June 16, 2024


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Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, BTS and more: 2022’s iconic record breakers

Another year, another incredible set of world records achieved by some of our favourite music artists. 

From Harry Styles’ “As it Was” to Anitta’s “Envolver”, 2022 has seen its fair share of record-breaking music moments. 

Here are six celebrities who didn’t just achieve impressive pitches this year, but record titles as well!


Taylor Swift

With over 35 record titles to her name, American pop and country music singer-songwriter Taylor Swift certainly isn’t new to record-breaking. 

Following the release of her 10th studio album, Midnights, Taylor Swift broke three records this year alone: 


  • Most streamed album on Spotify in 24 hours (184.6 million streams) 
  • Most day-one streams of an album on Spotify (184.6 million streams) 
  • Most streamed act on Spotify in 24 hours (228 million streams)

Less than 24 hours after Midnights was released on 21 October 2022, the album had already received over 153.4 million streams, and went on to receive over 30 million more streams before the day was over.

Taylor Swift’s total includes the number of streams for the standard 13-track album (161.5 million) and the additional seven songs on the “3am Edition” (23.1 million).

Eight older tracks including the hits “Blank Space” and “Cruel Summer” each racked up more than one million streams per day, adding an additional 9.6 million streams to Taylor’s already impressive 24-hour total and making her the newest record holder for the most streamed act on Spotify in 24 hours.



Brazilian pop sensation Anitta wowed the world this year when she made history by becoming the first solo Latin artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify.

In just 10 years, Anitta has become one of Brazil’s biggest pop stars.


But even more impressive is that less than five months after her hit “Envolver” was released on 11 November 2021, the song had already racked up 6.39 million streams throughout the globe.


Sung entirely in Spanish, the track is the fourth single from her album Versions of Me, and first went viral on social media after a dance challenge was created with the song’s choreography.

Never before had the world seen a Spotify song played so many times in a single day in Brazil, with 4.1 million of the 6.3 million plays on the daily chart (25) coming from the South American country.

The influential Latin star even earned herself a place in the new Guinness World Records 2023 edition!


As the biggest ever global female popstar to originate from Brazil, we’re excited to see which records the “Girl from Rio” breaks next!



Chart-topping superstar Adele has one of the most recognisable voices in the pop scene. 

The British singer-songwriter has managed to turn her heartbreak into some of the world’s greatest hits, earning multiple record titles in the process. 

After more than four years of silence, Adele returned with her soulful, emotive voice and brought us the album 30

At the BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) Awards 2022, hosted at The O2 Arena in 2022 February, the hit singer racked up an iconic on-stage performance and three record titles: 

  • Most BRIT awards won for Best British Single by a solo artist (Easy on Me) 
  • Most BRIT awards won for Album of the Year by a solo artist (30) 
  • Most BRIT awards won by a female artist

Adele’s most recent record titles have brought the total of BRITs won by the singer to 12: just one award shy of Robbie Williams’ record for the most BRIT awards won by an individual (13).


Harry Styles

Dubbed the new “King of Pop”, by Rolling Stone UK, Harry Styles’ voice, charm, and charisma has struck a chord with fans around the world. 

So much so, in fact, that his single “As It Was”, released on 1 April 2022, was an instant success and quickly racked up millions of streams. 

A blend of retro ‘80s echoes and contemporary upbeat sounds, the song accumulated 16,103,849 streams during its first 24 hours on Spotify, earning the record for the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours (male).

The song was so popular, it was the top track in 34 countries, with 8.3 million streamers in the USA, 1,247,683 streams in the UK, and 1,168,896 streams in Mexico. 

“As It Was” also managed to stay No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 15 weeks—a feat only ever topped by three other songs.


Global superstars BTS continued making record-breaking history throughout 2022. 

Aside from having improved their previous most Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards blimps won by a music group title after breaking it for the second year in a row with six blimps, the South Korean boyband also smashed an additional three records in just the first few months of the year: 

  • Most followers on Instagram for a music group
  • Most followers on Twitter for a music group
  • Most followers on TikTok for a music group

The K-pop band, who was part of the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame in 2022, has quite an impressive following. 

As of 21 February 2022, they had reached 44,167,059 followers on Twitter, 60,151,959 followers on Instagram as of 22 February 2022, and 49 million followers on TikTok as of 14 April 2022.

Not only are the Bangtan Boys the kings of K-pop, but undoubtedly the kings of social media as well, having cultivated a multi-language fan base that is groundbreaking and unheard of. 

But BTS’s record breaking achievements don’t stop there. 

In fact, BTS has smashed dozens of records since the group first debuted in 2013, earning a whopping 13 in 2021!


Billie Eilish 

California-bred singer-songwriter Billie Eilish is certainly “Happier Than Ever” with her most recent record achievement. 

At the 94th Academy Awards on 27 March 2022, Eilish completed the “triple crown” of film music awards aged just 20 years 99 days, becoming the youngest person to win the film music awards “triple crown.”

The film music awards “triple crown” is winning an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for music created specifically for a film. 

Eilish achieved the titles with her single “No Time to Die”, created for the latest James Bond blockbuster of the same name starring Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Léa Seydoux.

The song was co-written by Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell’, who both made the achievement memorable by performing the number together at the Oscars, staged at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA.

We can’t wait to find out which celebrities will go on to break records in 2023!