Creators’ favorite music in 2022

Creators favorite music 2022

Let’s take a look at some positive news from the last year: creators’ favorite music. The songs that soundtracked your year. The artists you loved.

Keep reading to find out which mainstream artists, songs and playlists were the most popular with creators in 2022.

Before you dive into it, take a second to see if you can guess which artist and which song will take the number 1 spot. Done? Let’s go!


Top artists 

1. David Guetta

License David Guetta YouTube LickdEDM/Deep House producer David Guetta is one of the most successful DJs and music producers in the world. Taking the number 1 spot, it would seem that he’s successful amongst creators too. Great news is that right at the start of 2022 we managed to get you access to his hit track ‘Titanium’ so we’re sure to see more of David Guetta’s success in 2022.

Top hits: Titanium, Memories ft KiD CuDi, ‘Remember’ by Becky Hill, Would I Lie To You


2. Glass Animals

Glass AnimalsLicense Glass Animals for YouTube Lickd are a British Indie Rock band that took the world by storm in 2022. You’ll probably recognise them from their hit song ‘Heat Waves’ which went viral on TikTok and now has almost 2 billion streams on Spotify (yes, billion, that’s not a typo).

Top hits: Heat Waves, I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)




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Top hits: Jocelyn Flores, Hope, Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares, SAD!, Moonlight 



4. Sean Paul

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Top hits


Get Busy

No Lie (feat. Dua Lipa)



5. Sia

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Top hits


Floating Through Space




6. The Offspring

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Top hits

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)

The Kids Aren’t Alright

Why Don’t You Get A Job



7. Oliver Tree

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Top hits

Life Goes On

Alien Boy

Cowboys Don’t Cry

Honourary mention goes to Cash Machine which was used by none other than MrBeast in one of his videos this year.


8. CKay

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Top hits

love nwantiti (ah ah ah)


way (ft. DJ Lambo)



9. Bazzi

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Top hits






10. Macklemore

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Top hits

Can’t Hold Us (with Ryan Lewis, ft. Ray Dalton)

Thrift Shop (with Ryan Lewis, ft. Wanz)




Top Tracks

1. Heat Waves – Glass Animals

Glass Animals Heat WavesAs you already know, this track was insanely popular in 2022. It could probably take the title of soundtrack of the year for most people, but especially for content creators and the TikTok-obsessed. Fun fact: the song actually broke the record for the longest climb to no.1, taking 59 weeks since it entered the Billboard top 100. To put that into perspective, the previous record-holder was 24 weeks shorter!



2. love nwantiti (ah ah ah) – CKay

License CKay music for videoAh, the track that catapulted CKay into stardom, ‘Love Nwantiti’ – an infectious track that went viral on TikTok and was used in over 2.9 million TikTok videos. We can’t wait to see what else this fast-rising star comes out with and how he can pump more afrobeat flavor into the mainstream.



3. No Lie – Dua Lipa, Sean Paul

Sean Paul ft Dua Lipa - No lieThis banger is actually from 2016 but made a huge comeback this year thanks to, yet again, you guessed it: TikTok. The track went viral, being used in over 1 million TikTok posts, and racked up over 827 million streams on Spotify alone. With two hugely popular artists behind it and a catchy blend of reggae and pop, we aren’t too surprised.



4. edamame – bbno$, Rich Brian

5. Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood & The Destroyers

6. Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

7. Sunday Best – Surfaces

8. Lemonade – Internet Money, ft. Don Toliver, Gunna & NAV

9. Memories (feat. Kid Cudi) [2021 Remix] – David Guetta

10. Don’t Be Shy – KAROL G, Tiësto


Top Playlists

1. Viral Hits

License viral hits music for videoOnly the biggest songs of the entire year, the ones that went viral or blew up on TikTok. We’re talking about huge tracks like Unholy, love nwantiti, 10 Things I Hate About You, Heat Waves, Remember, Life Goes On, Space Man, Light Switch and so many more that will pretty much give you an instant recap of 2022



2. 100m+ streams

100m+ streams playlistThis probably won’t surprise anyone. This playlist is home to some of the biggest tracks available on Lickd. A pretty exclusive club, only songs with over 100 million streams are allowed in.



3. Hip Hop Central

License Hip Hop music for videoHip Hop is an ever-popular genre on Lickd, and this playlist houses the very best. This lineup includes Stormzy, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Saweetie, and tons more. 




4. Most Licensed

5. Billion Streams Club

6. Remix Hits 

7. The Pop List 

8. 80s Classics 

9. Classic Hits

10. Gaming Lounge



Now you know creators’ favorite music in 2022

So, did you guess any of these? And have you licensed any of this music already? If not, perhaps now is the time to get on the bandwagon and try out a few of these artists, songs, and playlists to see what they can do for your next video.

Tell us who your favorite artist, track and/or playlist was this year by commenting below!

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