Record labels association, the BPI has revealed that UK artists have made history by claiming a clean sweep of 2022’s Top 10 singles for the first time ever, according to its analysis of Official Charts Company data.
This clean sweep was led by Harry Styles’ As It Was and also included hits by Calum Scott, Cat Burns, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, Kate Bush, LF System and Sam Fender.
The top 2022 singles are as follows:
Harry Styles – As It Was
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran – Peru
Cat Burns – Go
Ed Sheeran – Shivers
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott – Where Are You Now
LF System – Afraid To Feel
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
UK artists were also behind 15 of the year’s Top 20 singles and 58% of the year-end Top 100.
This strong homegrown presence is also significantly up compared to 2008, the year before Spotify launched in the UK and when the market was led by digital downloads and CDs.
Then, UK artists claimed four of the year’s Top 10 singles, seven of the Top 20 and just over 40% of the Top 100.
UK recorded music consumption increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2022, with more than 150 billion audio streams surpassed in a calendar year for the very first time, while three billion streams in a chart week is now commonplace.
In total, 166.1 million albums or their equivalent were either streamed or purchased across all formats by music fans in the past year.
Overall, Streaming Equivalent Albums (SEA) made up a record 86.1% of the market with over 159 billion individual audio streams generated across the year – up 8.2% on 2022 and more than double the volume achieved in 2017, when the market had 68.1 billion audio streams.
Artists from the UK ruled the charts for 36 weeks across 2022, led by Harry Styles’ As It Was (10 weeks at No.1), LF System’s Afraid To Feel (8 weeks at No. 1), Dave’s Starlight (4 weeks at No. 1), Sam Smith’s Unholy (with German artist Kim Petras) (4 weeks at No. 1), and Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill enjoying a three week run.
“It’s wonderful to see so many exciting new artists breaking through to thrive alongside more established UK artists – leading the next wave of British talent to global success thanks to the compelling mix of their creativity and artistry, the ever expanding opportunities afforded by streaming and the support of their record labels,” commented YolanDa Brown OBE DL – artist, music education campaigner and BPI Chair. “I congratulate British artists and their teams on another year of brilliant success.”