Billboard Hot 100: Every #1 song of 2022

The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart measures the most popular songs in America every week from Friday to Thursday based on sales, online streams (audio and video), and radio airplay. Below see the list of every song that reached the top spot in 2022, updating weekly as each new chart is announced.

Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”

6 weeks at number-one
November 5 – December 10

This is the ninth number-one single for Taylor Swift. It debuted in the top spot the same week its parent album “Midnights” launched at number-one on the Billboard 200. And it’s part of a historic sweep as Swift became the first artist ever to claim all of the top-10 slots on the Hot 100 in a single week.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras, “Unholy”

1 week at number-one
October 29

This is the first number-one hit for both Sam Smith and Kim Petras. They make history as the first openly non-binary and trans solo artists, respectively, to top the Billboard Hot 100.

Steve Lacy, “Bad Habit”

3 weeks at number-one
October 8 – October 22

This is the first number-one hit for Steve Lacy and also the first single he ever charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It debuted at number-100 back on July 16.

Nicki Minaj, “Super Freaky Girl”

1 week at number-one
August 27

This single debuted at number-one as Minaj’s third chart-topping single and her first without any other accompanying artists. She previously led with “Trollz,” her collab with 6ix9ine, and “Say So,” her team-up with Doja Cat.

Beyonce, “Break My Soul”

2 weeks at number-one
August 13 – August 20

The song rose to number-one on the Hot 100 the same week its parent album “Renaissance” debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s her eighth number-one single as a solo artist and her first number-one since “Single Ladies” in 2008 that wasn’t a collab. She also had four chart-toppers as a member of Destiny’s Child, giving her a total of 12 number-ones.

Lizzo, “About Damn Time”

2 weeks at number-one
July 30 – August 6

This is Lizzo’s second single to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, following “Truth Hurts,” which spent seven weeks on top in 2019. “About Damn Time” reached number-one the same week its parent album, “Special,” debuted at number-two on the Billboard 200.

Drake featuring 21 Savage, “Jimmy Cooks”

1 week at number-one
July 2

“Jimmy Cooks” debuted at number-one the same week its parent album, Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind,” debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200. This is Drake’s 11th number-one single on the Hot 100, which ties him with Whitney Houston for the seventh most chart-toppers in history. It’s 21 Savage’s second single to reach the pinnacle.

Future featuring Drake and Tems, “Wait for U”

1 week at number-one
May 14

“Wait for U” debuted at number-one on the Hot 100 the same week Future’s album “I Never Liked You” launched at number-one on the Billboard 200. It’s the second chart-topping single of Future’s career and his first as a lead artist; he previously hit number-one as a featured artist on Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” last fall. It’s the first number-one hit for Tems and the landmark 10th for Drake.

Jack Harlow, “First Class”

3 weeks at number-one
April 23; May 21 – May 28

This was Harlow’s first time debuting at number-one and his first time topping the chart by himself. He previously reached the top spot in 2021 as a featured artist on Lil Nas X‘s “Industry Baby.” The single returned to number-one four weeks later upon the release of Harlow’s album “Come Home the Kids Miss You.”

Harry Styles, “As It Was”

15 weeks at number-one
April 16; April 30 – May 7; June 4 – June 25; July 9 – July 23; September 3 – October 1

The lead single from Styles’s album “Harry’s House,” this song became his second number-one hit on the Hot 100, following “Watermelon Sugar” in 2020. It was also his first song to debut at number-one and his first to spend multiple weeks in the top spot. It eventually became the first song ever to have five distinct runs at number-one, the longest-running number-one song by a British artist, the longest-running number-one by a singular performer with no accompanying artist, the fourth longest-running chart-topper of all time, and the longest-running song ever in the top two.

Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”

5 weeks at number-one
March 12 – April 9

Originally released in 2020, “Heat Waves” made history for the longest ever climb to the top spot. It was on the chart for 58 weeks before finally reaching number-one on its 59th. It was the first number-one hit for the British band.

“Encanto” Cast, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

5 weeks at number-one
February 5 – March 5

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by “Encanto” voice actors Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, and Stephanie Beatriz, “Bruno” was an unexpected crossover hit from the animated film’s soundtrack. It spent longer at number-one than any other song from a Disney movie.

Adele, “Easy on Me”

3 weeks at number-one in 2022 (10 weeks total)
January 15 – January 29

Most of the song’s chart reign was in 2021 after it debuted in October. It was Adele’s fifth number-one hit following “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” “Set Fire to the Rain,” and “Hello.” Its 10-week reign tied “Hello” as her longest-running chart-topper.

Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

5 weeks at number-one in 2022 (11 weeks total)
January 1 – January 8; December 17 – December 31

Released in 1994, Carey’s Christmas standard finally reached number-one in 2019 and has bounced back up to the top every holiday season since, totaling 11 weeks on top (so far). It was her 19th number-one hit on the Hot 100, extending her record for the most number-one hits by a solo artist and getting her one step closer to the all-time record of 20 number-one singles held by The Beatles.

The Billboard Hot 100 has been measuring the most popular songs since 1958, starting with Ricky Nelson‘s “Poor Little Fool.” Since then more than 1,100 songs have reached the pinnacle, though Billboard’s methodology has changed over the years as music consumption has evolved.

For instance, sales used to be tracked by Nielsen from Monday to Sunday, but in 2015 that changed to Friday to Thursday. Also, in the early years of the charts sales were given more weight than radio airplay as the purchasing of singles was much more common than it would be in later years. Eventually that shifted as full-length albums became more prevalent and single sales diminished. In 1998 Billboard amended its rules yet again to allow a song to appear on the Hot 100 even if it was airplay-only and wasn’t available to purchase as a single. Then in 2007 Billboard started counting audio streaming performance towards the Hot 100. And in 2013 YouTube video streams were added to the formula.

In the Hot 100 era, The Beatles hold the record for the most number-one hits with 20 different chart leaders. They’re followed closely by Mariah Carey, who has had 19 songs reach number-one. Carey’s 1995 duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” set the record for the most weeks at number-one with 16. That record stood for more than two decades before it was tied by “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber in 2017, and then ultimately broken by Lil Nas X, whose “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, dominated the chart for 19 weeks in 2019. But the song named by Billboard as the number-one song of all time was The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” which spent only four weeks at number-one but obliterated the record for the most weeks in the top 10 with more than a year in that region.

As you can see from the above songs, history is still regularly being made on the Hot 100. Come back every week for more.

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