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 was the baby of the bunch, launched only in December 2020, but even though it was on national DAB, playing only BRITISH Rock artists, it closed along with the rest of the Union Jack Brands in early 2022. 

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 the usual “Anthems” playlist Songs which play the rest of the day)

 

Analysis: 25 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6179
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2420
Variety factor for this station is : 39.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 618 Songs (25.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 344 MOST played songs (14.2% of the total)
or 1451 LEAST played songs (59.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 17h 38m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
344th most played song airs every: 6d 6h
618th most played song airs every: 8d 8h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2314 (95.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
31 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2551
..in 3 months: 3715, in 6 months: 4830
..in 9 months: 5674, in 12 months: 6341

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [34 plays] Ayron Jones – Free
2 [32 plays] Monster Truck – Golden Woman
3 [31 plays] Def Leppard – Fire It Up
4 [30 plays] The Cult – Give Me Mercy
5= [29 plays] each for…
+ H.e.a.t. – Back To The Rhythm
+ Walter Trout – Ride
7 [28 plays] Laurence Jones – Anywhere With Me
8= [27 plays] each for…
+ Black Star Riders – Better Than Saturday Night
+ Drake White – American Thunder
10 [25 plays] The Dead Daisies – Shine On

Analysis: 25 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6356
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 901
Variety factor for this station is : 14.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 235 Songs (26% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 145 MOST played songs (16% of the total)
or 540 LEAST played songs (59.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 9h 20m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 11h 17m
145th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 9m
235th most played song airs every: 2d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 362 (40.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 924
..in 3 months: 1118, in 6 months: 1214
..in 9 months: 1359, in 12 months: 1431

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [18 plays] Golden Earring – Radar Love
2= [17 plays] each for…
+ Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
+ Boston – More Than A Feeling
+ Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
+ Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady
+ Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
+ Motley Crue – Girls Girls Girls
+ Neil Young – Rocking In The Free World
+ The Kinks – Lola
+ Thin Lizzy – Dancing In The Moonlight

Analysis: 23 days, up to 28-07-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4939
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 561
Variety factor for this station is : 11.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 142 Songs (25.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 86 MOST played songs (15.3% of the total)
or 351 LEAST played songs (62.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 26m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
86th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 30m
142nd most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 206 (36.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 585
..in 3 months: 751, in 6 months: 931
..in 9 months: 1082, in 12 months: 1151

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] Ultravox – Vienna
2= [26 plays] each for…
+ Electric Light Orchestra – Mr Blue Sky
+ Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
4= [25 plays] each for…
+ Derek & The Dominoes – Layla
+ Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
+ Toto – Africa
7= [24 plays] each for…
+ Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
+ Iggy Pop – The Passenger
+ Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
10 [23 plays] Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al

** Station no longer broadcasting! **
Historic Analysis: 25 days, up to 23-02-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5595
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 624
Variety factor for this station is : 11.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 161 Songs (25.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 98 MOST played songs (15.7% of the total)
or 387 LEAST played songs (62% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 13m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h
98th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 30m
161st most played song airs every: 1d 18h 51m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 234 (37.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 629
..in 3 months: 773, in 6 months: 830
..in 9 months: 861

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] Jake Bugg – Trouble Town
2= [26 plays] each for…
+ Alex Clare – Too Close
+ Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
4= [25 plays] each for…
+ Mumford And Sons – Believe
+ Mumford And Sons – The Cave
+ Stereophonics – Mr Writer
7= [24 plays] each for…
+ Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
+ Kaiser Chiefs – Hole In My Soul
+ Keane – Is It Any Wonder
+ The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try

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