Classic Rock Stations

A comparatively recent genre of stations for the UK, the elder statesman of this motley crew (can you see what I 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 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 a few 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: 34 days, from 19-06-2021 to 23-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 8625
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2587
Variety factor for this station is : 29.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 611 Songs (23.6% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 334 MOST played songs (12.9% of the total)
or 1605 LEAST played songs (62% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
2206 (85.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
19 after 27 DAYS

Top 10 Most played:
1 [47 plays] Buckcherry – Hell Bound
2= [43 plays] L.A. Rats – I’ve Been Everywhere
2= [43 plays] Robert John and The Wreck – Shine A Light On Me Brother
2= [43 plays] The Byson Family – Hope and Pray
5 [42 plays] The Dead Daisies – Like No Other
6 [38 plays] Ricky Warwick – You’re My Rock n Roll
7 [37 plays] Billy Gibbons – She’s On Fire
8 [36 plays] Thunder – Destruction
9= [35 plays] British Lion – Land Of The Perfect People
9= [35 plays] Smith/Kotzen – Solar Fire 

Analysis: 32 days, from 21-06-2021 to 23-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 7438
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 962
Variety factor for this station is : 12.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 241 Songs (25% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 146 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 595 LEAST played songs (61.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
358 (37.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 20 DAYS

Top 12 Most Played:
1 [22 plays] Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
2= [21 plays] Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
2= [21 plays] Metallica – Enter Sandman
2= [21 plays] Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
2= [21 plays] Steely Dan – Reeling In The Years
6= [20 plays] Hawkwind – Silver Machine
6= [20 plays] Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
6= [20 plays] Pearl Jam – Even Flow
6= [20 plays] Pink Floyd – Money
6= [20 plays] Rush – Spirit Of Radio
6= [20 plays] Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
6= [20 plays] Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

Analysis: 34 days, from 24-06-2021 to 28-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9263
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 422
Variety factor for this station is : 4.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 121 Songs (28.6% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 75 MOST played songs (17.7% of the total)
or 246 LEAST played songs (58.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
91 (21.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 10 DAYS

Most Played Top 12:
1 [71 plays] Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
2 [67 plays] Supertramp – The Logical Song
3 [59 plays] The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
4 [56 plays] Blondie – Denis (2001 Remaster)
5 [50 plays] Patti Smith Group – Because the Night
6 [48 plays] Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘N Roll
7= [47 plays] ELO – Mr. Blue Sky
7= [47 plays] Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle with You
9= [45 plays] Blur – Girls and Boys
9= [45 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
9= [45 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
9= [45 plays] Steve Miller Band – The Joker

Analysis: 34 days, from 24-06-2021 to 28-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9767
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 640
Variety factor for this station is : 6.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 182 Songs (28.4% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 118 MOST played songs (18.4% of the total)
or 388 LEAST played songs (60.6% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
181 (28.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 32 DAYS

Most Played Top 12:
1 1 [63 plays] Blur – Song 2
2 [46 plays] James – Laid
3 [31 plays] Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
4= [30 plays] Bastille – Pompeii
4= [30 plays] Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
4= [30 plays] Ocean Colour Scene – Hundred Mile High City
4= [30 plays] Reef – Place Your Hands
4= [30 plays] Suede – Animal Nitrate
4= [30 plays] Supergrass – Alright
10= [29 plays] Badly Drawn Boy – Something To Talk About
10= [29 plays] Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo
10= [29 plays] Elbow – Neat Little Rows

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