Am sure you would agree that English songs are taking over the world? It’s interesting to know that most of the non-English speaking nations do listen a lot to English songs more than they do in their own local languages. But the main question is why does English remain the most dominant language in modern popular music?
There is a simple answer to that which is linguistic and historical. Evaluating linguistic as a factor you will agree with me English has become nearly a common language in the world and literally billions of people literally speak or understand English.
Historical as a factor comes into contribution to this since most of the genres such as rock music, Hip-Hop, Country, rap, soul all originated in the US and in UK and the two countries are the world’s largest exporter of music to date. Others factors such as simplicity both in reading and understand of the English language among others have made English songs very popular.
Table of Page Contents
- Here are the world’s top 10 new and best English songs 2017-2018.
- 10. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
- 9. Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
- 8. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes
- 7. Attention by Charlie Puth
- 6. I’m The One by DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Drew Bieber, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (Chance The Rapper) & Lil Wayne
- 5. Believer by Imagine Dragons
- 4. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
- 3. Unforgettable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee
- 2. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
- 1. Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
Here are the world’s top 10 new and best English songs 2017-2018.
10. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
Released on February 2nd 2017 the lead single from the breakout megastar Sam Hunt’s upcoming second studio album is one of the most popular English song in 2017. “Body Like A Back Road” has already smashed the world records since it became the fastest country song ever to reach 100 and 200 million streams, in addition it broke a six decade record for bring on top of Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 26 weeks consecutively a record that was previously held by Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” who topped the chart for 24 weeks. The song as of July it has been certified 3x Platinum in Canada and United States. The song has over 87 million views on YouTube.
9. Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
Following in his mathematical footsteps of multiply (x) and plus (+) albums style “Shape Of You” is one of his lead singles in his third album divide (÷). The song was released on 6th January 2017 and instantly peaked up the top position in single charts in more than 60 countries around the world and not forgetting US Billboard Hot 100. The song also set a record for itself when it became the second most streamed song on Spotify today and in addition it’s one of the only 4 songs with more than 1 billion streams on spotify.in certifications “Shape Of You” has been certified more than 4× Platinum in Australia , Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United states. Currently the song has more than 2 billion views on YouTube.
8. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes
Another popular English song in our list of top 10 best English songs 2017 is “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back“. The song was released on April 20th 2017 and by Shawn Mendes and it’s a track in Illuminate Album. The song speaks about Shawn Mendes vague and unscrupulous relationship to a woman and his acceptance of the mental effects caused by this woman. The song has been certified Platinum in many countries among them Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark and others. As of today, the song has 112 million views on YouTube.
7. Attention by Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth song “Attention” is one of the most popular English songs this year. The song was released in April 21 2017 and so far, it has already attained top 10 peaks in more than 30 countries. “Attention” is about Charlie ex-girlfriend who has been making efforts to win back Charlie by playing with his emotions, although Charlie knows the girl is looking for attention and she ain’t serious nor looking for a permanent relationship. On charts, the song peaked position 9 on BillboardPH Hot 100 and position 7 on Billboard Hot 100.As of August the song had been certified Gold in UK, US, Belgium, France, Germany Spain and many other countries. The song has around 330 million views on YouTube.
6. I’m The One by DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Drew Bieber, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (Chance The Rapper) & Lil Wayne
One of the most popular songs across the world this year is “I’m The One” released on the 28th April 2017. The song is the 2nd single for the record producer DJ Khaled in his 2017 album Grateful. The actual force behind the success of this song are co singers lil Wayne, the prominent Quavious Keyate Marshall (Quavo) and Chance the rapper. The song lyrics are about bosting to the women in their lives that they are the only ones for them on earth. This song set the record as the second hip hop song in history to have debuted to position one on Billboard Hot 100 since Eminem’s “Not Afraid”. In certifications “I’m The One” has been certified platinum thrice in US, Sweden Canada and Australia twice. In UK New Zealand, Italy, Denmark and Belgium. As of today, the song has received more than 500 million views in YouTube.
5. Believer by Imagine Dragons
“Believer’ which is a lead single from imagine Dragons rock band third studio album Evolve is among the most popular English songs in 2017. Released on February 1,2017 “Believer” is a song that advices on the need to embrace pain and using that pain a tool for personal growth. The song commercially performed exemplary well as it reached top 10 in many countries charts such as US, UK, Italy, Austria, France and received Gold, platinum, Silver certifications too. The song has around 63 million views on YouTube
4. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
The song was released on 30th January 2017 by Bruno Mars, and it’s the second song in his third studio album 24K Magic 2016. This song is the highest charting single in this album and in relation to commercial performance the song has already accumulated more than 500 million video and audio streams and sold over one million copies. On certifications, the song has been certified 4× Platinum in US, 2× Platinum in Australia and New Zealand and Gold, in countries like France, Denmark, Sweden, Spain among others. On YouTube, the song has over 800 million views.
3. Unforgettable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee
Officially this song was released on April 7 2017 by French Montana and featuring Swae Lee. Its Video was shot in Kampala Uganda featuring the famous Ghetto kids. Upon its released it peaked up position three on Billboard Hot 100 and featured in top 10 charts across many countries. In its commercial performance evaluation, the song has already been certified platinum in may countries among them US, UK, Australia, Canada and others.as of today the song has around 220 million views on YouTube
2. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
Our list of top 10 best English songs 2017 would be in complete if we dint include “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled Featuring the Barbadian artist Rihanna & Bryson Tiller. “wild Thoughts” is the fourth single for DJ Khaled 10th studio album. The song has sampled Latin band Santan “Maria Maria” (1999) song. The theme of the song details of how lovers should bring to light wild thoughts when they are together. On charts performance, the song has done well as it has featured in many top 10 hit songs across many countries and has received more than 200 million views on YouTube.
1. Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
This is the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.7 billion streams. “Despacito” was released on January 2017 by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s. the Remix which features Justin Bieber was released on April. The song is about a very sexual relationship but also a romantic one between two individuals. Generally, the song performed well commercially and on charts as internationally it topped the charts in many countries around the globe. This song made Daddy Yankee to be the most listened artist on Spotify. In Europe, the song has been certified Diamond, Platinum, Gold and became the first non-English song to top all format Radio songs chart. On YouTube, the song has over 3 billion views.
These are the world’s top 10 best English songs 2017. You will understand that for such songs to earn their place in our list they must have broken several chart records, streamed numerous times both in Spotify and on YouTube and across other music channels. Today these songs are still on Billboard Hot 100 chart list so check them out.