Revealed: The most-played song of the 21st Century

Snow Patrol’s massive hit Chasing Cars has been crowned the most-played song of the 21st Century.

Originally released in 2006, the ballad remained on the charts for more than three years.

It also dominated the radio airwaves, where the anthem has become the most popular song of the last 20 years.

Second place went to Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling, while Pharrell’s similarly upbeat Happy came third.

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody said: ‘It’s amazing but, when I wrote it in 2006… I mean there’s no possible way of knowing it would even endure this long, never mind be the most played song on the radio.

‘It’s extraordinary. I still have a really deep relationship with that song. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.’

He revealed he wrote Chasing Cars in the space of a few hours.

“I was in the studio with our producer and I wrote 10 songs in a night, in a few hours, and five of those songs ended up on our album Eyes Open.

‘And by the way, that’s the first and only time that’s happened – the hit rate is normally not that good.

‘Normally I’d write 10 songs and none of them I’d ever show or play to anybody.

‘That was a particularly good night.’

Lightbody was presented with a special award marking the achievement by music licensing body PPL, which tracks all the music played on radio in the UK and Malta.

PPL chief executive officer Peter Leather said: ‘Chasing Cars is a song that has become a popular anthem, securing huge success across radio, in public and especially TV, where its huge appeal has led to its use in many programmes.’

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