7 December 2009
Waterloo the nation’s favourite over last 15 years
PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters, today reveals that Swedish pop band ABBA hold the top spot for most performed Karaoke work in the UK with ‘Waterloo’. A close second are Queen with their 1975 hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
The chart is dominated by some of the most famous songs of all time; written and performed by the best in the business, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Kylie, Neil Diamond and the Beatles all feature in the songs we like to sing at Karaoke bars and pubs across the country.
The full top 25 list is as follows:
||Benny Andersson & Bjoern Ulvaeus|
||Freddie Mercury |
||Claude Francois & Jacques Revaux / Paul Anka |
||I Will Survive
||Frederick Perren & Dino Fekaris |
||Benny Andersson & Bjoern Ulvaeus |
||Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers |
||Like a Virgin
||Billy Steinberg & Kelly Thomas |
||It's Raining Men
||Paul Jabara & Paul Shaffer |
||Olivia Newton John & John Travolta
||Jim Jacobs & Casey Warren |
||I Should Be So Lucky
||Mike Stock, Matt Aiten & Peter Waterman |
||Don't go Breaking My Heart
||Elton John & Kiki Dee
||Elton John & Bernie Taupin |
||Neil Diamond |
||Don McLean / Madonna
||Don McLean |
||Killing Me Softly
||Roberta Flack / Fugees
||Charles Fox & Norman Grimble |
||John Lennon & Paul McCartney |
||Don't Stop Me Now
||Freddie Mercury |
||(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
||Mick Jagger & Keith Richards |
||Barry Mason & Les Reed |
||New York, New York
||Liza Minnelli/ Frank Sinatra
||Fred Ebb & John Kander |
||Total Eclipse of the Heart
||Jim Steinman |
||Livin’ La Vida Loca
||Draco Rosa & Desmond Child |
||Livin' on a Prayer
||Jon Bon Jovi |
||I'm a Believer
||John Stewart |
||Catherine Pierson, Fred Scheider, J Strickland, Cynthia Wilson |
||River Deep Mountain High
||Ike and Tina Turner
||Phillip Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich |
Source: PRS for Music. Data based on Karaoke performances 1993 - end of Sept 2009
Commenting on the results, Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS, said “Karaoke is the modern take on communal singing which has been part of British culture for over a century.
Singing is traditionally an uplifting pastime which genuinely brings people together - whether they can actually sing or not doesn’t matter!”
The results are based on the most performed Karaoke songs in licensed venues by PRS for Music. Data is collated to make accurate royalty payments to its 65,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members whenever music is publically performed or broadcasted.
FACTS ABOUT KARAOKE:
- The first Karaoke machine was invented by Daisuke Inoue in Japan, in the early 1970s.
- Finland holds the record for the largest number of people singing karaoke at one time, for 80,000 people singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" on 26 May 2006 in Helsinki after Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest.
- China holds the record for the longest non-stop rally of karaoke, for 214 hours, 20 minutes, and eight seconds on 1 January 2008.