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Divas top the chart for most performed love song 

9 February 2010

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 65,000 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 6 years.

Coming in first place for “love songs” is Leona Lewis and her track “Bleeding Love” which was a world-wide hit when it was released in 2007.  The British superstar beats US divas Whitney Houston and Celine Dion into second and third place respectively.

Their classic tracks “I Will Always Love You” and ‘My Heart Will Always Go On” were both included in soundtracks for the classic romantic movies The Bodyguard and Titanic which no doubt helped them win a place in our hearts and a position at the top of the chart.

Top 10 Most Performed Love Songs 


Leona Lewis

Bleeding Love


Whitney Houston

I Will Always Love You


Celine Dion

My Heart Will Go On


Mariah Carey

Without You


Andy Williams

Can’t Take My Eyes off You



Can’t Help Falling In Love With You


Christina Aguilera



The Righteous Brothers

Unchained Melody


Bryan Adams

Everything I do (I Do It For You)


Jason Mraz

I'm Yours

Source: PRS for Music

Topping the singleton chart is Katy Perry with her track Hot N Cold which reached number 4 in the UK chart when it was released in 2008.  This is closely followed by the unstoppable Destiny’s Child with “I’m a Survivor” arguably one of the most recognisable single-power tracks ever released.  The track includes the lyrics “Now that you’re out of my life, I’m so much better, You thought that I'd be weak without ya, But I'm stronger” which, when sung at full volume, is sure to help any hearts on the mend heal this February 14th.

Top 10 Most Performed Singleton Songs


Katy Perry

Hot N Cold


Destiny’s Child

I’m a Survivor



With or Without You


Gloria Gaynor

I will Survive





Justin Timberlake

Cry Me A River


Sinead O’Connor

Nothing Compares 2 U


Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


Bon Jovi

It’s My Life


James Blunt

Goodbye My Lover


Source: PRS for Music

Ellis Rich, Chairman at PRS for Music, commented: “The right music for Valentine's Day can help provide a marvellously romantic atmosphere so it makes sense to put a bit of thought into what you play.  Don't just rely on current hits. For myself I like to include a selection of old classics and new music mixed in with a few personal favourites to help create that special ambience.”

“If you are looking for a bit of ‘girl-power’ this Valentine’s then something with good anti-love lyrics and a catchy tune is a must.  I’m sure Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” is stored away carefully on most people’s iPods.”

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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