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Beyoncé tops “most performed” love song chart 

14 February 2011

It’s the most romantic time of year again (apparently) so to give everyone a head start on playlists for the big day, PRS for Music has compiled the Top 10 Most Performed Love Songs (and for those planning a single’s night - the Top 10 Most Performed Singleton Songs) for Valentine’s.

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of its 75,000 song writing and composer members, has analysed its unique performance data to work out which songs have been used most across the UK over the past 12 months.

Coming in first place for “love songs” is Beyoncé and her beautiful track “Halo” which was a world-wide hit when it was released in 2009.  The American diva beats British group Scouting For Girls and Taylor Swift into second and third place respectively.  Leona Lewis who topped the PRS for Music chart last year slips into sixth place.

Top 10 Most Performed Love Songs

 1  Beyonce  Halo
 2  Scouting for Girls  She's So Lovely
 3  Taylor Swift  Love Story
 4  James Blunt  You're Beautiful
 5  Celine Dion  My Heart Will Go On
 6  Leona Lewis  Bleeding Love
 7  Whitney houston  I Will Always Love You
 8  Barry White  You're The First, The Last, My Everything
 9  Righteous Brothers  Unchained Melody
 10  Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is 

Source: PRS for Music 2010 performance data

Topping the singleton chart is the unstoppable Lady GaGa with her track “Bad Romance” which reached number one in the UK chart when it was released in 2009.  Beyoncé makes a second appearance in the charts with her single “Single Ladies” a track that oozes female empowerment and plenty of attitude – perhaps the ideal choice for a night in with the girls this February 14th.

Top 10 Most Performed Singleton Songs

 1  Lady Gaga Bad Romance 
 2  Beyonce  Single Ladies
 3  Kings of Leon  Use Somebody
 4  Eminem ft. Rihanna  Love The Way You Lie
 5  La Roux  Bulletproof
 6  Katy Perry  Hot N Cold
 7  Joy Division  Love Will Tear Us Apart
 8  Cyndi Lauper  Girls Just Want To Have Fun
 9  Gloria Gaynor  I Will Survive
 10  U2 With Or Without You 


Source: PRS for Music 2010 performance data

Guy Fletcher, Chairman at PRS for Music, commented:  “Red roses and a candlelit dinner all help impress a loved one but if you get the music wrong it can seriously dampen the atmosphere.  Music is a key element to creating a romantic ambience so it makes sense to plan ahead.  There are some great options in the PRS for Music chart and you can always mix it up with a few old classics – Barry White and Marvin Gaye are a couple of my personal favourites.” 

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 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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