Decade Stations

It’s all about 10 years worth of songs… to be honest there’s not much to see here from the bar chart and graphs point of view, it’s just Global v Bauer with not many songs on Heart’s mostly automated and/or voice tracked selection against Bauer’s larger collection of decades, and larger record collection too (!!), but it’s always interesting to see what everyone else considers to be THE songs of a decade, because every music buff has their own ideas! 

…Of course one can speculate as to whether the songs selected were chosen by someone who’s musical memories were formed with love in the decade concerned, or whether someone “looking in from outside” was given the task – the results can be quite different… An obvious illustration of this being Bryan Adams – Summer of 69 – a total non event when recklessly released in the 80’s, it didn’t even make the top 40 at the time, but in later times has become considered to be one of the biggest and best songs of the 80’s, clearly by people who weren’t there at the time!!

The Absolute family of decade stations used to play a lot more credible and “edgy” selection of tracks, but since they have become part of the Bauer family, the mix of tracks in the 60’s to 90’s section has been ‘dumbed down’ and features a lot more of a “range” of music genres – there’s certainly more pop dance and slightly cheesey offerings than would have been considered acceptable before. The 00’s and 10’s stations have not had much of that happen to them though, but to be honest, with less than 500 songs each on these later additions, it seems that not much time has been spent digging up many nuggets from those decades either – clearly the 80’s and 90’s are the ones that the effort has been put into as far as the music variety is concerned!

Analysis of 58 days
from 07-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 17019
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 308
Variety factor for this station is : 1.8%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 115 Songs
(37.3% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
19 (6.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after just 6 DAYS!

Top 10 Most played:
1 [109 plays] Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
2 [94 plays]  Labelle – Lady Marmalade
3 [91 plays]  Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
4 [84 plays]  Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
5 [84 plays]  Johnny Mathis – I’m Stone In Love With You
6 [83 plays]  Toto – Hold The Line
7 [83 plays]  Billy Joel – My Life
8 [83 plays]  Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
9 [82 plays]  Styx – Babe
10 [82 plays]  Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Analysis of 55 days
from 09-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 15116
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 394
Variety factor for this station is : 2.6%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 111 Songs
(28.1% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
27 (6.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
Zero after 12 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [80 plays]  Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
2 [80 plays]  The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
3 [79 plays]  A-ha – Take On Me
4 [79 plays]  John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
5 [78 plays]  Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
6 [78 plays]  Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
7 [78 plays]  Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
8 [78 plays]  Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit
9 [77 plays]  Erasure – Sometimes
10 [77 plays]  Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots

Analysis of 58 days
from 08-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 16116
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 323
Variety factor for this station is : 2%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 107 Songs
(33.1% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
39 (12%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after just 5 DAYS!

Most Played Top 10:
1 [96 plays]  Hanson – MMMBop
2 [91 plays]  Chesney Hawkes – One & Only
3 [91 plays]  Karen Ramirez – Looking For Love
4 [87 plays]  Wilson Phillips – Hold On
5 [85 plays]  Robert Palmer – Mercy Mercy Me
6 [85 plays]  Dina Carroll – Ain’t No Man
7 [85 plays]  Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
8 [85 plays]  Amy Grant – Baby Baby
9 [84 plays]  Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
10 [84 plays]  Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You

Analysis: 31 days, from 29-06-2021 to 30-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10117
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 598
Variety factor for this station is : 5.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 159 Songs (26.5% of the total)
Most played song airs on average every: 19h 4m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 101 MOST played songs (16.8% of the total)
or 364 LEAST played songs (60.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
92 (15.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Most Played Top 14:
1= [39 plays] Bob and Earl – Harlem Shuffle
1= [39 plays] Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
1= [39 plays] The Doors – Light My Fire *
1= [39 plays] The Young Rascals – Groovin’
1= [39 plays] Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
6= [38 plays] Band The – The Weight
6= [38 plays] James Brown – Sex Machine
6= [38 plays] The Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown
9= [37 plays] Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer, Junior Walker – Road Runner, Doors – People Are Strange, Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, Kingsmen – Louie Louie and Van Morrison – Gloria

