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 takes 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 Starts – 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. 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