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 is the baby of the bunch, launched only in December 2020, but it is 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 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 “Anthems” Songs which play the rest of the day)

 

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3568
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1877
Variety factor for this station is : 52.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 527 Songs (28% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 277 MOST played songs (14.7% of the total)
or 1053 LEAST played songs (56.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 26m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 24m
277th most played song airs every: 4d 16h
527th most played song airs every: 7d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1853 (98.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
51 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2466
..in 3 months: 3594, in 6 months: 4728

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [25 plays] Elles Bailey – Cheats and Liars
2= [21 plays] Bernie Marsden – Me And My Guitar
2= [21 plays] Florence Black – Sun and Moon
4= [19 plays] Samantha Fish – Twisted Ambition
4= [19 plays] The Glorious Sons – Hold Steady
6 [18 plays] Joe Bonamassa – Notches
7= [17 plays] Halestorm – Back From The Dead
7= [17 plays] Kris Barras – Dead Horses
9= [15 plays] Helloween – Best Time
9= [15 plays] The Temperance Movement – You Fool No One
9= [15 plays] Tremonti – If Not For You

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3277
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 840
Variety factor for this station is : 25.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 234 Songs (27.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 140 MOST played songs (16.6% of the total)
or 480 LEAST played songs (57.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 6h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
140th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
234th most played song airs every: 2d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 635 (75.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
6 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 941
..in 3 months: 1079, in 6 months: 1322

Top 18 Most Played:

1= [11 plays] Pearl Jam – Even Flow
1= [11 plays] Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
3= [10 plays] Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
3= [10 plays] Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
3= [10 plays] Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
3= [10 plays] The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
3= [10 plays] ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
8= [9 plays] For all of the following:
Aerosmith – Crazy & Walk This Way
Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
Free – Wishing Well
Genesis – Jesus He Knows Me
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3095
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 365
Variety factor for this station is : 11.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 117 Songs (32% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 72 MOST played songs (19.7% of the total)
or 195 LEAST played songs (53.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 21h
72nd most played song airs every: 1d 4h
117th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 81 (22.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 407
..in 3 months: 555, in 6 months: 714

Top 15 Most Played:
1 [20 plays] Thin Lizzy – Boys Are Back In Town
2 [19 plays] Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
3 [18 plays] Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
4= [17 plays] Blondie – Denis
4= [17 plays] Europe – The Final Countdown
4= [17 plays] Patti Smith – Because The Night
4= [17 plays] Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
4= [17 plays] Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
9= [16 plays] For all of the following:
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
B-52’s – Love Shack
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Free – All Right Now
Gary Numan – Cars

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3695
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 589
Variety factor for this station is : 15.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 172 Songs (29.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 110 MOST played songs (18.6% of the total)
or 350 LEAST played songs (59.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h
110th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
172nd most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 246 (41.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
4 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 639
..in 3 months: 701, in 6 months: 731

Top 15 Most Played:

1 [16 plays] Blur – Song 2
2= [13 plays] Charlatans – North Country Boy
2= [13 plays] Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
2= [13 plays] Cure – The Love Cats
2= [13 plays] Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
2= [13 plays] New Order – True Faith
2= [13 plays] Supergrass – Alright
8= [12 plays] Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum
8= [12 plays] Bluetones – Autophilia
8= [12 plays] David Bowie – Blue Jean
8= [12 plays] Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
8= [12 plays] Depeche Mode – People Are People
8= [12 plays] Divine Comedy – National Express
8= [12 plays] Elbow – One Day Like This
8= [12 plays] Jam – Town Called Malice

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