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Spotify has listed the most-streamed songs of Summer 2018. The list is dominated by Drake, with support from Cardi B and Post Malone. But while the playlist will likely only appeal to a certain age group, it’s a fascinating snapshot of the music business.
The Billboard charts are good at informing us what songs have sold well on a particular day or week. However, music streaming services are better at tracking what songs have actually been the soundtrack to people’s summer. And Summer 2018 is no exception.
Spotify’s Most-Streamed Songs of Summer 2018
Spotify’s biggest song of Summer 2018 is Drake’s In My Feelings, a track which inspired a viral dance challenge and was the source of multiple memes. According to Spotify, In My Feelings was played “more than 393 million times between June 1 and August 20.”
— Spotify (@Spotify) August 27, 2018
The full list of songs mainly consists of R&B, Hip-Hop, and EDM. Which is unsurprising given that these are the kinds of feelgood tracks people generally listen to on vacation. Still, the odd pop song and rock tune have made it onto the list as well…
- In My Feelings – Drake
- Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B)
- I Like It – Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
- Lucid Dreams – Juice WRLD
- SAD! – XXXTENTACION
- Better Now – Post Malone
- One Kiss – Calvin Harris (with Dua Lipa)
- Solo – Clean Bandit (feat. Demi Lovato)
- Taste – Tyga (feat. Offset)
- Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
- God’s Plan – Drake
- Nice For What – Drake
- Te Boté – Nio Garcia (feat. Casper Magico, Darrell, Ozuna, Bad Bunny and Nicky Jam)
- Jackie Chan – Tiësto, Dzeko (feat. Post Malone and Preme)
- Back To You – Selena Gomez
- No Tears Left to Cry – Ariana Grande
- Moonlight – XXXTENTACION
- Don’t Matter To Me – Drake (with Michael Jackson)
- Rise – Jonas Blue
- Nonstop – Drake
As a 40-something individual most of these songs haven’t exactly been on my radar. However, I can now stream this playlist in its entirety to actually hear what people half my age are listening to. So, thank you Spotify for making me feel really old.
Spotify Focuses on Popularity Over Personality
In previous years Spotify has created personal playlists for everyone. In 2017, Your Summer Rewind was packed with the songs each user had listened to over the last few summers. However, this year it seems Spotify is focusing more on general popularity.