Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert could do no wrong in 2017, racking up both the top song and album across SoundCloud, the digital music platform announced on Thursday. This year’s SoundCloud Playback list includes 17 categories, including top playlist, most remixed track and top tracks across various genres.
Lil Uzi Vert’s track “XO Tour Llif3” has been streamed 148 million times, helping to push his album LUV is Rage 2 to No. 1 as well. The total plays for “XO” dwarfs the other songs on the full album, with the next-most played tracks being “Sauce It Up” and “The Way Life Goes,” with 31.1 million apiece. His success was a natural progression from 2016 when he was SoundCloud’s most followed artist.
In terms of most popular tracks broken down by genre, rap/hip-hop was of course led by “XO”; the biggest pop track was “1-800-273-8255,” by Logic feat Allesia Cara and Khalid, with 27.1 million plays; top R&B/soul song was “Love Galore” by SZA feat Travis Scott, at 25.2 million; top electronic song was “Everything Black” by Unlike Pluto feat Mike Taylor; and lastly, a testament to the genre’s tepid presence on Soundcloud, top rock song was Linkin Park’s “Heavy” feat Kiiara, with only 2.4 million plays.
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Other categories this year include top remixer (R3hab), most remixed track (Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”) and top DJ set (Two Friends’ subtle “Big Bootie Mix, Volum 11”). SoundCloud also highlights artists who were early adopters of SoundCloud and “owned the internet” this year, including Kehlani, Post Malone, Lil Pump and Khalid. Artists to watch include Ro Ransom, Bosco and Lil Wop.
See the full list here or check out the highlights below:
Top Album: Lil Uzi Vert, LUV is Rage 2
Remixer: R3hab (3.9 million followers; 255 tracks)
Most Remixed Track: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Podcast Personality: Shane & Friends
Playlist: Created by ilyanaazman, “Best of Chill/House Nation” (120K likes)
DJ Set: Two Friends, “Big Bootie Mix, Volume 11” (3.05 million)
R&B/Soul Track: SZA feat Travis Scott, “Love Galore” (25.2 million)
Pop Track: Logic feat Alessia Cara and Khalid, “1-800-273-8255” (27.1 million)
Rock Track: Linkin Park feat Kiiara, “Heavy” (2.4 million)
Remix: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber, “Despacito (VMK, That Behavior Remix)” (23.3 million)
Electronic Track: Unlike Pluto feat Mike Taylor, “Everything Black” (3.12 million)
Rap/Hip-hop Track: Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3” (148 million)
Artists who were on SoundCloud first and owned the internet in 2017:
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Artists to Watch in 2018 (Rising artists showing signs of continued momentum in 2018):
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