Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol is the most played track of the 21st century, according to new data released by PPL.
The collecting society, which represents the rights of record companies and artists, made the announcement during its 85th anniversary celebrations in London yesterday (Tuesday).
Gary Lightbody (right), lead singer of Snow Patrol, was presented with a special award at the event.
Released in June 2006, Chasing Cars reached number six in the UK Official Singles Chart, staying in the top 75 for 94 weeks.
It was that year’s 14th best-selling single in the UK and was the last song performed live on Top of the Pops.
PPL’s data, which tracks all recordings played by radio and television broadcasters, and in public by businesses and organisations across the UK, revealed 10 years ago that it was the most played song of the noughties.
Peter Leathem (left), chief executive at PPL, said: ‘Chasing Cars is a song that has become a popular anthem, securing huge success across radio, in public and especially TV where its huge appeal has led to its use in many programmes and especially Grey’s Anatomy.
‘These platforms can dramatically extend the life of a record beyond its initial release, and PPL is here to collect the royalties owed to the performers and recording rightsholders of that song, whenever and wherever it is used. We congratulate Snow Patrol for writing and performing a track of such long-lasting appeal.’
PPL was formed in 1934 and pays out to musicians and labels when their recordings are broadcast on TV and radio or used in public.
Since its inception, the organisation has collected over £3.2bn, with £2.6bn of that collected this century.