Most Popular Soundtracks in 2022: Latest Statistics Revealed

Hailey Campbell

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The Most Popular Soundtracks of 2022

2022 saw the release of some huge movies, such as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’.

With that in mind, we wanted to know what the best movie scores of 2022 are. So we conducted a study to find out.

Top ten soundtracks of 2022

Rank Movie/TV Show Spotify album  play count


Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody



Top Gun: Maverick






Don’t Worry Darling



Black Panther: Wakanda Forever



Turning Red



Purple Hearts



Marry Me






Bullet Train


How we ranked 2022’s most popular movie soundtracks

According to our findings, the top ten soundtracks of 2022 correspond with the most viewed movies by the total cinema and streaming earnings. We’ve ranked the playlists by the total number of Spotify plays, which were all in the million categories.

And that’s the top ten on our list, with a real mix of soundtracks and songs.

From songs that were popular decades ago, such as Elvis’ hits, to new contemporary releases from stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga, they’re all in the mix.

Top five soundtracks of 2022

  1. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
  2. Top Gun: Maverick
  3. Elvis
  4. Don’t Worry Darling
  5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Our analysis does not stop at listing these popular musical scores. We’ve also looked into the songs and streams for the top of the list:

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Whitney Houston’s biopic ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ comes first in the study, with the album getting a total of 2.5 billion streams.

What do we know about the songs included here?

The soundtrack is composed of 35 songs, including some of Houston’s most famous hits, such as ‘How Will I Know’, ‘Saving All My Love for You’ and the song which gave the movie its name, which also has the most streams in the whole album — almost one billion.

Top Gun: Maverick

Second on the list is ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, with 1.4 billion streams overall.

The highly anticipated sequel of the 1986 hit movie was released on May 27th, 2022, in North America, with its soundtrack dropping on Spotify in the same week.

The album includes original songs which quickly became popular, such as ‘I Ain’t Worried’ by OneRepublic — which has 733 million streams alone — and Lady Gaga.


Another biopic, ‘Elvis’ comes in third place with 508 million streams.

The album comprises 36 songs, among which there are covers of Presley’s songs, remixes and some original scores. Like ‘Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody’.

Lesser known facts about the Elvis movies soundtrack

Elvis has a soundtrack which is a foundational part of the movie, whereas other “regular” movies, like ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, have an original and fairly new soundtrack that was created and curated specifically for it.

Don’t Worry Darling

Further down on the list, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh, is fourth with 407 million streams.

The album contains fewer songs than others on this list (only 13), but it clearly resonated with listeners and movie-goers as it was among the most listened to of the year.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ closes the top five with 382 million streams.

The soundtrack comprises original songs by Ludwig Goransson, Rihanna, Burna Boy and more.

Our study found that Whitney Houston’s biopic ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ has more than 2.5 billion streams, making it the most popular soundtrack of 2022.

The research also revealed that ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is in second place, while ‘Elvis’ comes third.

How was the study conducted?

We analyzed 50 of the most popular movies of 2022 and compared their official soundtrack albums on Spotify, summing the streams for each song to determine which soundtrack is the most popular of last year.

Why did we conduct the study?

Soundtracks are a vital part of any movie.

Not only are they used to set the tone of the film, but they have the power to make you feel strong emotions or indicate how a character is feeling without the need for words.