British artists have made history by dominating the top 10 singles of 2022 for the first time since the music industry began publishing year-end sales charts more than 50 years ago.
Harry Styles leads the set with his hit As It Was, which spent 10 consecutive weeks at number one on the official singles chart and was the only track to surpass 180 million streams in 2022, according to an analysis of official chart data by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) .
Singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran followed, with his track Bad Habits taking second place, and his collaboration with Nigerian singer Fireboy DML, called Peru, taking third place.
South London singer Cat Burns placed fourth with her song Go which went viral on TikTok, Sheeran’s Shivers came fifth and Kate BushThe 1985 single “Running Up That Hill”, which gained popularity last year after being featured in the Netflix series Stranger Things, peaked at number six.
Oxford Glass Animals’ sleeper hit Heat Waves came in at number seven, while former UK Got Talent contestant Calum Scott collaborated with Belgian artist Lost Frequencies on Where Are You Now at number eight.
Scottish production duo LF System took ninth place with Afraid To Feel, while North Shields singer Sam Fender rounds out the top 10 with his Ivor Novello award-winning song Seventeen Going Under.
The list is based on combined streaming and sales activity throughout 2022.
Pop megastar Styles was also behind the most popular album of 2022, and his album Harry’s House was shortlisted for Grammy and Mercury awards.
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Sheeran’s fifth studio album = (Equals) also peaked at number two for the second year in a row, and Taylor Swift’s latest album Midnights was 2022’s third biggest album.
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This success for British artists comes as UK consumption of recorded music increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2022, with annual audio streaming figures surpassing £150 billion in the UK for the first time, according to the BPI.
Yolanda Brown, Musician and Chair of BPI, said: “It’s great to see so many exciting new artists breaking through to grow alongside more established British artists – leading the next wave of British talent to global success with a fascinating blend of their creativity and craftsmanship, the ever-expanding opportunities of streaming and the support of their record labels.”
Leon Neville, Director of Research and Analysis at BPI, added: “This exceptional achievement is a testament to the rich musical talent that continues to emerge from across the UK’s countries and regions, fueled by the passion, investment and skill of UK record labels.”