Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars is a warm, musical cuddle – of course it’s the most-played song of the century

Snow Patrol at the 2005 Brit Awards
Snow Patrol at the 2005 Brit Awards  Credit: Paul Grover

Is this really the anthem of our age? Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol has been declared the most played song on British radio in the 21st Century (so far). It is news that provokes so many questions, not least: how does it go again?

Let me remind you. It’s got just three chords (A, G# and D), cycling around a repetitive two note motif, set to a plodding mid-tempo beat. The plaintive melody remains the same from beginning to end, with no discernible separation between verse and chorus. Actually, is there even a chorus? I’m not sure. 

It is an odd little song, that somehow shifts from melancholy ballad to soaring anthem. The title phrase flits by just once in a sketchy lyric about being with someone...

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