iHeartRadio's just-released rankings of 2022's most listened to music and most popular artists, overall and in key formats, show Doja Cat as the year's top artist as well as CHR's top act, reaching an estimated audience of more than 3.6 billion. Doja Cat places two songs, “Need To Know” and “Woman” in both the overall and CHR's top 10 most-listened-to and most-streamed songs for the year.
Also finishing strong is Harry Styles, with a more-than-2.2 billion audience reach, powered by the second-biggest song overall and top CHR song “As It Was,” with his “Late Night Talking” also making the cut for CHR's top 10.
iHeart's listings, based on total radio audience spins and streams across its more than 850 stations and on its app, rank The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber's “Stay” as the top overall song and seventh-ranked CHR song, which reached a total audience of more than 1.23 billion in the U.S. alone. Second to “Stay” is Glass Animals' “Heat Waves,” which is also second among CHR songs and tops iHeart's top alternative songs.
Bieber, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd round out iHeart's overall top five artists for 2022, each of those also among CHR's top 10. With “Stay” and “Ghost,” Bieber lands two in iHeart's top 10 overall songs, while Sheeran places one with “Bad Habits.”
Drake is iHeart's top hip-hop act and 10th-ranked overall artist, with a more-than-1.3-billion reach, while the top hip-hop song is Kodak Black's “Super Gremlin.” For the country genre, Luke Combs and Cody Johnson's “'Til You Can't” are the top artist and song respectively. At alternative radio, Red Hot Chili Peppers grab top artist honors, while Metallica takes the prize for top rock artist.
iHeart bases its total audience spins calculation on certified Mediabase airplay, multiplied by the number of persons listening to radio at the time of those plays to deliver total audience impressions, which is the broadcast equivalent of the number of streams from a streaming music service.