Dance Music Stations

Time to cut up a rug with the Dance stations!!!

BBC Radio 1 Dance and Global’s Capital Dance feature a cross section of the latest releases and also DJ sets from some high profile Disc Jockeys in the world of dance, while Global’s other offering, Heart Dance and Wireless’s Virgin Groove feature/featured a much smaller cross section of sometimes quite cheesy older dance, and in Virgin’s case some songs which most music fans would not classify as dance really at all!

Union Jack Dance was a station for UK produced dance only… Earlier in 2021 we described it as featuring a fair proportion of trip hop and big-beat EDM, which, it has to be said, was pioneered in this country, but might not be considered such a broad reaching “easy listen” as some other more commercial dance tunes, if you know what we mean, however, it seems to have had a Summer 2021 makeover, and thereafter played a more “populist” selection of songs with a good beat, to include a lot more blatant pop and pop dance offerings than before… so a lot more akin to Virgin Groove…. but alas it was not enough to save it, and the station closed in March 2022. Virgin Groove was then closed temporarily for the Summer of 2022, being replaced by Virgin Pride, but did not return thereafter, being replaced by Virgin 80’s plus instead, who’s figures are now included on the ‘Decades’ page. Both Union Jack Dance’s and Virgin Groove’s figures are still included in this analysis at this time, from before they closed – Note that Analysis of Virgin Groove does NOT include the Chris Evans Breakfast Show music which is just his main “Virgin Radio” show simulcast on Groove, and general Virgin Radio music rather than “Groove” Songs which played the rest of the day.

 

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 11473
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2168
Variety factor for this station is : 18.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 219 Songs (10.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 90 MOST played songs (4.1% of the total)
or 1690 LEAST played songs (77.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 5h 1m
10th most played song airs every: 6h 36m
90th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
219th most played song airs every: 2d 10h 54m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1734 (79.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2306
..in 3 months: 4913, in 6 months: 7825
..in 9 months: 11006, in 12 months: 14117

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [129 plays] ANOTR & Erik Bandt – How You Feel (feat. Leven Kali)
2 [121 plays] salute – saving flowers (feat. Rina Sawayama)
3 [114 plays] KC Lights – Sky (Shining Bright)
4 [113 plays] Charlotte Plank – Nightshift
5= [108 plays] each for…
+ Barry Can’t Swim – Kimbara
+ Diffrent – A Little Closer
7 [107 plays] PAWSA & Nate Dogg – Pick Up The Phone
8 [105 plays] Overmono & The Streets – Turn The Page
9 [104 plays] Wilkinson & NORTH – Balance
10 [98 plays] Peggy Gou – Lobster Telephone

Analysis: 23 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10079
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 707
Variety factor for this station is : 7%

50% OF PLAYS is 49 Songs (6.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 27 MOST played songs (3.8% of the total)
or 610 LEAST played songs (86.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3h 29m
10th most played song airs every: 4h 7m
27th most played song airs every: 5h 24m
49th most played song airs every: 10h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 342 (48.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 728
..in 3 months: 931, in 6 months: 1321
..in 9 months: 1504, in 12 months: 1770

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [158 plays] each for…
+ Disclosure – She’s Gone, Dance On
+ Jamie XX feat. Robyn – Life
+ PAWSA feat. Nate Dogg – Pick Up The Phone
4= [154 plays] each for…
+ Casso x Jazzy Feat. Headie One – Zeros
+ Confidence Man – I Can’t Lose You
6 [153 plays] Diffrent – A Little Closer
7 [150 plays] KC Lights – Sky (Shining Bright)
8 [146 plays] Barry Can’t Swim – Kimbara
9 [141 plays] Swedish House Mafia feat. Niki & The Dove – Lioness
10 [134 plays] Charlotte Plank – Nightshift

Analysis: 28 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 11047
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 382
Variety factor for this station is : 3.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 133 Songs (34.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 86 MOST played songs (22.5% of the total)
or 192 LEAST played songs (50.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 55m
10th most played song airs every: 14h 36m
86th most played song airs every: 16h 48m
133rd most played song airs every: 18h 9m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 25 (6.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 382
..in 3 months: 391, in 6 months: 415
..in 9 months: 437, in 12 months: 509

