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: 26 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6107
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2542
Variety factor for this station is : 41.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 614 Songs (24.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 329 MOST played songs (12.9% of the total)
or 1546 LEAST played songs (60.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 21m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 6m
329th most played song airs every: 6d 12h
614th most played song airs every: 8d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2442 (96%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
31 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2708
..in 3 months: 3986, in 6 months: 4999
..in 9 months: 5844, in 12 months: 6543

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [34 plays] Robert Jon and The Wreck – Pain No More
2 [33 plays] Halestorm – Mine
3 [32 plays] The Answer – Want You To Love Me
4 [31 plays] Theory of a Deadman – Dinosaur
5= [30 plays] each for…
+ Alter Bridge – Holiday
+ Rival Sons – Nobody Wants To Die
7= [29 plays] each for…
+ Black Star Riders – Riding Out the Storm
+ Sophie Lloyd – Do Or Die
9= [27 plays] each for…
+ Metallica – Lux Æterna
+ Those Damn Crows – Man on Fire

Analysis: 23 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5711
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 899
Variety factor for this station is : 15.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 230 Songs (25.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 140 MOST played songs (15.5% of the total)
or 545 LEAST played songs (60.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 6h 40m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 30m
140th most played song airs every: 1d 22h
230th most played song airs every: 2d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 422 (46.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 942
..in 3 months: 1137, in 6 months: 1228
..in 9 months: 1351, in 12 months: 1419

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [18 plays] Rush – Spirit Of Radio
2= [17 plays] each for…
+ Boston – More Than A Feeling
+ Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
+ Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
+ Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield
+ ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
7= [16 plays] each for…
+ Iggy Pop – The Passenger
+ Nirvana – Lithium
+ Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
+ Steely Dan – Reeling In The Years
+ Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
+ The Doors – Break On Through
+ ZZ Top – Legs

Analysis: 27 days, up to 20-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6090
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 646
Variety factor for this station is : 10.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 152 Songs (23.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 89 MOST played songs (13.7% of the total)
or 415 LEAST played songs (64.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h
10th most played song airs every: 23h 8m
89th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
152nd most played song airs every: 1d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 240 (37.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 662
..in 3 months: 763, in 6 months: 1015
..in 9 months: 1145, in 12 months: 1250

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [36 plays] AC/DC – Highway To Hell
2 [35 plays] Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
3 [33 plays] Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
4 [31 plays] Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
5= [30 plays] each for…
+ Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is
+ Derek & The Dominoes – Layla
7= [29 plays] each for…
+ Iggy Pop – The Passenger
+ John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
9= [28 plays] each for…
+ Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (come Up And See Me)
+ Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

** 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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