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British Public vote for top Royal Wedding celebration songs 

24 March 2011

‘Dancing in the Street’ and ‘Candle in the Wind’ make it into top 5

Latest research from PRS for Music has revealed the top 5 favourite songs, as voted by the Public, to be played at street parties* being held to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding.  Also revealed are the top 5 most popular songs for the happy couple’s first dance.

The research, which surveyed 3,000 people across the UK, shows that ‘Dancing in the Street’, performed and sung by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, has been voted the best street party song.  Other songs voted into the top 5 include ‘I Got a Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas and The Beatles’ romantic classic ‘All You Need Is Love’.

The top 5 line up for favourite first dance choices for the Royal Wedding includes Sir Elton John’s iconic ‘Candle in the Wind’, as well as Whitney Houston’s unforgettable ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Top 5 Royal Wedding Street Party Songs:
1. Dancing in the Street – David Bowie / Mick Jagger
2. I Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
3. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
4. Sex Is On Fire – Kings of Leon
5. All You Need is Love – The Beatles

Top 5 First Dance – choices for the Royal Wedding
1. Candle in the Wind – Sir Elton John
2. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
3. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
4. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
5. Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

PRS for Music is the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 75,000 song-writing and composing members whenever their music is publicly played.

Commenting, Guy Fletcher, Chairman PRS for Music, said:  “There are some great suggestions in this chart to help people plan their own Street Party celebrations for the Royal Wedding.   As to the first dance, I’m sure Kate and William will chose a song that is special to both of them.  Any writer will hope their song is chosen as it will undoubtedly receive both an airplay and sales boost.” 

Notes to Editor:

* PRS for Music, the organisation which licences the public use of music, has announced it will make no charge for music licences for certain small community events, including street parties, to encourage celebrations for the Royal Wedding taking place on April 29th.

The policy which will come into effect between 22nd April 2011 and 6th May hopes to help communities all across the UK enjoy the benefits of music to celebrate the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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