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No surprise about what the most-played song on Irish radio last year was...

May not make up for Blurred Lines, but at least it’s something…

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IN NEWS UNLIKELY to surprise anyone with functioning eardrums, Pharrell Williams’ Happy has emerged as the most-played song on Irish radio in 2014.

The 41-year old American singer emerged clear of a chasing pack that includes Clean Bandit’s Rather Be in second place and John Legend weepfest All Of Me at number 3.

The results are compiled by Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI), the company that licenses all music to be broadcast here, be it on radio, tv, or over the internet.

Over 2.8 million airplays were reported to the PPI in 2014.

Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran both feature in the top 50 three times, as do Ireland’s own Kodaline and Bray sensation Hozier (although surprisingly Take Me To Church didn’t make it into the top 10, languishing just outside at number 11).

Meanwhile, Croke Park seller-outers The Script make it in at number 9 with Superheroes.

So, the top 10 played songs on Irish radio in 2014 were:

  1. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  2. Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
  3. All Of Me – John Legend
  4. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  5. Sing – Ed Sheeran
  6. A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
  7. Ghost – Ella Henderson
  8. Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
  9. Superheroes – The Script
  10. One Day – Kodaline

Top dog Pharell, along with fellow vocalist Robin Thicke, was recently ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye about €6.7 million after a jury ruled they had ripped off the deceased singer in coming up with their 2013 mega-hit Blurred Lines.

And given Gaye’s family have since said they think Happy may also be a rip-off, we’d better squeeze in one more play before it all goes to hell in a handcart.

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Congratulations Pharrell!

Read: Happy people on the streets of Dublin dancing like nobody’s watching

Read: How alike are these two songs?

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