Okay, so yesterday I posted the Chris Doelle’s 2018 Top Songs and will follow-up now with the artists themselves.

These are the 2018 Top Artists according to me:

Rank – Artist – plays (change from last year)

  1. Andy Grammer – 221 plays (+7 spots)
  2. Billy Currington – 162 plays (+5 spots)
  3. Train – 159 plays (-2 spots)
  4. Kenny Chesney – 145 plays (+12 spots)
  5. George Strait – 135 plays (+7 spots)
  6. Maroon 5 – 129 plays (+4 spots)
  7. P!nk – 125 plays (-4 spots)
  8. Eagles – 104 plays (NR)
  9. Luke Bryan – 103 plays (+5 spots)
  10. Keith Urban – 96 plays (-4 spots)
  11. Dierks Bentley – 90 plays (+9 spots)
  12. Rod Stewart – 85 plays (-8 spots)
  13. Imagine Dragons – 85 plays (NR)
  14. Jim Croce – 82 plays (NR)
  15. Chris Stapleton – 81 plays (-13 spots)
  16. Jake Owen – 80 plays (NR)
  17. Billy Joel – 75 plays (–)
  18. Creedence Clearwater Revival – 69 plays (NR)
  19. Eric Church – 68 plays (NR)
  20. Matchbox 20 – 64 plays (NR)
  21. Johnny Horton – 62 plays (NR)
  22. Gavin DeGraw – 61 plays (NR)
  23. Zac Brown Band – 59 plays (-8 spots)
  24. Florida Georgia Line – 57 plays (NR)
  25. Ed Sheeren – 56 plays (-6)
  26. Elton John – 56 plays (NR)

Interesting facts from 2018

  • It took 20 more plays to make the top 20 this year than last and last year was 10 more than the previous
  • Andy Grammar not only took the top spot in 2018, but his track Give Love was my most played song of 2018
  • Train is on the list for the seventh straight year (#1 for 2012, 2013 and 2017)
  • Billy Currington‘s plays doubled over that of last year and in doing so move up from #7 to #3
  • After two years of being Top 5 ( #4 – 2016, #2 – 2017) Chris Stapleton slid out of the top 10 to #15
  • The highest ranking artist that wasn’t in last year’s chart was The Eagles at #8
  • P!nk remains my #1 all-time but continues to slide on a yearly basis. I think this is a result of her changing music being much more political and much less spunky fun.
  • This is the first time in several years the Zac Brown Band didn’t make it into the Top 20.
  • This is the first time in four years that Roger Miller didn’t make it into the Top 20. He is my #2 played artist of all-time .
  • 9 of the top 20 are Country artists – the same as last year
  • There were 461 artists that only received 1 play all year.
  • 2017 Top Artists
  • 2016 Top Artists
  • 2015 Top Artists
  • 2014 Top Artists
  • 2013 Top Artists
  • 2012 Top Artists
  • 2011 Top Artists
  • 2010 Top Artists

by Chris Doelle