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Spotify Wrapped: The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights crowned 2022’s top-grossing song

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

Along with a staggering 1,525% spike* in searches for “Spotify Wrapped” over the past week, the experts at were intrigued 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.

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

Rank Track Artist Total number of plays Approximate global listening time (in years) Total Estimated Royalty Earnings (€)
1 Blinding Lights The Weeknd 3,276,095,650 20,741 €13,050,652.88
2 Stay (with Justin Bieber) The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber 2,243,561,004 10,066 €8,937,448.41
3 Heat Waves Glass Animals 2,136,660,694 16,168 €8,511,600.40
4 Watermelon Sugar Harry Styles 2,020,898,252 11,142 €8,050,449.20
5 Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood 1,840,275,005 13,995 €7,330,918.53
6 good 4 u Olivia Rodrigo 1,675,419,357 9,460 €6,674,199.65
7 As It Was Harry Styles 1,603,198,750 8,473 €6,386,501.68
8 INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow) Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow 1,587,895,264 10,657 €6,325,538.72
9 Bad Habits Ed Sheeran 1,338,222,969 9,795 €5,330,944.30
10 Cold Heart – PNAU Remix Elton John, Dua Lipa, Pnau 1,257,611,378 8,081 €5,009,820.01

For the complete data of all 50 songs analysed, please click here. 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 lockdown, the 80s-tinged track is the fastest in Spotify history to reach three billion streams, potentially earning the Canadian artist a whopping €13,050,652 from royalties.

Cashing in around three million fewer, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s Stay comes in second with an estimated royalty earning of €8,937,448. 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 €8,511,60 in royalty earnings off of a staggering 2.13 billion streams.

Taking fourth place with an estimated haul of €8,050,449 is Harry Styles’ 2019 single Watermelon Sugar. The singer’s biggest hit As It Was – released only this year – sits at the seventh spot (€6,386,501) amassing an impressive 1.6 billion plays so far.

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

Rank Album Artist Combined total number of plays Total Estimated Royalty Earnings (€)
1 Un Verano Sin Ti Bad Bunny 10,224,755,147 €40,731,329.13
2 Sour Olivia Rodrigo 8,489,425,507 €33,818,470.89
3 Planet Her Doja Cat 6,059,396,620 €24,138,209.12
4 Harry’s House Harry Styles 3,836,048,700 €15,281,281.55
5 = Ed Sheeran 3,245,194,357 €12,927,554.50

Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti takes the coveted top spot as most streamed album, as well as highest-earning. A combined total play count of 10.2 billion adds an eye-popping €40,731,329 to the Puerto Rican star’s potential wealth.

Dubbed breakup album of the decade, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour comes second, earning the star an estimated €33,818,470 from royalties. Rounding off the top three is Doja Cat’s Planet Her, bagging the American rapper a mind-blowing €24,138,209 in royalty earnings.

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