It was the year of music: the first full year since the end of the Civil War when Americans still enjoyed the freedom of song, and the first year that the pop music industry had made such a big push into mainstream America.
There were more new releases this year than there had been in 2016, and more artists than ever before.
So, what happened?
Here’s a look at the music that really made the year.1.
Radiohead: “Creep” (2017) Radiohead’s latest album, the band’s eighth, became the best-selling album of 2017, racking up more than 5 million sales.
The album was a big commercial success, becoming the best seller of 2017 among albums by a major record label, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It became the biggest-selling song of the year among the top 20 songs on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, and it made it onto the Top 10 chart.
It was Radiohead, after all, that was making music for us back in the day.
The Weeknd: “The Hills” (2016) The Weekends new album, “Futura,” was the biggest seller of the week, selling 3.5 million copies in its first week on sale.
Its success was matched by the album’s predecessor, “Wolves.”
The Weekend’s success propelled the duo into the top 10 of Billboard’s Albums Chart, and its second album, 2017’s “Wounds,” hit the Top 40.
The band’s sophomore album, 2018’s “I Can’t Feel My Face,” also made it to the top 40.
Taylor Swift: “Blank Space” (2015) Swift’s “Blink” went from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in March to No. 5 by the end to become the first album to reach No. 10.
Its second single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” was Swift’s first No. 2 single in 2017.
Swift’s song also became the first song to hit No. 40 on the Hot 100.
The song was the first to reach the top spot on Billboard as well as No. 4 on the pop charts.
The second single to reach both those charts was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
Katy Perry: “Fireworks” (2014) Perry’s debut hit, “Fireflies,” debuted at No. 3 on the Pop Songs chart and became the third song in the Pop Albums chart’s top 10.
It also became Perry’s first Billboard Hot 200 No.1 single, topping the chart.
Perry’s hit became the second-most-heard song in America, after “Firetiger,” for the first time in 2017, and peaked at No 1 on the chart’s Hot 100, marking the highest debut at No, 1 since Katy Perry topped the Hot Country Songs chart in 2017 with “Bad Liar.”
Justin Bieber: “Love Yourself” (2018) Bieber’s third album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was a commercial success and reached the Top 5 on the country charts.
His fourth album, 21, topped the Pop albums chart, as well.
The pop music phenomenon that helped him rise to the No-1 spot on pop charts was a huge hit for the singer-songwriter.
Taylor Blanchard: “I Am Not Your Problem” (2009) Blanchards second album was Blanch’s first album that hit No-10 on the Top Albums and Hot Country charts, and was also Blanchs first album charting at No-2.
It reached No. 8 on the Country Albumschart, and No. 11 on the Radio Songs chart.
Nicki Minaj: “Fancy” (2011) Minaj’s debut album, 2016’s “Viva La Vida,” was a critical and commercial success.
It debuted at Nos.
1 on both the Billboard 200 and Pop Songs charts.
Rihanna: “Diamonds” (2012) Rihanna’s fifth album, The Life of Pablo, was Rihannas first No-compromise album in the studio since 2009’s Rihanna, which became Rihanna s biggest-charting album.
Taylor Riggs: “Shine” (2008) Taylor Riggis debut album was her first in 20 years and her third No. 6 album.
Beyoncé: “Formation” (2013) Beyoncé s fifth studio album, Lemonade, reached the top of the Billboard Albums in May with sales of over 100 million copies.
The Beyoncé album became her first No: 1 album in more than a decade.
The Chainsmokers: “Sophie” (1954) The Chainsms fifth album reached No: 2 on the Albums, Pop and Country charts.
Britney Spears: “Lemon