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 DANCE MUSIC RULES IN 2022
11/1/22

The popularity of dance music is soaring in the U.K., according to analysis by the BPI, as the genre has claimed more than a quarter (26%) of Official Singles Chart Top 10 hits in 2022.

That’s nearly double the figure claimed across the whole of 2021, when dance accounted for 14.6% of Top 10 hits, and nearly three times as high as the share in 2019 (9.3%).

Dance is officially more popular than hip-hop/rap, which has 21.7% of Top 10 hits YTD. Only pop has accumulated a greater share with 40.6%.

More than half of the dance hits are by or feature U.K. artists. They include releases from new talents LF System, Eliza Rose and Bad Boy Chiller Crew, alongside established acts Calum Scott, Calvin Harris, Ella Henderson, Jax Jones, MNEK and Becky Hill.

“Britain has always excelled at dance music, so it’s gratifying that the genre’s renaissance is powered in part by homegrown talent,” Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize, noted.

Official Dance Singles Chart of 2022

  1. “Where Are You Now” Lost Frequencies& Calum Scott (Insanity)
  2. “Afraid to Feel” LF System (Warner Records)
  3. “Make Me Feel Good” Belters Onlyf/Jazzy (Polydor)
  4. “Where Did You Go” Jax Jonesf/MNEK (Polydor)
  5. “Down Under” Luudef/Colin Hay (Sweat It Out)
  6. “Crazy What Love Can Do” David Guetta, Becky Hill and Ella Henderson (Parlophone)
  7. “BMW”Bad Boy Chiller Crew (Relentless)
  8. “Break My Soul” Beyoncé (Columbia)
  9. “B.O.T.A.” Eliza Roseand Interplanetary Criminal (Warner Records/X One House)
    10.“The Motto” Tiesto and Ava Max (Atlantic)