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Celebrate 2022 with iHeartRadio’s Top Artists and Songs of the Year

The end of the year is almost here and you know what that means – iHeartRadio is releasing our list of the most played artists and songs of the year! Whatever your plans are for 2023, join us one last time in celebrating the beloved artists and iconic music that defined 2022 with iHeartRadio’s list of top artists and songs of 2022.

By tallying the total audience spins (TAS) and streams across iHeartRadio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 songs, as well as the top 10 artists by category, which include: overall, contemporary hit radio or CHR, country, hip-hop, alternative and rock. Artists at the top of the list include superstars like Adele, Doja Cat, Ed Sheeran, Lil Nas X and so many more.

This year, Doja Cat took the crown with over 3.6 billion spins, over one billion more than 2021’s most played artist, Ariana Grande. The pop superstar was the only artist with two songs in this year’s Top 10 most played, “Need to Know” and “Woman.” No song, however, got more listens this year than “Stay” by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber.

Following these incredible artists to round-out iHeartRadio’s top five played artists this year were Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd. As for songs? Glass Animals’ alternative bop “Heat WavesHarry Styles’ pop anthem “As it Was”, Justin Bieber’sGhost” and“That’s What I Want” by Lil Nas X rounded out the top five.

Interested in learning more about the songs and artists that people just couldn’t get enough of across the U.S. this year? Check out iHeartRadio’s full lists below to find out who made the top 10 list in each genre!

Top Overall Artists 2022

  1. Doja Cat
  2. Harry Styles
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. The Weeknd
  6. Lil Nas X
  7. Adele
  8. Dua Lipa
  9. Post Malone
  10. Drake

Top Overall Songs 2022

  1. “Stay” The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
  2. “Heat Waves” Glass Animals
  3. “As It Was” Harry Styles
  4. “Ghost” Justin Bieber
  5. “That’s What I Want” Lil Nas X
  6. “Need To Know” Doja Cat
  7. “Woman” Doja Cat
  8. “Big Energy” Latto
  9. “First Class” Jack Harlow
  10. “Bad Habits” Ed Sheeran

Top Contemporary Hit Radio Artists (CHR) 2022

  1. Doja Cat
  2. Harry Styles
  3. Lil Nas X
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. Post Malone
  6. The Weeknd
  7. Glass Animals
  8. Lizzo
  9. Jack Harlow
  10. Ed Sheeran

Top Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Songs 2022

  1. “As It Was” Harry Styles
  2. “Heat Waves” Glass Animals
  3. “That’s What I Want” Lil Nas X
  4. “Need To Know” Doja Cat
  5. “Woman” Doja Cat
  6. “Ghost” Justin Bieber
  7. “Stay” The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
  8. “About Damn Time” Lizzo
  9. “Big Energy” Latto
  10. “Late Night Talking” Harry Styles

Top Country Artists 2022

  1. Luke Combs
  2. Morgan Wallen
  3. Luke Bryan
  4. Jason Aldean
  5. Thomas Rhett
  6. Sam Hunt
  7. Kenny Chesney
  8. Dustin Lynch
  9. Zac Brown Band
  10. Kane Brown

Top Country Songs 2022

  1. “Til You Can’t” Cody Johnson
  2. “Take My Name” Parmalee
  3. “Trouble With A Heartbreak” Jason Aldean
  4. “Thinking ‘Bout You” Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter
  5. “23” Sam Hunt
  6. “Sand In My Boots” Morgan Wallen
  7. “Wasted On You” Morgan Wallen
  8. “If I Didn’t Love You” Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
  9. “Damn Strait” Scotty McCreery
  10. “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go)” Ellie King & Miranda Lambert

Top Hip-Hop Artists 2022

  1. Drake
  2. Lil Baby
  3. Kodak Black
  4. Future
  5. Pop Smoke
  6. Moneybagg Yo
  7. Sza
  8. Wizkid
  9. Chris Brown
  10. Bleu

Top Hip-Hop Songs 2022

  1. “Super Gremlin” Kodak Black
  2. “Wait For U” Future feat. Drake
  3. “I Hate U” Sza
  4. “Essence” Wizkid feat. Tems
  5. “Wild Side” Normani feat. Cardi B
  6. “Girls Want Girls” Drake feat. Lil Baby
  7. “First Class” Jack Harlow
  8. “Chosen” BLXST feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga
  9. “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” CKay
  10. “What Happened To Virgil” Lil Durk

Top Alternative Artists 2022

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. Green Day
  3. Imagine Dragons
  4. Linkin Park
  5. Nirvana
  6. Foo Fighters
  7. Glass Animals
  8. Blink-182
  9. Weezer
  10. Twenty One Pilots

Top Alternative Songs 2022

  1. “Heat Waves” Glass Animals
  2. “Enemy From League Of Legends” Imagine Dragons
  3. “Black Summer” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  4. “Beggin” Maneskin
  5. “My Universe” Coldplay x BTS
  6. “Monsters” All Time Low feat. blackbear
  7. “Bad Dream” Cannons
  8. “My Ex’s Best Friend” Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear
  9. “Broken” lovelytheband
  10. “Running Up That Hill (A Deal)” Kate Bush

Top Rock Artists 2022

  1. Metallica
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. Nirvana
  4. AC/DC
  5. Green Day
  6. Linkin Park
  7. Offspring
  8. Foo Fighters
  9. Ozzy Osbourne
  10. Guns N’ Roses

Top Rock Songs 2022

  1. “Kill The Noise” Papa Roach
  2. “Dead Inside” Nita Strauss feat. David Draiman
  3. “So Called Life” Three Days Grace
  4. “Black Summer” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. “Something In The Way” Nirvana
  6. “Everlong” Foo Fighters
  7. “My Hero” Foo Fighters
  8. “For The Glory” All Good Things
  9. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
  10. “Monsters” All Time Low feat. blackbear