A new annual statement from WARM reveals which songs have had the most radio airplay in the United Kingdom in 2019.
We recently released a list of the songs that were actually the most played on radio stations in the United States in 2019. As Europe's biggest music market, we thought it was only right to release an equivalent list for the U.K. as well, and see which songs British radio stations have been showing the most love over the course of last year.
Just like in the US, the list looks at the top 100 songs and contains both some expected and unexpected titles. At the very top, is 'Giant' by Calvin Harris & Rag n Bone Man, a song released in January 2019 while at number 88 we find 'Africa', the 1980s classic by American rock band Toto. This song was originally released way back in 1982 and has proven to have some serious staying power.
It's not the only older song on the list, however. While most tracks on the list were released in the late 2010s, at number 95, for instance, we find 'It Feels So Good' by Sonique released in 1998 and at number 68 is 'Happy' by Pharell Williams, a huge hit when released back in 2013. Compared to the US, British radio stations clearly has a bigger weak spot for the classics.
It’s worth noting that most other radio charts available are influenced by the size and 'importance' of specific radio stations. This means that plays on certain stations count more than plays on others, which can make them less transparent. WARM’s chart, however, uses a 1:1 count based on 900 monitored UK radio stations which is the largest coverage of UK radio stations for any radio tracking service BY FAR.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top songs on the list are dominated by UK artists. Ed Sheeran is the artist with the most accumulated amount of plays since he has a total of five different songs on the top 100 adding up to 500.000 + spins. It's the most for any artist on the list, although artists like Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande also have multiple entries.
Check out the complete list below.
RankPlayArtistTitle1261.592Calvin Harris & Rag'n'Bone ManGiant2255.386Sam Smith & NormaniDancing With A Stranger3215.005Ed Sheeran & Justin BieberI Don't Care4213.181P!nkWalk Me Home5204.777Mark Ronson & Miley CyrusNothing Breaks Like A Heart6191.076Lewis CapaldiHold Me While You Wait7183.450Kygo & Whitney HoustonHigher Love8182.514Shawn Mendes & Camila CabelloSenorita9171.318Ava MaxSweet but Psycho10164.730Jess GlynneThursday11154.661MabelDon't Call Me Up12147.055James Arthur & Anne-MarieRewrite The Stars13139.660Rita OraLet You Love Me14137.876Jonas BrothersSucker15136.509Freya RidingsCastles16134.415Lewis CapaldiSomeone You Loved17127.644Marshmello & ChvrchesHere With Me18126.486P!nkA Million Dreams19123.685Sigala & Becky HillWish You Well20120.808Avicii & Aloe BlaccSOS21120.407Taylor Swift & Brendon UrieMe!22118.854Jax Jones, Martin Solveig & Madison BeerAll Day And Night23118.493Calvin Harris & Sam SmithPromises24118.414Sam SmithHow Do You Sleep?25117.407AnneMarie200226106.949Ed Sheeran & KhalidBeautiful People27104.977SigridDon?t Feel Like Crying28101.051Ava MaxSo Am I2997.017Panic! At The DiscoHigh Hopes3092.004Katy PerryNever Really Over3191.529The ScriptThe Last Time3290.648MabelMad Love3389.933Meduza & GoodboysPiece Of Your Heart3489.827Dominic Fike3 Nights3589.215Freya RidingsLost Without You3688.494Shawn MendesIf I Can't Have You3785.323Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperShallow3883.565Maroon 5 & Cardi BGirls Like You3980.879George EzraShotgun4078.910DJ RegardRide It4178.226Years & YearsIf You?re Over Me4277.769Silk City, Dua Lipa,Diplo & Mark RonsonElectricity4377.313HalseyWithout Me4473.932Jax Jones & Ina WroldsenPlay4572.891Dua LipaNew Rules4671.213Marshmello & BastilleHappier4770.554Post MaloneCircles4869.801Jax Jones & Bebe RexhaHarder4969.420Justin TimberlakeCAN'T STOP THE FEELING! (Original Song From Dreamworks Animation's "Trolls")5068.517The Chainsmokers & ColdplaySomething Just Like This5168.311Calvin Harris & Dua LipaOne kiss5267.734Maroon 5Memories5365.211Ed SheeranShape of You5463.425Tiesto & Jonas Blue & Rita OraRitual5563.152Taylor SwiftYou Need To Calm Down5662.901Ellie GouldingSixteen5762.796Jason DeruloWant To Want Me5862.724Ariana GrandeNo Tears Left To Cry5962.364Ariana Grandethank u6061.739Lauv & Troye SivanI'm So Tired...6161.572Ed SheeranCastle on the Hill6261.399Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon StellaPolaroid6361.118KhalidTalk6460.727Tones And IDance Monkey6560.591Jess GlynneAll I Am6660.578Sigala & Paloma FaithLullaby6760.225Rudimental, Jess Glynne,Macklemore & Dan CaplenThese Days (Original Mix)6858.705Pharrell WilliamsHappy (From "Despicable Me 2")6958.479Swedish House MafiaDon't You Worry Child7058.092Ellie GouldingClose To Me7157.836James ArthurEmpty Space7257.570George EzraHold My Girl7357.023Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me7456.948Ariana GrandeOne Last Time7556.926Dua LipaDon't Start Now7656.524Jonas Blue & Theresa RexWhat I Like About You7756.494Years & YearsKing7856.331Zara LarssonRuin My Life7956.024Post Malone & Swae LeeSunflower8055.934Rita OraAnywhere8155.376Tom WalkerBetter Half of Me8254.258Ed Sheeran, Cardi B & Camila CabelloSouth of the Border8353.721Sia & Sean PaulCheap Thrills8452.654Clean BanditSymphony (feat. Zara Larsson)8552.573David Guetta & SiaTitanium8652.290Rita OraYour Song8752.154Dermot KennedyOutnumbered8851.354TotoAfrica8951.186Portugal. The ManFeel It Still9050.896Mark Ronson & Bruno MarsUptown Funk9150.748LizzoJuice9250.532Billie EilishBad Guy9350.500Ariana Grandebreathin9450.329AviciiWake Me Up9549.086SoniqueIt Feels So Good9649.006Taio CruzDynamite9748.503Maroon 5Moves Like Jagger (Remix)9848.334Kelly ClarksonWhat Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)9948.096Calum ScottDancing On My Own10048.082Ella HendersonGhost