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 58 days
from 11-02-2021 to 09-04-2021

Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3095
Variety factor for this station is : 21.5%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 627 Songs
(20.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
2119 (68.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
9 after 48 DAYS

Top 10 Most played:
1 [81 plays]  Jacob Bryant – Pour Whiskey On My Grave
2 [75 plays]  Those Damn Crows – Sick of Me
3 [71 plays]  Corey Taylor – Samantha’s Gone
4 [67 plays]  Myles Kennedy – In Stride
5 [64 plays]  Thunder – Going To Sin City
6 [62 plays]  Alice Cooper – Shut Up And Rock
7 [55 plays]  Pretty Reckless – And So It Went
8 [52 plays]  The Dust Coda – Breakdown
9 [47 plays]  Blackberry Smoke – You Hear Georgia
10 [44 plays]  Ricky Warwick – When Life Was Hard And Fast

Analysis of 56 days
from 11-02-2021 to 07-04-2021

Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1132
Variety factor for this station is : 8.6%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 233 Songs
(20.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each: 441 (38.9%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day: ZERO after 25 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [38 plays]  Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
2 [37 plays]  Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
3 [36 plays]  Status Quo – Caroline
4 [36 plays]  Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
5 [35 plays]  Iggy Pop – The Passenger
6 [35 plays]  Golden Earring – Radar Love
7 [34 plays]  Bryan Adams – Run To You
8 [34 plays]  Journey – Any Way You Want It
9 [34 plays]  Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
0 [33 plays]  Steely Dan – Reeling In The Years

Analysis of 61 days
from 08-02-2021 to 09-04-2021

Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1228
Variety factor for this station is : 7.1%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 129 Songs
(10.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each: 888 (72.3%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day: ZERO after 28 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [121 plays] Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
2 [118 plays] The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
3 [116 plays] Patti Smith Group – Because the Night
4 [113 plays] Blondie – Denis
5 [107 plays] Supertramp – Logical Song
6 [93 plays]  Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘N Roll
7 [86 plays]  Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
8 [84 plays]  E L O – Mr. Blue Sky
9 [82 plays]  Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle with You
10 [81 plays]  Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Analysis of 33 days
from 14-03-2021 to 15-04-2021

Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 609
Variety factor for this station is : 6.3%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 185 Songs
(30.3% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
127 (20.8%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [48 plays]  Smiths – Please Please Please Let Me…
2 [47 plays]  Undertones – Here Comes The Summer
3 [47 plays]  Stone Roses – Elizabeth My Dear
4 [35 plays]  Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma
5 [33 plays]  Smiths – William It Was Really Nothing
6 [33 plays]  Adam & the Ants – Jolly Roger
7 [30 plays]  New Order – Temptation
8 [30 plays]  Jam – Start
9 [29 plays]  Faces – Stay With Me
10 [29 plays]  Smiths – Panic

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