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Unlike its major competitor Spotify, Apple Music keeps its data private, including everything from user numbers to how many times a certain track has been played. While the tech giant didn’t release streaming figures, the company did recently share the list of the 10 songs that were streamed the most by users all around the world. The tally is a perfect mix of pop and hip-hop, with the latter owning more than half of the positions.
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road” leads the way with what could be a healthy margin. The cut ruled the Hot 100 chart for 19 weeks, establishing a new record for the most frames spent in charge of Billboard’s most competitive tally. Streams played a huge part in keeping the country-hip-hop smash at No. 1, and Apple Music subscribers clearly had a hand in its success.
Post Malone and Ariana Grande come next with what might be the biggest successes of their careers, “Sunflower” and “Thank U, Next,” respectively. Both of those stars have two tracks present on the 10-spot list, proving that 2019 was truly their year in many respects.
Interestingly, the 2019-in-review ranking only features solo male hip-hop musicians, female pop singers who work on their own and one country act who hopped on what turned out to be the biggest song in history and who is honestly just lucky to be there. The list is completely devoid of EDM, country (minus Cyrus’ guest spot), rock and Latin music, though if it was expanded to include more than 10 titles, chances are there would likely be more variety.
These were the 10 most-streamed songs around the world on Apple Music in 2019.
1. Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)”
2. Post Malone – “Sunflower (ft. Swae Lee)”
3. Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
4. Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”
5. Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
6. Post Malone – “Wow.”
7. Meek Mill – “Going Bad (ft. Drake)”
8. Halsey – “Without Me”
9. Gunna & Lil Baby – “Drip Too Hard”
10. Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode”