Music

Apple Has Dropped Its 2018 Rankings And Cripes, There’s A Lot To Unpack Here

Songs, Artists, Books, Apps, Games, Podcasts...Apple knows all your secrets.

Yesterday, streaming service Spotify dropped its annual year in review list of all the tunes we devoured in 2018. Apple has now also released their look back at the past 11 months of content and not only does it show Apple Music’s most-streamed tracks, but also everything else they offer…from podcasts to books and more.

Let’s start off with the the tunes shall we? Despite recently overtaking overall Spotify users in the US, Apple Music remains runner-up here in Australia so going off pure numbers yesterday’s Spotify lists are possibly more reflective of Aussie tastes. Does the differences in rankings between the two give us insight into the cultural distinctions and class structures between users of the two apps though? I don’t know, I’m not a stats nerd!

Whereas Spotify listeners were thirsty as hell for Drake in 2018, Apple reports that Post Malone was the more listened to artist on their service. ‘I Fall Apart’ was the most streamed song overall, followed by local lads 5 Seconds of Summer with their thumping earworm ‘Youngblood’, and then Drake with ‘God’s Plan’.

Despite being released in March 2017, redheaded rapscallion Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) took out Most Streamed Album, with Post Malone’s beerbongs and bentleys just behind and the Hugh Jackman heavy The Greatest Showman Soundtrack in number three.

Cop the full list below and pour some out for the extreme lack of Aussie artists that feature. It’s literally only 5SOS and Amy Shark. What’s wrong with our own music Australia?

Most Streamed Songs In Australia

1. ‘I Fall Apart’, Post Malone
2. ‘Youngblood’, 5 Seconds of Summer
3. ‘God’s Plan’, Drake
4. ‘rockstar’ (feat. 21 Savage), Post Malone
5. ‘Meant to Be’, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
6. ‘Let You Down’, NF
7. ‘Havana’ (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello
8. ‘Psycho’ (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), Post Malone
9. ‘These Days’ (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen), Rudimental
10. ‘Silence’ (feat. Khalid), Marshmello
11. ‘All The Stars’, Kendrick Lamar & SZA
12. ‘Be Alright’, Dean Lewis
13. ‘Perfect’, Ed Sheeran
14. ‘Candy Paint’, Post Malone
15. ‘The Middle’, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
16. ‘Better Now’, Post Malone
17. ‘River’ (feat. Ed Sheeran), Eminem
18. ‘IDGAF’, Dua Lipa
19. ‘I Said Hi’, Amy Shark
20. ‘Nice For What’, Drake

Most Streamed Albums in Australia

1. ÷ (Deluxe), Ed Sheeran
2. beerbongs & bentleys, Post Malone
3. The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists
4. Stoney, Post Malone
5. Scorpion, Drake
6. ?, XXXTENTACION
7. Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZA
8. reputation, Taylor Swift
9. Evolve, Imagine Dragons
10. American Teen, Khalid
11. Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa
12. Beautiful Trauma, P!nk
13. Youngblood, 5 Seconds of Summer
14. Baby Lullaby: Relaxing Piano Lullabies and Natural Sleep Aid for Baby Sleep Music, Einstein Baby Lullaby Academy
15. 17, XXXTENTACION
16. Heartbreak on a Full Moon, Chris Brown
17. The Thrill of It All, Sam Smith
18. Revival, Eminem
19. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
20. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

In extremely appropriate news given the breakthrough in the criminal case it’s concerned with today, Aussie produced podcast Teacher’s Pet was the most downloaded new poddy of 2018 on Apple Music. True crime podcasts heavily feature in both the overall and new podcast lists, like Australian True Crime and Unravel True Crime as well as the usual love for commercial radio wrap-up programs like Hamish & Andy.

Most Downloaded Podcasts (Overall)

1. ABC Radio:Conversations
2. The Joe Rogan Experience
3. TED Talks Daily
4. Stuff You Should Know
5. Casefile Ture Crime
6. The Teacher’s Pet
7. Hamish & Andy
8. Kate, Tim, & Marty
9. Hack (triple j)
10. The Daily (The New York Times)
11. Australian True Crime
12. My Favorite Murder
13. Global News Podcast
14. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
15. My Dad Wrote a Porno
16. This American Life
17. All In the Mind (ABC)
18. The GaryVee Audio Experience
19. Freakonomics Radio
20. Serial

Most Downloaded Podcasts (Launched in 2018)

1. The Teacher’s Pet
2. Unravel True Crime
3. The Betoota Advocate
4. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
5. Russia, If You’re Listening
6. The Sunday Triple M NRL Catch Up — Paul Kent, Gordon Tallis, Ryan Girdler, Anthony Maroon
7. The Signal (ABC)
8. The Pineapple Project
9. Caliphate
10. Dr. Death
11. Crawf & Hirdy – We Talk Football
12. The Health Code
13. Talk is Jericho
14. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
15. The Rush Hour with MG
16. Wrong Skin
17. Jase & PJ
18. Conspiracy Theories
19. Today, Explained
20. Death in Ice Valley

We’re not done yet mates, as Apple also dropped the most downloaded apps, games and books in this exhaustive review. There’s no huge surprises amongst the rankings to be honest, with Instagram the most downloaded app (Spotify at number four, lol), Fortnite the most downloaded game and Nine Perfect Strangers from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty as our fave novel.

It’s the non-fiction list that is most worrying though, with the majority of the most downloaded books self-help and fad diet guides. Also Jordan B. Peterson’s book is number four? For shame Australia, that alt-right piece of shit guy sucks tremendously.

Peruse the final lists below. That’s it. We did it! Thanks Apple, it’s not at all weird that you know all of our secrets.

Most Downloaded Free iPhone Apps

1. Instagram
2. Messenger
3. Facebook
4. Spotify Music
5. YouTube
6. Snapchat
7. WhatsApp Messenger
8. Google Maps
9. Netflix
10. Bitmoji
11. Uber Eats
12. Uber
13. Gmail
14. Wish
15. CommBank

Most Downloaded Paid iPhone Apps

1. TripView
2. The Wonder Weeks
3. WikiCamps Australia
4. kirakira+
5. Facetune
6. PlantSnap Plant Identification
7. Monash University FODMAP diet
8. Forest – Stay focused
9. Afterlight 2
10. 1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
11. Rain Parrot
12. AutoSleep Tracker for Watch
13. My Talking Pet Pro
14. TouchRetouch
15. CamToPlan PRO

Most Downloaded Free iPhone Games

1. Fortnite
2. Helix Jump
3. Hole.io
4. Rise Up
5. PUBG MOBILE
6. Love Balls
7. Word Link – Word Puzzle Game
8. Snake VS Block
9. Subway Surfers
10. Sling Drift

Most Popular Fiction Books

1. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
4. The Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn
5. Still Me, Jojo Moyes
6. The Next Girl, Carla Kovach
7. Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews
8. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
9. The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz
10. The Last Dance, Fiona McIntosh

Most Popular Non-Fiction Books

1. The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape
2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson
3. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
4. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson
5. Working Class Boy [Film Tie-in edition], Jimmy Barnes
6. The Trauma Cleaner, Sarah Krasnostein
7. Fear, Bob Woodward
8. Save Our Sleep, Tizzie Hall
9. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland
10. The Clever Guts Diet, Michael Mosley