Apple Canada Announces ‘Best of 2018’ Apps, Games, Music and More [LIST]

Apple’s annual list of the best apps, games, music, movies, books and more have been announced for 2018. If you were always curious about what were the most popular apps, games and more, Apple has released a treasure trove of data, with Canadian data shared as well.

According to Apple, the App Store saw “Battle Royale-style apps like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile dominated global gaming culture with exciting, last-player-standing action, while innovative apps like Fabulous, Shine, 10% Happier and Headspace expanded the practice of wellness around the world to make self-care more accessible than ever before.”

Below is a list of the best apps of 2018, including the top apps for Canada.


Best Apps of 2018

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
Apple TV Game of the year – Alto’s Odyssey*

iPhone: CANADA
Top Free iPhone Apps
Spotify Music
Google Maps
WhatsApp Messenger

Top Paid iPhone Apps
PlantSnap Plant Identification
The Wonder Weeks
Afterlight 2
My Talking Pet Pro
Oh She Glows*
Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer
AutoSleep Tracker for Watch
Forest — Stay Focused

Top Free iPhone Games
Helix Jump
Rise Up
Love Balls
Snake Vs Block
Knife Hit
HQ Trivia

Top Paid iPhone Games
Heads Up!
Plague Inc.
Pocket Build
Bloons TD 6
Geometry Dash
Bloons TD 5
The Game of Life
Getting Over It
Earn to Die 2

Top Free iPad Apps
Spotify Music
Google Chrome
Google Maps
The Weather Network for iPad*
Wish — Shopping Made Fun

Top Paid iPad Apps
GoodNotes 4
Toca Life: Pets
Duet Display
Toca Life: After School
Toca Hair Salon 3
Toca Kitchen 2
MyScript Nebo
PDF Expert by Readdle

Top Free iPad Games
Helix Jump
Love Balls
Kick the Buddy
Pixel Art – Color by Number
Snake Vs Block
Bowmasters — Multiplayer Game

Top Paid iPad Games
Geometry Dash
The Game of Life
Plague Inc.
Heads Up!
The Room: Old Sins
The Escapists: Prison Escape
Bloons TD 6
Bloons TD 5 HD

Apple Music

When it comes to Apple Music, Canada’s Drake won Artist of the Year. Apple explains, “Apple Music’s Canadian year-end charts and editorial playlists are packed with the year’s biggest hits and favourites from all over the world.”


Best Music of 2018

Artist of the year: Drake
Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD
Song of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin
Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Canada’s Top 10 Best of 2018 Songs Charts

1. Drake*, God’s Plan
2. Loud Luxury*, Body (feat. Brando)
3. Post Malone, Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)
4. Drake*, Nice for What
5. Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dollar $ign)
6. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, I Like It
7. Drake*, In My Feelings
8. Camila Cabello, Havana (feat. Young Thug)
9. BlocBoy JB, Look Alive (feat. Drake*)
10. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, Meant to be

Canadians in the top 100:

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)
100. 88GLAM, Bali (feat. NAV*)

Canada’s Top 100 Album charts

Here are Canada’s Top 10 Best of 2018 Album charts:

1. Drake*, Scorpion
2. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
3. Post Malone, Stoney
5. Migos, Culture II
6. Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Deluxe)
7. Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
8. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd* & SZA, Black Panther The Album Music from and Inspired By
9. Khalid, American Teen
10. Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

Canadians in top 100 albums:


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)
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
91. Justin Bieber*, Purpose (Deluxe)

2018 Podcast Charts


Best Podcasts of 2018 — Canada
Home Cooked*
TIFF Long Take*
Escaping NXIVM*
The Big Story*
Side note*
Personal Best*
Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo*
Chosen Family*
Earth Rangers*
Thunder Bay*
History of 1995*

2018 podcast charts
Top 25 most downloaded podcasts ever
The Joe Rogan Experience
The Daily
TED Talks Daily
Stuff You Should Know
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)
The Bill Simmons Podcast
The Gary Vee Audio Experience
Aujourd’hui l’histoire*
The Tim Ferriss Show
The Ben Shapiro Show
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Casefile True Crime
Pod Save America
99% Invisible

Top 25 most downloaded podcasts that launched this year
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
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
Other People’s Problems

TV and Movies

Apple has announced “Incredibles 2” and “Killing Eve” are the top picks of the year.

Best Movies of 2018 on TV App in Canada
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Three Identical Strangers
A Quiet Place
Eighth Grade
Sorry to Bother You
Avengers: Infinity War
Crazy Rich Asians
A Star is Born

Best TV Shows of 2018 on TV App in Canada
Killing Eve
Sharp Objects
Outlander, Season 4
American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Atlanta: Robbin
Doctor Who, Season 11
Good Fight, Season 2
New Amsterdam
Better Call Saul, Season 4

Apple Books

“This year Apple Books celebrates 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.”


Best Books of 2018 in Canada
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
Best Canadian fiction: French Exit* by Patrick deWitt

Best Audiobooks of 2018 in Canada
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
Best Canadian Audiobook: Split Tooth* by Taya Tagaq

What are your favourite app picks of 2018?