Spotify unveils its 2022 Wrapped campaign. Here’s what we listened to this year.

It’s that time of year again to review what happened in music. Here’s what Canadians and the world streamed most this year–and there’s a lot to digest 

MUSIC (CANADA)

What did Canadians listen to most in 2022?

  • Drake was most streamed artist in Canada. 
  • Harry Styles’ “As It Was was the most streamed song globally with over 1.5 billion streams and the most streamed song in Canada.
  • Top Canadian Artists: Drake holds #3 spot globally as the most streamed artist globally, behind Bad Bunny and Taylor Swift respectively.
  • Top Song by a Canadian Artist: “Beautiful Love” between Justin Bieber with “STAY” coming in as the third most streamed song globally.
  • Top album by a Canadian Artist: The Weeknd with his album “Dawn FM”, holding the fourth spot as the most streamed album globally.

MUSIC (GLOBAL)

  • Most-Streamed Global Artists: Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny became the first artist to top Spotify’s most-streamed artist three years in a row, generating more than 18.5 billion streams this yearThe second most-streamed artist – and most-streamed female artist of the year – is Taylor Swift (#2), followed by Drake (#3), The Weeknd(#4) and BTS (#5).
  • Most-Streamed Global Songs: The most-streamed song of 2022 is Harry Stylesinternational hit As It Was” with more than 1.6 billion streams globally. In the second and third spots respectively, are Heat Waves by Glass Animals (#2)  and for the second year running, STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI (#3). The fourth and fifth spots both come from Bad Bunny with Me Porto Bonito” (#4) and Tití Me Preguntó” (#5) rounding out the list. 
  • Most-Streamed Global Albums: Bad Bunny also tops the most-streamed album list with Un Verano Sin Ti (#1), followed by Harry Styles’ third studio album, Harry’s House (#2). Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR (#3), Ed Sheeran’s = (#4), and Doja Cat’Planet Her (#5) each return in the third, fourth and fifth spots respectively. 
  • Most Viral Artists: When it comes to sharing, Taylor Swift takes the top spot as the artist whose music is most frequently shared from Spotify to social platforms. The Weeknd comes in at number 2, followed by Bad Bunny (#3). The 4th most viral artist is BTS and Lana Del Rey rounds out the top 5. 
  • Most Shared Lyrics: “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals comes in at number 1 for the song with the most shared lyrics globally, followed by Heather” by Conan Gray (#2). I Love You So” by The Walters takes the 3rd spot. Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey (#4) and Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane (#5) round out the top 5. 

PODCASTS

Here are some lists:

OP GLOBAL 

Most listened to artists globally

  1. Bad Bunny 
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Drake
  4. The Weeknd
  5. BTS

Most listened to songs globally

  1. As It Was” by Harry Styles
  2. Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  3. STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROIJustin Bieber
  4. Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny 
  5. Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny 

Most listened to albums globally

  1. Un Verano Sin Ti by  by Bad Bunny  
  2. Harry’s House by Harry Styles
  3. SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo  
  4. = by Ed Sheeran
  5. Planet Her by Doja Cat

Most Popular Podcasts Globally 

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Call Her Daddy
  3. Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
  4. Caso 63 (All Languages) 
  5. Crime Junkie 

TOP IN CANADA 

Most listened to artists in Canada

  1. Drake
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Kanye West
  5. Eminem

Most listened to songs in Canada

  1. As It Was” by Harry Styles
  2. Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  3. Cold Heart – PNAU Remix” by Elton John
  4. STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROIJustin Bieber
  5. First Class” by Jack Harlow

Most listened to albums in Canada

  1. Harry’s House by Harry Styles
  2. = by Ed Sheeran
  3. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  4. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  5. SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo  

Most listened to podcasts in Canada

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Call Her Daddy
  3. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard 
  4. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  5. SmartLess

More info on 2022 can be found at Spotify’s For the Record blog.

If you’re a Spotify user, you can also access their personalized 2022 Wrapped experience in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android) on the 2022 Wrapped hub. Before you go, though, make sure your Spotify app is updated to the latest version (8.7.78) to access. 

