Love is in the airwaves

In honour of Valentine's Day, music licensing company PPL has released an official chart of the Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century.

Aggregated using PPL’s exclusive UK airplay data, the chart collates those songs about love, longing and adoration played on BBC and commercial UK radio stations between 2000 and 2015.

The PPL Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century chart has thrown up some interesting results, revealing a wide variety of tracks from the hearts of pop’s most famous besotted and love-struck songsters.

Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol’s 2006 Grammy-winning track comes in at first place, followed by Rule the World by Take That at number two, and Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue at number three.

Timeless classics such as I Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin at number 31 in the chart and Lovely Day by Bill Withers at number 65, are surpassed by less conventional contemporary tracks like Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne at number nine, and Crazy in Love by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, at number four.

Power ballads, film soundtracks and up-tempo dance tunes all feature on the list, proving that whether you choose to serenade your loved one in the style of James Blunt or Bon Jovi, there is a tune from this list to croon to this Valentine’s Day.

PPL Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century:

Rank

Title

Artist

1

Chasing Cars

Snow Patrol

2

Rule The World

Take That

3

Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Kylie Minogue

4

Crazy In Love

Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z

5

I Don't Want To Miss A Thing

Aerosmith

6

Livin' On A Prayer

Bon Jovi

7

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Whitney Houston

8

Bleeding Love

Leona Lewis

9

Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glynne)

Clean Bandit

10

Just The Way You Are

Bruno Mars

11

There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

Eurythmics

12

(I've Had) The Time Of My Life

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

13

Haven't Met You Yet

Michael Bublé

14

Drive By

Train

15

Someone Like You

Adele

16

Truly Madly Deeply

Savage Garden

17

Lady (Hear Me Tonight)

Modjo

18

Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Belinda Carlisle

19

Mirrors

Justin Timberlake

20

Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

21

Hey There Delilah

Plain White T's

22

Can't Fight The Moonlight

Leann Rimes

23

Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

Spiller

24

She Will Be Loved

Maroon 5

25

You To Me Are Everything

The Real Thing

26

True

Spandau Ballet

27

You're Beautiful

James Blunt

28

It Must Be Love

Madness

29

She Moves In Her Own Way

Kooks

30

Stars

Simply Red

31

I Say A Little Prayer

Aretha Franklin

32

Wherever You Will Go

The Calling

33

The Power Of Love

Huey Lewis And The News

34

If You're Not The One

Daniel Bedingfield

35

Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Elton John & Kiki Dee

36

Stand By Me

Ben E King

37

Uptown Girl

Billy Joel

38

With Or Without You

U2

39

We Found Love

Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris

40

When You Say Nothing At All

Ronan Keating

41

Hero

Enrique Iglesias

42

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Police

43

You Give Me Something

James Morrison

44

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

Aretha Franklin & George Michael

45

You Can't Hurry Love

Phil Collins

46

Let's Stay Together

Al Green

47

When You're Gone

Bryan Adams

48

Life Is A Rollercoaster

Ronan Keating

49

Take My Breath Away

Berlin

50

Everlasting Love

Love Affair

51

Son Of A Preacher Man

Dusty Springfield

52

Dreams

Gabrielle

53

Ain't Nobody

Rufus & Chaka Khan

54

Never Too Much

Luther Vandross

55

Oh, Pretty Woman

Roy Orbison

56

She's The One

Robbie Williams

57

If There's Any Justice

Lemar

58

Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran

59

Love Is All Around

Wet Wet Wet

60

Halo

Beyoncé

61

Eternal Flame

The Bangles

62

Up Where We Belong

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

63

Fill My Little World

The Feeling

64

Yellow

Coldplay

65

Lovely Day

Bill Withers

66

Dilemma

Nelly

67

Grenade

Bruno Mars

68

Thank You

Dido

69

Kiss From A Rose

Seal

70

I Wanna Be The Only One

Eternal Feat. Bebe Winans

71

Best Of My Love

The Emotions

72

Run To You

Bryan Adams

73

Lego House

Ed Sheeran