Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Spotify Wrapped 2022: Top 10 highest earning songs revealed

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 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: Top 10 highest earning songs revealed

RankTrackArtistTotal 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

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 $13,580,171 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.


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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.


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