Take That named most popular Manchester act of 21st Century

By Hannah Hulme

Pop sensation Take That were named as Manchester’s favourite act by a leading UK music-licensing company this week.

Songs by the local lads have claimed the top three spots on the list of most listened to songs by Manchester artists in the 21st century so far.

The company, PPL, used data from TV, radio and online broadcasts as well as from public locations to create the list of the top songs played in Manchester.

Hits Shine, Rule the World and Patience snagged the top three spots, while Greatest Day and Back For Good, also by the band, made number seven and 11 respectively. Songs by Oasis, the Bee Gees and Simply Red also feature prominently, although there was no mention of other celebrated Manchester acts The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses.

The news coincides with a win for Gary Barlow and the boys at the Virgin Media Music Awards, being named Best Live Act for their Progress 2011 tour, while part-time member Robbie Williams picked up hottest male – who is actually from Stoke.

The PPL list has been met with mixed reactions on social networking sites. On Facebook, one Take That fan Becky Eastwood said that the band making the top of the list is ‘not surprising as they are the best!’.

However Tom Priest from Salford said the list read like a Manchester ‘hall of shame’.

The list of top 20 Manchester hits is as follows:

1. ‘Shine’ – Take That
2. ‘Rule The World’ – Take That
3. ‘Patience’ – Take That
4. ‘Stayin’ Alive’ – Bee Gees
5. ‘Night Fever’ – Bee Gees
6. ‘Stars’ – Simply Red
7. ‘Greatest Day’ – Take That
8. ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ – Oasis
9. ‘Babylon’ – David Grey
10. ‘Fairground’ – Simply Red
11. ‘Back For Good’ – Take That
12. ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ – Bee Gees
13. ‘Tragedy’ – Bee Gees
14. ‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis
15. ‘F.E.A.R’ – Ian Brown
16. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ – The Hollies
17. ‘Jive Talkin” – Bee Gees
18. ‘I’m Not In Love’ – 10CC
19. ‘Golden Gaze’ – Ian Brown
20. ‘The Air That I Breathe’ – The Hollies


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