Snow Patrol's 2006 ballad "Chasing Cars" has been named the most-played song of the 21st century by the British music licensing company PPL. The track, which reached No. 6 on the UK Official Singles Chart, stayed in the top 75 for 94 weeks and was that year's 14th-best selling single in the UK. PPL also noted that it was the last song performed on the long-running BBC music series Top of the Pops in July 2006.
Singer Gary Lightbody was presented with the award at PPL's 85th celebration at the OXO Tower in London on Tuesday (July 16), telling the BBC, "It's unbelievable. I'm not sure how that happened." As to what the secret to the song's enduring appeal is, he said, "It's an emotionally open song and it's a simple song. But it's unabashedly a love song, and we don't really have any others. The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It's a beautiful moment every time you play it."
The track, which stayed on the British charts for more than three years, beat out such other mega-singles as the No. 2, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," and Pharrell's "Happy." "Chasing Cars" appeared on Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open. PPL's data tracks all recordings played by radio and TV broadcasters.