SNOW PATROL's 2006 smash hit 'Chasing Cars' has been named the most popular song of the century, clinching the number 1 spot on UK radio’s most-played list.
While the song itself never held the number one spot on the charts, it stayed in the top 100 for a whopping three years and has been radio’s top-played song since its release thirteen years ago.
Not surprising, as it’s one of those rare songs that is guaranteed to get everyone belting out the lyrics regardless of the genre of music they usually listen to.
Singer Gary Lightbody agrees with this sentiment, telling the BBC “The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.”
Speaking to The Irish Post, a representative for the band, Susie Ember, said: “That ‘Chasing Cars’, of all the brilliant music released before and after 2000, is still the most played song of the 21st Century is an amazing achievement." .... "We eagerly await 2029 to see if it can hold on to the top position!”
County Down native Lightbody has a natural gift for writing illuminating, poetic lyrics, and when combined with his strong voice and Northern Irish lilt, it results in some of the most beautiful songs to ever come out of the island of Ireland.
The battle for the top position was between Snow Patrol, the Black Eyed Peas and Pharell.
“I Gotta Feeling” came in second place, followed by “Happy” in third, two upbeat party songs that could not be more different to the Northern Irish band’s sentimental love ballad.
It’s a significant achievement for Snow Patrol, who have been playing together for 25 years and are preparing to jet off for their Australian tour in August.
The four-piece have 7 albums and 35 popular singles under their belt, having reached global acclaim thanks to Chasing Cars, and the band shows no signs of slowing down—good news for their millions of faithful fans.