Last week, Gary Jules's Christmas number one, Mad World, was officially the most ubiquitous record on British radio. According to music industry website Record of the Day, the cumulative audience of all the stations that played it was 84.2 million. A staggering figure, indicating a genuine phenomenon. At a time when singles scuttle in and out of the public consciousness in a fortnight, here is a song that appears to have been hanging around for months.
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