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Published on December 6th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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What were the biggest rock songs on the radio in 2018? Glad you asked.

BDS Radio Canada is a monitoring service for the music industry that logs what songs are played on the radio, what stations are playing them, and how many times songs get played. In others, it’s music charts on steroids.

After monitoring the action throughout 2018, BDS Radio has issued its lists of the most-played songs or “spins” in Canada by format.

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Rank Spins Can Artist Title
1 10394 LovelyTheBand Broken
2 9923 Portugal. The Man Live In The Moment
3 9225 Cancon The Beaches T-Shirt
4 9181 Cancon Black Pistol Fire Lost Cause
5 8230 Rateliff, Nathaniel & The Night Sweats You Worry Me
6 8215 Foster The People Sit Next To Me
7 7794 AJR Feat. Rivers Cuomo Sober Up
8 7358 Cancon Arcade Fire Creature Comfort
9 7184 Cancon Dear Rouge Live Through The Night
10 7163 Merton, Alice No Roots
11 6648 Joy, Vance Saturday Sun
12 6565 Two Feet I Feel Like I’m Drowning
13 6171 Cancon Elwins Hey! Ya, You
14 6062 Death Cab For Cutie Gold Rush
15 5759 Cancon Dear Rouge Boys & Blondes
16 5758 AJR Burn The House Down
17 5603 Cancon Glorious Sons Josie
18 5542 Cancon Metric Dark Saturday
19 5520 Cancon Black Pistol Fire Bully
20 5447 Cancon Arkells People’s Champ
21 5231 Queens Of The Stone Age The Way You Used To Do
22 5219 Muse Thought Contagion
23 5096 Foo Fighters The Sky Is A Neighborhood
24 5083 Killers Run For Cover
25 4991 Cancon Arkells Knocking At The Door

Mainstream rock:

Rank Spins Can Artist Title
1 13608 Greta Van Fleet Safari Song
2 11173 Cancon Black Pistol Fire Lost Cause
3 10369 Foo Fighters The Line
4 9229 Cancon Theory Of A Deadman Rx (Medicate)
5 9140 Stone Temple Pilots Meadow
6 9004 Cancon Three Days Grace The Mountain
7 8906 Cancon The Sheepdogs I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be
8 8843 Bad Wolves Zombie
9 8630 Cancon Glorious Sons S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)
10 8619 Shinedown DEVIL
11 8595 Cancon Glorious Sons Josie
12 8382 Cancon The Lazys Nothing But Trouble
13 8288 Greta Van Fleet When The Curtain Falls
14 8143 Cancon The Beaches T-Shirt
15 7816 Foo Fighters The Sky Is A Neighborhood
16 7710 Royal Blood I Only Lie When I Love You
17 7586 Rateliff, Nathaniel & The Night Sweats You Worry Me
18 7058 Cancon The Sheepdogs Nobody
19 6849 Godsmack Bulletproof
20 6468 Queens Of The Stone Age The Way You Used To Do
21 6336 Cancon Three Days Grace Infra-Red
22 6244 Greta Van Fleet Highway Tune
23 5898 Cancon Arkells Knocking At The Door
24 5404 Cancon Glorious Sons Everything Is Alright
25 5205 Muse Thought Contagion

All rock:

Rank Spins Can Artist Title
1 20354 Cancon Black Pistol Fire Lost Cause
2 17368 Cancon The Beaches T-Shirt
3 15816 Rateliff, Nathaniel & The Night Sweats You Worry Me
4 15487 Greta Van Fleet Safari Song
5 14198 Cancon Glorious Sons Josie
6 14085 Portugal. The Man Live In The Moment
7 14008 Foo Fighters The Line
8 13140 LovelyTheBand Broken
9 12912 Foo Fighters The Sky Is A Neighborhood
10 11699 Queens Of The Stone Age The Way You Used To Do
11 11195 Cancon The Sheepdogs I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be
12 11174 Merton, Alice No Roots
13 11122 Cancon Glorious Sons S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)
14 10889 Cancon Arkells Knocking At The Door
15 10424 Muse Thought Contagion
16 9812 Royal Blood I Only Lie When I Love You
17 9621 Cancon Theory Of A Deadman Rx (Medicate)
18 9377 Cancon Arcade Fire Creature Comfort
19 9358 Killers Run For Cover
20 9311 Cancon Glorious Sons Everything Is Alright
21 9305 Cancon Arkells People’s Champ
22 9150 Stone Temple Pilots Meadow
23 9009 Cancon Three Days Grace The Mountain
24 8994 Greta Van Fleet When The Curtain Falls
25 8926 Cancon July Talk Lola + Joseph

 

And just for fun. let’s look at the top songs from all formats combined.

Rank Spins Can Artist Title
1 92561 Cancon Loud Luxury Feat. Brando Body
2 84629 Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey The Middle
3 82835 Sheeran, Ed Perfect
4 75677 Cabello, Camila Feat. Young Thug Havana
5 73019 Rexha, Bebe & Florida Georgia Line Meant To Be
6 69480 Cancon Woods, Elijah x Jamie Fine Ain’t Easy
7 68593 Maroon 5 Girls Like You
8 65407 Portugal. The Man Feel It Still
9 64359 Imagine Dragons Whatever It Takes
10 63728 Cabello, Camila Never Be The Same
11 61160 Cancon Bulow Not A Love Song
12 59978 Mendes, Shawn In My Blood
13 58747 Mars, Bruno & Cardi B Finesse
14 58480 Grande, Ariana No Tears Left To Cry
15 57769 Imagine Dragons Thunder
16 57284 Swift, Taylor Delicate
17 56852 Cancon The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar Pray For Me
18 56125 Cancon Felix Cartal Get What You Give
19 54546 MAX Lights Down Low
20 49438 Gomez, Selena x Marshmello Wolves
21 48050 Puth, Charlie How Long
22 44017 Cancon Helman, Scott PDA
23 43781 Maroon 5 Wait
24 43624 Marshmello & Anne-Marie Friends
25 43622 Cancon Mae, Ria Bend

 




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