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Here’s what South Africa has been listening to in 2018

Here’s what South Africa has been listening to in 2018

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 24 December 2018

We take a look at the most streamed artists and albums on Spotify

Summer is finally upon us and this is the dawn of Dezember grooves, braais around the pool and voshos with no worries of going to work tomorrow. As South Africans one thing that has served as an agent of unity, is our anticipation for the song that closes the old year and opens the new one. Whatever will it be? Last year most of us predicted correctly so their were no surprises when Distruction Boyz’ Omunye came on. This year, Spotify suggests that we predict our song of 2018 by looking at the songs that we have jammed to all year.

This year we were begging Kiki to tell us if she loves us, we were fainting all over social media and we were singing in autotune to Fela in Versace. If you were curious to know if your favourite jam is everyone’s favourite (which will help you know if that’s the song of the summer), then we have the answers. Spotify has released a list of this year’s most streamed artists and songs in South Africa for 2018 so far and we have the plug. Here are the songs that were streaming in the headphones of the nation this year.

Drake tops the charts for the most streamed artist in South Africa with his songs God’s Plan, In My Feelings and Nice for What all appearing in the top ten list for most streamed songs. The top three most streamed SA artists, broke down by ‘streamed in South Africa’ and the ‘rest of the world’, are Nasty C, AKA and Jeremy Loops. Shekhinah was at number six, making her the most streamed woman South African artist. DJ Maphorisa claimed the ninth spot, with Fokofpolisiekar at number 10. Here is the complete list:

The top 10 artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Kanye West
J. Cole
The Weeknd
Maroon 5

The top 10 tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
God’s Plan – Drake
SAD! – XXXTentacion
In My Feelings – Drake
Love Lies (with Normani) – Khalid
Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
Nice For What – Drake
Better Now – Post Malone
Young Blood – 5 Seconds of Summer
Rockstar – Post Malone
Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B)

The top 10 local artist most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
Nasty C
Jeremy Loops
Joyous Celebration
Sun-EL Musician
DJ Maphorisa

The top 10 local tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
GoldFish – Hold Your Kite (feat. Sorana)
Lady Zamar – Collide
Mlindo The Vocalist – AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa)
Sun-EL Musician – Bamthathile
Kwesta – Spirit (feat.Wale)
Shekhinah – Suited
Black Coffee – Drive (feat. David Guetta)
Shekhinah – Please Mr
DJ Maphorisa & DJ Raybel – iWalk Ye Phara (feat. Moonchild Sanelly, K.O & Zulu Mkhathini)
Dlala Mshunqisi, Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira – Pakisha

*Data was ranked based on number of streams, on Spotify, over the period 13 March – 31 October 2018

Do you think that we can use our past tastes to determine our song of the summer? Tell us your thoughts.