Best new playlists, shows, and exclusives on Apple Music in December 2018


With 2018 winding down, Apple Music has created a new section looking back at the best music of the year. From the top artists, albums, and songs of the year to all of the artists that started to establish themselves, this collection takes a look at what we loved so much about 2018's music, while looking forward to what's coming in 2019.

Best of Beats 1

One of the best parts of Apple's Beats 1 is the lineup of unique shows that the station has assembled. Apple Music subscribers can listen to each full episode on demand, or skip to the new playlist with tracks from that week's show. This week, we've got new episodes from Anderson .Paak, Ezra Koenig, and Joe Kay.

  • .Paak House Radio - Anderson .Paak takes us all on a walkthrough of his latest album, Oxnard, alongside J. Cole, Thundercat, and SiR.
  • Time Crisis - In this week's episode, Jake and Ezra revisit 1995 and have Vic Berger and Andrew Smith on the show, with music from Lady Gaga, Baio, Bob Dylan, Drake, and more.
  • SOULECTION - Joe Kay plays music that might just change your life on the latest episode, with tracks from Aminé, Melodiesinfonie, Meek Mill, and Shamana.

Essential Playlists

Apple Music features a number of carefully curated playlists built both by its own experts as well as several influential publications and companies. These lists highlight the week's best music, interesting artists that you should be listening to, and more, and are constantly updated with fresh tracks.

Music playlists

  • Best of the Week - The Apple Music team has collected the week's biggest and best tracks into a new updating list. This week, enjoy music from ZAYN, KYLE, Kaskade, Gucci Mane, and more. - Get the playlist
  • Best of 2018 - Apple Music celebrates the best music of 2018 with this playlist, showcasing the top work of the year from artists like Drake, Travis Scott, Ariana Grande, and Ella Mai. - Get the playlist
  • Rock Classics - Kick back and tune in to these classic rock hits from bands like Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. - Get the playlist

Video playlists

  • Today's Video Hits - Stay on top of the top music videos today with this playlist, currently featuring recent work from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mark Ronson, and Shawn Mendes. - Get the playlist
  • R&B Now Videos - These video represent some of the best coming out of the R&B genre today, from 'Could've Been' from H.E.R. to 'CPR' by Summer Walker. - Watch the list
  • Classic Indie Videos - This playlist puts the spotlight on the best indie scene videos, with work from The Breeders, Arcade Fire, The Shins, and Grizzly Bear. - Watch the list

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Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.