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [52 plays] Iio – Rapture
2= [47 plays] each for…
+ Inner City – Good Life
+ Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
4= [46 plays] each for…
+ Bamboo – Bamboogie
+ Bizarre Inc – Playing With Knives
+ Coco Vs Fragma – Toca’s Miracle
+ Inner City – Big Fun
+ James Doman – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
+ Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
+ Planet Funk – Chase The Sun
+ Seamus Haji – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10664
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 387
Variety factor for this station is : 3.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 134 Songs (34.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 82 MOST played songs (21.1% of the total)
or 194 LEAST played songs (50.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 8h 18m
10th most played song airs every: 9h 49m
82nd most played song airs every: 18h
134th most played song airs every: 19h 38m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 10 (2.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 5 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 387
..in 3 months: 390, in 6 months: 393
..in 9 months: 404, in 12 months: 420

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [78 plays] each for…
+ Peggy Gou – (It Goes Like) Nanana
+ Red Neon Ft. Tina Tara – Dreamin
3 [76 plays] Ella Henderson / Rudimental – Alibi
4= [74 plays] each for…
+ Mk – Take My Chance
+ Purple Disco Machine X Duke Dumont X Nothing But Thieves – Something On My Mind
6 [72 plays] Twocolors X Safri Duo X Chris De Sarandy – Cynical
7 [71 plays] Jamie Jones / Jazzy – We Groovin
8 [70 plays] Karen Harding – Wrong Places
9 [69 plays] Becky Hill Feat. Sonny Fodera – Never Be Alone
10 [66 plays] Majestic Feat. The Jammin Kid / Celine Dion – I’m Alive

** Station no longer on the air! **
Historical Analysis: 27 days, up to 17-02-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7629
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 623
Variety factor for this station is : 8.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 197 Songs (31.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 123 MOST played songs (19.7% of the total)
or 340 LEAST played songs (54.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 1h 55m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 10m
123rd most played song airs every: 1d 12h
197th most played song airs every: 1d 16h 30m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 99 (15.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 623
..in 3 months: 758, in 6 months: 897
..in 9 months: 965

Top 23 Most Played:

1= [25 plays] Disclosure – F For You
1= [25 plays] Moloko – Sing It Back
1= [25 plays] Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On
4= [24 plays] Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (Alex Adair…
4= [24 plays] Seamus Haji – Last Night A Dj Saved My Life
6= [23 plays] for the following:
Bassomatic – Fascinating Rhythm
Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
Bent – Swollen, Blueboy – Remember Me
Camelphat – Cola, Fc Kahuna – Hayling
David Zowie – House Every Weekend
Jean Jacques Smoothie / Tara… – 2 People (Carnao Beats Remix)
M People – Don’t Look Any Further
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack
Michael Gray – The Weekend
Offaiah – Trouble
S’express – Theme From S Express
Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
Sonique – It Feels So Good
Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough
Tricky – Hell Is Round The Corner
Urban Cookie Collection – The Key The Secret

** Station replaced by “Virgin Pride” since 1st June 2022, and then Virgin 80’s Plus from Sept 2022.
Historic data kept here for interest **

Analysis: 24 days, up to 13-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5190
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 253
Variety factor for this station is : 4.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 90 Songs (35.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 55 MOST played songs (21.7% of the total)
or 122 LEAST played songs (48.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 56m
55th most played song airs every: 20h 34m
90th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1 (0.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 253
..in 3 months: 264, in 6 months: 311
..in 9 months: 375, in 12 months: 381

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [45 plays] Mc Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
2 [37 plays] 2pac – Changes
3= [36 plays] each for…
+ Cee-lo Green – Forget You
+ The Artful Dodger / Romina Johnson – Movin’ Too Fast
5= [35 plays] each for…
+ Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
+ Everything But The Girl – Missing (todd Terry Mix)
+ Haddaway – What Is Love
+ Ne-yo – Closer
+ Warren G – What’s Love Got To Do With It
10= [34 plays] each for…
+ Beats International / Lindy Layton – Dub Be Good To Me
+ Liberty X – Just A Little

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