The UK's Official Top 300 most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s revealed

Played out on air every day over the last week, the chart showcased the 300 songs that have truly stood the test of time since their release.

Greatest Hits Radio has revealed the UK's Official Top 300 most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s. 

As the on-air countdown comes to an end, we can reveal that Oasis' 1995 hit Wonderwall has taken the top spot in the station’s The UK’s Official Top 300 Most Streamed Songs from the 70s 80s and 90s, compiled by the Official Charts Company. Not only did their iconic song reach Number 1 but this was just one of eight Oasis songs in the chart.

Played out on air every day over the last week, Greatest Hits Radio's biggest chart countdown ever showcased the 300 songs that have truly stood the test of time since their release in the 70s, 80s and 90s as they were streamed by new generations of music lovers. 

Wonderwall – a song that was held off the top spot in 1995 by Robson & Jerome with I Believe – was at Number 1 with 280,870,000 streams. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (248,210,000 streams) was at Number 2 and Toto’s Africa at Number 3 with 218,290,000 streams.

Noel Gallagher modestly received the news:

“Am I surprised to see Wonderwall at the top of this chart? No. The first two Oasis albums and all the big hits from them are generally up at the top of these charts of the greatest songs of all time. That said, every time I play Wonderwall it brings the house down and I can’t explain it - it’s a magic thing, a magical, magical thing. Although I’d rather have Don’t Look Back In Anger there frankly, better lead vocal...”

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Rock legends Queen may not have made it to Number 1 but they were the band with most songs in the Top 300 – 13 in total, followed by Fleetwood Mac who had eight songs in the chart. Michael Jackson is the solo artist with most entries (7) – followed by our very own Elton John who has five in all, with his highest placed song Tiny Dancer, incidentally never originally released as a single, charting at Number 27. 

Female artists fare less well with only one placing in the Top 20 - Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody (9).

The impact of films, TV and social media popularity on streaming numbers is clear with Running Up That Hill charting at Number 46 – making Kate Bush the UK’s highest placed female solo artist in these charts thanks to Stranger Things. While Iris from The Goo Goo Dolls which was covered by The X Factor’s Frankie Cocozza in 2011 and has gone on to carve itself out as a genuine classic ever since, makes it to Number 14.

Greatest Hits Radio’s Network Content Director, Andy Ashton commented “This chart has provided a fascinating insight into which Greatest Hits not only stand the test of time but continue to connect with new audiences through streaming. The number of songs made famous again by featuring in film, television and social media campaigns has made this chart incredibly reflective of the times and thrown up some amazing surprises. These legendary songs and the legends that made them - live on at Greatest Hits Radio and in the hearts of our listeners as they are re-invented, re-released and re-loved all over again.”

The full Top 300 Countdown is available to view and listen again to online at greatesthitsradio.co.uk

The UK's Official most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s

Pos Title Artist Year
1 WONDERWALL OASIS 1995
2 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1975
3 AFRICA TOTO 1982
4 DON'T STOP ME NOW QUEEN 1978
5 DREAMS FLEETWOOD MAC 1977
6 DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER OASIS 1995
7 EVERYWHERE FLEETWOOD MAC 1987
8 DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' JOURNEY 1981
9 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY WHITNEY HOUSTON 1987
10 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT TOPLOADER 1999
11 THE CHAIN FLEETWOOD MAC 1977
12 MR BLUE SKY ELO 1977
13 IRIS GOO GOO DOLLS 1998
14 SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT NIRVANA 1991
15 SUMMER OF '69 BRYAN ADAMS 1984
16 TAKE ON ME A-HA 1984
17 SWEET CHILD O' MINE GUNS N' ROSES 1987
18 SEPTEMBER EARTH WIND & FIRE 1978
19 GO YOUR OWN WAY FLEETWOOD MAC 1976
20 BILLIE JEAN MICHAEL JACKSON 1982
21 NO SCRUBS TLC 1999
22 HOTEL CALIFORNIA EAGLES 1976
23 LIVIN' ON A PRAYER BON JOVI 1986
24 FAST CAR TRACY CHAPMAN 1988
25 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST QUEEN 1980
26 TINY DANCER ELTON JOHN 1971
27 GANGSTA'S PARADISE COOLIO FT LV 1995
28 UNDER PRESSURE QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE 1981
29 JUICY NOTORIOUS BIG 1994
30 BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY VERVE 1997
31 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD TEARS FOR FEARS 1985
32 STILL DRE DR DRE FT SNOOP DOGG 1999
33 ROCKET MAN ELTON JOHN 1972
34 SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) EURYTHMICS 1983
35 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES 1980
36 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 1990
37 BACK IN BLACK AC/DC 1980
38 EYE OF THE TIGER SURVIVOR 1982
39 I WANT IT THAT WAY BACKSTREET BOYS 1999
40 SUPERSTITION STEVIE WONDER 1972

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