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The Most Played Tracks of The Decade

In a special Bank Holiday chart, exclusive to Radio 2, Scott Mills reveals the 40 most played songs that you've heard on radio, TV and beyond over the past ten years.

With help from PPL (the organisation that monitors all recorded music plays in the UK, not just on radio and TV, but in cinemas, clubs, pubs, restaurants, gyms and even karaoke bars), we reveal the forty biggest songs since 2010 right up to today.

Last time such a chart was compiled a decade ago, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol was the No.1 most played song between 2000 and 2009. Incredibly, it's still amongst the 40 biggest tracks on this fresh new list.

And there are plenty of other surprises along the way.

You'd expect superstars like Adele, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars to feature high on the chart, but where exactly will they be?

Upbeat bangers, feel-good party hits, and singalong anthems dominate, but some of the most-reflective tunes of the era also rank highly.

Scott's got loads of facts, stats and trivia about each of these incredible tracks throughout the show too.

This truly is the soundtrack to our lives over the past ten years, but who will be no.1?

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Mon 13 Apr 2020 14:00

Music Played

  • Natalie Imbruglia

    Torn

    • 1999 Grammy Nominees (Various Artist.
    • Elektra.
  • Rag’n’Bone Man

    Human

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Ed Sheeran

    Shape Of You

    • ÷ Divide.
    • Atlantic.
  • Emeli Sandé

    Next To Me

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin.
    • 1.
  • Ella Henderson

    Ghost

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music.
    • 001.
  • Train

    Drive By

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 12.
  • Lady Gaga

    Bad Romance

    • Now That's What I Call Music 75 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
    • 1.
  • Adele

    Someone Like You

    • 21.
    • XL.
    • 1.
  • Katy Perry

    Firework

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin.
    • 1.
  • Justin Timberlake

    Mirrors

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • fun. & Janelle Monáe

    We Are Young

    • Some Nights.
    • Atlantic.
  • James Bay

    Hold Back The River

    • Hold Back The River EP.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Plan B

    She Said

    • The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.
    • Atlantic.
  • WALK THE MOON

    Shut Up And Dance

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Rihanna

    Only Girl (In The World)

    • Now That's What I Call Music! 77 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Kelly Clarkson

    Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

    • Now That's What I Call Music! 81 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Kings of Leon

    Use Somebody

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Maroon 5

    Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa) (feat. Wiz Khalifa)

    • (CD Single).
    • A&M.
    • 1.
  • Coldplay

    Paradise

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
    • 1.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen

    Call Me Maybe

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope.
  • Avicii

    Wake Me Up

    • Now That's What I Call Music! 86 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
    • 1.
  • Katy Perry

    Roar

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol.
    • 1.
  • Clean Bandit

    Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

    • Now That's What I Call Music 88 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
    • 4.
  • Snow Patrol

    Chasing Cars

    • (CD Single).
    • Fiction.
  • Bruno Mars

    Just The Way You Are

    • Now That's What I Call Music 77 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Jessie J

    Domino

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal.
    • 1.
  • Adele

    Set Fire To The Rain

    • 21.
    • XL.
    • 5.
  • Jason Derulo

    Want To Want Me

    • (CD Single).
    • Warner Bros.
  • Bruno Mars

    Locked Out Of Heaven

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
    • 1.
  • Gotye

    Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
    • 1.
  • Kings of Leon

    Sex On Fire

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • CeeLo Green

    Forget You

    • (CD Single).
    • Warner Music UK.
    • 1.
  • OneRepublic

    Counting Stars

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony.
  • Mark Ronson

    Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Black Eyed Peas

    I Gotta Feeling

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope.
    • 4.
  • Justin Timberlake

    Can't Stop The Feeling!

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Daft Punk

    Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • Maroon 5

    Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)

    • (CD Single).
    • A&M.
    • 1.
  • Adele

    Rolling In The Deep

    • (CD Single).
    • XL.
    • 1.
  • Pharrell Williams

    Happy

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.

Broadcast

  • Mon 13 Apr 2020 14:00