Tom Grennan among top 10 most-played artists of 2023

Tom Grennan. Image: Frank Fieber
Tom Grennan. Image: Frank Fieber

Bedford’s Tom Grennan has burst into the top 10 most-played artists of 2023, joining established acts including Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Taylor Swift and Madonna.

The singer/songwriter thanked his fans for their support after he jumped from 17th position in 2022 to become the eighth most-played artist last year.

The 2023 list has been revealed by PPL which licenses the use of recorded music on radio, TV and in public places in the UK. PPL then distributes revenue to the 165,000 performers and recording rightsholders.

PPL’s Most Played charts are published annually, and this exclusive data set provides a uniquely comprehensive picture of the most popular artists and songs broadcast on radio and TV and played in public places across the UK in any given year. 

British music continues to dominate the annual list, with seven out of ten of the most-played artists in 2023 being from the UK.

Tom Grennan playing to a sold out Esquires. Image: Neil McCarty)
Tom Grennan playing to a sold out Esquires. Image: Neil McCarty)

Tom, who played a sell-out six-day residency at Bedford Esquires in 2021, plus a headline set at Bedford Park Concerts in 2022, is the newest UK musician to enter the countdown.

Speaking to the Bedford Clanger, he said: “In the top 10 most played artists in 2023! Thanks so much to all of you for the support.”

Coldplay is the only group in the Top 10 and, alongside Ed Sheeran and Calvin Harris, has also been the most consistent presence annually in the chart appearing nine times in the last decade.

Madonna makes a return to the Top 10, following the launch of her greatest hits world tour in London last autumn, but with Taylor Swift’s juggernaut of a tour hitting the UK this summer, 2024 is likely to be her year. Here’s hoping Tom will be joining her on next year’s list.

According to PPL’s stats, here are the most-played artists of 2023:

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Dua Lipa
  4. Calvin Harris
  5. David Guetta
  6. Elton John
  7. Coldplay
  9. Harry Styles
  10. Madonna