Take That is most played Manchester act

Take That can truly claim to be the nation's favourite Manchester act.

The comeback kings have taken up 25% of the top 20 songs by Manchester artists most played in public and in the media since 2000, an exclusive chart by PPL reveals today.

PPL licenses the playing of recorded music in the media and public places across the UK - and analysed its exclusive data to find out the most popular Manchester songs of the 21st century so far.

Taking the top three spots with their hit singles ShineRule The World and Patience respectively, the five (sometimes four) piece also appear at number seven with Greatest Day and at 11 with Back For Good.

The Bee Gees are the other popular choice with Stayin' Alive and Night Fever making up the top five.

The Manchester music scene is one of the most vibrant in the UK. Who can forget the famous North/South Oasis/Blur number one title race in 1995 culminating with a war of words between the bands and national news coverage with Blur just pipping Oasis to the top spot? Don't Look Back in Anger is Oasis' most played song and features at number eight. There are also appearances from Ian Brown, Manchester-born David Gray, Simply Red, The Hollies and 10CC.

The chart is compiled from PPL's exclusive data which includes TV, radio and online usage as well as songs played in restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, gyms and other public places that play music.

The top twenty is as follows:

1) Shine, Take That

2) Rule The World, Take That

3) Patience, Take That

4) Stayin' Alive, Bee Gees

5) Night Fever, Bee Gees

6) Stars, Simply Red

7) Greatest Day, Take That

8) Don't Look Back In Anger, Oasis

9) Babylon, David Grey

10) Fairground, Simply Red

11) Back For Good, Take That

12) How Deep Is Your Love, Bee Gees

13) Tragedy, Bee Gees

14) Wonderwall, Oasis

15) F.E.A.R, Ian Brown

16) He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, The Hollies

17) Jive Talkin, Bee Gees

18) I'm Not In Love, 10CC

19) Golden Gaze, Ian Brown

20) The Air That I Breathe, The Hollies

Key 103 breakfast show DJ Mike Toolan said: "Manchester is at the heart of the UK music scene. We have produced some of the biggest and best bands loved not only in the UK but throughout the rest of the world!"

Greatest Day by Take That was the most recent release (2008) and He Ain't Heavy by The Hollies is the oldest (1969).

The chart contains one song from the 60's, seven from the 70's, none from the 80's, six from the 90's, and six from the 00's. Interestingly, there are no songs from the 80's/90's Hacienda/Madchester period, a musical area now back in the spotlight due this year's imminent live reunions by the Inspiral Carpets, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. Playing music in a business can have significant rewards and PPL will be at the upcoming Northern Restaurant & Bar Show in March to talk to business owners about the benefits and legalities of music licensing.

Image is credited to Lola's Big Adventure! from Flickr

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