“The ‘Most Shazamed’ list is a strange one. It isn’t like a Billboard list with definitive charts, nor is it anything like a ‘Most Streamed’ list. Shazam’s main function is to identify songs you don’t know the identity of, and so, if anything, it’s probably one of the strongest indicators of popular songs. Because if you really, really want to know what a song is, you’ll open Shazam – otherwise you’ll just go about your business.” – Your EDM, 2017
That was the beginning paragraph of my coverage of Shazam’s Year-End list in 2017, and I’m repeating it here because it still rings true. The “Most Shazamed” list is indeed unique, though, this year, it also mirrors many of the most-streamed lists. So what’s that about?
“Solo” from Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato topped the list in 2018. Between Clean Bandit’s on-the-cusp-of-stardom nature and Lovato’s recognizable “wait I know who that is…” voice, plus the super choppy vocals in the chorus, this one is a no-brainer why it’s on the top this year.
“Solo” is followed up by “X” by Nicky Jam & J Balvin, “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, and more. Something else interesting to note, though not likely telling in any specific sense, is the presence of only two solo original songs on the Top 10 list. The rest are all collaborations.
See the full list below, as well as the most Shazamed songs by genre.
Top 10 Most Shazamed Songs
1. “Solo”, Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato
2. “X”, Nicky Jam & J Balvin
3. “One Kiss”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
4. “In My Mind”, Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino
5. “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran
6. “Leave A Light On”, Tom Walker
7. “Girls Like You”, Maroon 5 Feat. Cardi B
8. “Friends”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie
9. “Flames”, David Guetta & Sia
10. “I Like It”, Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Most Shazamed Songs by Genre
Pop: “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran
Hip-Hop: “I Like It”, Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Rock/Alternative: “Feel It Still”, Portugal. The Man
Dance: “Solo”, Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato
Country: “You Make It Easy”, Jason Aldean
R&B/Soul: “Love Lies”, Khalid & Normani
Latino: “X”, Nicky Jam & J Balvin
K-Pop: “FAKE LOVE”, BTS