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PRS for Music Announces the Top 100 Played Songs of the Year 

Monday 21st December

Gabriella Cilmi’s Sweet About Me Revealed as the Most Played Song of the Year

PRS for Music launches its first ever annual chart of Music Makers, listing the 100 most played songs of 2009. Gabriella Cilmi’s Sweet About Me tops the list in a chart where girls dominate the top spots.  

The top ten are as follows:

  1. Sweet About Me Gabrielle Cilmi
  2. Viva La Vida Coldplay
  3. The Time is Now Moloko
  4. Mercy Duffy
  5. Shine Take That
  6. The Promise Girls Aloud
  7. No Air Jordin Sparks
  8. The Man who Can’t be Moved The Script
  9. Greatest Day Take That
  10. Spotlight Jennifer Hudson

Download the full 'Top 100 most played songs of 2009' list

Four solo female artists appear in the top ten whereas the first solo male artist to appear on the list is Timbaland, at no 11.

Take That, Rihanna and the Sugababes all feature heavily, each getting four entries.

Moloko’s 2000 hit The Time Is Now is a surprise entry at number 3 largely thanks to it being played regularly on Sky Sports.

The list reveals other surprises including appearances from old time favourites such as Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.

Several songs from adverts also feature in the list including:

  • Erni K Doe’s version of Here Come The Girls (no 38), used for the Boots Office Party ad, 2007
  • Eliza’s Aria from a little known opera by Soviet born composer Elena Katz-Chernin features at no 47 thanks to the popular advert for Lloyds TSB.
  • ‘tain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It features at no 56.  Bananarama & Fun Boy Three’s version being used for B&Q advert in 2008.
  • Duke Ellington’s Double Check Stomp is in the chart at no. 89 – Homebase used this classic piece for an advertising campaign.
  • Egyptian Reggae Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers (no. 59) was used in a Weetabix advert, 2008

The list also features several all time classics including Mamma Mia (Abba), Take On Me (A-Ha), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Over the Rainbow (various covers) and In The Summertime (Mungo Jerry).

The data is taken from number of plays and performances on-line, live, on TV and Radio.

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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