In the year King Charles ascended the throne, it was Harry Styles which topped the UK charts.
The pop superstar rules 2022’s end of singles and album charts with “As It Was” and its parent company, Harry’s houserespectively, according to new data published by Official Charts Company.
Released in April 2022, “As It Was” ruled the Official UK Singles Chart for 10 weeks and went on to shift 1.57 million combined units, OCC reports.
“As It Was” also finished the year as the most streamed song in the UK with more than 180.9 million audio and video streams, and was the best seller across combined physical and digital formats with 65,000 units.
The former One Direction singer leads an all-UK sweep of the 2022 top 10 in the UK – a first in the year-end singles chart’s more than 50-year history.
Coming in at No. 2 on the Official Top 40 Biggest Singles of 2022 is Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits” with 1.18 million chart units. “Bad Habits” was the No. 1 song in the UK in 2021.
2022 was a remarkable year for Kate Bush and her 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” blaring in the back of Netflix’s Stranger Things, where it was synced to several key moments. The song was embraced by a new generation when it finally reached No.1, some 37 years after its release. As it completed its path to the top, Bush broke a trio of records, including the longest journey by a single to reach No.1 in the UK
Also note OCC, LetBaby picked up the fastest-selling single in its first week based on pure sales, “Food Aid”, which pulled in more than 59,000 first-week sales. The charity fundraising single was the most downloaded song of the year, and a record breaker, as it delivered the husband and wife Hoyle duo a fifth consecutive Christmas. 1.
The OCC’s year-end reports are published as BPI announces 159 billion music tracks was streamed in the UK last year, a new record representing an 8.2% increase on 2021 and more than double the volume from five years ago.
Official Top 40 Biggest Songs of 2022
- “As It Was,” Harry Styles
- “Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran
- “Peru,” Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran
- “Go,” Cat Burns
- “Shiver,” Ed Sheeran
- “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush
- “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals
- “Where Are You Now,” Lost Frequency/Calum Scott
- “Break to feel,” LF System
- “Seventeen Going Under,” Sam Fender