Beatport Insider 2022: Top-Selling Tracks, Artists, and Labels of the Year

With Beatport Insider, we look at key stats from the Beatport store each month. With 2022 coming to a close, we look at the artists, tracks, and labels across all genres that took the top spots in Beatport’s sales and streaming charts over the past 12 months.

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Beatportal BP Insider 1
Dec 20, 2022
Beatport Team

Who knew that house and tech-house would have such a hold on our hearts and our CD-Js again this year? One long or indeed short glance at the stats for 2022 and the same story pops up again and again: nothing beats a stone-cold classic house track and nothing beats a timely reminder of the fact via a new remix for the modern dancefloor. Twenty-five years ago, Todd Terry was the man with the midas touch: ten years ago, it was a six-minute club mix from Dennis Ferrer or Tensnake, and in 2022 it’s the turn of Purple Disco Machine, a two-legged German disco groove machine who took on everything from ‘Coma Cat’ to Cerrone and MVC Project: it’s no accident that in ‘22, he is Beatport’s number one Best-Selling Artist, one place above John Summit and two places above Vintage Culture, another producer who, tellingly, had a vintage year via Beatport and indeed on the ‘floor. (James Hype and David Guetta completed the Top 5).

Aside from raw sales, there’s also streaming to consider. It’s no surprise that UK house imprint Defected Records ruled the roots on the streaming front – they had another fantastic year with key releases from Claptone and Jamie Jones to Harry Romero and Inaya Day, but in truth, the mighty SPINNIN are not far behind. Intriguingly, the heavy resurgence of drum ‘n’ bass is there for all to see at number three: it’s Andy C’s RAM imprint who are in third place, with Afterlife and Distrokid making up the Top 5. Further down the ten, you’ll find Toolroom, Drumcode, and Musical Freedom: melodic, tech-house and techno all the way, it seems.

But we saved the most fun analysis to last: after all, who doesn’t reminisce about the year gone by as we head towards Christmas? The biggest-selling single of 2022 was again a remix, this time by FISHER, who took on Bob Sinclar’s World Hold On and gave it a nice new lick of paint: shouts to Yellow Productions on the label front. At two, it’s James Hype’s new “Ferrari” on The Cross and at 3, arguably the biggest dance record of the year in overall terms, LF System’s “Afraid To Feel.” John Summit’s “La Danza” is at 4 with his Defected smash and the remainder of the top 10 continues the tech-house theme with tracks from Joel Corry and remixes from MEDUZA. But what it also shows you — as does the streaming Top 10 — is just how darn big dance music is beyond the club. Claptone’s remix of “Cold Heart” by Elton and Dua Lipa was a huge streaming success on Beatport as well as everywhere else: it seems that no disco big or small can resist a killer hook, a deft dance floor arrangement or a kick drum to accompany your third drink of the day.

Check out the full list of Beatport’s Top-Selling Tracks, Artists, and Labels of 2022 below!

The 10 Top-Selling Tracks on Beatport (2022)

The 10 Most Streamed Tracks on Beatport (2022)

The 10 Best-Selling Labels on Beatport (2022)

1. Defected
2. Toolroom
3. Afterlife Records
4. Drumcode
6. Anjunadeep
7. Ultra
8. Repopulate Mars
9. Glasgow Underground
10. Armada Music

The 10 Most-Streamed Labels on Beatport (2022)

1. Defected
3. RAM Records
4. Afterlife Records
5. DistroKid
6. Repopulate Mars
7. Toolroom
8. Drumcode
9. Musical Freedom
10. Catch & Release

The 10 Best-Selling Artists on Beatport (2022)

1. Purple Disco Machine
2. John Summit
3. Vintage Culture
4. James Hype
5. David Guetta
7. CID
8. Tiesto
9. Joel Corry
10. Claptone

The 10 Most-Streamed Artists on Beatport (2022)

2. James Hype
3. John Summit
4. David Guetta
5. Tiesto
6. Joel Corry
7. Vintage Culture
8. CID
9. Sub Focus
10. Swedish House Mafia

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  • Of the Top 100 artists in 2022 who had the highest percentage increase of tracks sold in the last twelve months, compared to the twelve months before.

1. Mala Ika

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