The Top 100 Songs of 2018 in Australia

Australia’s ARIA has published a year-end chart for 2018. The Top 100 songs of the year down under are listed below. The country was faithful to its own artists, as the #1 spot is taken by group 5 Seconds of Summer and “Youngblood”. Canada’s Drake comes in 2nd with “God’s Plan”, the UK’s Ed Sheeran 3rd with “Perfect”, and Australia’s own Dean Lewis in 4th with “Be Alright”.

TITLE ARTIST
1 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
2 God’s Plan Drake
3 Perfect Ed Sheeran
4 Be Alright Dean Lewis
5 Meant to Be Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
6 I Fall Apart Post Malone
7 Psycho Post Malone
8 Girls Like You Maroon 5
9 Shotgun George Ezra
10 Eastside Benny Blanco
11 Better Now Post Malone
12 Rockstar Post Malone
13 Love Lies Khalid & Normani
14 These Days Rudimental
15 The Middle Zedd & Grey
16 In My Feelings Drake
17 All The Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
18 IDGAF Dua Lipa
19 River Eminem
20 One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
21 Sad! XXXTentacion
22 Nice For What Drake
23 Havana Camila Cabello
24 This Is Me K. Settle/ Greatest Showman Ensemble
25 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
26 No Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande
27 FRIENDS Marshmello & Anne Marie
28 2002 Anne-Marie
29 Rise Jonas Blue
30 Silence Marshmello x Khalid
31 I Said Hi Amy Shark
32 High Hopes Panic! At The Disco
33 Happier Marshmello & Bastille
34 Never Be The Same Camila Cabello
35 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man
36 I Like It Cardi B 
37 Let You Down NF
38 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
39 Finesse Bruno Mars
40 Body Loud Luxury
41 Lovely Billie Eilish
42 Hurt Somebody Noah Kahan & Julia Michaels
43 Go Bang Pnau
44 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
45 Candy Paint Post Malone
46 Wolves Selena Gomez & Marshmello
47 Mine Bazzi
48 Sicko Mode Travis Scott & Drake
49 HUMBLE. Kendrick Lamar & Skrillex
50 Thunder Imagine Dragons
51 Promises Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
52 Fire/Reprisal Peking Duk
53 Shallow Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
54 New Rules Dua Lipa
55 Young Dumb & Broke Khalid
56 Healing Hands Conrad Sewell
57 Freaky Friday Lil Dicky 
58 Back To You Selena Gomez
59 Let Me Go Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso
60 Thank U, Next Ariana Grande
61 Call Out My Name The Weeknd
62 Ocean Martin Garrix 
63 I Miss You Clean Bandit 
64 Jackie Chan Tiesto & Dzeko
65 In My Blood Shawn Mendes
66 Without Me Halsey
67 Solo Clean Bandit
68 Say Something Justin Timberlake
69 Remind Me To Forget Kygo
70 Him & I G-Eazy 
71 Pray For Me The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
72 I’ll Be There Jess Glynne
73 What Lovers Do Maroon 5 
74 I Like Me Better Lauv
75 Happier Ed Sheeran
76 Chateau Angus & Julia Stone
77 Better Khalid
78 Born To Be Yours Kygo & Imagine Dragons
79 Look Alive BlocBoy JB 
80 You Are The Reason Calum Scott
81 Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith
82 Rewrite the Stars Zac Efron & Zendaya
83 No Brainer DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & Quavo
84 My My My! Troye Sivan
85 Sunflower Post Malone & Swae Lee
86 Just Friends Hayden James 
87 For You (Fifty Shades Freed) Liam Payne & Rita Ora
88 This Is America Childish Gambino
89 I Love It Lil Pump & Kanye West
90 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran
91 God Is A Woman Ariana Grande
92 I Wanna Know NOTD 
93 In My Mind Dynoro
94 Beautiful Bazzi
95 Coming Home Sheppard
96 OTW Khalid x Ty Dolla $ign x 6lack
97 Praise The Lord (Da Shine) A$AP Rocky 
98 We’re Going Home Vance Joy
99 Believer Imagine Dragons
100 Congratulations Post Malone
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Jolin Tsai Releases 14th Album Ugly Beauty

Mandopop superstar Jolin Tsai of Taibei recently released her 14th studio album, Ugly Beauty. It is her first album in four years, following the critically acclaimed Play. The new disc’s cover (not pictured here) will not win any awards; it’s ugly, but that’s the point. Thematically, Jolin departs from standard pop music’s cling to aestheticism to explore the duality of the real world which contains both ugliness and beauty. Onboard the hitmaking team for the album is an international crew including Australia’s Hayley Aiken and the United States’ Jeff Bova. Below we embed the eye-popping music video for the album’s title-track in which Jolin comments on constantly being judged as an artist, but being a prisoner won’t stop her from making the kind of music she wants. Jolin broke with the tradition of C-pop being all about adult contemporary and piano ballads by making Chinese dance pop which some found to be an ugly move and others a beautiful one. The amazing music video for “Ugly Beauty” is easily one of the best in the world for 2018, being released on Boxing Day.