Spotify is providing fans with Wrapped features like their top artists, songs, albums, podcasts, and genres. I quote from the Spotify press release:

  • New Data Stories to Express Your Year in Audio: In addition to your top artists, genres, songs, podcasts and minutes listened, Your Listening Personality is a new, playful feature that not only tells you about the music you listen to but what that says about your music taste. Fans will learn which of 16 different Spotify-created Listening Personality types they are, based on their 2022 listening trends. Additionally, Audio Day is an interactive story that gives you a peek into how your music taste evolves throughout the day. Check out Spotify’s For the Record to learn more.   
  • Connecting artists and creators even further: In addition to personalized and editorial playlists, the Wrapped hub on platform will also feature merch from your top artists, along with upcoming events to help fans experience their top artists live.
  • Your Artist Messages: This was a hit feature in 2021 with messages from more than 100 artists and this year we’ve expanded to include messages from more than 40,000 artists like Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, J Balvin, Måneskin and more. With Your Artist Messages, eligible fans will get a personalized video feed with thank you messages from some of their top artists in 2022, with each video followed up by your most listened song from that artist this year. See HERE for a video compilation of some of the artist messages. 
  • Share More: We know that Spotify fans love to share their Wrapped cards, so new this year, we’re adding the ability to share Wrapped cards on WhatsApp and Line. Fans can also unlock a personalized Snapchat lens that reflects their Listening Personality and enjoy special Wrapped-themed apparel for Bitmojis anywhere they are available, as well as custom Wrapped-themed GIFs across all GIPHY partners.
  • Taking Wrapped into Roblox: To celebrate Wrapped and the artists that soundtracked the year, we’ll be taking over the Spotify Island mainland with Wrapped-inspired quests, games, virtual merch, and photo booth opportunities with12 different artists including: BizarrapBlack SherifCRODoechiiEslabon Armado,Miranda LambertNIKIStray KidsSUNMI and Tove Lo
  • Getting FC Barcelona Players In On the Fun: As a part of the first-of-its-kind partnership between Spotify and FC Barcelona, fans can also find 2022 Wrapped videos on social from some of their favorite players, including Robert Lewandowski, Alexia Putellas, Pedri, and Ansu Fati. See HERE for the videos.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “Spotify unveils its 2022 Wrapped campaign. Here’s what we listened to this year.

  • December 2, 2022 at 10:11 am
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    I don’t like to brag, but I was in the top 2% of people listening to the Beastie Boys this year. Whatever that means.

    1. Beasties
    2. Radiohead
    3. REM
    4. The Replacements
    5. The Clash

    My listening preferences are like a mom who has the same hair style for 40 years. And I’m OK with that. Although my #1 song was Matthew Sweet – Sick Of Myself. I can’t tell if it’s because it’s a “sweet” song or I’m trying to tell myself something.

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  • December 2, 2022 at 11:07 am
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    Well then. Mine looks nothing like that.

    Top Artists:
    1. Placebo
    2. Pop Will Eat Itself
    3. There’s a Light
    4. Bush
    5. Killing Joke

    Top songs:
    1. Alcest – Sapphire
    2. Placebo – Forever Chemicals
    3. Vast – Touched
    4. Holy Fawn – Dark Stone
    5. In This Moment – Whore

    Top Genres:
    1. Rock
    2. Instrumental Post-Rock
    3. Industrial Metal
    4. Alternative Metal
    5. Shoegaze

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    • December 2, 2022 at 11:19 am
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      Placebo #1? I’m pretty much down to just Pure Morning from them. I still love me some Pop Will Eat Itself!!! Do you remember that show that played Molson Park? Rev. Horton Heat, Marilyn Manson, Pop Will Eat Itself, NIN and Soundgarden? I love the Killing Joke album Grohl plays on and of course 80’s.
      VAST!!! I literally forgot about them!

      I don’t know There’s a Light. Smith reference? I’ll have to go check them out. Same with Alcest, Holy Fawn, and In This Moment.

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      • December 2, 2022 at 1:46 pm
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        i’m so happy to see PWEI fans come out of the woodwork. Their shirts are like 90% of my wardrobe lol.

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