Maroon 5 Biggest Act On U.S. Radio in 2018, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ Year’s Top Song

If it feels such as you heard quite a lot of Maroon 5 on the radio in 2018, you’re proper. The band completed 2018 as the most important act on U.S. radio airwaves, in response to Nielsen Music. The group’s catalog of songs collected eight.58 billion viewers impressions throughout all monitored radio stations, from 1.95 million performs of their tunes.

Drake was the second most-heard act on the radio final yr, with eight.15 billion in viewers impressions, whereas Imagine Dragons (7.18 billion), Post Malone (7.14 billion) and Ed Sheeran (7.08 billion) rounded out the highest 5 greatest radio acts of 2018.

As for the remainder of the highest 10 greatest radio acts of the yr: Bruno Mars was the sixth-biggest (6.41 billion), adopted by Camila Cabello (5.81 billion), Taylor Swift (5.52 billion), Shawn Mendes (5.38 billion) and Cardi B (5.14 billion).

“PERFECT” IS 2018’S BIGGEST RADIO HIT: For the second yr in a row, Ed Sheeran had the most-heard track on the radio. “Perfect” was tops in 2018, with three.99 billion viewers impressions. In 2017, Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was the most-heard track, with 5.847 billion impressions. (See prime 10 chart, beneath.)

“Perfect” spent 9 weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre Radio Songs chart and reached No. 1 on the Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary airplay charts.

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s crossover hit “Meant to Be” was radio’s No. 2 greatest track of 2018, with three.53 billion in viewers impressions. The track topped Billboard’s weekly all-genre Radio Songs airplay chart, in addition to the Country Airplay and Adult Pop Songs airplay tallies. It additionally reached the highest three on the Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary airplay charts.

Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle” was the No. three radio tune of the yr (three.5 billion in viewers), adopted by Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” that includes Cardi B (three.08 billion), and Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” (2.84 billion). The lattermost monitor broke the report for probably the most weeks ever on the Pop Songs airplay chart, spending a mighty 45 weeks on the tally (and ruling at No. 1 for 4 of these weeks).

Camila Cabello is the one act with two songs within the year-end prime 10 radio tally, as “Havana,” that includes Young Thug, is No. 6 (2.81 billion) and “Never Be the Same” is No. 7 (2.75 billion). Drake’s “God’s Plan” is No. eight (2.63 billion), MAX’s breakthrough hit “Lights Down Low,” that includes Gnash, is No. 9 (2.62 billion) and Taylor Swift’s “Delicate” is No. 10 (2.51 billion).

Nielsen Music’s 2018 monitoring yr ran from Dec. 29, 2017 by means of Jan. three, 2019. Due to a quirk within the calendar, there have been 53 weeks in 2018, as an alternative of the standard 52. So, for 2018 quantity comparisons to 2017, a corresponding 53-week interval is utilized by Nielsen Music for 2017: Dec. 30, 2016 by means of Jan. four, 2018. Numbers on this story are rounded. Audience impressions are measured by cross-referencing performs with Nielsen Audio viewers information – i.e., a play on a top-rated New York station at eight a.m. on a Monday has extra listeners (viewers) than an in a single day weekend play in a smaller metropolis.

TOP 10 RADIO SONGS OF 2018 IN U.S. (RANKED BY AUDIENCE IMPRESSIONS)
RankArtist, TitleAudience Impressions
1Ed Sheeran, "Perfect"three.988 billion
2Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be"three.533 billion
threeZedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle"three.505 billion
fourMaroon 5 that includes Cardi B, "Girls Like You"three.079 billion
5Dua Lipa, "New Rules"2.841 billion
6Camila Cabello that includes Young Thug, "Havana"2.814 billion
7Camila Cabello, "Never Be the Same"2.747 billion
eightDrake, "God's Plan"2.630 billion
9MAX, "Lights Down Low"2.616 billion
10Taylor Swift, "Delicate"2.509 billion
Source: Nielsen Music, for the monitoring interval Dec. 29, 2017 by means of Jan. three, 2019.

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