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5 Seconds Of Summer, ‘The Greatest Showman’ Rule Australia’s 2018 Year-End Charts

5 Seconds Of Summer become the first homegrown act in 13 years to top Australia's year-end singles chart.

5 Seconds Of Summer injected some youngblood into Australia’s year-end singles chart by becoming the first homegrown act in 13 years to top the annual survey.

The Sydney pop-rock outfit’s potent single “Youngblood” (Capitol/EMI) completed eight weeks atop the ARIA Singles Chart during the year, equaling the second longest stint at the top by an Australian act (Justice Crew’s “Que Sera” has the record with nine weeks). The track, lifted from the chart-topping album of the same name, is six-times platinum certified and officially the highest-selling single of 2018, according to charts compiler ARIA.

5SOS become the first local act to act top the End Of Year Singles Chart since classical crossover singer Anthony Callea did so with “The Prayer” in 2005.


“Youngblood” pipped Drake’s “God’s Plan” (Republic/Universal) for top spot, while Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” (Atlantic/Warner), Dean Lewis’ “Be Alright” (Island/Universal) and Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant To Be” (Warner) complete the top five, respectively. Post Malone made a big impact on the year-end singles tally with seven titles in the top 100, including two in the top 10 — “I Fall Apart” (Universal) at No. 6 and “Psycho” (Republic/Universal) at No. 7. 

Singles by Amy Shark, Pnau, Peking Duk, Conrad Sewell and Troye Sivan were among the 11 locally-bred recordings to crack the end-of-year list. 

International acts ruled yet again as Sheeran and Khalid landed four singles in the top 100 while Drake, Marshmello and Ariana Grande each impacted the chart with three singles.

There was an Aussie flavor to the end-of-year albums chart as the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner), starring Sydney-born actor and singer Hugh Jackman, was crowned best-seller. Movie scores accounted for three of the top 5, as Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Atlantic/Warner) — the best-seller for 2017 — came in at No. 2; Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born (Interscope/Universal) soundtrack lit up at No. 3; Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys (Universal) arrived at No. 4 and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (Virgin/EMI) soundtrack snatched fifth place. 

Amy Shark’s ARIA Award-winning debut Love Monster (Wonderlick/Sony) was the highest-selling Australian artist album, finishing the year in 14th place. All told, 19 Australian albums cracked the Top 100.

2018 was an “exceptional year for Australian music as we saw an array of new and established local talent reach the top of the ARIA Charts,” comments ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen in a statement. “It is incredibly exciting to see our 2018 ARIA Song Of The Year winners 5 Seconds Of Summer have the No. 1 single for the year. This is a massive achievement given that it is the first time an Australian act has topped the End Of Year ARIA Singles Chart in 13 years.”

Drake, Ed Sheeran and Post Malone were among the dominant forces among Aussie music fans last year, with all three charting in the top 10 of both the 2018 End Of Year Singles and Albums Charts. Also, Sheeran and Malone each landed two albums in the year-end top 10 and just three acts landed three albums in the top 100 – Ed Sheeran, Queen and Eminem.

Top 10 Singles of 2018: 
1. 5 Seconds Of Summer ‘Youngblood’
2. Drake ‘God’s Plan’ 
3. Ed Sheeran ‘Perfect’
4. Dean Lewis ‘Be Alright’
5. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line ‘Meant To Be’ 
6. Post Malone ‘I Fall Apart’
7. Post Malone Feat. Ty Dolla $ign ‘Psycho’
8. Maroon 5 Feat. Cardi B ‘Girls Like You’
9. George Ezra ‘Shotgun’
10. Benny Blanco Feat. Halsey & Khalid ‘Eastside’

Top 10 Albums of 2018:
1. Soundtrack ‘The Greatest Showman’
2. Ed Sheeran ‘÷’
3. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper ‘A Star Is Born’ 
4. Post Malone ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’
5. Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)’
6. Eminem ‘Kamikaze’
7. Drake ‘Scorpion’
8. Queen ‘Greatest Hits’
9. P!nk ‘Beautiful Trauma’
10. Ed Sheeran ‘X’