Pop Radio Listeners Are Loving Post Malone’s Music

“Better Now” is now the best-testing song at pop radio.

Post Malone - Courtesy of Republic Records

While many rhythmic crossovers receive polarizing reactions at pop radio, the response to Post Malone’s music is far more consistent.

Pop radio audiences love his sound.

For much of its run, Post Malone’s 2017 hit “rockstar (featuring 21 Savage)” fared well in the Mediabase/Critical Mass Media callout report, which is based on a survey of pop radio listeners.

His recent chart-topper “Psycho (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)” also posted glowing marks. It still ranks as one of the format’s best-scoring songs for factors like positive reaction, “net positive” score (positive – negative) and “favorite” rating.

The support continues for Post Malone’s current radio single “Better Now.”

Per the latest callout report, “Better Now” is garnering a positive response from 70.2% of listeners, a negative response from 15.7%, and thus a “net positive” score of 54.5%. It also boasts a “favorite” label from 32.4%.

Of the fourteen songs measured in this week’s report, “Better Now” boasts the #2 positive score (beneath only his own “Psycho”), the #2 (second-lowest) negative score (beneath only Khalid x Normani’s “Love Lies”), #1 net positive score and #2 favorite rating (again, beneath only “Psycho”).

Given the strong listener feedback — and strong sales and streaming numbers — it should come as no surprise that Post Malone is faring well on the pop radio airplay charts. “Psycho” was a multi-week #1 earlier this year, while “Better Now” is poised to enter the Top 3 this week.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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