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The 20 most-played Pink Floyd songs in the UK have been revealed

Pink Floyd at Live 8 in 2005 © PA Images

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ tomorrow (5th August), the 20 most-played Pink Floyd songs have been unveiled.

Music licencing company PPL has put together a countdown of the most popular Pink Floyd tracks on UK radio and TV this side of the millennium.

According to PPL data, the seminal rockers have generated 32million seconds of airplay over the past 17 years, with 1979’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ coming out as the most-played track overall.

‘Money’ is in second spot, with ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Comfortably Numb and ‘See Emily Play’ completing the Top 5.


Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason comments: “It has been an extraordinary journey and looking back fifty years on, the title of the album feels particularly appropriate now.

“Along with lots of other bands we were, in many ways, pipers at the beginning of a new era. I look back to the 1960s with real fondness and a time when we were all experimenting without any sense of knowing what was all to follow, indeed it was unthinkable that we would be able to make a lifetime career out of music.

“We were very fortunate to start out back then and it is really pleasing to see so many different stages of our work since then represented in this most played chart from PPL.  I think I can say on behalf of the others that we can all feel proud of the music we wrote and recorded.”


Pink Floyd in 1967 © PA Images

Tim Silver, Head of Music Reporting Services at PPL adds: “Pink Floyd have never been afraid to innovate and push the boundaries of what music and art can do.

“From their early days in the ‘60s playing in front of psychedelic oil light shows at the UFO Club and The Roundhouse to ambitious concept albums such as ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’, through to huge multimedia stadium productions for ‘The Wall’ and ‘Division Bell’ tours.

“I think this is exemplified by the tracks that appear in our most played chart; each stage of the band’s career is represented from their 1967 debut single ‘Arnold Layne’ right through to 2014’s ‘Louder Than Words’.

The 20-most played Pink Floyd songs this century are as follows: 

1. ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ (1979)
2. ‘Money’ (1973)
3. ‘Wish You Were Here’ (1975)
4. ‘Comfortably Numb’ (1979)
5. ‘See Emily Play’ (1967)
6. ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ (1973)
7. ‘Time’ (1973)
8. ‘Arnold Layne’ (1967)
9. ‘Us And Them’ (1973)
10. ‘Shine On Your Crazy Diamond’ (1975)
11. ‘Learning To Fly’ (1987)
12. ‘Have A Cigar’ (1975)
13. ‘Breathe’ (1973)
14. ‘One Of These Days’ (1971)
15. ‘Speak To Me / Breathe’ (1973)
16. ‘On The Turning Away’ (1987)
17. ‘Run Like Hell’ (1979)
18. ‘Sheep’ (1977)
19. ‘Louder Than Words’ (2014)
20. ‘High Hopes’ (1994)

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