Canberra hearts hip hop: Spotify announces most streamed songs of 2018
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Canberra hearts hip hop: Spotify announces most streamed songs of 2018

You're scrambling to select Christmas presents and cowering as 2019 rears its unsightly head, but I trust that you're all good to celebrate the musical year that was. Right?

Music streaming platform Spotify has just released their streaming insights for 2018, which include Canberra's top 10 most streamed tracks. Prepare to be delighted, disappointed or utterly confused about the creative punctuation kids are using in their artist names these days.

While 2017's results revealed a year of pop, rap and hip-hop have dominated this year.

The pop ballads of Ed Sheeran which topped the 2017 lists have been crushed by American hip-hop artist Post Malone, whose songs Better Now and Psycho featured in Canberra's top 10 most streamed tracks.

Drake has received over 8.2 billion streams in 2018 alone.

Drake has received over 8.2 billion streams in 2018 alone.Credit:Invision

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Our number-one most streamed track was 5 Seconds of Summer's teen-pash trackYoungblood, which was also the most streamed Aussie track globally.

Other Aussie artists to top the global rankings were can't-see-her Sia, hair angel Troye Sivan, and national sweetheart Hugh Jackman, who won streams for his soaring showtunes from The Greatest Showman. Even AC/DC is still getting a run.

Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC.

Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC.Credit:Edwina Pickles

Canadian rapper Drake champagne papi'd his way into our top 10, with tracks God's Plan and In My Feelings.

He also scored an international hat trick, nabbing most streamed artist, most streamed album, and most streamed track, making him Spotify’s most streamed artist of all time with 8.2 billion streams in 2018 alone. How many of these listens were people trying to practice the Kiki dance?

Here's the list of Canberra's most streamed songs on Spotify in 2018:
1. 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
2. Dean Lewis - Be Alright
3. Drake - God’s Plan
4. benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
5. Normani & Khalid - Love Lies
6. Post Malone - Better Now
7. XXXTENTACION - SAD!
8. Post Malone - Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
9. Drake - In My Feelings
10. Maroon 5 - Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)

You might be wondering two things. 1) Where is Justin Bieber? Is he ok? and 2) Where the HELL are the ladies at?

Despite Ariana Grande taking out the top spot as Spotify’s most streamed female artist globally, she and her ponytail did not manage to whirl their way into Canberra's top 10. Tough crowd.

Canberra says "thank u, next" to most streamed global female artist Ariana Grande.

Canberra says "thank u, next" to most streamed global female artist Ariana Grande.Credit:Invision

The only female artists in our top 10 were Normani, Cardi B and Halsey, none of whom had stand-alone tracks on the list.

Since launching in 2008 - when you were using Limewire to pad out your sticker-infested iPod nanos - Spotify has become the world's largest music streaming service. They now have more than 87 million subscribers internationally.

And if zero of the artists on the list are ringing the faintest of bells for you, there's a place you can go.

Spotify also released a list of the most followed playlists worldwide, which includes:

1. Today's Top Hits
2. RapCaviar
3. ¡Viva Latino!
4. Baila Reggaeton
5. Songs to Sing in the Car

So while you endure Clyde Mountain traffic this summer, you know where to get your 2018 music fix.

Serena Coady is a lifestyle reporter at The Canberra Times

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