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PPL celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd with most-played song chart

Laura  Barnes
PPL celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd with most-played song chart

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s debut album The Piper At The Gates of Dawn. It was the band’s only full album to feature enigmatic frontman Syd Barrett, who left the band in 1968. Alongside ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ and ‘The Wall’, it remains one of their most revered albums amongst fans and critics.

To commemorate the iconic album music licensing organisation PPL has revealed a chart of Pink Floyd’s most played tracks on UK radio and TV.

According to PPL data, Pink Floyd have generated 32 million seconds of airplay on UK radio and TV in the 21st century.

“It has been an extraordinary journey and looking back fifty years on, the title of the album feels particularly appropriate now,” said Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
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“Along with lots of other bands we were, in many ways, pipers at the beginning of a new era. I look back to the 1960s with real fondness and a time when we were all experimenting without any sense of knowing what was all to follow, indeed it was unthinkable that we would be able to make a lifetime career out of music.  We were very fortunate to start out back then and it is really pleasing to see so many different stages of our work since then represented in this most played chart from PPL.

“I think I can say on behalf of the others that we can all feel proud of the music we wrote and recorded.”

Tim Silver, Head of Music Reporting Services at PPL, commented: “Pink Floyd have never been afraid to innovate and push the boundaries of what music and art can do; from their early days in the ‘60s playing in front of psychedelic oil light shows at the UFO Club and The Roundhouse to ambitious concept albums such as ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’, through to huge multimedia stadium productions for ‘The Wall’ and ‘Division Bell’ tours.  

“I think this is exemplified by the tracks that appear in our most played chart; each stage of the band’s career is represented from their 1967 debut single ‘Arnold Layne’ right through to 2014’s ‘Louder Than Words’.”

Did your favourite track hit the top spot? Check out the top 20 most played Pink Floyd songs below:

1.)  ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ (1979)
2.)  ‘Money’ (1973)
3.)  ‘Wish You Were Here’ (1975)
4.)  ‘Comfortably Numb’ (1979)
5.)  ‘See Emily Play’ (1967)
6.)  ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ (1973)
7.)  ‘Time’ (1973)
8.)  ‘Arnold Layne’ (1967)
9.)  ‘Us And Them’ (1973)
10.) ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ (1975)
11.)  ‘Learning To Fly’ (1987)
12.)  ‘Have A Cigar’ (1975)
13.)  ‘Breathe’ (1973)
14.)  ‘One Of These Days’ (1971)
15.)  ‘Speak To Me / Breathe’ (1973)
16.)  ‘On The Turning Away’ (1987)
17.)  ‘Run Like Hell’ (1979)
18.)  ‘Sheep’ (1977)
19.)  ‘Louder Than Words’ (2014)
20.)  ‘High Hopes’ (1994)

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