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We listened to a lot of Drake and Post Malone this year on Spotify, according to the music streaming giant’s yearly roundup for 2018. But perhaps the biggest surprise is that emo rap is the genre that grew the most on the platform.

Indeed, “EMO Rap” (we’re unsure on the odd capitalization) tops the list for growing genres, while the aforementioned Aub and Posty line up with the late XXXTENTACION in dominating the tunes the world heard on Spotify in the big one-eight.

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Drake’s hit “God’s Plan” is Spotify’s most-streamed track for the year, coming just after X’s “SAD!” and Post Malone’s firecracker 21 Savage collab “rockstar.” The “android from the future” and the catchy thesis subject also nab top album honors.

Imagine Dragons earn the distinction of the most-streamed group on Spotify in 2018, joining runners-up BTS, Maroon 5, Migos and Coldplay. (Coldplay was the most-streamed group on the platform in 2017, it’s noted.)

Emo rap is the subgenre that’s “fusing styles commonly used in hip-hop music with lyrical themes and vocals commonly found in emo music, as well as elements of other closely associated rock genres,” as explained by Wikipedia.

The burgeoning style’s sound is usually said to be typified by artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Xan, lil aaron and the late Lil Peep. Its scope resides in close proximity to that of so-called “SoundCloud rap” and other hip-hop offshoots.

Did you listen to a lot of emo rap this year? What do you think of Spotify’s year-end streaming rankings? See the full “Top Songs, Artists, Playlists, and Podcasts of 2018” list below, and sound off down in the comments section.

Genres That Grew the Most in 2018

1. EMO Rap
2. Lo-fi Beats
3. Deep Talent Show
4. Ringtone
5. Brega Funk

Most-Streamed Artists

1. Drake
2. Post Malone
3. XXXTENTACION
4. J Balvin
4. Ed Sheeran

Most-Streamed Female Arists

1. Ariana Grande
2. Dua Lipa
3. Cardi B
4. Taylor Swift
5. Camila Cabello

Most-Streamed Tracks

1. “God’s Plan” – Drake
2. “SAD!” – XXXTENTACION
3. “rockstar” (feat. 21 Savage) – Post Malone
4. “Psycho” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
5. “In My Feelings” – Drake

Most-Streamed Artist Albums

1. Scorpion – Drake
2. beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone
3. ? – XXXTENTACION
4. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
4. ÷ – Ed Sheeran

Most-Streamed Groups

1. Imagine Dragons
2. BTS
3. Maroon 5
4. Migos
5. Coldplay

Most-Followed Playlists

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

Most-Streamed Exclusive Spotify Podcasts

1. Fest & Flauschig
2. The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
3. Dissect
4. Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith
5. TALK-O-MAT

Most-Streamed Podcast Genres

1. Crime and Mystery
2. Comedy
3. News & Politics
4. Health
5. Arts

 

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