Take That revealed as most-played Manchester band of 21st century

Oasis, Bee Gees and Simply Red also feature in PPL list

UK music-licensing company PPL has announced the most popular Manchester songs of the 21st century so far – and the top three are by Take That.

The company examined data based on the music played in TV, radio and online broadcasts, as well as songs played in public (gyms, pubs, shops, for example) to find the most popular tracks by Manchester artists.

Gary Barlow’s band’s tracks ‘Shine’, ‘Rule The World’ and ‘Patience’ took the top three spots – and Take That’s tunes represented 25 per cent of the Top 20 songs by Manchester artists.

Also featured in the top 20 were Oasis, the Bee Gees and Simply Red, although there was no place for celebrated Manchester bands such as Happy Mondays, New Order or The Stone Roses, although the latter’s frontman Ian Brown scored two entries with solo tracks ‘F.E.A.R.’ and ‘Golden Gaze’.

The Top 20 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

Earlier this month, PRS For Music named Glasgow as the city which had inspired the most song titles – a list which saw Manchester come fifth.