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: 27 days, up to 16-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6388
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2513
Variety factor for this station is : 39.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 626 Songs (24.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 338 MOST played songs (13.4% of the total)
or 1526 LEAST played songs (60.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 10m
338th most played song airs every: 6d 18h
626th most played song airs every: 9d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2386 (94.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
24 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2579
..in 3 months: 3723, in 6 months: 4890
..in 9 months: 5645, in 12 months: 6305

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [35 plays] Def Leppard – Kick
2= [31 plays] each for…
+ Ghost – Call Me Little Sunshine
+ Kira Mac – One Way Ticket
+ Ricky Warwick – Still Alive
5 [30 plays] Kris Barras – Who Needs Enemies
6 [27 plays] Halestorm – The Steeple
7= [26 plays] each for…
+ Ray Wylie Hubbard – Naturally Wild
+ Volbeat – Temple Of Ekur
9 [24 plays] H.e.a.t. – Nationwide
10 [23 plays] Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse – Fill Me Up

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5370
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 863
Variety factor for this station is : 16%

50% OF PLAYS is 223 Songs (25.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 135 MOST played songs (15.6% of the total)
or 519 LEAST played songs (60.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 6h 40m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
135th most played song airs every: 2d 2h 10m
223rd most played song airs every: 2d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 405 (46.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 894
..in 3 months: 1067, in 6 months: 1252
..in 9 months: 1321, in 12 months: 1452

Top 23 Most Played:
1 [18 plays] Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
2 [17 plays] Golden Earring – Radar Love
3= [16 plays] each for…
+ Ac/dc – Highway To Hell
+ Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
+ Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights
+ Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
+ Neil Young – Rocking In The Free World
+ Rush – Spirit Of Radio
+ Toto – Hold The Line
10= [15 plays] each for…
+ Boston – More Than A Feeling
+ Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
+ David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
+ Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
+ Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
+ Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
+ Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
+ Steely Dan – Reeling In The Years
+ The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
+ Kinks – Lola + Who – Baba O’Riley
+ Tom Petty – American Girl
+ Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
+ ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’

Analysis: 27 days, up to 16-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5705
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 588
Variety factor for this station is : 10.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 146 Songs (24.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 89 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 374 LEAST played songs (63.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 8m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h 55m
89th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
146th most played song airs every: 1d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 221 (37.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 26 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 592
..in 3 months: 749, in 6 months: 930
..in 9 months: 1000, in 12 months: 1121

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [28 plays] each for…
+ Boston – More Than A Feeling
+ Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town
3= [27 plays] each for…
+ Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
+ Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
+ Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
6= [26 plays] each for…
+ Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
+ Derek & The Dominoes – Layla
+ Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff
+ Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
+ Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking
+ Toto – Hold The Line
+ Ultravox – Vienna

** 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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