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‘Chasing Cars ‘most played song of the 21st century: press [updated!]

There was barely a minute that went by in 2006 without Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars playing in the background. And it’s been played at pretty much every wedding and in every TV series finale since. So it’s no surprise that Chasing Cars has been named the most played song of the 21st century so far. Read more: Metro.co.uk.

Only a handful of bands can revel in the commercial success of one song 13 years following its release, but Snow Patrol has done just that. Having peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and finishing 2006 as the 14th best-selling single of the year, the rock group’s cult release Chasing Cars has exceeded original expectations to become the most played track of the 21st Century. Read more: Telegraph.co.uk.

“It’s unbelievable,” Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody told the BBC. “I’m not sure how that happened.” Asked to explain the Chasing Cars’ appeal, he said: “It’s an emotionally open song and it’s a simple song. But it’s also unabashedly a love song, and we don’t really have any others. “The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.” Read more: BBC.com.

Singer Gary Lightbody has described the track as “the purest love song” he has ever written, after the band penned it for their fourth album ‘Eyes Open’. Describing how he wrote the track in the garden of his producer’s home, Lightbody told the BBC: “Jacknife Lee had a studio in the shed of his garden and we went down there with a couple of bottles of wine, and we wrote through the night. Read more: NME.com.

“The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.” Lightbody has been presented with a special award marking the achievement by music licensing body PPL, which tracks all the music played on radio and television in the UK. Read more: Independent.co.uk.

It went on to feature in TV shows and was the last song performed live on Top Of The Pops. Frontman Gary Lightbody has previously described the anthem as “the purest love song” he has written. Read more: News.Sky.com.

The anthem failed to reach number one when the indie-rockers released it in 2006, but featured in TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, and a number of movies. Lightbody was presented with a special gong by music licensing company PPL. More upbeat numbers Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling and Pharrell’s Happy are second and third on the list. Read more: BelfastLive.co.uk.

The epic ballad was released in 2006 and only reached a high of No 6 in the UK charts, but went on to spend a total of 166 weeks in the Top 100. Music licensing body PPL calculated that it received the most plays, ahead of I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, and Happy by Pharrell. Read more: TheGuardian.com.

 

He told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday: “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 Eyes Open, which is the album Chasing Cars is on.. Read more: Standard.co.uk.

 

Cast your mind back to 2006 for a minute and think of all the music that you heard that year. Sure, you might recall Eskimo Joe’s ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’ scoring a bit of airplay, and Nickelback’s ‘Savin’ Me’ probably got a thrashing too. But one song that will always take you right back is Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’. Read more: ToneDeaf.TheBrag.com.

 

The news comes 13 years following the release of ‘Chasing Cars’, after hitting radio stations for the first time in 2006. However, the song did not make it to number one at the time, only reaching number six in the UK Official Singles Chart. The song did stay in the top 75 for 94 weeks, becoming the 14th best-selling single of the year. Read more: SmoothRadio.com.

 

The anthem failed to reach number one when the indie-rockers released it in 2006, but featured in TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, and a number of movies. Lightbody was presented with a special gong by music licensing company PPL. More upbeat numbers Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling and Pharrell’s Happy are second and third on the list. Read more: BelfastLive.co.uk.

 

It was that year’s 14th best-selling single in the UK and was the last song performed live on Top of the Pops. PPL’s data, which tracks all recordings played by radio and television broadcasters, and in public by businesses and organisations across the UK, revealed 10 years ago that it was the most played song of the noughties. Peter Leathem (left), chief executive at PPL, 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 and especially Grey’s Anatomy. Read more: M-Magazine.co.uk.

 

The band’s forlorn love ballad has been crowned the most-played song of the 21st century so far in the UK by PPL, a music licensing company for over 100,000 performers and recording rights holders. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Lightbody said: “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 Eyes Open, which is the album Chasing Cars is on. Read more: RTE.ie.

 

“We’ve never had a number one but we have had a number one vicariously via Leona Lewis, Leona Lewis’ cover of Run got to number one so that’s the only time one of our songs have got to number one!” The song only reached No6 but was in the UK charts for 166 weeks. Read more: TheSun.co.uk.

 

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 and especially Grey’s Anatomy.” Read more: DailyPost.co.uk.

 

Regarding the new prize from music listening company PPL, 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.” Read more: IrishMail.ie.

 

Lightbody, 43, who has previously described the track as the “purest love song”, said that he is still friends with the person he wrote it about. He added that Chasing Cars still resonates with Snow Patrol fans when they play it live. “We’re very lucky to have a lot of songs people sing along to, but that is a particularly loud sing-along,” he said. Read more: BelfastTelegraph.co.uk.

 

“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.” On Tuesday Lightbody was presented with a special gong by music licensing company PPL to mark the song’s incredible success. Read more: Newsletter.co.uk.

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2 Responses »

  1. Not my favourite but definitely a great song.

  2. For some reason LIVE still such a belter— LOVE it.

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