Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ has topped a list of the most played songs of the 2010s. The single was released in 2013 and spent four non-consecutive weeks at the top of the UK charts that year.
The relentlessly catchy and upbeat song became 2014’s best-selling single around the globe with 13.9 million sales that year alone, including equivalent streaming units. Williams featured in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2015, when he had $32 million earnings. His wealth has since been boosted by production work and fashion lines.
The list, compiled by music licensing company PPL, also puts Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ in second place, and ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera at three. Justin Timberlake claims fifth place with ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’ from the film Trolls.
Black Eyed Peas, OneRepublic, Kings Of Leon and CeeLo Green also feature on the list.
Pharrell Williams said: “Thank you, thank you. It is incredibly humbling to think that Happy is the most played song across radio in the UK for the past decade.”