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 in the UK Singles Chart – 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 rise 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. All 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.”