Billboard prepped to close out 2017 by releasing the annual Year End charts to showcase the best the music industry had to offer.
Ed Sheeran took the gold for song of the year with his smash hit, “Shape Of You,” which topped the chart for 12 non-consecutive weeks and broke the record for most weeks in the top 10, with 33 weeks from January to September. The record had previously been set by the Chainsmokers with their hit single, “Closer” featuring Halsey, which logged in 32 weeks in March.
“It doesn’t really feel like it’s been a year,” Sheeran said in an interview with Billboard. “There’s lots of things that haven’t gone my way this year and lots of things that have.”
Following “Shape Of You” on the Year End chart was the “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber which topped the Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks, tying the record for most weeks at #1. The only other song to do that was Mariah Carey’s, “One Sweet Day” featuring Boyz II Men, which led for 16 weeks from December 1995 to March 1996.
“It was just really all about one word: Despacito,” Luis Fonsi said in a Billboard interview earlier this month. “I knew I had a lot to do. It was gonna end up being a very important song for Puerto Rico.”
Billboard also took the time to give honors to Kendrick Lamar, naming his album DAMN the #1 album of 2017. DAMN was also the #1 album when ranked by Billboard’s music critics. The politically-charged album topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for four non-consecutive weeks and sold over two million units.
The album was originally planned to be titled, “What Happens On Earth Stays On Earth,” but Lamar decided against it.
“It didn’t read right,” Lamar said. “There are so many ways you could put it in my head. Damned if I do, damned if I don’t.”