An "unprecedented" number of homegrown Australian acts have made an impression in an annual national airplay report. But it was American artists who ultimately were the biggest winners.

U.S. artists dominated the top five spots of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's 2008 "most played" lists for artists and records, released today (Jan. 5).

For the second consecutive year, Pink led all artists on the "Most Played Artist Report," followed by Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, Fergie and Fall Out Boy.

Brisbane pop siblings the Veronicas led Australia's charge, coming in at No. 6. On the whole, an unprecedented 19 Aussie acts appeared on the top 50 list, up from 16 in 2007 and 15 in 2006.

PPCA CEO Stephen Peach describes the effort as "exceptional," adding "I'm thrilled to see such strong representation for our local artists in both reports
released today."

The separate Top 100 Most Played Recording list sees Matchbox 20 claim the No. 1 and No. 5 slots with the tracks "How Far We've Come" and "All Your Reasons," respectively. The other top 5 tracks were Santana's "Into The Night" at No. 2, Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)" at No. 3 and Good Charlotte's "Dance Floor Anthem" at No. 4.

The "most played" recording survey also had a strong local flavor, featuring 28 tracks by 20 Aussie acts, a result "on a par" with last year's figure, according to Peach, who is also CEO of labels body ARIA. Sydney dance act the Potbelleez' "Don't Hold Back" was the highest-ranked domestic title, at No. 6.

PPCA is a national non-profit organization established in 1969 to represent the interests of labels and Australian recording artists for public performance and the broadcast of sound recordings and music videos.

The reports published today were measured by collating titles that appear in the PPCA broadcast log for the period July 2007 to June 2008.