What was the biggest hit of 2022?
According to Billboard, it was "Heat Waves" by Oxford band Glass Animals. Which is quite an achievement, since it was released in 2021 as a single (and ended up #16 on THAT year end chart) and took 59 weeks to get there. It spent more than a YEAR on the pop chart before it hit #1, and spent a month there. And that's just what it did in the US! In Australia, it spent 85 weeks in their top 10, the longest run by far of any single.
It's not like Glass Animals is some big hitmaker overnight success of a band. They've been around since 2010, and this was their first big hit.
So what made this song a hit?
Well, weird Minecraft fan fiction that highlighted the song didn't hurt, but I'd like to think it's the simple lyrics and captivating electronic beat. Anyone can sing along to this song. Even me! Hell, I'm singing along right now.
It also may be the fact that they are a different band, with an accessible look. They aren't overstyled. They're a real band, writing real music. And they perform it live, too.