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. Global launched it’s Radio X Classic Rock station on 16th February 2023.

(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 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6605
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2412
Variety factor for this station is : 36.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 598 Songs (24.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 311 MOST played songs (12.8% of the total)
or 1448 LEAST played songs (60% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 33m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
311th most played song airs every: 6d 12h
598th most played song airs every: 8d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2280 (94.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
28 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2529
..in 3 months: 3655, in 6 months: 4818
..in 9 months: 5825, in 12 months: 6698

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [46 plays] Jelly Roll – Halfway To Hell
2 [45 plays] Beaux Gris Gris – Oh Yeah!
3 [37 plays] Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown – Snake Oil
4 [36 plays] The Answer – Put Your Money On Me
5= [35 plays] each for…
+ Brothers Osborne – Break Mine
+ Nickelback – Standing In The Dark
+ The Treatment – When Thunder And Lightning Strikes
8 [29 plays] Scarlet Rebels – Secret Drug
9 [27 plays] Bywater Call – Holler
10 [26 plays] Elles Bailey – Enjoy The Ride

Analysis: 32 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8043
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 941
Variety factor for this station is : 11.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 226 Songs (24% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 139 MOST played songs (14.7% of the total)
or 589 LEAST played songs (62.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 6h 43m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 23m
139th most played song airs every: 1d 21h 10m
226th most played song airs every: 2d 6h 51m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 328 (34.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 26 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 935
..in 3 months: 1120, in 6 months: 1252
..in 9 months: 1339, in 12 months: 1398

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [25 plays] each for…
+ Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
+ Golden Earring – Radar Love
3= [24 plays] each for…
+ Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
+ Toto – Hold The Line
5= [23 plays] each for…
+ Genesis – Jesus He Knows Me
+ Genesis – That’s All
+ Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
+ Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady
+ Marillion – Kayleigh
+ Tom Petty – American Girl

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7184
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1029
Variety factor for this station is : 14.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 211 Songs (20.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 125 MOST played songs (12.1% of the total)
or 710 LEAST played songs (68.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h
125th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 30m
211th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 9m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 561 (54.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1029
..in 3 months: 1196, in 6 months: 1337
..in 9 months: 1351, in 12 months: 1409

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [26 plays] each for…
+ Aerosmith – Dream On
+ Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
+ Boston – More Than A Feeling
4= [25 plays] each for…
+ Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
+ Iggy Pop – The Passenger
+ Pilot – Magic
+ Rainbow – Since You’ve Been Gone
8= [24 plays] each for…
+ Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
+ Free – All Right Now
+ Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
+ Patti Smith – Because The Night
+ Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (come Up And See Me)

Analysis: 27 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8899
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 450
Variety factor for this station is : 5%

50% OF PLAYS is 163 Songs (36.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 104 MOST played songs (23.1% of the total)
or 222 LEAST played songs (49.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 15m
104th most played song airs every: 1d 0h 55m
163rd most played song airs every: 1d 3h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 28 (6.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 450
..in 3 months: 479, in 6 months: 521
..in 9 months: 557, in 12 months: 627

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [35 plays] The Knack – My Sharona
2= [34 plays] each for…
+ Europe – The Final Countdown
+ Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
+ Manfred Mann’s Earthband – Blinded By The Light
+ Toto – Hold The Line
6 [33 plays] The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
7= [32 plays] each for…
+ Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
+ Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
+ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock N Roll
+ Judas Preist – Breaking The Law
+ Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
+ Ram Jam – Black Betty
+ Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize

** 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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