Harry Styles has grabbed the coveted top spot of the lists of both the UK’s best-selling singles and albums in 2022.
And it was in what was a record-breaking year for British music too.
According to the data shared by the Official Charts Company this week, for the first time since year-end chart data began being released over 50 years ago now, the year’s most popular songs were all by British artists – with Cheshire‘s finest Styles claiming the top slot of the top 40 list with his undeniable smash-hit ‘As It Was’.
The lead single from Styles’ third solo album, Harry’s House, sold an impressive 1.57 million chart units since its release in April 2022 to the end of the year, which was probably helped by the fact that it was also the longest-running Number 1 of 2022, managing an 10 weeks at the top of the charts.
‘As It Was’ also leads the pack as the most-streamed song of the year, with over 180.9 million audio and video streams.
It was also best-selling across combined physical and digital sales with 65,000.
Not only that either, as Harry’s House – which was released in May 2022 – also ran away with the top spot on the best-selling albums list too.
Elsewhere on the official top 10 biggest songs of 2022 list, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ is immediately behind Styles in second, Fireboy DML’s Sheeran collaboration ‘Peru’ coming in third, London newcomer Cat Burns’ smash-hit single ‘Go’ in fourth, and Sheeran again rounds-out the top five with his other huge hit ‘Shivers’.
It’s not all brand-new songs released in 2022 taking top 10 spots though, as Glass Animals’ sleeper hit ‘Heatwaves’ originally released back in 2020 takes the seventh spot, but just one place before that in sixth is ‘Running Up That Hill’ by Kate Bush, which enjoyed a resurgence of success in the summer and shot to number 1 for the first time ever thanks to its use in an iconic scene on Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Adele, LF System, Sam Fender, Calum Scott, Dave, Elton John, George Ezra, Lewis Capaldi, and Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal are just a handful of the other names appearing on the top 40 list.
Official Top 10 biggest songs of 2022
‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles
‘Bad Habits’ by Ed Sheeran
‘Peru’ by Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran
‘Go’ by Cat Burns
‘Shivers’ by Ed Sheeran
‘Running Up That Hill’ by Kate Bush
‘Heatwaves’ by Glass Animals
‘Where Are You Now’ by Lost Frequencies ft. Calum Scott
‘Afraid To Feel’ by LF System
‘Seventeen Going Under’ by Sam Fender
‘As It Was’ may have been Styles’ biggest song of 2022, enjoying success atop countless charts globally for a significant period of time, but the singer also had another one of his smash-hit singles make it onto the top 40 list.
The follow-up single ‘Late Night Talking’ found itself in the 32nd spot.
Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium announce joint Manchester gig at Co-op Live
Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium have just announced a huge joint arena tour, including a date in Manchester.
Both bands will be performing at the Co-op Live arena as part of The Poisoned Ascendancy UK Tour in 2025.
They’ll be playing their respective albums in full to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck said: “I honestly can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the release of The Poison, and what an incredible 20 years it’s been.
“I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved as a band in the last two decades and it all started with that debut album.
“The Poison is such an important part of our lives musically and personally and we know the massive impact it had on the metal world on a global level.
“This tour will be made even more special as our brothers in Trivium are also joining us on the road to celebrate and play in its entirety their stunning album Ascendancy.”
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy said: “Bullet For My Valentine’s The Poison and Trivium’s Ascendancy are two records whose influence can be heard to this day – in the DNA of modern metal.
“It’s incredible to think of the impact the albums had when they came out in 2005. They were both like bolts of lightning.
“Both bands grew up independently of each other in different countries and separately from any movement or scene but both shared a common love of melodic heavy metal at the core; and both had similar meteoric rises right out of the gate.
“Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting.
“But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”
“This is going to be the metal tour of 2025,” concludes Tuck. “Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium The Poisoned Ascendancy World Tour 2025. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of both albums and playing them in their entirety.
“Get excited people, it’s going to be special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”
Bulley For My Valentine and Trivium – the Poisoned Ascendency Tour, will be at the Co-op Live on 30 January 2025.
The tour will also visit Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, and London.