But singer Richard Ashcroft will eventually receive royalties for the track after a long-standing copyright dispute with the Rolling Stones.
"It is my great pleasure to announce that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have agreed last month I have their share of the song & # 39; Bitter Sweet Symphony & # 39 ;," Ashcroft wrote on Twitter Thursday night when he won an Ivor Novello Award on the same day for an outstanding contribution to British music.
"This remarkable and life-affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and generous gesture from Mick and Keith, who also agreed that they would be happy to write their names and all their royalties out of the Song Excludes. "
Rolling Stones publicists confirmed to CNN that future royalties on the title would go to Ashcroft, not to Jagger and Richards, and that the musicians no longer need a written source for the song.
The Verve had a license to use the sample, but Stones lawyers successfully argued that it was used more than allowed – and Verve had to give up all royalties on the hit.
The song reached # 2 in the UK Official Singles Charts and stayed in the charts for 24 weeks.
In his tweet, Ashcroft thanked his management and the managers of the Stones. "A big thank you to Mick and Keith," he wrote. "Music is power."
The song has been viewed more than 450 million times on YouTube.
Ashcroft told the British News Agency Press Association: "It has always left a slightly bitter taste, at least I can sit next to my son and say, 'Yes, I wrote that. "19659002]" Many, many dollars have gone under the bridge. But it's not really about the dollars, it was never really about it. It was about being credited for what you had done. The time I spent on this tune was incredible. "