Turkey’s Gülşen Scores a Big Comeback

Veteran Turkish singer Gülşen has slayed the charts with single “Bir İhtimal Biliyorum”. From Istanbul, she has been releasing music since 1996 and has scored several #1 hits. A new album is expected out from her in 2019, her last LP appearing in 2015. In December 2018, Gülşen launched the single “Bir İhtimal Biliyorum”. The flames-filled MV embedded below has thus far accumulated nearly 30 million views.

The Top 100 Songs of 2018 in The United States

The 2018 Billboard US Hot 100 year-end chart puts Canada’s Drake on top with “God’s Plan”. Britain’s Ed Sheeran takes the #2 spot with “Perfect”. Collaborative single from American artists Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line is third.

1 GOD’S PLAN Drake
2 PERFECT Ed Sheeran
3 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
4 HAVANA Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug
5 ROCKSTAR Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
6 PSYCHO Post Malone Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
7 I LIKE IT Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
8 THE MIDDLE Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
9 IN MY FEELINGS Drake
10 GIRLS LIKE YOU Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
11 NICE FOR WHAT Drake
12 LUCID DREAMS Juice WRLD
13 BETTER NOW Post Malone
14 FINESSE Bruno Mars & Cardi B
15 BOO’D UP Ella Mai
16 NEW RULES Dua Lipa
17 SAD! XXXTENTACION
18 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello
19 LOVE LIES Khalid & Normani
20 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande
21 MINE Bazzi
22 THUNDER Imagine Dragons
23 LOOK ALIVE BlocBoy JB Featuring Drake
24 DELICATE Taylor Swift
25 YES INDEED Lil Baby & Drake
26 FRIENDS Marshmello & Anne-Marie
27 BAD AT LOVE Halsey
28 TASTE Tyga Featuring Offset
29 LET YOU DOWN NF
30 NO LIMIT G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B
31 FEFE 6ix9ine Featuring Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz
32 TEQUILA Dan + Shay
33 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man
34 MOTORSPORT Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
35 I LIKE ME BETTER Lauv
36 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer
37 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons
38 RIC FLAIR DRIP Offset & Metro Boomin
39 I FALL APART Post Malone
40 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
41 BACK TO YOU Selena Gomez
42 SICKO MODE Travis Scott
43 WALK IT TALK IT Migos Featuring Drake
44 GUCCI GANG Lil Pump
45 HIM & I G-Eazy & Halsey
46 IN MY BLOOD Shawn Mendes
47 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar & SZA
48 STIR FRY Migos
49 TOO GOOD AT GOODBYES Sam Smith
50 LOVE. Kendrick Lamar Featuring Zacari
51 THIS IS AMERICA Childish Gambino
52 NONSTOP Drake
53 HEAVEN Kane Brown
54 BODAK YELLOW (MONEY MOVES) Cardi B
55 FREAKY FRIDAY Lil Dicky Featuring Chris Brown
56 GUMMO 6ix9ine
57 PLUG WALK Rich The Kid
58 WAIT Maroon 5
59 BE CAREFUL Cardi B
60 WOLVES Selena Gomez X Marshmello
61 BARTIER CARDI Cardi B Featuring 21 Savage
62 GOD IS A WOMAN Ariana Grande
63 BIG BANK YG Featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj
64 SORRY NOT SORRY Demi Lovato
65 HOW LONG Charlie Puth
66 LIGHTS DOWN LOW MAX Featuring gnash
67 YOUNG DUMB & BROKE Khalid
68 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
69 NATURAL Imagine Dragons
70 YOU MAKE IT EASY Jason Aldean
71 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran
72 I GET THE BAG Gucci Mane Featuring Migos
73 NO BRAINER DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo
74 PLAIN JANE A$AP Ferg Featuring Nicki Minaj
75 SKY WALKER Miguel Featuring Travis Scott
76 MARRY ME Thomas Rhett
77 EASTSIDE Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
78 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd
79 KING’S DEAD Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake
80 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille
81 TE BOTE Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Bad Bunny
82 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line
83 LEMON N*E*R*D & Rihanna
84 1-800-273-8255 Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
85 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
86 I’M UPSET Drake
87 GET ALONG Kenny Chesney
88 MOONLIGHT XXXTENTACION
89 WHAT LOVERS DO Maroon 5 Featuring SZA
90 X Nicky Jam x J Balvin
91 OUTSIDE TODAY YoungBoy Never Broke Again
92 TRIP Ella Mai
93 DURA Daddy Yankee
94 CHANGES XXXTENTACION
95 MERCY Brett Young
96 ONE NUMBER AWAY Luke Combs
97 POWERGLIDE Rae Sremmurd & Juicy J
98 IDGAF Dua Lipa
99 MI GENTE J Balvin & Willy William Featuring Beyonce
100 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons

The Top 100 Songs of 2018 in The United Kingdom

Britain has released its official Top 100 singles of 2018. The UK is the world’s third largest music industry after the US and Japan respectively. Collaboration “One Kiss” by Scotland EDM whiz Calvin Harris and English singer Dua Lipa tops the chart. Seven of the Top 10 hits are from Commonwealth artists with two entries from Canada’s Drake.

