Alka Yagnik is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the third consecutive year. She was the most streamed singer of 2022, beating even the biggest singers in the world like Taylor Swift, Drake and Beyonce. Its stream count is legions ahead of the rest.
According to a report on the Guinness Book of World Records, Alka’s songs have had 15.3 billion streams, an average of 42 million streams per day. And she has also achieved this feat in the past two years. She had 17 billion streams in 2021 and 16.6 billion in 2020.
Second on the list is Bad Bunny with 14.7 billion streams. The other three on the list are all Indian singers: Udit Narayan (10.8 billion), Arijit Singh (10.7 billion) and Kumar Sanu (9.09 billion).
The list would come as a surprise because even millionaire singers have not been able to register such numbers. BTS (7.95 billion) and BLACKPINK (7.03 billion) both made the top ten, while The Weeknd (5.7 billion) took 13th place; Taylor Swift (4.33 billion) was 26th; and Drake (2.9 billion) was 50th.
Alka was one of Bollywood’s leading playback singers in the 90s with hundreds of songs to her credit. She has read singing for Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi and others. His biggest hits include Pardesi Pardesi, Gazab Ka Hai Din, Taal Se Taal Mila and most recently, Agar Tum Saath Ho.
In an earlier interview with Hindustan Times, Alka said, “Listening chanting is not as easy as it looks. You’re singing for a character, and your song should make it easy for the actor to express their emotions and shouldn’t make it difficult for them. It is also a challenge for a playback singer to adapt to the different style of each composer. But after realizing that, nothing compares to the happiness of a songwriter telling you that your singing fits their styles perfectly.