Madonna songs played the most in the U.K.

People's Artist Chart logs 50 most-played acts of past decade

LONDON -- Madonna has been revealed as the artist whose recordings have been played in public in the U.K. more than any other over the past 10 years.

The People's Artist Chart, which aired on Radio 2, counted down the top 50 most-played acts from 2000 to the end of 2009, as compiled by recorded music licensing body PPL.

The PPL data logged licensed play of recorded music across the U.K., including radio and television, as well as pubs, clubs, shops and restaurants.

Madonna beat the Beatles into second place, with Robbie Williams at No. 3, Queen at No. 4 and Take That at No. 5.

"The latest People's Chart show is an accurate and democratic reflection of the most popular artists of the last decade, based both on what radio and TV programs have chosen to broadcast in that time, as well as what people have been hearing in public venues," said Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO of PPL, in a statement.

"The series of Peoples' Chart shows provides a real insight into current tastes and I pay tribute to all the artists who are featured, because it is their creativity and music talent which gives pleasure to millions."

Last Easter, in the first People's Chart, Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was named as the most played pop recording of the last 75 years.

As well as TV and radio logging, PPL used returns and sample data from businesses to calculate chart rankings, as well as tracking data from companies that provide provide pre-programmed jukeboxes and playlists.