1. ONE KISS, CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA
2. GOD’S PLAN, DRAKE
3. SHOTGUN, GEORGE EZRA
4. THIS IS ME, SETTLE/GREATEST SHOWMAN ENS
5. THESE DAYS, RUDIMENTAL/GLYNNE/MACKLEMORE
6. PERFECT, ED SHEERAN
7. NICE FOR WHAT, DRAKE
8. PARADISE, GEORGE EZRA
9. NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY, ARIANA GRANDE
10. FEEL IT STILL, PORTUGAL THE MAN
11. IDGAF, DUA LIPA
12. 2002, ANNE-MARIE
13. FRIENDS, MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE
14. FREAKY FRIDAY, LIL DICKY FT CHRIS BROWN
15. IN MY FEELINGS, DRAKE
16. SOLO, CLEAN BANDIT FT DEMI LOVATO
17. HAVANA, CAMILA CABELLO FT YOUNG THUG
18. THE GREATEST SHOW, JACKMAN/SETTLE/EFRON/ZENDAYA
19. EASTSIDE, BENNY BLANCO/HALSEY/KHALID
20. NEW RULES, DUA LIPA
21. BETTER NOW, POST MALONE
22. PSYCHO, POST MALONE FT TY DOLLA SIGN
23. I LIKE IT, CARDI B/BAD BUNNY/J BALVIN
24. ROCKSTAR, POST MALONE FT 21 SAVAGE
25. PROMISES, CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH
26. GIRLS LIKE YOU, MAROON 5 FT CARDI B
27. LULLABY, SIGALA & PALOMA FAITH
28. YOUNGBLOOD, 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
29. BARKING, RAMZ
30. RIVER, EMINEM FT ED SHEERAN
31. SHAPE OF YOU, ED SHEERAN
32. REWRITE THE STARS, ZAC EFRON & ZENDAYA
33. BODY, LOUD LUXURY FT BRANDO
34. I’LL BE THERE, JESS GLYNNE
35. THE MIDDLE, ZEDD/MAREN MORRIS/GREY
36. LEAVE A LIGHT ON, TOM WALKER
37. A MILLION DREAMS, ZIV ZAIFMAN/JACKMAN/WILLIAMS
38. ALL THE STARS, KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA
39. BREATHE, JAX JONES FT INA WROLDSEN
40. TASTE, TYGA FT OFFSET
41. RISE, JONAS BLUE FT JACK & JACK
42. JUMANJI, B YOUNG
43. TIP TOE, JASON DERULO FT FRENCH MONTANA
44. NEVER ENOUGH, LOREN ALLRED
45. IF YOU’RE OVER ME, YEARS & YEARS
46. SAD, XXXTENTACION
47. MEANT TO BE, BEBE REXHA FT FLORIDA GEORGIA
48. I MISS YOU, CLEAN BANDIT FT JULIA MICHAELS
49. ANYWHERE, RITA ORA
50. FLAMES, DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
51. ANSWERPHONE, BANX & RANX/ELLA EYRE/BANE
52. LOVE LIES, KHALID & NORMANI
53. LUCID DREAMS, JUICE WRLD
54. MY LOVER, NOT3S
55. BAD VIBE, M O/LOTTO BOYZZ/MR EAZI
56. 17, MK
57. FINESSE, BRUNO MARS & CARDI B
58. NEVER BE THE SAME, CAMILA CABELLO
59. SAY SOMETHING, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FT STAPLETON
60. THE OTHER SIDE, HUGH JACKMAN & ZAC EFRON
61. DESPACITO (REMIX), LUIS FONSI/DADDY YANKEE/BIEBER
62. HAPPIER, MARSHMELLO FT BASTILLE
63. JACKIE CHAN, TIESTO/DZEKO/PREME/POST MALONE
64. STRANGERS, SIGRID
65. LOOK ALIVE, BLOCBOY JB FT DRAKE
66. LET YOU DOWN, NF
67. GERMAN, EO
68. THANK U NEXT, ARIANA GRANDE
69. SILENCE, MARSHMELLO FT KHALID
70. FINE LINE, MABEL FT NOT3S
71. I FALL APART, POST MALONE
72. COME ALIVE, HUGH JACKMAN/GREATEST SHOWMAN
73. UNFORGETTABLE, FRENCH MONTANA FT SWAE LEE
74. IN MY BLOOD, SHAWN MENDES
75. FOR YOU (FIFTY SHADES FREED), LIAM PAYNE/RITA ORA
76. GOD IS A WOMAN, ARIANA GRANDE
77. NEVERMIND, DENNIS LLOYD
78. FIRST TIME, M-22 FT MEDINA
79. FROM NOW ON, HUGH JACKMAN/GREATEST SHOWMAN
80. MR BRIGHTSIDE, KILLERS
81. LOST WITHOUT YOU, FREYA RIDINGS
82. MAN DOWN, SHAKKA FT ALUNAGEORGE
83. I KNOW YOU, CRAIG DAVID FT BASTILLE
84. PRAISE THE LORD (DA SHINE), ASAP ROCKY FT SKEPTA
85. TOO GOOD AT GOODBYES, SAM SMITH
86. IN MY MIND, DYNORO & GIGI D’AGOSTINO
87. SHALLOW, LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER
88. LET YOU LOVE ME, RITA ORA
89. BUTTERFLIES, AJ TRACEY & NOT3S
90. HIGH HOPES, PANIC AT THE DISCO
91. FAMILIAR, LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN
92. BLINDED BY YOUR GRACE – PT 2, STORMZY FT MNEK
93. SYMPHONY, CLEAN BANDIT FT ZARA LARSSON
94. SICKO MODE, TRAVIS SCOTT
95. I LOVE IT, KANYE WEST & LIL PUMP
96. NO WORDS, DAVE FT MOSTACK
97. CASTLE ON THE HILL, ED SHEERAN
98. DECLINE, RAYE FT MR EAZI
99. COLA, CAMELPHAT & ELDERBROOK
100. NO BRAINER, DJ KHALED/BIEBER/QUAVO/CHANCE

