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U.K.'S BIGGEST SELLERS 2022
1/4/23

Harry Styles had the biggest song and albums in the U.K. in 2022 with Ed Sheeran right behind him.

Styles’ “As it Was” (Columbia) was last year’s biggest-selling song, shifting 1.57m chart units since its arrival in April. The track was the longest-running #1 of the year, holding the top spot for 10 weeks. It’s also the most-streamed song of 2022—totaling over 180.9m audio and video streams—and was the best-seller across physical and digital sales with 65k.

Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Atlantic) came in second place with 1.18m sales, followed by his collaboration with Fireboy DML, “Peru” (YBNL Nation/Empire/Island), at #3.

“Go” (RCA/Since 93) by breakthrough artist Cat Burns is #4, followed by another hit from Sheeran, “Shivers,” at #5. As noted in the year-end consumption figures, 2022’s Top 10 singles all featured British artists for the first time in 50 years.

UMG had the most entries in the singles Top 10 with four, followed by Sony and Warner with three apiece.

On the Top 10 albums list, Styles’ Harry’s House won out with 460k U.K. sales across the year. Of those, 160k were pure sales (150k physical and 10k downloads). Similarly to its lead single, the album spent the most time at #1 in 2022, tallying six non-consecutive weeks at the top.

Sheeran’s = landed in second place with 433k sales. Taylor Swift’s Midnights (EMI), which claimed the title of fastest-selling album overall after shifting over 417k units in less than three months, followed at #3.

The Weeknd’s The Highlights (Republic/Island) and SOUR (Geffen/Polydor) by Olivia Rodrigo complete the top 5.

UMG had five albums in the Top 10, while Sony and Warner have two each.

Top 10 biggest songs of 2022

1. “As It Was” Harry Styles (Columbia)

2. “Bad Habits” Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)

3. “Peru” Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran (YBNL Nation/Empire/Island)

4. “Go” Cat Burns (RCA/Since 93)

5. “Shivers” Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)

6. “Running Up That Hill” Kate Bush (EMI)

7. “Heat Waves” Glass Animals (Polydor)

8. “Where Are You Now” Lost Frequencies/Calum Scott (Insanity)

9. “Afraid To Feel” LF System (Warner Records)

10. “Seventeen Going Under” Sam Fender (Polydor)

Top 10 biggest albums of 2022

1. Harry’s House Harry Styles (Columbia)

2. = Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)

3. Midnights Taylor Swift (EMI)

4. The Highlights The Weeknd (Republic/Island)

5. SOUR Olivia Rodrigo (Geffen/Polydor)

6. Curtain Call — The Hits Eminem (Interscope/Polydor)

7. Diamonds Elton John (Virgin EMI)

8. 50 Years — Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac (Warner Records)

9. Between Us Little Mix (RCA)

10. Gold — Greatest Hits ABBA (Polar Music)