This week we are delighted to announce the release of our widely-anticipated chart, the 2012 ‘PPL People Most Played Christmas Songs’.
The top 30 chart compiled from last year's data features a range of well-known festive tunes spanning six decades – including a range of artists from Mariah Carey to Coldplay, Wizzard to Bing Crosby; with the latter 1940’s classic being our oldest entry.
Notably at number one is Gabrielle Aplin’s haunting rendition of ‘The Power of Love’. In a turn of events, the new entry has knocked long-standing 80’s Irish folk ballad ‘Fairytale of New York’, by The Pogues, off the top spot to number two. The song was the soundtrack to last year’s heart-warming John Lewis Christmas advertisement ‘The Journey’, which featured the story of a snowman who goes on a quest to find his snow-woman partner the perfect gift for Christmas. It debuted in the UK chart at number one in December 2012 and has since brought Gabrielle Aplin and her music to mainstream attention.
We spoke exclusively to Gabrielle Aplin who commented: “I think it’s amazing that The Power of Love has made it to number one in the PPL People Most Played Christmas Songs chart. When I first released that song, I had no idea what to expect, or how it would be received. Coming in at number one ahead of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ – my all-time favourite Christmas song – is just unreal and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
The ‘PPL People Most Played Christmas Songs’ chart is compiled annually for the year previous, using the company’s exclusive data for when recorded music is broadcast and used in public places, such as shops, bars, restaurants, jukeboxes, gyms and offices.
Inspired by our seasonal chart, today also marks the launch of our 2013 festive game ‘Yule Never Guess’, which is now live at www.ppluk.com/pplchristmas.
After the brilliant success of 2012’s digital quiz, we wanted to create another original music-themed game that captures the same great festive spirit – for everyone to enjoy.
‘Yule Never Guess’ sees players matching famous artist’s names to their popular Christmas hits – all taken from the PPL chart’s top 30. Due to the nature of the game, both knowledge and memory are tested while players are timed. They are encouraged to beat their friend's times as they guess the final act hidden at the end of the game.
Find out more about our festive game by giving it a go yourself at www.ppluk.com/pplchristmas, and to discover the full top 30 chart, read the official PPL press release. Why not join in the conversation on Twitter and tell us favourite track by tweeting @ppluk #PPLChristmas?