Listen to the songs Shazam thinks will be big in 2022

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What you need to know

  • Shazam has shared a 50-song playlist of tracks it thinks will be popular in 2022.
  • Five artists have been specially selected as ones to watch out for this year.

Apple-owned Shazam has shared a new Apple Music playlist that highlights the songs that it thinks will become popular in 2022. The songs make up a 50-strong playlist with Apple also highlighting five artists that it believes are those that people should be keeping an eye on.

The whole playlist can be found by clicking this link which should open in the Apple Music app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. There, you'll find a rundown of the five artists Shazam thinks will be big this year, while the playlist itself carries the following explanation:

Have you ever scanned your Shazam history and spotted a big star—someone you discovered months or years before they became a household name? Every day, the app gets millions of requests from users around the world who are curious about the artist behind a song. These Shazams come from all over—TikTok videos, car commercials, coffee shops, overhearing something in the wild—which makes it a powerful tool for predicting tomorrow's heavy hitters. This playlist features 50 emerging artists who, based on Shazam data reviewed by our editors, are poised to have a breakthrough year. It's a remarkably global and diverse bunch. Hailing from all corners of the globe (Japan, Russia, South Africa and Colombia are all represented here) with fusions of currently beloved genres like Afropop, hyperpop, regional Mexican and electronic, these are the artists to watch out for in 2022.

Shazam's predictions were curated but its editors, but they were picking from tracks selected by its algorithm — a special secret sauce that could prove to be particularly good at picking up the next big thing. Take a listen and see whether there's a hit or two in there for you.

You will of course need an Apple Music subscription to take all of this in, however.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.