If you are like many, you've downloaded several apps, played many games, listened to lots of tunes and podcasts, watched movies, and more through 2018. Apple has devised its list of tops for 2018, based on top charts and selections from editors across a variety of categories.
Not surprisingly, games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile dominated the global gaming culture, whil apps like Fabulous, Shine, 10% Happier, and Headspace expanded the practice of wellness around the world to make self-care more accessible. Overall, Apple ranks the Best Apps of 2018 as: 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; and Apple TV Game of the year - Alto's Odyssey*.
In Canada specifically, the top free iPhone apps were chocked full of social media and messaging options, including Instagram; YouTube; Messenger; Facebook; Snapchat; Spotify Music; Google Maps; Bitmoji; WhatsApp Messenger; and Netflix. In the paid category, the top iPhone apps were Facetune; kirakira+; PlantSnap Plant Identification; The Wonder Weeks; Afterlight 2; My Talking Pet Pro; Oh She Glows*;
Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer; AutoSleep Tracker for Watch; and Forest - Stay Focused.
The Top Free iPhone games were: Fortnite; Helix Jump; Rise Up; Hole.io; PUBG MOBILE; Love Balls; Snake Vs Block; Knife Hit; Wordscapes; and HQ Trivia. The top paid iPhone games were Heads Up!; Plague Inc.; Minecraft; Pocket Build; Bloons TD 6; Geometry Dash; Bloons TD 5; The Game of Life; Getting Over It; and Earn to Die 2.
For iPad users in Canada, the Top Free iPad Apps were: YouTube; Netflix; Messenger; Facebook; Spotify Music; Google Chrome; Gmail; Google Maps; The Weather Network for iPad*; and Wish - Shopping Made Fun. The Top Paid iPad Apps were: Procreate; Notability; GoodNotes 4; Toca Life: Pets; Duet Display; Toca Life: After School; Toca Hair Salon 3; Toca Kitchen 2; MyScript Nebo; and PDF Expert by Readdle.
The Top Free iPad Games were Fortnite; Helix Jump; Love Balls; Kick the Buddy; ROBLOX; Hole.io; Pixel Art - Color by Number; Snake Vs Block; Bowmasters - Multiplayer Game; and Wordscapes. The Top Paid iPad Games were Minecraft; Geometry Dash; The Game of Life; Plague Inc.; Heads Up!; The Room: Old Sins; The Escapists: Prison Escape; Terraria; Bloons TD 6; and Bloons TD 5 HD.
In terms of music, Apple Music editors have awarded highest honours to the artists who truly represent the very best of 2018. Drake earned Artist of the year; Juice WRLD Breakout Artist of the Year; and I Like It by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin was Song of the Year.
Canada's Top 10 Best of 2018 Songs Charts is: Drake*, God's Plan; Loud Luxury*, Body (feat. Brando); Post Malone, Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage); Drake*, Nice for What; Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dollar $ign); Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, I Like It; Drake*, In My Feelings; Camila Cabello, Havana (feat. Young Thug); BlocBoy JB, Look Alive (feat. Drake*); and Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, Meant to be.
Canadians who ranked in the top 100 include: 25. Drake*, Nonstop; 44. Migos, Walk It Talk It (feat. Drake*); 56. The Weeknd*, Pray For Me; 58. The Weeknd*, Call Out My Name; 60. Drake*, I'm Upset; 65. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber*); 71. NAV*, Wanted You (feat. Lil Uzi Vert); 74. Bülow*, Not a Love Song; 75. Drake*, Mob Ties; 76. Shawn Mendes*, In My Blood; 84. DJ Khaled, No Brainer (feat. Justin Bieber*, Chance the Rapper & Quavo); 90. Logic, 1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara* & Khalid); and 100. 88GLAM, Bali (feat. NAV*).
Canada's Top 10 Best of 2018 Albums were: Drake*, Scorpion; Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys; Post Malone, Stoney; XXXTENTACION, ?; Migos, Culture II; Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Deluxe); Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD; Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd* & SZA, Black Panther The Album Music from and Inspired By; Khalid, American Teen; and Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy.
