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Asia’s leading digital music subscription services provider KKBOX has launched its brand new “Top Yearly Singles Charts” after analysing 12 billion songs played over the course of 2018. These charts will feature alongside KKBOX’s existing charts and titles that contribute to the annual KKBOX Music Awards such as the daily and weekly charts, “Artist of The Year”, “Best Newcomer” and “Best Singer-Songwriter”. Through these charts, KKBOX users can observe the current trends in the pop music industry at one glance.

Over the years, the KKBOX Music Awards has been ever-expanding. Beginning as a star-studded award ceremony, the annual event has introduced a series of exciting programmes such as the KKBOX Music Awards Pre-Party, which kickstarts the festivities of the event, and the KKBOX Future Star Stage, which showcases the brightest young talents new to the industry.

This week, KKBOX has also launched a new application dedicated to the KKBOX Music Awards where users can view the most popular songs of the year. KKBOX has also announced the most searched keywords of 2018, which includes “JJ Lin”, “Jay Chou”, “Mayday”, “Dignified (体面)”, “Just Go (说散就散)”, “TWICE”, “BTS”, “We Were Once In Love (毕竟深爱过)”, “The Light Runner (追光者)” and “Perfect” among the top 10 most searched keywords.

C-pop Top Yearly Singles Chart reveals that TikTok has large influence on popular songs

KKBOX’s Yearly Singles Charts have just been revealed, with the most popular artistes continuing to rank among the charts. Taiwanese singer A-Mei was nominated for the “Best Female Singer” award at this year’s Golden Melody Awards with her album The Story Thief. Six of the songs in this album feature in Singapore’s Yearly Singles Chart, including hit song ‘Full Name (连名带姓)’, composed by Jay Chou.

Other popular songs among fans in 2018 include Jay Chou’s ‘Waiting For You (等你下课)’, JJ Lin’s ‘Little Big Us (伟大的渺小)’ and ’53 Dawns (黑夜问白天)’, Jam Hsiao’s ‘A Love Song For You (让我为你唱情歌)’ and Crowd Lu’s ‘You Complete Me (几分之几)’.

2018 has also seen the rise of many young starlets and newcomers, including Eric Chou, Xiao Bing Chih and Da Zhuang, all of whom did well on this year’s charts. Among them, Eric Chou even managed to clinch the third place with his song ‘The Chaos After You (如果雨之后)’.

Another noteworthy thing observed from the charts is that the Chinese application TikTok has had a huge influence on the songs that become popular in 2018. With the rise of music variety shows in China, coupled with the popularity of TikTok, many songs have been “discovered” and started trending after being covered on these platforms.

The most notable among these songs is Kelly Yu’s ‘Dignified (体面)’, featured on the soundtrack of movie The Ex-Files 3: The Return of The Exes. Boosted by the popularity of the movie, ‘Dignified’ beat out numerous hit songs to be the top-ranked song in this year’s Top Yearly Singles Chart. Other songs to find fame on TikTok include JC’s ‘Just Go (说散就散)’ and viral hit ‘Learn To Meow (学猫叫)’.

Pop Singles Yearly Accumulation Chart: Movie soundtracks and EDM prove to be most popular

As for English songs, Ed Sheeran once again proves himself to be one of the best singer-songwriters. Five of his songs appear on the top singles chart, with ‘Perfect Duet’, performed with Beyonce, taking the third-placed spot on the chart. Singaporean fans can look forward to Ed Sheeran’s concert on 26 April!

Recent years have seen the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) in the English music industry, and it is no surprise that many of these songs feature in the chart. Producers like Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Marshmello and Jonas Blue all have multiple songs that feature.

Another category of songs that have done well are songs featured in movie soundtracks. Songs featured in last year’s popular movies The Greatest Showman and Fifty Shades of Grey have all done well, while the recent A Star Is Born sees many songs form its soundtrack entering the chart.

The best performance comes from ex-Fifth Harmony member Camilla Cabello, who has enjoyed a successful solo career after leaving the group. Her single ‘Havana’ is well-loved by fans all over the world, and lands Cabello the top spot in the Pop Singles Yearly Accumulation Chart.

J-Pop Chart gets dominated by Korean groups, BLACKPINK takes top spot in K-Pop chart

An interesting phenomenon can be observed on the J-Pop Singles Yearly Accumulation Chart. As many Korean idol groups such as BTS, TWICE and BLACKPINK have recently released Japanese songs, Japanese singers have been crowded out of the top spots of the J-Pop chart.

In fifth place we can finally see Japanese singer Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’, while J-Pop legend Ayumi Hamasaki, who is rumoured to be retiring, has multiple songs featured on the chart. Several songs from Japanese drama OSTs have also proven to be popular this year.

The K-Pop Chart is also an exciting one to watch, with two-year-old girl group BLACKPINK surprisingly occupying the top spot with their single ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’, which was only released in June this year, pushing down global sensation BTS’s ‘Fake Love’, released a month earlier. BLACKPINK even managed to outshine their label “seniors” iKON, pushing their song ‘Love Scenario’ to second place.

In past years, songs featured in Korean drama OSTs tended to do better and take up multiple spots in the top ten. However, due to a lack of significant K-dramas this year, OSTs have not done well, except for the soundtrack of A Korean Odyssey.

Look back on your 2018 music experience with KKBOX!

As 2018 comes to an end, KKBOX will be introducing a new “Your Shape of Music 2018” this December, which will summarise the listening records of each user over the past year. Users will be able to find out the first song they listened to on KKBOX in 2018, as well as the 30 songs they listened to the most this year.

Other statistics, such as listening duration, number of songs listened to, and personal “Artist of The Year” and “Top Three Songs” will also be shared with the users, who will then be able to share their results with their family and friends to seek out those with similar music tastes. Visit for more information.

14th KKBOX Music Awards to be held on 26 January, stand to win tickets from December onwards

The 14th KKBOX Music Awards will be held at the Taipei Arena on 26 January 2019. Premium users of KKBOX will stand a chance to win tickets from mid-December. Users will face the challenge of guessing a song from the Top Yearly SinglesChart of each language, and will need to save the particular song in their playlist to receive an opportunity to participate in the draw for the prize.

For more information, visit the KKBOX Music Awards official website. (

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