Apple Music reveals top music of 2022 and listener charts

NEW YORK — The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’ topped Apple Music’s global song chart in 2022, as the giant music streamer released its year-end lists and gave listeners data on their own most-listened-to tunes.

Staying at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks this summer, “Stay” was #1 on Apple Music’s Top 100 Songs Worldwide chart and stayed at the top for 51 days. Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” was #1 on the streamer’s Shazam chart, and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the movie musical Encanto was the most-read lyrics song of 2022 on the platform.

Along with “Stay” topping the global song list were “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake and Tems, “Super Gremlin” by Kodak Black, “Easy on Me” by Adele, and ” Heat Wave” by Glass Animals. Hip-hop continued to top the various genres in the global top 100 with 32 songs, followed by pop with 23 songs and R&B/soul came third with 11 songs.

The data shows the growing presence of non-English language tunes, with African songs climbing the Shazam charts as well as the Global Daily 100, while Japanese-language songs made big gains on the Most Read Lyrics chart.

“It’s really the rise of niche genres that have crept into the mainstream, which is an exciting new development on the platform,” said Rachel Newman, Global Head of Editorial.

Twenty-one non-English songs were in the global top 100, more than double the number of songs recorded last year. 55 Latin songs made the Global Daily Top 100 in 2022 – up 22% from 2021. In 2022, six of the 50 J-Pop songs to hit the charts placed in the top 10; last year none were in the top 10.

The streamer began notifying users Tuesday that Apple Music Replay is ready. This feature allows users to view and listen to their favorite songs, albums, artists and playlists over the past year, as well as total minutes for the service. A new feature is that superfans can find out if they are in the top 100 listeners of their favorite artist or genre.

Replay – Apple’s alternative to Spotify’s wrapped playlist – has been redesigned with new, elegant features and optimized for sharing on social media such as TikTok or Instagram. The charts are dynamic throughout the year, so listeners can check how their music is doing on the charts at any time. Eligibility is based on a threshold of games and time spent listening.

In November, Apple Music crowned Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny as Artist of the Year, thanks in large part to his latest album Un Verano Sin Ti, which became Apple Music’s most-streamed album of 2022 and Apple Music’s biggest Latin album became all the time.

Apple Music had a big 2022 of its own, hitting a milestone in October when it recorded its 100 millionth song on the streaming service. That’s more than YouTube Music’s 80 million songs, Spotify’s 82 million tracks and podcasts, and Amazon Music’s 90 million songs.

“One hundred million songs is really meaningful to us because I think it’s such a great reflection of how diverse and huge the music world is these days,” Newman said. “It is the largest and most diverse collection of music of any kind in the history of music, which is simply amazing.”

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