Canadians in top 100 albums included 12. Drake*, More Life; 20. The Weeknd*, Starboy; 23. Drake*, Views; 25. The Weeknd*, My Dear Melancholy; 27. Shawn Mendes*, Shawn Mendes; 34. Tory Lane*, MEMORIES DON'T DIE; 41. Drake*, Take Care (Deluxe Version); 54. NAV*, RECKLESS; 71. Daniel Caesar*, Freudian; 73. Shawn Mendes*, Illuminate; 81. Drake*, Nothing Was The Same; 82. The Weeknd*, Beauty Behind the Madness; 83. NAV* & Metro Boomin, Perfect Timing; 87. Drake*, If You're Reading This It's Too Late; 88. KILLY*, Surrender Your Soul; and 91. Justin Bieber*, Purpose (Deluxe).
The Best Podcasts of 2018 in Canada were: Semi-Prose*; Home Cooked*; TIFF Long Take*; Escaping NXIVM*; The Big Story*; Side note*; Personal Best*; Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo*; Chosen Family*; Earth Rangers*; Thunder Bay*; and History of 1995*.
The Top 25 most downloaded podcasts ever are: The Joe Rogan Experience; The Daily; TED Talks Daily; Stuff You Should Know; OverDrive; The Current from CBC Radio (Highlights)*; Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations; My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgraff and Georgia Hardstark; Freakonomics Radio; Global News Podcast*; This American Life; Planet Money; Q: The Podcast from CBC Radio*; Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights); Radiolab; The Bill Simmons Podcast; The Gary Vee Audio Experience; Serial; Aujourd'hui l'histoire*; The Tim Ferriss Show; The Ben Shapiro Show; Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard; Casefile True Crime; Pod Save America; and 99% Invisible.
Top 25 most downloaded podcasts that launched this year were: Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard; The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition; Today, Explained; 31 Thoughts: The Podcast; Talk is Jericho; Uncover: Escaping NXIVM; The Teacher's Pet; 5 Live's World Football Phone-in; 606; Caliphate; The Morning Toast; Dr. Death; Oprah's Master Class: The Podcast; Business Wars; The Goop Podcast; Conspiracy Theories; A Swing and a Belt with Dan Shulman; Grand écart*; Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey; Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities; The Debaters; Dr. Berg's Healthy Keto and Intermittent Fasting Podcast; WorkLife with Adam Grant; Death in Ice Valley; and Other People's Problems.
When it comes to movies and TV series, a mix of genres made the tops list this year. The Best Movies of 2018 on TV App in Canada were: Incredibles 2; Isle of Dogs; Three Identical Strangers; Mandy; A Quiet Place; Eighth Grade; Sorry to Bother You; Avengers: Infinity War; Crazy Rich Asians; and A Star is Born.
The Best TV Shows of 2018 on TV App in Canada were: Killing Eve; Sharp Objects; Outlander, Season 4; American Horror Story: Apocalypse; Atlanta: Robbin; Doctor Who, Season 11; Good Fight, Season 2; New Amsterdam; Succession; and Better Call Saul, Season 4.
In 2018, Apple Books launched as a new app, and celebrated works from a diverse group of authors, including Canadian author Esi Edugyan's Washington Black; Patrick DeWitt's French Exit; and Vivek Shraya's I'm Afraid of Men. Politics dominated the Canadian 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.
The Best Books of 2018 in Canada were: Best fiction: Washington Black* by Esi Edugyan; Best nonfiction: I'm Afraid of Men* by Vivek Shraya; Best mystery: Hysteria* by Elisabeth de Mariaffi; Best SciFi & fantasy: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; Best romance: Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James; Best bio and memoir: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot; Best young reader book: Children of Blood & Bone by Toni Adeyemi; and Best Canadian fiction: French Exit* by Patrick deWitt.
The Best Audiobooks of 2018 in Canada were: Best fiction: Women Talking* by Miriam Toews; Best nonfiction: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou; Best self-development: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis; Best business: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown; Best family: Rebound by Kwame Alexander; Best bio and memoir: Educated by Tara Westover; Best mystery: The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn; Best Narration: Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz; and Best Canadian Audiobook: Split Tooth* by Taya Tagaq.
* denotes titles that appeared on the Canadian charts specifically.