Taylor Swift is the UK’s most listened to artist of 2022 on Spotify while Harry Styles bags most popular song with As It Was

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Taylor Swift has been revealed as the UK’s most listened to artist on Spotify of 2022, while Harry Styles had the most listened to song.

It caps an incredible few months for Taylor as Midnights was only released in October, accelerating her to over 805m streams in the UK. 

The album release was accompanied by a global campaign which saw Spotify billboards appear around the world, teasing new lyrics from the album in the days leading up to release. 

Success: Taylor Swift has been revealed as the UK’s most listened to artist on Spotify of 2022

Taylor is joined in the top 10 artists listened to by UK fans by five British performers: Ed Sheeran, Harry, Dave, Arctic Monkeys and D-Block Europe, which were unveiled as part of Spotify’s Wrapped announcement. 

Harry’s hit single As It Was is the most listened to song oft he year on the streamer, reaching close to 97m streams in the UK throughout 2022.

Joining him in the top five are Glass Animals’ Heat Waves, Dave’s Starlight, Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill and Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under.

Harry had further success in 2022 as he also had the top album on Spotify with his third studio release Harry’s House.

SIngle: Harry Styles’ hit single As It Was is the most listened to song oft he year on the streamer

Ed Sheeran’s equals was the second most listened to album followed by Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Encanto, Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR and Taylor’s Midnights. 

For the third year in a row, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny took the number one spot for most-streamed artist globally, with more than 18 billion streams this year.

The rapper is the first artist ever to take the top spot for three consecutive years. 

Mirroring his popularity in the UK, Harry’s As It Was’ has taken the accolade of being the most streamed song globally with 1.6bn streams in 2022, capping off a year where the singer was rarely far from the headlines. 

Top Artists in the UK 

1. Taylor Swift

2. Drake

3. Ed Sheeran

4. Harry Styles

5. Kanye West

6. The Weeknd

7. Dave

8. Eminem

9. Arctic Monkeys

10. D-Block Europe

Top Songs in the UK 

1. ‘As It Was’ – Harry Styles

2. ‘Heat Waves’ – Glass Animals

3. ‘Starlight’ – Dave

4. ‘Running Up That Hill’ – Kate Bush

5. ‘Seventeen Going Under’ – Sam Fender

6. ‘Where Are You Now’ – Lost Frequencies

7. ‘Afraid to Feel’ – LF System

8. ‘Shivers’ – Ed Sheeran

9. ‘Bad Habits’ – Ed Sheeran

10. ‘Baby (feat. Ashanti)’ – Aitch

Heatwaves by Glass Animals continues its slow burn success by coming in at number two (1.1bn streams), and Bad Bunny’s dominance is represented with three tracks in the top 10.

The Joe Rogan Experience is the UK’s favourite podcast with Steven Bartlett’s The Diary Of A CEO and Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster rounding out the top three. 

Last month, Taylor became the first artist in music history to claim the entire Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: ’10 out of 10 of the Hot 100??? On my 10th album??? I AM IN SHAMBLES.’

Popular: Ed Sheeran is the third most listened to artist in the UK of 2022

The multi-platinum superstar has been taking pop culture by storm with the blockbuster release of her 10th studio album ever since it dropped on October 21.

Taylor accomplished the record-breaking feat with 10 songs from Midnights, unseating the rapper Drake, 36, who achieved nine of the Top 10 slots for one week in 2021.

In addition to Drake, Taylor also dethroned The Beatles for the crown of most titles from the top of the Hot 100 in a single week.

The singer’s historic seven-day conquest includes almost too many history-making achievements to mention, as she also notched the biggest week of album sales for any release in seven years. 

Impressive: For the third year in a row, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny took the number one spot for most-streamed artist globally

Taylor’s massive fanbase only continues to grow more ravenous and she has been fueling the fandom by repeatedly hinting that a tour is on the horizon.

Speculation finally came to an end last month when the global superstar confirmed that she will be embarking on a world tour to support Midnights.

Taylor revealed the exciting news during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, sharing that while there are currently no dates set in stone, fans can expect her highly-anticipated tour will be happening ‘soonish.’

She said: ‘We will sometime soonish. It’s going to happen. We will do it and it will be great.’ 

 Record: It caps an incredible few months for Taylor as Midnights was only released in October, accelerating her to over 805m streams in the UK

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