Every year, there are some critical entertainment works and cultural components that shape the world’s interests, and as the year comes to a close, there are so many unanswered questions: Who is Kiki, does she love me? Should I start a podcast? Where is Donut County? Why didn’t Offred escape Gilead -again?
As they joked above, Apple revealed their Best of 2018, a global collection of top charts and selects from the company’s editors across every category highlighting all of the amazing things to watch, read, listen to and play across apps, music, podcasts, books, TV and movies. It’s an invariable list of the who’s who and what’s what from the past year that is certain to help answer at least some of the most burning questions and make for fun conversation around any holiday dinner table.
The App Store
This year, Battle Royale-style games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile dominated global gaming culture with exciting, last-player-standing action, while innovative apps like Fabulous, Shine, 10% Happier and Headspace expanded the practice of wellness around the world to make self-care more accessible than ever before.
Best Apps of the Year
App Trend of the Year – Self-care, Game Trend of the Year – Battle Royale-style gaming, iPhone App of the Year – Procreate Pocket, iPhone Game of the Year – Donut County, iPad App of the Year – Froggipedia, iPad Game of the Year – Gorogoa, Mac App of the Year – Pixelmator Pro, Mac Game of the Year – The Gardens Between, Apple TV App of the Year – Sweat, Apple TV Game of the Year – Alto’s Odyssey, users can also access the Favorite Watch Apps of the Year.
To close out an extraordinary year, Apple Music’s editors have awarded highest honors to the artists who truly represent the very best of 2018. Drake owns the Artist of the Year category while country’s Kasey Musgraves scores Album of the Year for her dynamic Golden Hour. The fiery collaboration between Cardi B, J. Balvin and Bad Bunny made “I Like It” an easy choice for Song of the Year and Breakout Artist Juice WRLD has been giving everyone “Lucid Dreams” all year long. But these all-stars weren’t the only stars: Apple Music’s global year-end charts and editorial playlists are packed with the year’s biggest hits and favorites from all over the world.
Best Music of the Year
Artist of the Year: Drake, Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD, Song of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
This year, investigative reporting underpinned the immersive storytelling of shows such as American Public Media’s In the Dark, The New York Times’s “Caliphate,” along with historical deep dives like Slate’s “Slow Burn”.
News and Politics grew as podcast genres in 2018 with The New York Times’s “The Daily” and Crooked Media’s “The Wilderness,” while celebrities and a healthy mix of independents topped this year’s new shows, including Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert,” “Oprah’s Master Class” and Parcast Network’s “Conspiracy Theories” and “Unexplained Mysteries.”
TV and Movies
The movies and TV shows of the year represent a rich mix of genres and topics ranging from indie, documentaries and animation to drama, horror and action.
“Black Panther” and “Killing Eve” are the top picks of the year; they, along with other notable titles such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “Hereditary” and “Pose,” have been praised by critics and fans alike and fueled pop culture conversations and die-hard fandom around the world.
In 2018, Apple Books launched as a brand new app, making it effortless for iPhone and iPad users to discover and enjoy books and audiobooks. This year Apple Books celebrates works from a diverse group of authors, including Tommy Orange’s debut There There; Tayari Jones’s American Marriage that is both the Book and Audiobook of the Year; and Rachel Hollis’s Girl, Wash Your Face.
Politics dominated the U.S. charts this year with Fire and Fury, Fear and A Higher Loyalty all appearing in the top 10 best-selling nonfiction books. On the fiction front, readers remain rabid for books adapted for the screen, including Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.
So the most downloaded apps of 2018 are crystal clear. Anyhow, the lists still show Facebook, YouTube, Google, and other kings, dominating the upper sides.