The Top 100 Songs of 2018 in Canada

Billboard Canada released the year-end top 100 singles of 2018 which are listed below. The biggest song of the year in maple land is “Havana” by Cuba’s Camila Cabello, formerly with United States based R&B group Fifth Harmony. The top track by a Canadian artist is “God’s Plan” by Drake at #3. There are 15 entries with a Canadian as the main, co-main, or lone featured artist. Eight of these involve Drake. The Canadian Hot 100 is determined by a weighting system of radio airplay, online streaming, and purchased downloads.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Havana Camila Cabello
2 Perfect Ed Sheeran
3 God’s Plan Drake
4 Rockstar Post Malone
5 Body Loud Luxury Ft. Brando
6 Girls Like You Maroon 5
7 Meant To Be Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
8 Psycho Post Malone
9 Nice For What Drake
10 I Like It Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
11 In My Feelings Drake
12 The Middle Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
13 No Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande
14 Better Now Post Malone
15 Sad! XXXTENTACION
16 Friends Marshmello & Anne-Marie
17 New Rules Dua Lipa
18 Thunder Imagine Dragons
19 One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
20 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
21 Love Lies Khalid & Normani
22 Finesse Bruno Mars & Cardi B
23 Look Alive BlocBoy JB Ft. Drake
24 Never Be The Same Camila Cabello
25 Despacito Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
26 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
27 Wolves Selena Gomez X Marshmello
28 Silence Marshmello
29 River Eminem
30 Taste Tyga
31 Jackie Chan Tiesto & Dzeko Ft. Preme & Post Malone
32 Back To You Selena Gomez
33 Pray For Me The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
34 In My Blood Shawn Mendes
35 This Is America Childish Gambino
36 Delicate Taylor Swift
37 Let You Down NF
38 Whatever It Takes Imagine Dragons
39 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
40 All The Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
41 Gucci Gang Lil Pump
42 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man
43 Him & I G-Eazy & Halsey
44 Call Out My Name The Weeknd
45 Mine Bazzi
46 Say Something Justin Timberlake
47 Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith
48 I Fall Apart Post Malone
49 Ric Flair Drip Offset & Metro Boomin
50 FEFE 6ix9ine
51 Sicko Mode Travis Scott
52 Walk It Talk It Migos Ft. Drake
53 Solo Clean Bandit
54 Plug Walk Rich The Kid
55 Unforgettable French Montana
56 What Lovers Do Maroon 5
57 No Limit G-Eazy
58 Let Me Go Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso
59 Freaky Friday Lil Dicky
60 Eastside Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
61 How Long Charlie Puth
62 Nonstop Drake
63 MotorSport Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
64 IDGAF Dua Lipa
65 No Brainer DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber et al.
66 God Is A Woman Ariana Grande
67 Mi Gente J Balvin & Willy William
68 Happier Marshmello & Bastille
69 Bad At Love Halsey
70 Bodak Yellow Cardi B
71 I’m Upset Drake
72 Moonlight XXXTENTACION
73 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
74 Yes Indeed Lil Baby & Drake
75 Stir Fry Migos
76 Not A Love Song Bulow
77 Plain Jane A$AP Ferg
78 I Love It Kanye West & Lil Pump
79 Bartier Cardi Cardi B
80 These Days Rudimental
81 Young Dumb & Broke Khalid
82 Ball For Me Post Malone
83 Powerglide Rae Sremmurd & Juicy J
84 Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
85 Wait Maroon 5
86 Simple Florida Georgia Line
87 Echame La Culpa Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato
88 Changes XXXTENTACION
89 Natural Imagine Dragons
90 Zombie Bad Wolves
91 I’m A Mess Bebe Rexha
92 Remind Me To Forget Kygo
93 Heaven Kane Brown
94 Dusk Till Dawn Zayn
95 X Nicky Jam x J Balvin
96 OTW Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign & 6LACK
97 King’s Dead Jay Rock, K. Lamar, Future & J. Blake
98 Gummo 6ix9ine
99 Marry Me Thomas Rhett
100 Praise The Lord A$AP Rocky

