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Spotify Wrapped: 2022’s top-grossing songs revealed – Blinding Lights or As It Was?

The highly-anticipated release of Spotify Wrapped 2022 on Wednesday has taken over social media by storm, with millions of users unabashedly revealing snapshots of their listening habits.

Inspired by the growing trend, the experts at OnlineCasinos.co.uk sought to unveil how much the top-streaming artists of 2022 could have earned in royalties. To do this, the total play count of Spotify’s top 50 tracks globally was inserted into a royalties calculator, Music Gateway, to uncover each track’s estimated earnings.

ankTrackArtistTotal number of playsApproximate global listening time (in years)Total Estimated Royalty Earnings ($)
1Blinding LightsThe Weeknd3,276,095,65020,741$13,580,171.99
2Stay (with Justin Bieber)The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber2,243,561,00410,066$9,300,077.76
3Heat WavesGlass Animals2,136,660,69416,168$8,856,951.33
4Watermelon SugarHarry Styles2,020,898,25211,142$8,377,089.31
5Sweater WeatherThe Neighbourhood1,840,275,00513,995$7,628,364.30
6good 4 uOlivia Rodrigo1,675,419,3579,460$6,944,999.62
7As It WasHarry Styles1,603,198,7508,473$6,645,628.54
8INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow)Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow1,587,895,26410,657$6,582,192.07
9Bad HabitsEd Sheeran1,338,222,9699,795$5,547,242.82
10Cold Heart – PNAU RemixElton John, Dua Lipa, Pnau1,257,611,3788,081$5,213,089.19

OnlineCasinos.co.uk can reveal that The Weeknd’s 2019 hit single Blinding Lights continues to reign supreme as Spotify’s top-grossing song of 2022. Inspiring a TikTok dance craze during the lockdown, the 80s-tinged track is the fastest in Spotify history to reach three billion streams, potentially earning the Canadian artist a whopping $13,580,171 from royalties.

Cashing in around four million fewer, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s Stay comes in second with an estimated royalty earning of $9,300,077. Clocking over 2.24 billion plays to date, the Australian rapper’s first chart-topper has been listened to for over 10,000 years collectively on Spotify!

Capturing the third spot is Glass Animal’s Heat Waves which became an earworm thanks to a slowed-down version of the song that went viral on TikTok – potentially generating $8,856,951 in royalty earnings off of a staggering 2.13 billion streams.

Taking fourth place with an estimated haul of $8,377,089 is Harry Styles’ 2019 single Watermelon Sugar. The singer’s biggest hit As It Was – released only this year – sits at the seventh spot ($6,645,628) amassing an impressive 1.6 billion plays so far.

Spotify Wrapped 2022: The highest-earning album goes to…

RankAlbumArtistCombined total number of playsTotal Estimated Royalty Earnings ($)
1Un Verano Sin TiBad Bunny10,224,755,147$42,383,968.08
2SourOlivia Rodrigo8,489,425,507$35,190,626.52
3Planet HerDoja Cat6,059,396,620$25,117,596.38
4Harry’s HouseHarry Styles3,836,048,700$15,901,306.52
5=Ed Sheeran3,245,194,357$13,452,079.01

Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti takes the coveted top spot as most streamed album, as well as the highest-earning. A combined total play count of 10.2 billion adds an eye-popping $42,383,968 to the Puerto Rican star’s potential wealth.

Dubbed breakup album of the decadeOlivia Rodrigo’s Sour comes second, earning the star an estimated $35,190,626 from royalties. Rounding off the top three is Doja Cat’s Planet Her, bagging the American rapper a mind-blowing $25,117,596 in royalty earnings.


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