Somehow, Post Malone's Stoney is still hitting. The album, released December 9, 2016, per Hits Daily Double, is the tenth most popular album of 2018. Popularity is based on "total activity," which measures album sales and total streams.
With no other 2016 album in the top 25, and considering Stoney's first two singles ("Too Young," "White Iverson") were released in 2015, the lasting popularity of the album is impressive, to say the least. You can say what you want about Post Malone—and we have—but with his 2018 LP beerbongs & bentleys taking the No. 2 spot for the year, one thing is certain: He isn't going anywhere.
The most popular album of 2018, of course, belongs to Drake for Scorpion. He also has the 40th most popular album with 2017's More Life, while 2016's Views comes in at 49. Also impressive is SZA's 2017 album Ctrl holding the 36th spot of 2018.
This data is fascinating, but also further illustrates the schism between music critique and actual listening habits. Post Malone is a critically maligned artist, and his mistreatment of hip-hop culture often makes him socially maligned in the genre as well. Yet, it seems the casual listener simply does not care about The Culture or optics, and the like.
The casual listener, clearly, wants to hear something that puts them in a good mood, and as it stands, Post Malone is one of the most popular artists on the planet when it comes to doing just that. Does this mean that critique is worthless? Of course not, but it does remind us that the conversations we have within our bubbles only extend so far.
Post Malone is someone's favorite artist. Think about that for a moment.