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SoundExchange Top 22 Songs of 2022 don’t include Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift

SoundExchange has created a list of the new tracks that received the most non-interactive streams in 2022 and there are some glaring differences from Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and the other interactive streaming top track lists.

What happened to Bad Bunny and Taylor Swift?

Lil Nas X took the top spot on the SoundExchange list of Top 22 Tracks of 2022 with “That’s What I Want,” and appears at No. 17 with “Industry Baby,” his collaboration with Jack Harlow.

No. 2 is “Big Energy” from Latto, the lead single from her second studio album, 777. Sitting at No. 3 is Adele with “Easy On Me,” from her fourth studio album 30, while Justin Bieber takes the No. 4 spot with “Ghost,” and Ed Sheeran posts “Shivers” at No. 5.

Doja Cat shows up more than any other artist, notching three tracks in our Top 22 – “Need To Know” (No. 6), “Woman” (No. 11),” and “You Right,” her collaboration with The Weeknd (No. 20).

But missing are two artists that top every other streaming list – Bad Bunny and Taylor Swift. Are interactive and non-interactive steams really that different?

SoundExchange Top 22 Tracks of 2022

  1. “That’s What I Want” – Lil Nas X
  2. “Big Energy” – Latto
  3. “Easy On Me” – Adele
  4. “Ghost” – Justin Bieber
  5. “Shivers” – Ed Sheeran
  6. “Need To Know” – Doja Cat
  7. “Stay” – The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
  8. “One Right Now” – Post Malone & The Weeknd
  9. “As It Was” – Harry Styles
  10. “Heat Waves” – Glass Animals
  11. “Woman” – Doja Cat
  12. “First Class” – Jack Harlow
  13. “About Damn Time” – Lizzo
  14. “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran
  15. “I Hate U” – SZA
  16. “abcdefu” – GAYLE
  17. “Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
  18. “Smokin Out The Window” – Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)
  19. “Boyfriend” – Dove Cameron
  20. “You Right” – Doja Cat & The Weeknd
  21. “Do It To It” – Acraze featuring Cherish
  22. “Light Switch” – Charlie Puth

SoundExchange Top 22 Breakout Creators of 2022

GAYLE tops the SoundExchange Top 22 Breakout Creators of 2022. The Plano, Texas native broke through this year with “abcdefu,” which featured at No. 16 on the SoundExchange Top 22 Tracks of 2022 list. Released as a single, the viral TikTok hit topped charts around the world and was later included on her six-song EP A Study of the Human Experience Volume One. She will be among the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in 2023.

Em Beihold, took the second spot on the Breakout Creators list. Her “Numb Little Bug” from the Egg in the Backseat EP was a hit in multiple countries, and she toured with Anson Sebra and King Princess this year.

  1. GAYLE
  2. Em Beihold
  3. Lauren Spencer-Smith
  4. Nicky Youre
  5. Muni Long
  6. Bailey Zimmerman
  7. Jnr Choi
  8. Sam Tompkins
  9. Benson Boone
  10. Avery Anna
  11. Stephen Sanchez
  12. Emmy Meli
  13. Georgia Harmer
  14. Corey Kent
  15. Chencho Corleone
  16. Jackson Dean
  17. Alingon Mitra
  18. Catch Your Breath
  19. SleazyWorld Go
  20. Seamus D
  21. Windser
  22. Sadie Jean

Lists are based on a 12-month period spanning November 1, 2021, through November 30, 2022.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank, a Senior Advisor at Bandsintown, President of the Skyline Artists Agency, and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.

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