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Brits are top of the pops! UK artists have the year’s 10 best-selling hits for the first time, with Harry Styles’ As It Was the most listened to single of 2022

  • Harry Styles, Kate Bush and Ed Sheeran are among the artists who gave the Brits their first clean sweep of the Top 10 since records began 
  • The singer’s single As It Was was streamed 180.9million times and spent ten consecutive weeks at No1 in the UK  
  • Sheeran, 31, bagged the second and third spots on the list with his singles Bad Habits and Peru
  • Kate’s 1985 classic Running Up That Hill is in sixth place after it made a surprising chart return when it featured in Netflix show Stranger Things 

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For years, British pop stars have had to fight to match the record sales of their American counterparts.

But it seems that the tide has well and truly turned as home-grown musicians accounted for the entire Top 10 best-selling singles of 2022 in the UK for the first time ever.

Harry Styles, Kate Bush and Ed Sheeran are among the artists who gave the Brits their first clean sweep of the Top 10 since records began over 50 years ago.

Top spot: Harry Styles' smash hit As It Was was the most listened to single of the year in the UK. It was streamed 180.9million times and spent ten consecutive weeks at No1 in the UK

Top spot: Harry Styles’ smash hit As It Was was the most listened to single of the year in the UK. It was streamed 180.9million times and spent ten consecutive weeks at No1 in the UK

As It Was by Styles, 28, was the most listened to single of the year in the UK, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), based on its analysis of Official Charts Company data.

It was streamed 180.9million times and spent ten consecutive weeks at No1 in the UK and 15 weeks at the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 – a record for a British artist.

Sheeran, 31, bagged the second and third spots on the list with his singles Bad Habits and Peru, a collaboration with Fireboy DML. He also secured the fifth spot with his song Shivers.

Impressive: Ed Sheeran, 31, bagged the second and third spots on the list with his singles Bad Habits and Peru

Impressive: Ed Sheeran, 31, bagged the second and third spots on the list with his singles Bad Habits and Peru

Top 10 singles of 2022 in the UK 

1. Harry Styles – As It Was

2. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits

3. Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran – Peru

4. Cat Burns – Go

5. Ed Sheeran – Shivers

6. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

7. Glass Animals – Heat Waves

8. Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott – Where Are You Now

9. LF System – Afraid To Feel

10. Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Source: analysis of Official Charts data by the British Phonographic Industry

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London-born singer Cat Burns’ single Go is in fourth place after it went viral on TikTok, while Miss Bush’s 1985 classic Running Up That Hill is in sixth place after it made a surprising chart return when it featured in Netflix show Stranger Things.

Oxford-based Glass Animals sleeper hit Heat Waves was seventh and former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Calum Scott’s collaboration with Belgian artist Lost Frequencies on Where Are You Now finished eighth.

The Top 10 is rounded off by Scottish duo LF System’s Afraid To Feel and singer Sam Fender’s Ivor Novello-winning song Seventeen Going Under.

This success by British artists comes as UK recorded music consumption increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2022, with annual audio streaming figures breaking through the 150billion mark for the first time in the UK.

‘At a time when streaming has created unprecedented competition coming from every corner of the globe, it is astonishing that in 2022 British artists were involved in all of the Top 10 calendar year’s biggest hits in the UK,’ said BPI’s Leon Neville.

‘This outstanding achievement is a testament to the rich music talent that continues to emerge from across the UK’s nations and regions, fuelled by the passion, investment and skills of UK record labels.’

Return to the charts: Kate Bush¿s 1985 classic Running Up That Hill is in sixth place

Return to the charts: Kate Bush’s 1985 classic Running Up That Hill is in sixth place

37 years on: Kate's hit made a surprising chart return when it featured in Netflix show Stranger Things (pictured)

37 years on: Kate’s hit made a surprising chart return when it featured in Netflix show Stranger Things (pictured) 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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