Revealed: The Songs That Were ACTUALLY Most Played On U.K. Radio In 2019!

A new annual statement from WARM reveals which songs have had the most radio airplay in the United Kingdom in 2019. 

We recently released a list of the songs that were actually the most played on radio stations in the United States in 2019. As Europe’s biggest music market, we thought it was only right to release an equivalent list for the U.K. as well, and see which songs British radio stations have been showing the most love over the course of last year.

Just like in the US, the list looks at the top 100 songs and contains both some expected and unexpected titles. At the very top, is ‘Giant’ by Calvin Harris & Rag n Bone Man, a song released in January 2019 while at number 88 we find ‘Africa’, the 1980s classic by American rock band Toto. This song was originally released way back in 1982 and has proven to have some serious staying power.

It’s not the only older song on the list, however. While most tracks on the list were released in the late 2010s, at number 95, for instance, we find ‘It Feels So Good’ by Sonique released in 1998 and at number 68 is ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams, a huge hit when released back in 2013. Compared to the US, British radio stations clearly has a bigger weak spot for the classics.

It’s worth noting that most other radio charts available are influenced by the size and ‘importance’ of specific radio stations. This means that plays on certain stations count more than plays on others, which can make them less transparent. WARM’s chart, however, uses a 1:1 count based on 900 monitored UK radio stations which is the largest coverage of UK radio stations for any radio tracking service BY FAR.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top songs on the list are dominated by UK artists. Ed Sheeran is the artist with the most accumulated amount of plays since he has a total of five different songs on the top 100 adding up to 500.000 + spins. It’s the most for any artist on the list, although artists like Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande also have multiple entries.

Check out the complete list below.

RankPlayArtistTitle
1261.592Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone ManGiant
2255.386Sam Smith & NormaniDancing With A Stranger
3215.005Ed Sheeran & Justin BieberI Don’t Care
4213.181P!nkWalk Me Home
5204.777Mark Ronson & Miley CyrusNothing Breaks Like A Heart
6191.076Lewis CapaldiHold Me While You Wait
7183.450Kygo & Whitney HoustonHigher Love
8182.514Shawn Mendes & Camila CabelloSenorita
9171.318Ava MaxSweet but Psycho
10164.730Jess GlynneThursday
11154.661MabelDon’t Call Me Up
12147.055James Arthur & Anne-MarieRewrite The Stars
13139.660Rita OraLet You Love Me
14137.876Jonas BrothersSucker
15136.509Freya RidingsCastles
16134.415Lewis CapaldiSomeone You Loved
17127.644Marshmello & ChvrchesHere With Me
18126.486P!nkA Million Dreams
19123.685Sigala & Becky HillWish You Well
20120.808Avicii & Aloe BlaccSOS
21120.407Taylor Swift & Brendon UrieMe!
22118.854Jax Jones, Martin Solveig & Madison BeerAll Day And Night
23118.493Calvin Harris & Sam SmithPromises
24118.414Sam SmithHow Do You Sleep?
25117.407AnneMarie2002
26106.949Ed Sheeran & KhalidBeautiful People
27104.977SigridDon?t Feel Like Crying
28101.051Ava MaxSo Am I
2997.017Panic! At The DiscoHigh Hopes
3092.004Katy PerryNever Really Over
3191.529The ScriptThe Last Time
3290.648MabelMad Love
3389.933Meduza & GoodboysPiece Of Your Heart
3489.827Dominic Fike3 Nights
3589.215Freya RidingsLost Without You
3688.494Shawn MendesIf I Can’t Have You
3785.323Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperShallow
3883.565Maroon 5 & Cardi BGirls Like You
3980.879George EzraShotgun
4078.910DJ RegardRide It
4178.226Years & YearsIf You?re Over Me
4277.769Silk City, Dua Lipa,Diplo & Mark RonsonElectricity
4377.313HalseyWithout Me
4473.932Jax Jones & Ina WroldsenPlay
4572.891Dua LipaNew Rules
4671.213Marshmello & BastilleHappier
4770.554Post MaloneCircles
4869.801Jax Jones & Bebe RexhaHarder
4969.420Justin TimberlakeCAN’T STOP THE FEELING! (Original Song From Dreamworks Animation’s “Trolls”)
5068.517The Chainsmokers & ColdplaySomething Just Like This
5168.311Calvin Harris & Dua LipaOne kiss
5267.734Maroon 5Memories
5365.211Ed SheeranShape of You
5463.425Tiesto & Jonas Blue & Rita OraRitual
5563.152Taylor SwiftYou Need To Calm Down
5662.901Ellie GouldingSixteen
5762.796Jason DeruloWant To Want Me
5862.724Ariana GrandeNo Tears Left To Cry
5962.364Ariana Grandethank u
6061.739Lauv & Troye SivanI’m So Tired…
6161.572Ed SheeranCastle on the Hill
6261.399Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon StellaPolaroid
6361.118KhalidTalk
6460.727Tones And IDance Monkey
6560.591Jess GlynneAll I Am
6660.578Sigala & Paloma FaithLullaby
6760.225Rudimental, Jess Glynne,Macklemore & Dan CaplenThese Days (Original Mix)
6858.705Pharrell WilliamsHappy (From “Despicable Me 2”)
6958.479Swedish House MafiaDon’t You Worry Child
7058.092Ellie GouldingClose To Me
7157.836James ArthurEmpty Space
7257.570George EzraHold My Girl
7357.023Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me
7456.948Ariana GrandeOne Last Time
7556.926Dua LipaDon’t Start Now
7656.524Jonas Blue & Theresa RexWhat I Like About You
7756.494Years & YearsKing
7856.331Zara LarssonRuin My Life
7956.024Post Malone & Swae LeeSunflower
8055.934Rita OraAnywhere
8155.376Tom WalkerBetter Half of Me
8254.258Ed Sheeran, Cardi B & Camila CabelloSouth of the Border
8353.721Sia & Sean PaulCheap Thrills
8452.654Clean BanditSymphony (feat. Zara Larsson)
8552.573David Guetta & SiaTitanium
8652.290Rita OraYour Song
8752.154Dermot KennedyOutnumbered
8851.354TotoAfrica
8951.186Portugal. The ManFeel It Still
9050.896Mark Ronson & Bruno MarsUptown Funk
9150.748LizzoJuice
9250.532Billie EilishBad Guy
9350.500Ariana Grandebreathin
9450.329AviciiWake Me Up
9549.086SoniqueIt Feels So Good
9649.006Taio CruzDynamite
9748.503Maroon 5Moves Like Jagger (Remix)
9848.334Kelly ClarksonWhat Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)
9948.096Calum ScottDancing On My Own
10048.082Ella HendersonGhost