Classic Rock Stations

A comparatively recent genre of stations for the UK, the elder statesman of this motley crew (can you see what we did there!) being Planet Rock, which started in 1999 within the GWR group (which went on to be part of Global, if you didn’t know), but has ended up one of Bauer’s (the opposition) since 2013. The Absolute family’s Classic Rock Station, launched not much later in 2000, as Virgin Classic Rock. Virgin became Absolute in 2008, of course, so Virgin Classic Rock became Absolute Classic Rock, before a new Virgin Brand launched a new version of Virgin in 2016 (this time owned by Wireless), spawning it’s own classics station as Virgin Anthems as recently as 2018.  I hope you’re keeping up as I’ll be asking questions later. Union Jack Rock is the baby of the bunch, launched only in December 2020, but it is on national DAB, playing only BRITISH Rock artists. 

So, although Absolute Classic Rock and Planet Rock are both part of the Bauer family, you can instantly see from the graphics that they have totally different ideas on playlist size and variety, and this is a great example of what makes our radio monitoring work so interesting! You can see from the yellow line on the graph that Planet Rock’s massive playlist means the variety stays up well into the 2nd week of listening and beyond, while all the others are basically in repeatsville after between just a couple of days and a week.

(Analysis of Virgin Anthems does NOT include the Chris Evans Breakfast Show music which is just his main “Virgin Radio” show simulcast on Anthems, and not “Anthems” Songs which play the rest of the day)

 

Analysis: 27 days, up to 17-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6778
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2448
Variety factor for this station is : 36.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 596 Songs (24.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 318 MOST played songs (12.9% of the total)
or 1481 LEAST played songs (60.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 15h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 54m
318th most played song airs every: 5d 9h 36m
596th most played song airs every: 6d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2296 (93.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
24 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2554
..in 3 months: 3646, in 6 months: 4720
..in 9 months: 5574

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [43 plays] Herd – Remedy
2= [38 plays] Elles Bailey – Sunshine City
2= [38 plays] Joe Bonamassa – The Heart That Never Waits
4 [36 plays] The Dead Daisies – Saving Grace
5= [34 plays] Mastodon – Teardrinker
5= [34 plays] Myles Kennedy – A Thousand Words
7 [33 plays] Thunder – Young Man
8= [32 plays] Jerry Cantrell – Brighten
8= [32 plays] Jim Kirkpatrick – Dead Man Walking
10 [31 plays] Buckcherry – 54321

Analysis: 24 days, up to 17-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5471
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 939
Variety factor for this station is : 17.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 233 Songs (24.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 142 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 582 LEAST played songs (61.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 9h 52m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
142nd most played song airs every: 2d 4h 21m
233rd most played song airs every: 2d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 492 (52.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 978
..in 3 months: 1128, in 6 months: 1212
..in 9 months: 1465

Top 14 Most Played:

1= [17 plays] Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
1= [17 plays] Neil Young – Rocking In The Free World
3= [16 plays] Boston – More Than A Feeling
3= [16 plays] Golden Earring – Radar Love
3= [16 plays] Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
3= [16 plays] Pearl Jam – Even Flow
3= [16 plays] The Cars – Just What I Needed
3= [16 plays] Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9= [15 plays] Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
9= [15 plays] Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
9= [15 plays] Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll
9= [15 plays] The Who – Baba O’Riley
9= [15 plays] The Who – Who Are You
9= [15 plays] Whitesnake – Fool For Your Loving

Analysis: 25 days, up to 17-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5272
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 444
Variety factor for this station is : 8.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 124 Songs (27.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 77 MOST played songs (17.3% of the total)
or 263 LEAST played songs (59.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 41m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 4m
77th most played song airs every: 1d 6h
124th most played song airs every: 1d 11h 17m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 115 (25.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 464
..in 3 months: 526, in 6 months: 688
..in 9 months: 806

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [29 plays] The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
2= [28 plays] Boston – More Than A Feeling
2= [28 plays] Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
2= [28 plays] Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
2= [28 plays] Roxette – The Look
6= [27 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
6= [27 plays] Patti Smith – Because The Night
8= [26 plays] Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
8= [26 plays] Blondie – Call Me
8= [26 plays] Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
8= [26 plays] Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Analysis: 24 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6550
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 638
Variety factor for this station is : 9.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 182 Songs (28.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 117 MOST played songs (18.3% of the total)
or 385 LEAST played songs (60.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 2m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 3h 25m
117th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 52m
182nd most played song airs every: 1d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 240 (37.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 645
..in 3 months: 709, in 6 months: 759

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [25 plays] Blur – Song 2
2 [24 plays] Elastica – Connection
3 [23 plays] The Twang – Either Way
4= [22 plays] Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo
4= [22 plays] Stereophonics – Mr Writer
4= [22 plays] The Feeling – I Love It When You Call
7= [21 plays] Athlete – Half Light
7= [21 plays] Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
7= [21 plays] The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires And Wolves)
7= [21 plays] Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

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