Queen Top Annual Request Chart for 3rd Year in a Row
Queen have topped our annual request chart for a third year in a row, being confirmed as the most requested artist of 2022 by patients and staff at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. We played 1,751 requests in 2022, and Queen once again led the way, topping our annual chart for the fourth time in total (1992, 2020, 2021 and 2022). They have been on our annual chart every year since 1990, and have never missed our Top 20 in that time. They are only the second act ever to top our annual chart three times in a row – the other being Robbie Williams. They also match the record of Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra for the most number of times at number one (each have four).
Ed Sheeran finished in second place for the second year running, and was only just stopped from making it three times at the top. He topped our chart in 2015 and 2017.
Abba climbed one place to number three, matching their best ever position, and making it 30 consecutive years in our annual Top 40.
Elvis Presley and Elton John rounded off our annual Top 5, with Elton John matching his highest ever position of number five, which he’s now achieved on four occasions (1997, 2003, 2020 and 2022).
Remmy Williams continued her amazing story by climbing into the Top 10 at number seven. She is the sister of one of the RNOH staff, Neema, and is regularly played on Radio Brockley.
Further down the chart, Kate Bush made her first ever appearance in our Top 40, entering at number 22 thanks to her music being used on TV show “Stranger Things” which propelled her back to the top of the charts last year.
And finally, Matthew and the Atlas were a surprise new entry at number 27. The project is led by British songwriter Matt Hegarty, and they have been releasing music since 2010.
The chart was announced on Radio Brockley by Alan Joyce for his 31st year in a row, and live tweets were sent out by Macie Lewis. Here’s the full Top 20.
MOST REQUESTED ARTISTS OF 2022
1 (1) Queen
2 (2) Ed Sheeran
3 (4) Abba
4 (3) Elvis Presley
5 (11) Elton John
6 (10) The Beatles
7 (24) Remmy Williams
8 (26) Dolly Parton
9 (5) Bob Marley and the Wailers
10 (19) Rod Stewart
11 (15) Coldplay
12 (re) Diana Ross
13 (12) Rolling Stones
14 (29) Michael Jackson
15 (13) Fleetwood Mac
16 (27) Dire Straits
17 (re) Celine Dion
18 (9) Whitney Houston
19 (16) Neil Diamond
20 (re) Johnny Cash