Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik received a whopping 15.3 billion streams on YouTube last year, an average of 42 million per day, making her the world’s most streamed act on YouTube (2022).
Kolkata-born Alka, 56, has been the most popular artist on the platform for the past three years, with 17 billion views in 2021 and 16.6 billion in 2020. She tops YouTube’s global ranking in 2022. Bad Bunny (Puerto Rico) ranks second. place with 14.7 billion streams.
In the first three we find three male Bollywood singers:
Udit Narayan (10.8 billion),
Arijit Singh (10.7 billion),
Kumar Sanu (9.09 billion).
South Korean superstars BTS (7.95 billion) and BLACKPINK (7.03 billion) made the top ten, while other well-known artists had to settle for lower spots on the list: The Weeknd (5.7 billion) came in at 13th; Taylor Swift (4.330 million) was 26; and Drake (2.9 billion) was 50.
Alka has been number one on YouTube’s weekly music chart since October 2022. It closed the last week of the year strong with 366 million views.
Indian artists dominated YouTube streaming figures for 2022. 12.3 billion (80%) of Alka Yagnik’s streams in 2022 were recorded in India. She and she was also the most streamed artist in Pakistan (683 million streams).
Often referred to as the queen of playback singing, Alka Yagnik is one of Bollywood’s most iconic voices. She has recorded more than 20,000 songs for films and albums in her four-decade career.