Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, Future Lead Apple Music’s 2022 Top Tracks and Trends

With its mid-year report recognizing strong and enduring music trends and songs, Apple Music has unveiled its top songs and trends of the year thus far. Future, Harry Styles, Drake, Jack Harlow, Glass Animals, Bad Bunny, and Gayle are among others with popular songs.

Future’s “Wait for U” featuring Drake and Tems from his ninth studio album, “I Never Liked You,” is among the tracks honored. It has spent more weeks at No. 1 since its May 3 release than any of Future’s past singles. The next song is “As It Was” by Harry Styles from “Harry’s House,” which set a new record for the most first-day streaming for a 2022 song. Harlow’s “First Class” was credited for “upgrading Jack Harlow to a streaming superstar.”

Harlow’s international streams on Apple Music “nearly quadrupled” in the two months following the release of “First Class,” off his album “Come Home the Kids Miss You.” It also holds the record for a 2022 hip-hop song with the highest first-day streams globally.

As part of their recognition of the ongoing globalization of K-pop, Apple Music also referred to BTS as the “biggest group in pop, period” this year.  “[BTS’] success has also nurtured a broader interest in the genre, and a growing awareness of the other artists continuing to push it forward,” Apple Music stated in a press release. “Don’t think of it as a passing of the torch so much as an ongoing widening of the field. Maybe they’ll eventually drop the K and call it what it is: pop.”

Afrobeats, Alté, and Amapiano are more styles that are expected to gain popularity in the near future. “You can hear it in the work of TikTok-launched artists like PinkPantheress, Piri and Tommy Villiers and Yaz — whose bedroom-pop-meets-breakbeats has steered the sound in playful directions.”

Last but not least, according to Apple Music, drum and bass tendencies have just experienced a comeback.

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