The Top 100 Songs of 2018 in Japan

Below is the year-end Billboard Japan Hot 100. For the top 10 we provide some tidbits on the artists and embed some music videos.

1. Lemon, Kenshi Yonezu

From Tokushima on Japan’s Shikoku island, Kenshi cleaned up in 2018 topping the year-end chart with “Lemon”. Its music video has amassed a quarter billion views. Half a dozen of his songs made the Japan Hot 100 of 2018.

2. U.S.A., DA PUMP

The seven-member boy group gave us some pumped up kicks in its homage to the U.S.A.

3. Glass Wo Ware!, Keyakizaka46

Japan is all about big numbers. This Japanese girl group consists of 46 members! The group was created in 2015 as Nogizaka46’s first sister group. Keyakizaka46 was named after a street in Tokyo.

4. Uchiage Hanabi, Daoko X Kehshi Yonezu

Another one from Kenshi. In this, he teams up with female singer Daoko. Another MV with a quarter billion views. Enjoy the anime.

5. Doraemon, Gen Hoshino

Gen topped the Hot 100 in 2017. Doraemon is the name of a popular manga series featuring a blue robotic cat.

6. Syncronicity, Nogizaka46

This 46-member girl group, releasing music since 2006, was formed in response to AKB48 as somewhat of a rival. Nothing wrong with digging both of them.

7. Jikochu De Ikou!, Nogizaka46

8. Candy Pop, TWICE

South Korean nine-member girl group Twice had a fabulous year releasing its first Japanese language album, BDZ. Nine songs made the year-end Top 100 in Japan. “Candy Pop” was the most successful of the batch landing at 8th of the year.

9. Sayonara Elegy, Masaki Suda

Masaki is an actor as well as a singer. He’s from Osaka.

10. Teacher Teacher, AKB48

Formed in 2005 as a 48-member girl group, the AKB stands for an area of Tokyo called Akihabara housing the group’s own theatre.

11. Ambivalent, Keyakizaka46
12. Cinderella Girl, King & Prince
13. Fake Love, BTS
14. Shape Of You, Ed Sheeran
15. Mabataki, back number
16. Loser, Kenshi Yonezu
17. Idea, Gen Hoshino
18. Wake Me Up, TWICE
19. TT, TWICE
20. Flamingo, Kenshi Yonezu
21. Kaerimichi Ha Toomawari Shitakunaru, Nogizaka46
22. Natsuhayate, Arashi
23. Dancing Hero, Yoko Oginome
24. DNA, BTS
25. Change, ONE OK ROCK
26. Hero, Namie Amuro
27. Ai No Katachi, MISIA Feat.HIDE(GReeeen)
28. MIC Drop, BTS Featuring Desiigner
29. What Is Love?, TWICE
30. Likey, TWICE
31. Peace Sign, Kenshi Yonezu
32. Sentimental Train, AKB48
33. Jabaja, AKB48
34. Haiiro To Ao (+ Masaki Suda), Kenshi Yonezu
35. Find The Answer, Arashi
36. Hanabi, Mr. Children
37. Kaze Ni Fukaretemo, Keyakizaka46
38. Ikinari Punch Line, SKE48
39. Dai Fuseikai, back number
40. Eine Kleine, Kenshi Yonezu
41. Heart Shaker, TWICE
42. Memorial, King & Prince
43. Muishiki No Iro, SKE48
44. Kimi No Uta, Arashi
45. Anata, Hikaru Utada
46. Koi, Gen Hoshino
47. Silent Majority, Keyakizaka46
48. Marigold, Aimyon
49. Sazanka, SEKAI NO OWARI
50. Fukyouwaon, Keyakizaka46
51. White Love, Hey! Say! JUMP
52. Excite, Daichi Miura
53. Blue, NEWS
54. Wherever You Are, ONE OK ROCK
55. Ikiro, NEWS
56. Mae Wo Muke, Hey! Say! JUMP
57. DDU-DU DDU-DU, BLACKPINK
58. Warotapipo, NMB48
59. Reboot, Toho Shinki
60. This Is Me, Keala Settle & Greatest Showman Ensemble
61. Be The One, Pandora
62. Bboom Bboom, MOMOLAND
63. Kanade, Sukima Switch
64. Topaz Love, KinKi Kids
65. Influencer, Nogizaka46
66. Havana, Camila Cabello
67. Ashita Mo, SHISHAMO
68. Kimi Ha Rock Wo Kikanai, Aimyon
69. Ai Wo Tsutaetai Datoka, Aimyong
70. Hatsukoi, Hikaru Utada
71. Boku Datte Naichauyo, NMB48
72. Koko Ni, Kanjani 8
73. Cosmic Human, Hey! Say! JUMP
74. Shin Takarajima, Sakanaction
75. BDZ, TWICE
76. Sign, Jejung
77. Rain, SEKAI NO OWARI
78. Here Comes My Love, Mr. Children
79. I Love You, Kana Nishino
80. Hayaokuri Calendar, HKT48
81. Yokubomono, NMB48
82. Kimi.Boku., Kis-My-Ft2
83. Ai Wo Komete Hanatadba Wo, Superfly
84. Ao To Natsu, Mrs.GREEN APPLE
85. Moshi Kimi Wo Yurusetara, Leo Ieiri
86. One More Time, TWICE
87. Stay, Zedd & Alessia Cara
88. Sekai Ha Anata Ni Waraikakete Iru, Little Glee Monster
89. No Tears Left To Cry, Ariana Grande
90. Dance The Night Away, TWICE
91. Orion, Kenshi Yonezu
92. Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru, Nogizaka46
93. Oldfashion, back number
94. No Doubt, Official Hige Dandism
95. I Want You Back, TWICE
96. Don’t Leave Me, BTS
97. Mugen Mirai, Perfume
98. Sekai Ha Doko Made Aozora Nanoka?, NGT48
99. L.O.V.E., Kis-My-Ft2
100. J.S.B. Dream, Sandaime J Soul Brothers

