UPDATE December 3, 2018

Apple presents the best of 2018

The Apps, Games, Music and Movies That Shaped Entertainment and Culture Around the World This Year 

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As the year comes to a close there are so many unanswered questions: Who is Kiki, and does she love me? Where is Donut County? Today, Apple reveals the Best Of 2018, a collection of top charts and selects from our editors across every category highlighting all of the amazing things to watch, listen to and play across apps, music and movies. It’s an invariable list of the who’s who and what’s what from the past year that is certain to help answer at least some of the most burning questions and make for fun conversation around any holiday dinner table. 

The App Store

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This year, Battle Royale-style games 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.
Best Apps of the Year
App Trend of the Year - Self-care
Game Trend of the Year - Battle Royale-style gaming
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
Favorite Watch Apps of the Year
iPhone users running iOS 11 and later will view iPhone charts below; iPad users running iOS 11 and later will view iPad charts. 

Apple Music

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To close out an extraordinary year, Apple Music’s editors have awarded highest honours to the artists who truly represent the very best of 2018. Drake owns the Artist of the Year category while country’s Kasey Musgraves scores Album of the Year for her dynamic Golden Hour. The fiery collaboration between Cardi B, J. Balvin and Bad Bunny made “I Like It” an easy choice for Song of the Year and Breakout Artist Juice WRLD has been giving everyone “Lucid Dreams” all year long. But these all-stars weren’t the only stars: Apple Music’s global year-end charts and editorial playlists are packed with the year’s biggest hits and favourites from all over the world.
Best Music of the Year
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
Top 100 Global Songs
Top 100 Global Albums


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The movies of the year represent a rich mix of genres and topics ranging from documentaries and drama to horror and action. “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have been praised by critics and fans alike and fuelled pop culture conversations and die-hard fandom around the world.  
Best Movies of 2018 on Apple TV and iTunes
Crazy Rich Asians
A Star is Born*
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Faces Places
The Shape of Water
The Greatest Showman
Along with the Gods
*available for pre-order


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