REVEALED: Most played pop, artist and classical charts of 2014

Pharrell’s ‘Happy’, Katy Perry and Ludivico Einaudi’s ‘Primavera’ top the annual PPL People’s “most played” Pop, Artist and Classical Charts in 2014 respectively

PPL, the music licensing company that works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (TV and radio) has today published its annual ‘People’s Charts’ of the most played Pop, Artist and Classical charts of 2014.

PPL’s ‘People's Charts’ are compiled from music usage data from PPL's licensees across the UK: including radio stations and television channels as well as businesses such as pubs, clubs, bars,  gyms and shops, amongst many other business types. The charts are annually released in June at the company’s AGM, which this year took place on 3 June at King’s Place, London. 

The full charts are listed below.

The PPL People's Pop Chart 2014

At number one is ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, which penetrated the public’s consciousness last year, becoming an anthem for the ages. Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ – which debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart and spent several weeks at the top spot – is at number two, whilst ‘Ghost’, the debut single by British artist Ella Henderson - which also spent several weeks at number one – is at number three. In this top ten chart, four of the top ten most played pop songs are by UK artists.

1. Happy – Pharrell Williams
2. Rather Be – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
3. Ghost – Ella Henderson
4. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
5. All Of Me – John Legend
6. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
7. Roar – Katy Perry
8. Sing – Ed Sheeran
9. Rude – Magic!
10. Hey Brother – Avicii

The PPL People's Artist Chart 2014

British music had a fantastic 2014, with three of the top five most played artists being from the UK. Coldplay’s new material, the emergence of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran’s return all resulted in domestic success, but it is 2014’s Queen of Pop Katy Perry who reigns supreme at number one. Her two huge hits ‘Roar’ and ‘Dark Horse’ in particular received significant airplay throughout 2014, taking her to the top of this chart.

1. Katy Perry
2. Coldplay
3. Ed Sheeran
4. Sam Smith
5. OneRepublic
6. Rihanna
7. Clean Bandit
8. Avicii
9. Olly Murs
10. Michael Jackson

The PPL People's Classical Chart 2014

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi dominates the ‘PPL People’s Classical Chart’ once more, with two of the top three and six of the top ten most played classical recordings in 2014. ‘Primavera’returns to the summit for a second time, after achieving it previously in 2011. Einaudi’s music is particularly popular on TV where it is used to evoke a wide range of emotions on screen. With such consistent dominance year-on-year, he truly is the people’s classical choice.

1. Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi
2. Divenire - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Ludovico Einaudi
3. ll Things Bright And Beautiful - Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia with John Rutter
4. Nightbook - Ludovico Einaudi
5. I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
6. Time Lapse - Ludovico Einaudi
7. For The Beauty Of The Earth - Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia with John Rutter
8. Palladio - London Philharmonic Orchestra with Karl Jenkins
9. Dance of the Knights - Dance of the Knights (from Romeo and Juliet)
10. Eros (Album Version) - Ludovico Einaudi

Russell Chant, Music reporting Manager, PPL said: “These charts are compiled from music usage and airplay data from radio stations and TV channels, but what makes them unique is that they also include usage in pubs, clubs, bars, gyms – even jukeboxes. They really are the people’s charts and show not just what is really popular with the public but also what is popular in public places.”

Also revealed at PPL’s AGM were the company’s 2014 financial results; overall collections and distributable income (following the deduction of running costs from collections) reached an all-time high; £187.1 million and £161.2 million respectively. PPL distributes all revenues, less costs, to its performer and record company members, ensuring that all those that invest their time and talent in making recorded music are paid fairly for their work.

Notes to editors

About PPL

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances. 

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services. / @PPLUK

*PPL's Annual Report can be found online here

Katy Perry Image - credit Cass Bird