There was barely a minute that went by in 2006 without Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars playing in the background.
And it’s been played at pretty much every wedding and in every TV series finale since.
So it’s no surprise that Chasing Cars has been named the most played song of the 21st century so far.
Music licensing company PPL confirmed that the 2006 single is the most played song on UK radio and TV of the 21st century, 13 years after its release.
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody told the BBC: ‘It’s unbelievable. I’m not sure how that happened.’
Trying to explain the song’s appeal, the Northern Irish singer said: ‘It’s an emotionally open song and it’s a simple song. But it’s also unabashedly a love song, and we don’t really have any others.
‘The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.’
Chasing Cars beat I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas, released in 2009, into second place, while Pharrell Williams’ Happy, released just six years ago, placed third.
The Snow Patrol classic never actually reached number one in the UK, peaking at number six, but was the 14th biggest selling single of the year – and went on to be the 34th biggest selling single of 2007 as well.
The strength of the song made the album on which it came, Eyes Open, the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide.
Peaking at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, Chasing Cars was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 2007 Grammys, losing to Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers, while at the Brits the same year, it lost the award for Best British Single to Patience by Take That.
Chasing Cars became a worldwide smash after it was featured in the season two finale of Grey’s Anatomy, and went on to be used in One Tree Hill and as the song Stacey walked down the aisle to in Gavin & Stacey.
Snow Patrol – made up of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn and Johnny McDaid – formed in 1994 and found mainstream success in 2003 with their debut major label album Final Straw.
The group had huge success not only with Chasing Cars, but with Run, You’re All I Have, Chocolate and Set Fire To The Third Bar.
Last month, Snow Patrol were forced to cancel their set at Glastonbury after Johnny McDaid underwent emergency neck surgery.
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