Most played songs of the 00’s

PPL can reveal that ‘Chasing Cars’ by
Snow Patrol can be named as the most played and used song of the last
decade.

The hit, which peaked at number 6 in the UK charts when it was released in
July 2006, has continued to receive extensive use on UK radio, television,
online broadcasts and in public since its release.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol thinks he knows the secret to ‘Chasing Cars’
success when he said in an interview earlier in the year, “I think that the
song has worked because it has an emotion that people can relate to.”

Songs released in 2006 take the second and third spots with Take That’s
‘Shine’ at two and ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’’ by Scissors Sisters at three.
Take That are the only act to have two songs in the top ten with ‘Rule The
World’ at number 6 though Scissor Sisters have ‘Filthy/Gorgeous’ at number
30. A number of other artists have two entries and these include The
Feeling, Kaiser Chiefs, Pink and Stereophonics.

Whilst the majority of the songs were released in the noughties, there is
proof that timeless songs are indeed timeless with no fewer than eleven
tracks released from previous decades featuring in the Top 50 chart. The
highest entry comes from Thin Lizzy (1976) with ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’
which is number 12 and the oldest is Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little
Prayer’ released in 1968 at number 50. 2007 is the ‘latest’ year for entries
with Sugababes (‘About You Now’), Duffy (‘Mercy’) and Mark Ronson
(‘Valerie’) appearing in the chart.

PPL compiled the top 50 tracks of the decade based on the number of plays on UK radio, television, online and in public. It was put together by the Music
Reporting Department who processed over twenty billion seconds of data to
compile the chart.

PPL’s Head of Music Reporting, Tim Silver commented, “The noughties has been a decade for great new music and which has been listened to by ever growing numbers of people. Just as they love listening to new music, there will also always be a place for golden oldies, evident in our top 50. As we move into the next decade it will be interesting to see how music trends change as well as consumption patterns, and we will accurately capture the data we receive from all our licensees to see how media and usage develops.”

The Top 50 most played and used song of the last decade is as follows:

1 CHASING CARS SNOW PATROL 2006
2 SHINE TAKE THAT 2006
3 I DON’T FEEL LIKE
DANCIN’
SCISSOR SISTERS 2006
4 LOVE IT WHEN YOU CALL THE FEELING 2005
5 ABOUT YOU NOW SUGABABES 2007
6 RULE THE WORLD TAKE THAT 2007
7 YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL JAMES BLUNT 2004
8 I PREDICT A RIOT KAISER CHIEFS 2004
9 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF
MY HEAD
KYLIE MINOGUE 2001
10 CRAZY GNARLS BARKLEY 2006
11 AMERICA RAZORLIGHT 2006
12 THE BOYS ARE BACK IN
TOWN
THIN LIZZY 1976
13 THE SWEET ESCAPE GWEN STEFANI
FEATURING AKON
2006
14 DAKOTA STEREOPHONICS 2005
15 GROOVEJET
(IF THIS AIN’T LOVE)
SPILLER 2000
16 PATIENCE TAKE THAT 2006
17 SAY IT RIGHT NELLY FURTADO 2006
18 GRACE KELLY MIKA 2006
19 TORN NATALIE IMBRUGLIA 1997
20 YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE CANDI STATON 1976
21 BLEEDING LOVE LEONA LEWIS 2007
22 GOLDEN BROWN THE STRANGLERS 1981
23 HEY YA! OUTKAST 2003
24 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE
KNOW
KEANE 2004
25 MERCY DUFFY 2007
26 DANCING IN THE
MOONLIGHT
TOPLOADER 2000
27 LADY (HEAR ME
TONIGHT)
MODJO 2000
28 RUBY KAISER CHIEFS 2006
29 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE THE POLICE 1983
30 FILTHY/GORGEOUS SCISSOR SISTERS 2003
31 WHO KNEW PINK 2006
32 CRAZY IN LOVE BEYONCÉ FEATURING
JAY-Z
2003
33 VALERIE MARK RONSON FEATURING
AMY WINEHOUSE
2007
34 BEAUTIFUL DAY U2 2000
35 PURE SHORES ALL SAINTS 2000
36 HAVE A NICE DAY STEREOPHONICS 2001
37 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
WITH YOU
STEALERS WHEEL 1972
38 SHE MOVES IN HER OWN
WAY
KOOKS 2006
39 ROCK DJ ROBBIE WILLIAMS 2000
40 APOLOGIZE ONEREPUBLIC 2007
41 YOU”RE
THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING
BARRY WHITE 1974
42 FILL MY LITTLE WORLD THE FEELING 2005
43 DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1976
44 LIVIN
ON A PRAYER
BON JOVI 1986
45 A LITTLE LESS
CONVERSATION
ELVIS PRESLEY 1972
46 TROUBLE PINK 2003
47 BAD DAY DANIEL POWTER 2004
48 BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY
(PERSONAL)
FERGIE 2006
49 NO TOMORROW ORSON 2006
50 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER
(LP VERSION)
ARETHA FRANKLIN 1968

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