Analysis: 40 days, from 20-06-2021 to 30-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10597
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 579
Variety factor for this station is : 5.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 160 Songs (27.6% of the total)
Most played song airs on average every 21h 49m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 103 MOST played songs (17.7% of the total)
or 356 LEAST played songs (61.4% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
141 (24.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 27 DAYS

Most Played Top 12:
1 [44 plays] Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
2 [41 plays] The Clash – London Calling
3= [40 plays] Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
3= [40 plays] The Cars – Just What I Needed
3= [40 plays] The Chi-Lites – Have You Seen Her
6= [39 plays] A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
6= [39 plays] Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
6= [39 plays] Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
6= [39 plays] Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
10= [38 plays] Earth Wind and Fire – September
10= [38 plays] Harold Melvin and Blue Notes – The Love I Lost

Analysis: 35 days, from 25-06-2021 to 30-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 8644
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1078
Variety factor for this station is : 12.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 231 Songs (21.4% of the total)
Most played song airs on average every 33h 36m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 145 MOST played songs (13.4% of the total)
or 736 LEAST played songs (68.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
491 (45.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 22 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:

1= [25 plays] Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
1= [25 plays] Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
3= [24 plays] Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party
3= [24 plays] Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
5= [23 plays] Adam and The Ants – Antmusic
5= [23 plays] Deacon Blue – Dignity
5= [23 plays] Heaven 17 – Temptation
5= [23 plays] Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
5= [23 plays] Kirsty MacColl – A New England
5= [23 plays] Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters

Analysis: 36 days, from 24-06-2021 to 30-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 8897
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 927
Variety factor for this station is : 10.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 230 Songs (24.8% of the total)
Most played song airs on average every:
1d 10h 33m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 146 MOST played songs (15.7% of the total)
or 598 LEAST played songs (64.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
334 (36%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 19 DAYS

 Most Played Top 12:
1= [25 plays] Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl & New Radicals – You Get What You Give
3= [24 plays] Nirvana – Lithium
3= [24 plays] Soupdragons – I’m Free
3= [24 plays] The Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
3= [24 plays] Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
7= [23 plays] A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
7= [23 plays] Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
7= [23 plays] Beck – Loser
7= [23 plays] Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
7= [23 plays] Faithless – Insomnia
7= [23 plays] Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

Analysis: 40 days, from 20-06-2021 to 30-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11040
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 465
Variety factor for this station is : 4.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 169 Songs (36.3% of the total)
Most played song airs on average every:
22h 51m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 107 MOST played songs (23% of the total)
or 226 LEAST played songs (48.6% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
9 (1.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Most Played Top 15 Songs:

1= [42 plays] Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl & Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
3 [40 plays] Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
4= [39 plays] Automatic The – Monster
4= [39 plays] Elbow – One Day Like This *
4= [39 plays] Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
4= [39 plays] The View – Same Jeans
8= [38 plays for each of…] Ash – Shining Light, Blink 182 – I Miss You, Elbow – Grounds For Divorce, Evanescence – Bring Me To Life, Kooks – Naive, White Stripes – Seven Nation Army, Train – Drops Of Jupiter & Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

Analysis: 35 days, from 26-06-2021 to 31-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9353
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 332
Variety factor for this station is : 3.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 111 Songs (33.4% of the total)
Most played song airs on average every: 12h 0m
10th Most played song every: 15h 50m
111th most played song every: 1d 0h 42m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 68 MOST played songs (20.4% of the total)
or 172 LEAST played songs (51.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
10 (3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [70 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
2= [66 plays] Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
2= [66 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
4 [62 plays] Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
5 [59 plays] Passenger – Let Her Go
6 [58 plays] Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
7 [57 plays] Fun – We Are Young
8 [55 plays] David Guetta and Sia – Titanium
9 [54 plays] Rudimental and John Newman – Feel The Love
10 [53 plays] One Republic – Counting Stars

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