Pink Floyd’s most played songs on UK radio and TV have been revealed by music licensing organisation PPL to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut album The Piper At The Gates of Dawn.
The chart – based on PPL data from the period spanning 2000 to 2017 – reveals Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) is the most played Pink Floyd track, followed by Money and Wish You Were Here.
The Piper At The Gates of Dawn was released on 5 August 1967 and was the only full album to feature the band’s enigmatic frontman Syd Barrett, who left the following year.
The PPL data team also found that the band have now generated 32 million seconds of airplay on UK radio and TV in the 21st century, and have been played by over 500 radio stations and TV channels.
Drummer Nick Mason said: ‘It has been an extraordinary journey and looking back 50 years on, the title of the album feels particularly appropriate now. Along with lots of other bands we were, in many ways, pipers at the beginning of a new era.
‘I look back to the 1960s with real fondness and a time when we were all experimenting without any sense of knowing what was all to follow; indeed it was unthinkable that we would be able to make a lifetime career out of music.
‘We were very fortunate to start out back then and it is really pleasing to see so many different stages of our work since then represented in this most played chart from PPL. I think I can say on behalf of the others that we can all feel proud of the music we wrote and recorded.’
Tim Silver, head of music reporting services at PPL said: ‘Pink Floyd have never been afraid to innovate and push the boundaries of what music and art can do; from their early days in the 60s playing in front of psychedelic oil light shows at the UFO Club and the Roundhouse, to ambitious concept albums such as The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, through to huge multimedia stadium productions for The Wall and Division Bell tours.’
The top 20 most played Pink Floyd songs on UK radio and TV are:
1.) Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) (1979)
2.) Money (1973)
3.) Wish You Were Here (1975)
4.) Comfortably Numb (1979)
5.) See Emily Play (1967)
6.) The Great Gig In The Sky (1973)
7.) Time (1973)
8.) Arnold Layne (1967)
9.) Us And Them (1973)
10.) Shine On Your Crazy Diamond (1975)
11.) Learning To Fly (1987)
12.) Have A Cigar (1975)
13.) Breathe (1973)
14.) One Of These Days (1971)
15.) Speak To Me / Breathe (1973)
16.) On The Turning Away (1987)
17.) Run Like Hell (1979)
18.) Sheep (1977)
19.) Louder Than Words (2014)
20.) High Hopes (1994)