Top 100 Chinese Songs of 2018 by Singapore’s Yes 93.3

When it comes to CPop (i.e. Chinese language pop music), there is no authoritative year-end chart. We’re talking about well over a billion people throughout the Chinese territories and beyond. Compiling such a list would be a formidable task. A number of radio stations in various cities put together their own charts. Singapore’s Yes 93.3 is highly respected, and on New Year’s Eve 2018-2019, the station counted down its reckoning of the biggest Mandarin songs (often called Mandopop) of the year. We list them all below in Chinese text. For the Top 20, we include English names and titles with a little info on the songs/artists. We’ll throw in a few music videos along the way.

1. 什么歌/五月天 (What a Song – Mayday)

Mayday is a very popular five-piece band from the island of Taiwan that debuted in 1999 and has scored some big hits over the years. The group’s “What a Song” is a softer number, and it tops the year-end chart of Singapore’s Yes 93.3.

2. 年少有为/李荣浩 (If I Were Young – Li Ronghao)

Li, Ronghao had a successful 2018 with a number of songs on the charts. Li comes from the Chinese province of Anhui and has been active in music since 2013.

3. 不爱我就拉倒/周杰伦 (If You Don’t Love Me, It’s Fine – Jay Zhou)

From Taibei, Jay Zhou debuted in the year 2000 and has undoubtedly become one of the biggest Mandopop superstars of all-time. He scores the third biggest song of 2018 at Singapore’s Yes 93.3.

4. 身后/张惠妹 (Left Behind – Amei)

Another huge name in Mandopop, Taiwan’s Amei (Zhang, Huimei) has sold an estimated 50 million albums debuting in 1996.

5. 慢慢喜欢你/莫文蔚 (Slowly Liking You – Karen Mok)

Karen Mok from Hong Kong has released music in both Chinese (i.e. Mandarin) and Cantonese. She is also a popular actress having starred in more than 40 feature films.

6. 双影/ 张惠妹 、林忆莲 (Double Shadow – Amei and Sandy)

This is the theme song of Chinese drama 如懿传 or Rumour. The beautiful music video shows some scenes.

7. 几分之几/卢广仲 (You Complete Me – Crowd Lu)

With his characteristic oversized glasses, Crowd Lu of Tainan, Taiwan, taught himself guitar while hospitalized after a serious car accident.

8. 违背的青春/薛之谦 (Violating Youth – Joker Xue)

Joker topped last year’s end of year chart. The Shanghainese superstar earns a lucky #8 placement on this year’s.

9. 等你下课 / 周杰伦 、杨瑞代 (Waiting for You – Jay Zhou w/ Yang Ruidai)

10. 有一种悲伤 / ALIN (A Kind of Sorrow – Alin)

From Gaoxiong, Taiwan, Alin is an Aboriginal singer of Amis descent. She debuted in 2006.

11. 让我为你唱情歌/萧敬腾 (A Love Song for You – Jam Xiao)

Debuting in 2008, Jam comes from Taibei. He worked as a restaurant singer and was signed by Warner Music after appearing on a televised talent search show.

12. 如果雨之后/周兴哲 (The Chaos After You – Eric Zhou)

At 23 years of age, Taiwan’s Eric Zhou has already become known as king of ballads or more specifically of lovelorn people.

