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Top 40 Most Played Tracks of the Decade 2010-2020

Last month the PPL revealed the 40 most played songs on UK radio over the last 10 years, I’ve added in the year the song first charted and its total weeks on the UK singles chart.

Rank Artist Title Year Total weeks on Chart
40 Natalie Imbruglia Torn 1997 19
39 Rag’N’Bone Man Human 2016 37
38 Ed Sheeran Shape of You 2017 75
37 Emeli Sandé Next To Me 2012 31
36 Ella Henderson Ghost 2014 43
35 Train Drive By 2012 26
34 Lady Gaga Bad Romance 2009 47
33 Adele Someone Like You 2011 66
32 Katy Perry Firework 2010 48
31 Justin Timberlake Mirrors 2013 31
30 Fun. feat Janelle Monae We Are Young 2012 40
29 James Bay Hold Back the River 2014 56
28 Plan B She Said 2010 38
27 Walk the Moon Shut Up and Dance 2015 48
26 Rihanna Only Girl (In the World) 2010 41
25 Kelly Clarkson Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) 2012 28
24 Kings of Leon Use Somebody 2008 78
23 Maroon 5 feat Wiz Khalifa Payphone 2012 24
22 Coldplay Paradise 2012 51
21 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe 2012 48
20 Avicii Wake Me Up 2013 61
19 Katy Perry Roar 2013 40
18 Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne Rather Be 2014 78
17 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars 2006 111
16 Bruno Mars Just the Way You Are 2010 46
15 Jessie J Domino 2012 34
14 Adele Set Fire to the Rain 2011 47
13 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me 2015 30
12 Bruno Mars Locked Out of Heaven 2012 31
11 Gotye feat Kimbra Somebody That I Used to Know 2012 53
10 Kings of Leon Sex On Fire 2008 91
9 CeeLo Green Forget You 2010 34
8 OneRepublic Counting Stars 2013 64
7 Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars Uptown Funk 2014 61
6 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 2009 82
5 Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop the Feeling 2016 55
4 Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams Get Lucky 2013 43
3 Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2011 52
2 Adele Rolling in the Deep 2011 56
1 Pharrell Williams Happy 2014 74
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Three spells at number one

This year saw The Weeknd return to number one twice with the same song, so it got me thinking of how many other number one hits have been dethroned and returned to the top more than once. Well not many as you will see.

Artist Title Year Weeks on top (1st run) Weeks on top (2nd run) Weeks on top (3rd run)
Frankie Laine I Believe 1953 9 6 3
Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues 1957 1 1 1
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds 3 Lions (96) 1996/2018 1 1 1
Pharrell Williams Happy 2014 1 2 1
Justin Bieber What Do You Mean 2015 1 2 2
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber Despacito 2017 6 3 2
The Weeknd Blinding Lights 2020 2 2 ?
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Biggest vinyl albums of 2020

A couple of weeks ago the Official Charts Company released a list of the biggest vinyl albums of 2020 so far. Note, they didn’t call it the biggest sellers. Here is the top 20 and note the limited amount of new material.

Rank Title Artist
20 White Ladder David Gray
19 The Dark Side of The Moon Pink Floyd
18 Ordinary Man Ozzy Osbourne
17 What’s The Story Morning Glory Oasis
16 Kiwanuka Michael Kiwanuka
15 Why Me Why Not Liam Gallagher
14 Greatest Hits Queen
13 Abbey Road Beatles
12 Hot Fuss Killers
11 Father of All Mother******* Green Day
10 Everything Else Has Gone Wrong Bombay Bicycle Club
9 Foolish Loving Spaces Blossoms
8 Fine Line Harry Styles
7 When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go Billie Eilish
6 Divinely Uninspired To a Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi
5 More. Again. Forever. Courteeners
4 The Slow Rush Tame Impala
3 Rumours Fleetwood Mac
2 Nevermind Nirvana
1 Back To Black Amy Winehouse
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Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia
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