What are the chances of hearing that again?

January 31, 2019 Off By Guillermo Bonepart

Turn the radio on and you’ll hear a selection of the following sounds, the newest releases, the current number one and those just bubbling under plus probably a golden oldie or two. Ever wondered what the most played record of all time on the radio is? There has to be one and this is, based on the available evidence of the top songs played. This might be a mark of quality greater than the chart itself as it shows the longevity of the tune’s popularity. Will the current batch of today’s artists get the same amount? It’s a different time what with online streaming now and YouTube but radio itself remains quite popular. They’ll have a lot of catching up when you see the leader’s totals. You’d certainly expect to find them being used in, In store Music. Click here if you are looking for the answer to What is in store music?

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  1. Every breath you take – The Police. 11 Million Plays. Released on the 20th May 1983 it was taken from the bands “Synchronicity” album. It reached number one and has been voted the best UK number one ever. Whilst it’s made them millions the band are a bit disparaging about it. Stewart Copeland sees the tune as “generic, not Stings best” and Sting himself thinks people have misinterpreted it as a love song rather than about a creepy possessive lover of undetermined gender. A fact born out in rehearsals as Sting would sing “Oh can’t you see; my Dog has fleas…”

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  1. You’ve lost that loving feelin – The Righteous Brothers. 10 Million Plays. Overtaking by Every breath the song was first released by the Righteous brother in November 1964. It was the fifth bestselling single that year but progressive covers by artist such as Cilla Black, Dionne Warwick and Hall and Oates have kept it relevant. It’s a deeply sad song about the end of a relationship and again can be gender neutral. The first line “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips” is reckoned to be the best opening lyric ever written.
  2. Yesterday – The Beatles. 9 million plays. The Fab four were bound to be along at some point and this one of their greatest. It was a huge departure from their sound at the time, only Paul is heard singing and an orchestra is included, that it wasn’t released as single in the UK (until 1976) but was in the USA in 1965.

It was an indication of the promise they had and would more than fulfil.  The tune came to Paul in a dream and they all worried he had accidently copied a previous work he had heard sub consciously. It was almost released as a song just under Paul’s name. It is the most covered song in recording history.