Apple Music reveals 2022’s most popular music and listener charts

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber hit “Stay” topped Apple Music’s 2022 global song chart as the music streaming giant released its year-end lists and provided listeners with the most data listened to tunes.

“Stay,” which stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks this summer, was No. 1 on Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Songs, staying at the top for 51 consecutive 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 song of 2022 .on the platform.

Joining “Stay” at the top of the global chart are “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake and Thems, “Super Gremlin” by Kodak Black, “Easy on Me” by Adele and “Heat Wave” by Glass Animals. Hip-hop continues to lead across genres on the global top 100 with 32 songs, followed by pop with 23 songs and R&B/soul in third place with 11 songs.

The data shows the growing presence of non-English tunes, with African songs increasing on the Shazam chart as well as the global daily 100, while Japanese-language songs saw big gains in the most-read lyrics chart.

“It’s really the rise of what was once a very niche genre that’s creeping into the mainstream, which is an exciting new development for 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 last year. Fifty-five Latin songs reached the Global Daily Top 100 in 2022 — up 22% from 2021. In 2022, six of the 50 J-pop songs that reached the chart made the top 10; no one was in the top 10 last year.

The streamer began notifying users on Tuesday that Apple Music Replay was ready. The feature allows users to see and hear their favorite songs, albums, artists and playlists from the past year, as well as their total minutes on the service. One 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, sleek functionality and optimized for sharing on social media like TikTok or Instagram. The charts are dynamic throughout the year, so listeners can check back at any time to see how their music ranks. Eligibility is based on a threshold of plays and time spent listening.

In November, Apple Music crowned Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny as its 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 the biggest Latin album on Apple Music for 2022 all the time.

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

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


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