Playback singer Alka Yagnik is 2022's most streamed artist on YouTube

Alka Yagnik's songs received 15.3 billion YouTube streams last year. Photos: Instagram

Singer Alka Yagnik has emerged the world's most streamed artist on YouTube in 2022, beating the likes of South Korean superstars BTS, among others. According to the Guinness World Records official Twitter handle, Alka Yagnik's songs received 15.3 billion YouTube streams last year, making her the most streamed artist on the platform. As per the report, Alka has an average of 42 million streams per day.

The singer, who sits atop second-placed Bad Bunny (a rapper from Peurto Rico), was also recognised as the most popular artist on YouTube in 2021 and 2020. Udit Narayanan (who racked up 10.8 billion streams), Arijit Singh (10.7 billion) and Kumar Sanu (9.09 billion), who are all from India, are among the top 5 most popular artists.

Popular South Korean bands BTS (with 7.95 billion streams) and BLACKPINK (7.03 billion) are among the top ten, while Taylor Swift ranked 26th with 4.33 billion streams.


Who is Alka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik is among the most popular playback singers in Bollywood. The national award-winning singer has sung over 8,000 songs in films alone, while lending her voice to several regional musical albums too. Born in Kolkata, Alka hails from a musically-inclined family. Her mother Shubha was also a classical music singer.

She debuted in films singing a song in 'Payal Ki Jhankaar', which got released in 1980. After that she went on to sing several songs in films, but received her big break by singing Ek Do Teen in the film 'Tezaab'.

Throughout her career spanning four decades, she has collaborated with several famous names, including the award-winning lyricist Javed Akthar, while also performing on stage with famous Indian music composer duos Kalyanji-Anandji and Laxmikant–Pyarelal.

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