Procol Harum's 1967 classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale" has been named as the U.K.'s most-heard recording in all public places over the past 75 years.

The chart, compiled by licensing organization PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd) to mark its 75th anniversary, was unveiled in a special three-hour countdown, "The People's Chart," by national U.K. AC broadcaster BBC Radio 2 today (April 13). The top 75 was compiled from PPL records of licensed use of recorded music in clubs, cafés, supermarkets and so on, as well as radio airplay.

"A Whiter Shade" beat Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to win the distinction. That late 1975 chart-topper landed at No. 2, with the Everly Brothers' 1958 perennial "All I Have To Do Is Dream" at No. 3. "It's a great and unsought honour that 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale is No. 1 in this unique chart," says Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker. "It isn't something I could have remotely imagined when I wrote the song...it means a great deal that the record has such an indefinable popularity and lasting appeal."

"The compilation of the chart was both very exciting and a real challenge," says PPL chairman and CEO Fran Nevrkla. "It involved some extensive research into PPL's archives, and information held in paper form during periods long before modern technology made its mark. The chart represents not only what has historically been played on British radio, but also what was popular in clubs, pubs, in discotheques and countless other places."

The top ten on the PPL chart is as follows:

1. Procol Harum, "A White Shade Of Pale"
2. Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
3. The Everly Brothers, "All I Have To Do Is Dream"
4. Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around"
5. Bryan Adams, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
6. Robbie Williams, "Angels"
7. Elvis Presley, "All Shook Up"
8. Abba, "Dancing Queen"
9. Perry Como, "Magic Moments"
10. Bing Crosby, "White Christmas"