Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran named as most-played pop act in the UK for 2015

Ed Sheeran has been named as the most-played pop act in the UK for 2015. He has topped the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) People’s Chart, which was released today, and is based on TV and radio airplay, song use in adverts and plays in public venues such as nightclubs.

The singer, who is currently on hiatus, came third in the chart last year but this time beat Taylor Swift and Olly Murs to take the top spot. Take That and Ellie Goulding make up the rest of the top five.

A PPL spokesman said that Ed’s success was largely due to the “broadcast and public use” of ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Bloodstream’, his collaboration with Rudimental.

In fact, Ed’s songs ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Photograph’ are the sixth and 17th most played tracks of 2015 respectively, however, unsurprisingly the top spot went to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ monster hit ‘Uptown Funk’. The global smash hit beat Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’ to take the title.

Check out the top twenty most-played artists and songs of 2015 below.

Most-played artists of 2015

  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

Most-played tracks of 2015

  1. ‘Uptown Funk’ – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  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’ – Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato
  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

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Written by Katrina Rees

I'm Katrina, or Kat to pretty much everyone. I'm an editor for CelebMix, a content writer, a boyband lover and an all round music fanatic.
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