The Weeknd has broken another record. According to Chart Data, the Toronto-bred musician’s hit record “Blinding Lights” has surpassed Ed Sheeran’s massive record “Shape Of You.” Standing at 3.3 billion streams, the single was crowned the most streamed song in Spotify history at the close of 2022.
“happy new years to blinding lights. the most streamed song of all time tonight,” celebrated The Weeknd on Twitter. In the post, he shared imagery from the “Blinding Lights” music video.
In November 2021, “Blinding Lights” was named the new No. 1 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time Hot 100 Chart In November 2021. With the accomplishment, the pop singer passed Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” which now sits at No. 2. The achievement set the precedent for his historic 2022 feat.
“I feel like I’ve been making that record for a decade,” The Weeknd shared with Billboard at the time of the achievement.
Last year, the acclaimed performer proved himself to be one of the most successful pop music and R&B acts in modern history. The Weeknd set multiple records throughout the year, including becoming the first Canadian musician with four RIAA Diamond-certified singles as a lead artist.
This year, The Weeknd was named the fourth-most streamed artist globally by Spotify, following Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, and Drake. The Starboy was also named the third most viral artist globally, and the fifth most-streamed artist in the United States on the platform.
“Blinding Lights” was released in November 2019 as the second single from The Weeknd’s fourth studio album After Hours. Revisit the album below.