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The top 10 most popular musical songs in the UK

The top 10 most popular musical songs in the UK

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  • A recent study has revealed the most popular songs in the UK based on Google search data
  • The title song from the musical SIX is the officially the most popular song from musicals, followed by ‘Popular’ and ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked
  • Songs from the hit musical Hamilton dominate the list, holding four entries

A recent study uncovered that the top musical song in the UK is ‘SIX’ from the highly successful West End show of the same name.

The study by theatre ticket site SeatPlan used search volume data from Google Keyword Planner to identify the most searched-for songs from musicals to identify the nation’s most popular musical songs.

The popular British musical’s closing track, ‘SIX,’ emerged as the top-searched song on Google. On average, music enthusiasts search for it around 23,000 times per month per 100,000 residents. Since its debut, ‘SIX’ has garnered over 55 million plays on Spotify.

The research also found that the renowned song ‘Popular’ from Stephen Schwartz’s musical Wicked ranked as the second most popular track. On average, Brits search for the song 11,000 times per month per 100,000 residents.

In the musical “Wicked,” ‘Defying Gravity’ ranks as the nation’s third most beloved musical track. On average, fans search for this song 8.2K times per month per 100,000 residents. Despite ‘Popular’ being played 71 million times on Spotify, ‘Defying Gravity’ surpasses it in popularity with over 141 million streams on the platform.

Unexpectedly, the fourth most favored musical tune was uncovered to be ‘Say My Name’ from ‘BEETLEJUICE,’ a musical that has yet to make its way to the West End. Initially scheduled for a 2020 West End premiere, BEETLEJUICE faced cancellation due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, this setback hasn’t deterred fervent fans from seeking out the song at an average rate of 7K searches per month per 100,000 residents.

The research uncovered that the fifth most sought-after song is “One Last Time” from the renowned musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. On average, enthusiasts search for it 1.3k times per month per 100,000 residents. Furthermore, 40% of the top ten most favored musical tracks were part of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster Hamilton. This demonstrates fans’ enduring adoration for the musical nearly a decade after its debut on Broadway in April 2015.

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Staggeringly, ‘One Last Time’ has surpassed 100 million plays on Spotify, contributing to the remarkable total of over 6.2 billion plays for all songs in the Hamilton musical.

The top ten most popular musical songs in the UK

RankMusicalSongAverage number of searches per 100,000 residents 
3WickedDefying Gravity8,288
4BEETLEJUICESay My Name7,045
5HamiltonOne Last Time1,300
6HamiltonAlexander Hamilton1,288
7SIXHeart of Stone1,058
8SIXNo Way777
9HamiltonMy Shot742

A spokesperson from SeatPlan commented on the findings, saying: “Those who are looking for a musical playlist to enjoy should consider these popular musical songs, as they clearly strike a chord with feel-good fans.

“This list unmistakably reveals that the top three beloved musicals in the nation are SIX, Wicked, and Hamilton. Yet, as the highly anticipated Wicked film featuring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo is slated for a UK cinema release later this year, it will be intriguing to observe whether more Wicked songs make their mark in the top ten.”

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