Apple Shares the 'Best of 2018' Highlighting Top Apps, Games, Music, TV Shows, Movies and More

Apple today presented its best of 2018 lists, highlighting the apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and audiobooks that "shaped entertainment and culture around the world this year."

Apple shares its top lists for the App Store, iTunes Store, and more each and every year, and this year's lists are available via the Apple Newsroom.

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According to Apple, the App Trend of the Year is "Self-Care," featuring wellness apps like Fabulous, Shine, and Calm. The Game Trend of the Year was, unsurprisingly, "Battle Royale-style gaming" so named because of the popularity of apps like Fortnite and PUBG.

Apple's other top app and game lists are below, with Apple offering up separate winners for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

  • 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

Apple named Drake as the top artist of the year, while "I Like It" from Cardi B was named the song of the year. Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" album was named album of then year, while Juice WRLD took the breakout artist of the year title.

As for movies, Apple named "Annihilation," "Black Panther," "Crazy Rich Asians," and "Eighth Grade" as some of the best movies of the year, while "The Americans," "Atlanta," "The Good Place," and "The Handmaid's Tale" were named some of the best TV shows.

Apple's full Newsroom article has a complete list of the winners for each of its services, along with top charts and other data that's worth checking out if you're looking for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and apps you might have missed in 2018.

Top Rated Comments

deeddawg Avatar
71 months ago
Procreate Pocket sounds like a fertility tracking app.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KPandian1 Avatar
71 months ago
The "Good Place" is a very deep show, well portrayed by seemingly shallow characters. The one NBC show worth its time.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
71 months ago
The "Good Place" is a very deep show, well portrayed by seemingly shallow characters. The one NBC show worth its time.
My wife and I started watching The Good Place on Netflix last month, after seeing a few GIFs of it (I know), and now we're almost caught up with the current season.

I can't say enough good things about it. Such a fresh concept, compared to all the standard sitcoms out there.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MakeAppleAwesomeAgain Avatar
71 months ago
Ladies and gentleman, iPad app of the year:


Froggipedia, an engaging, interactive, powerful constructive learning Apple AR which helps explore and discover the unique life cycle and intricate anatomical details of a frog.
What’s a computer?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
R10k Avatar
71 months ago
Pixelmator Pro isn’t worthy of much attention...

But Annihilation is an amazing movie.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
charleswhalley Avatar
71 months ago
Bit of a snooze fest on the Mac this year, then?

Pixelmator Pro is hardly any different to Pixelmator, which itself is an old app now.
Snoozefest - that is an understatement. Looking forward to the highlights of hardware - oh silly me - there aren't any!!!!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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