Harry Styles has the UK’s most streamed song of 2022

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Harry Styles has the UK’s most streamed song of 2022

Harry Styles’ introspective-but-gossipy pop smash As It Was has been named the UK’s most-streamed song of 2022.

Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer all said the track was their top performer of the year, beating competition from Ed Sheeran, Drake and Taylor Swift.

It was also the biggest song globally on Spotify and Deezer, with Justin Bieber’s Stay topping Apple’s chart.

Styles has said the song is about “metamorphosis”, as he reflects on loneliness, growing up and moving on.

Spotify said As It Was had been streamed a total of 1.5 billion times this year.

That would have earned the star and his co-writers about £1.5m in royalties.

While Styles’ hit was uniformly loved across the three streaming services, there was a huge divergence further down the chart.

Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill, which gained a new lease of life this year after being featured in Stranger Things, was the UK’s fourth most-streamed song on Spotify, for example, while being entirely absent from Apple’s Top 10.