered this past June – has five songs. Four of these tracks had their highest rates of streaming in one of the two weeks following the artist’s death.

While many of the most streamed songs also reached No. 1 on the charts this year, not all did. XXXTentacion’s “Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares” only peaked at No. 42. Rapper and singer Juice WRLD’s “All Girls Are the Same” peaked at No. 41. Yet both of these tracks had more than 100 million plays on Spotify this year.

Methodology

To determine the most streamed songs of 2018, 24/7 Wall St. identified the songs that had the most streams on Spotify within the United States in 2018. This was done by combining all of the weekly streams a song had when it was ranked among Spotify’s Top 200 most played weekly tracks. Any streams that occurred when a song was not ranked among the service’s top 200 tracks were not included. All songs had to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at least once in 2018 to be considered.

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25. Bank Account
> By: 21 Savage
> Most streams in a week: 4,589,775
> Best week: January 4
> Peak Billboard position: 12

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24. Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares
> By: XXXTentacion
> Most streams in a week: 5,887,270
> Best week: June 21
> Peak Billboard position: 42

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23. Japan
> By: Famous Dex
> Most streams in a week: 6,849,424
> Best week: April 19
> Peak Billboard position: 28

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22. Young Dumb & Broke
> By: Khalid
> Most streams in a week: 4,319,972
> Best week: January 4
> Peak Billboard position: 18

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21. Call Out My Name
> By: The Weeknd
> Most streams in a week: 18,660,722
> Best week: April 5
> Peak Billboard position: 4

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20. Youngblood
> By: 5 Seconds Of Summer
> Most streams in a week: 6,162,302
> Best week: June 21
> Peak Billboard position: 7

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19. Mo Bamba
> By: Sheck Wes
> Most streams in a week: 11,193,239
> Best week: November 8
> Peak Billboard position: 6

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18. All Girls Are The Same
> By: Juice WRLD
> Most streams in a week: 6,052,811
> Best week: June 28
> Peak Billboard position: 41

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17. No Tears Left To Cry
> By: Ariana Grande
> Most streams in a week: 11,650,452
> Best week: April 26
> Peak Billboard position: 3

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16. Changes
> By: XXXTentacion
> Most streams in a week: 8,147,473
> Best week: June 28
> Peak Billboard position: 18

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15. Candy Paint
> By: Post Malone
> Most streams in a week: 10,274,908
> Best week: May 3
> Peak Billboard position: 34

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14. Plug Walk
> By: Rich The Kid
> Most streams in a week: 8,789,836
> Best week: April 12
> Peak Billboard position: 13

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13. Stir Fry
> By: Migos
> Most streams in a week: 9,568,918
> Best week: February 1
> Peak Billboard position: 8

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12. Nonstop
> By: Drake
> Most streams in a week: 24,972,971
> Best week: July 5
> Peak Billboard position: 2

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11. Mine
> By: Bazzi
> Most streams in a week: 9,089,685
> Best week: February 22
> Peak Billboard position: 11

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10. Jocelyn Flores
> By: XXXTentacion
> Most streams in a week: 9,353,667
> Best week: June 21
> Peak Billboard position: 19

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9. Sicko Mode
> By: Travis Scott
> Most streams in a week: 19,657,392
> Best week: August 9
> Peak Billboard position: 1

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8. I Fall Apart
> By: Post Malone
> Most streams in a week: 6,971,450
> Best week: January 11
> Peak Billboard position: 16

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7. Moonlight
> By: XXXTentacion
> Most streams in a week: 11,929,608
> Best week: June 28
> Peak Billboard position: 13

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6. In My Feelings
> By: Drake
> Most streams in a week: 30,747,676
> Best week: July 19
> Peak Billboard position: 1

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5. Better Now
> By: Post Malone
> Most streams in a week: 21,229,827
> Best week: May 3
> Peak Billboard position: 3

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4. Nice For What
> By: Drake
> Most streams in a week: 19,830,250
> Best week: April 19
> Peak Billboard position: 1

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3. Lucid Dreams
> By: Juice WRLD
> Most streams in a week: 13,963,947
> Best week: June 28
> Peak Billboard position: 2

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2. Sad!
> By: XXXTentacion
> Most streams in a week: 15,024,019
> Best week: March 22
> Peak Billboard position: 1

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1. God’s Plan
> By: Drake
> Most streams in a week: 28,708,450
> Best week: February 1
> Peak Billboard position: 1