Spotify Wrapped: The Most Streamed Moments of 2022

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Pound the alarm: this year’s Spotify Wrapped has officially dropped.

For many of us, it’s an exciting time of year as we dive deep into our own listening habits and check in on what questionable tracks our mates have had on repeat.

Around the world there were 456 million Spotify listeners this year, and it’s from this gigantic pool of listeners that we find the top artists, songs, albums and podcasts that have soundtracked 2022.

Spotify Wrapped Australian Trends: Top Artists, Songs, Albums And Podcasts

For us Aussies, our most streamed artist for 2022 was the pop queen herself, Taylor Swift. As for Australia’s coveted spot of most streamed song, Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ landed the title.

Looking at our local talent, The Kid LAROI streamed up a storm as Australia’s most streamed local artist with his collab with Justin Beiber on ‘Stay’.

The Kid LAROI is an all around heavy hitter on Spotify Wrapped this year, with his album, F*CK LOVE 3+: OVER YOU, also being our third most-streamed album of the year.

The Kid LAROI spotify wrapped 2022 most stream stay with justin beiber

(Image credit: Steve Cannon)

It’s safe to say the chokehold Harry Styles had on Aussie listening habits this year was strong. Styles’ record Harry’s House took out the number one spot for Australia’s most-streamed album, followed up by fellow Brit, Ed Sheeran. 

When it comes to podcasts, we — for reasons unknown — couldn’t get enough of Joe Rogan. Yep, his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, was crowned most listened. This was followed by ABC News Briefing and Casefile True Crime.

But how did Aussie habits line up with global listening trends?

Spotify Wrapped Global Trends: Big Albums And New Records Broken

Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny took the number one spot for most streamed artist globally in 2022. He’s snagged this title three years in a row now, and is the first-ever artist to achieve it. All up, Bad Bunny generated more than 18.5 billion streams this year, an immense amount of listening.

The second most streamed artist in the world — and most streamed female artist of 2022 — is, drumroll please: Taylor SwiftAfter Swift, listeners couldn’t get enough of Drake, The Weeknd and BTS.

Australia was well and truly aligned with global listening trends this year, with the most streamed song around the world being ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles, which clicked up more than 1.6 billion streams globally.

This was closely followed by ‘Heat Waves’ by Glass Animals, and for the second year running ‘STAY’ by The Kid LAROI took out third. 

When it comes to most streamed global albums, the trends stay pretty consistent. Bad Bunny reigns at number one, followed by Harry Styles at number two, and at number three we see emo-pop songstress Olivia Rodrigo with her album Sour. Good for you, Olivia.

Spotify Wrapped: Sharing Is Caring

Music is built on shared connections so when a track hits, it’s no wonder we share it far and wide with the ones we love. This year’s most viral artist was Taylor Swift, taking out the top spot as the artist whose music was most frequently shared from Spotify to social. We also once again couldn’t get enough of Glass Animals’ ‘Heat Waves’ sharing the lyrics the most this year. 

Safe to say, it’s been a big old year of listening and it’s super exciting to see local acts like The Kid LAROI take out top spots on the global streaming stage too.