13. 爱了很久的朋友/田馥甄 (Long time Love for a Friend – Hebe Tian)

Hebe is one-third of Taiwanese trio S.H.E and for the past few years has enjoyed a successful career as a soloist (since 2010) in addition to continuing to make music with the Chinese Spice Girls (probably even more popular than the Spice Girls were).

14. 成长之重量/李荣浩 (Growing Weight – Li Ronghao)

15. 体面/于文文 (Decent – Kelly Yu)

Originally from the Chinese province of Dalian, Kelly Yu is a Canadian singer songwriter and one of the world’s finest guitarists. This is theme song of Chinese Rom-Com Ex Files 3: Return of the Exes.

16. 诺贝尔/陈洁仪 (Nobel – Kit Chan)

Singapore honours its own flesh and blood here; Kit Chan is from Singapore. She’s a veteran having released music since 1993 and is also an accomplished actress.

17. 黑夜问白天/林俊杰 (53 Dawns – JJ Lin)

JJ, whose real English name is Wayne is also from Singapore. He’s been active in the music scene since 2003.

18. 另一个童话/邓紫棋 (My Fairytales – G.E.M.)

G.E.M. had a stellar 2018. Her real name is Gloria Tang, and the acronym stands for Get Everybody Moving. She was born in Shanghai but grew up in Hong Kong.

19. 十七/S.H.E (17 – S.H.E)

S.H.E needs no introduction. Selena, Hebe, and Ella returned in 2018 to land delicious song “17” in celebration of the group’s 17th anniversary together. The music video below is one of the finest MVs to come out in the year from anywhere in the world. It features various activities on a train. Enjoy the ride.

20. 倒数/邓紫棋 (Tik Tok – G.E.M.)

21. 舞舞舞/萧亚轩
22. 那是你离开北京的生活/薛之谦
23. 爱过你有多久就有多痛/萧秉治(廷廷)
24. 王牌冤家/李荣浩
25. 怪咖/薛之谦
26. 心领神会/莫文蔚
27. 飞云之下/林俊杰、韩虹
28. 忘课/杨丞琳
29. 全是爱/萧敬腾
30. Everybody Woohoo/吴青峰 、9m88
31. 伟大的渺小/林俊杰
32. 言不由衷/徐佳莹
33. 如歌/张杰
34. 风衣/孙燕姿
35. 我是你的/陈立农
36. 连名带姓/张惠妹
37. 耳朵/李荣浩
38. 一爱难求/徐佳莹
39. 我们/陈奕迅
40. 最暖的忧伤/田馥甄
41. 无畏的明天/毕书尽
42. 说散就散/JC
43. 听我唱响/向洋、董姿彦、文慧如、SPOP20强
44. 天天年年/孙燕姿
45. 最久的瞬间/炎亚纶
46. 黏黏/周兴哲 / 许玮宁
47. 亲爱的怪物/炎亚纶
48. Mars Baby/陶喆
49. 贫穷或富有/李荣浩
50. 当每颗星星/五月天阿信
51. 红墙叹/胡夏
52. 灰色/徐佳莹
53. 聊伤/毕书尽
54. 你要的全拿走/胡彦斌
55. 我知道要微笑/周兴哲
56. 奉陪/于文文
57. 全世界陪我失眠/汪苏泷
58. 美好/吴汶芳
59. 扶摇/莫文蔚
60. 缓缓/林俊杰、 Luis Fonsi
61. 花粉症/许如芸
62. 默默/ALIN
63. 平凡的一天/毛不易
64. 终于爱情/陈嘉桦
65. 摩天大楼/薛之谦
66. 一样的是/李佳薇
67. 我们的爱没有错/胡夏
68. 还好/梁文音
69. 我不该躲/阿杜
70. 残缺的彩虹/陈绮贞
71. 爱,存在/魏奇奇
72. 如初之光/莫文蔚
73. 肆无忌惮/薛之谦
74. 最好的快要发生/张栋梁
75. 可乐/林采欣
76. 你敢不敢在傻一次/吴克群
77. 狐狸/薛之谦
78. Will You Remember Me/李玖哲
79. 我有多么喜欢你 / 萧敬腾 、林宥嘉
80. I Will Carry You/五月天
81. 戒烟/李荣浩
82. 最好的年纪/陈洁仪
83. 月弯弯/陈洁仪
84. 什么什么/蔡依林
85. 姗姗到访/董姿彦
86. 我想你了/毕书尽
87. 凭什么/邱锋泽 、文慧如
88. 闯空门/孙盛希 、J Sheon
89. 现在不跳舞要干嘛/徐佳莹
90. 世界上的另一个我/阿肆 、 郭采洁
91. 窗/吴青峰
92. 无恙/林玉婷
93. 我对我/蔡依林
94. 万年/吴卓源
95. 骆驼/薛之谦
96. 像风一样/薛之谦
97. 坏掉的大人/陈势安
98. 最笨的人是我/方泂镔
99. For You/ 王鹤棣 、 官鸿 、梁靖康 、吴希泽
100. 续 / 莊鹃瑛(小球)

