Just so we all know what’s happening in popular music:
TOP 50 SONGS IN U.S. (according to Spotify plays)
1. Post Malone, 21 Savage (21 Savage started making music in 2015)
2. Post Malone (Started making music in 2015, first hit made it big after posting to SoundCloud)
3. Cardi B, 21 Savage (Cardi B started as an Instagram star around 2015)
4. Lil Pump (Started in 2016, first hit made it big after posting to SoundCloud)
5. G-Easy, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B (G-Easy started on MySpace w/ The Bay Boyz; A$AP Rocky’s first song was leaked online which put him on major stations leading to a label deal)
6. Offest, Metro Boomin (Offest’s 2016 song “Bad and Boujee” premiered via Migos’ YouTube channel and made him a star; Metro started by using Twitter to establish relationships w/ huge stars in 2011 and has been collaborating ever since)
7. G-Easy, Halsey (Halsey self-released music on social media prior to signing with Astralwerks in 2014)
8. Post Malone
9. Camila Cabello, Young Thug (Cabello is the anomaly…she started in the group Fifth Harmony after appearing on The X Factor; Young Thug (Thug’s “Jeffery” mixtape was previewed on Instagram and led to its success)
10. Lil Uze Vert (Collaborator on “Bad and Boujee”)
The first non-hip hop artist appears at #12 (Ed Sheehan “Perfect”). The only other non-hip hop artist to appear in the Top 20 is Sam Smith (“Too Good at Goodbyes” appearance at #15).
The only country song to appear in the Top 40 is “Meant to Be” by Bebe rexha, featuring Florida Georgia Line. Note: FGL is known for their hip hop-influenced brand of country.
23 of the top 30 songs are hip hop. The non-hip hop songs appear at #12, 15, 21, 23, 26, 27, 29.
7 of the top 15 songs are collaborations.
Check it all out for yourself: https://open.spotify.com/…/…/playlist/37i9dQZEVXbLRQDuF5jeBp