UK artists dominate Top 10 singles of 2022 for first time since records began

UK artists dominate Top 10 singles of 2022 for first time since records began

A clean sweep led by Harry Styles was an ‘astonishing’ high note for the music industry – but the domination of older songs reflected the impact of streaming

Top of the pops … (L-R) Cat Burns, Kate Bush and Harry Styles.
Top of the pops … (L-R) Cat Burns, Kate Bush and Harry Styles. Composite: CBS/Getty Images

For the first time since year-end charts were introduced more than 50 years ago, British artists have made up the entirety of the year’s 10 most popular songs in the UK.

Topping the biggest songs of 2022 in the UK was Harry Styles’ omnipresent As It Was; Ed Sheeran had two songs on the list, while new artists such as south London songwriter Cat Burns and Scottish dance duo LF System rubbed shoulders with Kate Bush, whose 1985 single Running Up That Hill topped the UK singles chart for the first time last year after being featured in the latest series of Netflix drama Stranger Things, having originally peaked at No 3.

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