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Genius Presents: The Month In Lyrics (November 2018)

Ariana Grande demolished the competition with her behemoth “thank u, next.”

Every day, millions of music fans come to Genius to find the deeper meaning behind the lyrics of their favorite artists, from rappers to pop singers to country stars. Our Top Songs Chart reflects what the world is listening to all day, every day. In 2018, we’re crunching numbers and compiling the Month in Lyrics on the first of every month to show what music is catching fans' eyes and ears the most.

The data is broken down into the following categories each month: Top Artists, Top Songs, Top Lyrics, and Top Albums.

Go deeper into the data below:


Top Artists

Propelled by the instant success of her first No. 1 single, “thank u, next,” Ariana Grande easily earned the top spot on this month’s Top Artists chart. Grande earned more than triple the total pageviews of her next closest competitor, Eminem, and nearly as much as the rest of the Top 5 combined. No other artist in the Top 5 released an album this month, instead benefitting from a lack of widely popular new releases. UK rock band Queen, whose lead singer Freddie Mercury passed away over 25 years ago, saw robust interest thanks to the release of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

New releases did propel a few artists up the charts, most notably Russian rapper Big Baby Tape, whose “Gimme the Loot” has been one of the most popular songs on Genius all month. 6ix9ine, Metro Boomin, Trippie Redd, Imagine Dragons, and Little Mix also saw renewed interest on Genius. The meme-generating group ​iLOVEFRiDAY also snuck onto the charts off the strength of its bizarre viral hit “Mia Khalifa.” Chart mainstays like Lil Wayne, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Drake finished off the Top 20.


Top Songs

Ariana Grande blew away the competition this month with “thank u, next,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and broke YouTube’s record for most views in 24 hours. The second-place finisher, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” earned less than a quarter of Grande’s total. In third place is “SICKO MODE,” which managed to bump Grande out of its Hot 100 perch this week. Queen’s seminal hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” also the title of the band’s popular new biopic, landed at No. 4, while Sheck Wes“Mo Bamba” finished off the Top 5.

Only two other songs released in the month of November, XXXTentacion’s “BAD!,” and Big Baby Tape’s “Gimme the Loot,” managed to crack the Top 20. Instead, meme-driven songs like iLOVEFRiDAY’s “Mia Khalifa” as well as popular holdovers from the past few months by artists like Eminem and Billie Eilish posted the best performances. Rising pop star Ava Max landed her breakout hit, “Sweet But Psycho,” in the lower reaches of the Top 20, too. Meanwhile, Panic! at the Disco staged a surprising comeback this month with “High Hopes,” becoming the highest-charting single of the group’s career on Billboard.


Top Albums

This month’s Top Albums chart was ruled by Queen’s A Night At the Opera, an album released over 40 years ago. Buoyed largely by the resurgence of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as well as “Love of My Life,” the album posted a robust 117,000 pageview average, good enough to best Eminem’s late August album Kamikaze. Metro Boomin’s NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES was the best-performing new album of the month, with contributions from high-profile rappers like Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Drake, and Gucci Mane. The ever-controversial Brooklyn MC 6ix9ine rounded out the Top 5 despite the botched rollout of his new album, DUMMY BOY.

Unlike other charts, new releases performed well on November’s Top Albums chart. Lil Peep landed at No. 6 with his posthumous Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, UK girl group Little Mix came in at No. 11 with LM 5, and Trippie Redd hit No. 14 with A Love Letter to You 3. Despite dropping on the final day of the month, The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships also managed to crack the chart.


Top Lyrics

Unsurprisingly, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” produced the most popular lyrics on the site in November. Fans particularly honed in on the lines about Grande’s least-famous ex: her former backup dancer Ricky Alvarez. JAY-Z’s lyrics on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free” took second place, drawing interest due to Jay addressing the state of his relationship with Kanye West. iLOVEFRiDAY landed at No. 3, while Queen’s resurgence helped the band land at No. 4 and Russian rapper Big Baby Tape rounded out the Top 5.

The lower reaches of the Top Lyrics chart consisted of holdovers by the likes of Drake and Travis Scott, Sheck Wes, Billie Eilish, and XXXTentacion.