Music licensing company PPL has today revealed its annual PPL People’s chart, which shows that Ed Sheeran as the Most Played Artist, while Mark Ronson’s release of Uptown Funk was named the Most Played Pop Track of 2015. 

This latest People’s chart means that Ed Sheeran has jumped from third on last year’s survey to number one on the Most Played Artist of the Year list, thanks to the hugely popular Thinking Out Loud, Photograph and Bloodstream (with Rudimental).Taylor Swift is just behind at number 2 and Olly Murs completes the top three.

The full list of Most Played Artist list is:

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Olly Murs
  4. Take That
  5. Ellie Goulding
  6. Sam Smith
  7. Jess Glynne
  8. Years & Years
  9. Mark Ronson
  10. Maroon 5
  11.  Coldplay
  12. Calvin Harris
  13. James Bay
  14. George Ezra
  15. Madonna
  16. Rihanna
  17. Queen
  18. Michael Jackson
  19. Katy Perry
  20. Adele

Comprised using PPL’s exclusive UK music usage and airplay data, the PPL People’s Charts are the only music charts to show the popularity of tracks being played both by broadcasters and in public by businesses across the UK. The music usage and airplay data is supplied by PPL’s licensees, including radio stations and television channels, as well as businesses such as pubs, restaurants and shops.

Meanwhile, as well as Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk at the top spot for Most Played Pop Track of 2015, the chart also features:

2. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

3. Hold Back the River – James Bay

4.  King – Years & Years

5. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne

6. Thinking Out loud – Ed Sheeran 

7. Sugar – Maroon 5 

8. Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo

9. Up – Demi Lovato and Olly Murs 

10. Style – Taylor Swift

11. Like I Can  – Sam Smith 

12. These Days – Take That

13. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI

14. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself, Jess Glynne

15. Take Me To Church, Hozier

16. Shut Up and Dance –  Walk The Moon

17.  Photograph – Ed Sheeran

18. Black Magic – Little Mix

19. Blame It on Me – George Ezra

20. Blank Space, Taylor Swift

PPL releases its charts every June at the company’s AGM, which this year takes place on 2 June at King’s Place, London.

The music license company works on behalf of musicians and record companies so that  recorded music is licensed for use in public and broadcast. In 2015, the company collected £197 million on behalf of its members for usage of their recorded music both in the UK and internationally.



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