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PPL reveals that Ed Sheeran was played a lot in 2017

By | Published on Wednesday 6 June 2018

Ed Sheeran

British collecting society PPL has totted up all the plays recorded music got on radio, TV and in public places in the UK last year, and it turns out that Ed Sheeran was quite popular. Sheero fills two spots in the top ten most played tracks list (including number one), and was the most played artist overall.

“PPL’s most played charts act as a true barometer of the most popular music on the airwaves over the past year”, says PPL CEO Peter Leathem. “Reflecting not only the music played on radio and TV but also music played in public by organisations all over the country”.

Congratulating Eddy S, he goes on: “Many congratulations to Warner Music UK, and Ed Sheeran, for being named the most played artist of 2017 and having the most played track with ‘Shape of You’. It is an astounding achievement to take both accolades – last repeated back in 2011 by Adele – and highlights the extent of Ed’s sustained popularity. We wish him all the best for his four Wembley Stadium shows later this month”.

Ah, remember when we were all taken aback by the news that Adele was popular all those years ago? Such innocent times.

Anyway, here are all of the popular artists and tracks (not just old E-Shez) that were forced on people whether they wanted it or not the most in 2017…


1. Ed Sheeran
2. Little Mix
3. Coldplay
4. Calvin Harris
5. Clean Bandit
6. Maroon 5
7. Olly Murs
8. Bruno Mars
9. Rag N Bone Man
10. Katy Perry


1. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
2. Clean Bandit feat Zara Larsson – Symphony
3. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
4. Rag N Bone Man – Human
5. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back
6. Katy Perry feat Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm
7. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
8. Rita Ora – Your Song
9. Pink – What About Us
10. Little Mix – Touch