Louane and Julien Doré Will Be Fine … I Guess

French singer Louane can probably boast one of the world’s cutest smiles. At just 22, she has managed four Top 10 hits in her home country, including a #1 (“Avenir”). Both studio albums of hers have topped the charts, and last year’s self-titled affair was recently reissued in a deluxe edition with bonus tracks. One of these, “Midi sur novembre,” features singer Julien Doré. Both Julien and Louane were participants in televised talent search shows, the former in Nouvelle Star and the latter in The Voice. The music video for the song features a bed in muddy climes, and check out the owl too.

What’s the Best English Language Album of 2018?

A number of English language magazines have published lists of their favourite albums of 2018. With the exception of the odd Spanish or French language album, these lists focus mainly on English language music. Alternative country disc Golden Hour from Kacey Musgraves was named the year’s best album by Entertainment Weekly and Stereogum while Mitski‘s indie rock LP Be the Cowboy received the honours from Vulture and Consequence of Sound. Rap albums found their way to the top via Time Magazine which favoured Cardi B‘s Invasion of Privacy as well as Noisey which tipped its hat to Tierra Whack‘s Whack World. R&B singer Janelle Monae found herself on top of the list from NPR for album Dirty Computer. Historian, a singer-songwriter effort from Lucy Dacus, was number one with Paste Magazine. Isolation from Kali Uchis, a blend of pop, R&B, reggae, and so called Latin, was tops at Pop Matters. In the pop-rock list at Exclaim, In a Poem Unlimited from U.S. Girls was named the year’s best album. Alternative album Moon 2 from Ava Luna was the favourite at Newsweek.

All of these albums are from American artists and all but one (Ava Luna) are from women. Of these, the International Music Blog would consider Golden Hour as the best with the runner up being Isolation.

Let’s All … Learn to Meow

Internet personality Xiao Pan Pan scored the viral Mandopop novelty song of 2018, “Learn to Meow”. It is for all people who love things that are extra cute. The 26-year-old is from the Chinese Province of Zhejiang. Her real name is Pan, Wenfeng. The song features her counterpart Xiao Feng Feng (Xiao means “little” in Chinese). Xiao Pan Pan skyrocketed to superstardom with this one. We have embedded the MV below which has English subtitles.

Chances Taken by The Backstreet Boys

Gunning for a comeback, United States’ male pop harmonizing group The Backstreet Boys will be releasing album DNA in January 2019, its first in six years. While first cut “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (#63 – U.S. Billboard Hot 100) did not really succeed in its attempt to become a smash comeback hit (though it was the group’s highest charting song since 2005), early indications are that new song “Chances” stands a better … chance. It is currently Top 5 at U.S. iTunes. In the words of Billboard Magazine, it is “a thumping love song that allows all five Backstreet Boys’ voices to shine on their own”. The track was composed by OneRepublic hitmaker Ryan Tedder and Canadian acoustic guitar pop sensation Shawn Mendes. The BSB will be embarking on a colossal world tour in support of the album. Check out the MV below.

South Korea’s Blackpink Makes UK History

Blackpink has become the first ever female K-Pop group to enter the UK’s Official Singles Chart Top 40. The collective did so by teaming up with British singer Dua Lipa on bilingual track “Kiss and Make Up”, debuting on the chart at #36. Blackpink’s previous highest charting song in Britain was “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” which reached #78 in June this year making Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa the first K-Pop female collective to break into the Top 100. The first K-Pop artist to make the UK Top 40 was Psy whose “Gangnam Style” hit #1 in 2012. Boy group BTS made it to #21 with “Idol” in August.

Robyn Delves into the Honey

Swedish singer Robyn who performs mainly in English has released her 8th album, Honey, her first in eight years. It tops iTunes Sweden and is at or near the top of the charts in many countries around the world. The electronic pop specialist kneads into the dough some house, and even soul and urban flavours here and there. For those who love modern pop music, this should hit the spot standing as one of 2018’s finest releases.

Boy George & Culture Club Drops 1st Album in 20 Years

One of the biggest and most recognizable acts of the 80s was British outfit Culture Club. Churning out smash hits like “Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me?”, “Time”, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon”, “Miss Me Blind”, and many more, the group, with a fresh soul-pop sound and colourful music videos (a relatively new phenomenon in those days), presented a party atmosphere and made all things fun. Re-christening itself as Boy George & Culture Club to place emphasis on its flamboyant singer, who incidentally guest-starred in The A-Team alongside Mr. T and company, the band has released its first album in 20 years bearing the simple title Life. The album’s music and vocals will not sound terribly familiar to those who grew up with the group in its heyday. Notwithstanding, the album is a good one fusing together elements of adult contemporary, soul, pop, and even reggae.