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!

Global added Heart 00s to their roster of Decade Stations in May 2022.

Analysis: 23 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3294
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 546
Variety factor for this station is : 16.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 144 Songs (26.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 86 MOST played songs (15.7% of the total)
or 329 LEAST played songs (60.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 1h 5m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 30m
86th most played song airs every: 2d 7h 12m
144th most played song airs every: 2d 21h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 290 (53.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 568
..in 3 months: 598, in 6 months: 621
..in 9 months: 649, in 12 months: 708

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [22 plays] Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
2 [21 plays] Dusty Springfield – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
3 [18 plays] The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
4= [17 plays] each for…
+ Bob Dylan – Times They Are A Changing
+ Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
+ The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
7= [16 plays] each for…
+ Frank Sinatra – My Way
+ Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now
+ Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
+ Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
+ The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun

Analysis: 25 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3668
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 518
Variety factor for this station is : 14.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 164 Songs (31.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 99 MOST played songs (19.1% of the total)
or 283 LEAST played songs (54.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 7h 34m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 51m
99th most played song airs every: 2d 6h 32m
164th most played song airs every: 2d 18h 40m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 180 (34.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 530
..in 3 months: 620, in 6 months: 638
..in 9 months: 666, in 12 months: 670

Top 19 Most Played:
1 [19 plays] Genesis – Follow You Follow Me
2= [17 plays] each for…
+ Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now
+ Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
4= [16 plays] each for…
+ David Bowie – Life On Mars
+ Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
6= [15 plays] each for…
+ 10cc – I’m Not In Love
+ Boston – More Than A Feeling
+ Ian Dury and The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
+ Tom Robinson – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
10= [14 plays] each for…
+ Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
+ Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
+ Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe
+ Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
+ George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
+ Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
+ James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend
+ Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
+ Steely Dan – Do It Again
+ The Police – Walking On The Moon

Analysis: 25 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3668
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 789
Variety factor for this station is : 21.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 201 Songs (25.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 118 MOST played songs (14.9% of the total)
or 482 LEAST played songs (61% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 9h 20m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 51m
118th most played song airs every: 3d 3h
201st most played song airs every: 3d 13h 42m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 517 (65.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 870
..in 3 months: 1356, in 6 months: 1821
..in 9 months: 2192, in 12 months: 2483

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [18 plays] Spandau Ballet – Through The Barricades
2 [17 plays] Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
3= [16 plays] each for…
+ Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
+ Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
+ REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
+ Spandau Ballet – True
7= [15 plays] each for…
+ Prince – Purple Rain
+ The Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
9= [14 plays] each for…
+ Black – Wonderful Life
+ Heart – These Dreams
+ Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
+ Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
+ U2 – With Or Without You

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6678
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 869
Variety factor for this station is : 13%

50% OF PLAYS is 230 Songs (26.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 146 MOST played songs (16.8% of the total)
or 546 LEAST played songs (62.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 8h 50m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 42m
146th most played song airs every: 1d 20h 34m
230th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 370 (42.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 914
..in 3 months: 1177, in 6 months: 1514
..in 9 months: 1692, in 12 months: 1770

Top 26 Most Played:
1 [19 plays] 3rd Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
2= [18 plays] each for…
+ Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? + Daft Punk – Around The World + McAlmont and Butler – Yes + Space – Female Of The Species + Breeders – Cannonball
7= [17 plays] each for…
+ Bassheads – Is There Anybody Out There? + Chumbawamba – Tubthumping + D:ream – Things Can Only Get Better + Dodgy – Good Enough + Faith No More – I’m Easy + Fun Lovin Criminals – Scooby Snacks + Grace – Not Over Yet + Kris Kross – Jump + Macy Gray – I Try + Mock Turtles – Can U Dig It + N Trance – Set You Free + Shed Seven – Disco Down + Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me + Source/Candi Staton – You Got The Love + Stereophonics – Bartender And The Thief + Stone Temple Pilots – Plush + Cure – Friday I’m In Love + Farm – All Together Now + New Radicals – You Get What You Give + Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret

Analysis: 24 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6749
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 459
Variety factor for this station is : 6.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 170 Songs (37% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 107 MOST played songs (23.3% of the total)
or 217 LEAST played songs (47.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
107th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 18m
170th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 52m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 9 (1.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 459
..in 3 months: 463, in 6 months: 488
..in 9 months: 499, in 12 months: 506

Top 17 Most Played:
1 [26 plays] Florence/The Machine – Rabbit Heart
2 [25 plays] Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
3= [24 plays] each for…
+ Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
+ Doves – There Goes The Fear
+ Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
6= [23 plays] each for…
+ Amy Winehouse – Rehab
+ Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
+ Green Day – American Idiot
+ Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
+ Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
+ R.E.M – Imitation Of Life
+ Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop
+ Stereophonics – Dakota
+ Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
+ Courteeners – Not Nineteen Forever
+ Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
+ Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

Analysis: 24 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6716
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 337
Variety factor for this station is : 5%

50% OF PLAYS is 113 Songs (33.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 70 MOST played songs (20.7% of the total)
or 175 LEAST played songs (51.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 42m
10th most played song airs every: 16h
70th most played song airs every: 20h 34m
113th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 31 (9.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 337
..in 3 months: 348, in 6 months: 372
..in 9 months: 375, in 12 months: 377

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [42 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
2= [41 plays] each for…
+ Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
+ X Ambassadors – Renegades
4= [40 plays] each for…
+ Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
+ Passenger – Let Her Go
6 [39 plays] Professor Green and Emeli Sande – Read All About It
7= [36 plays] each for…
+ Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne – Rather Be
+ Fun – We Are Young
+ Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
+ Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
+ Owl City – Fireflies

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7657
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 140
Variety factor for this station is : 1.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 23 Songs (16.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 13 MOST played songs (9.2% of the total)
or 99 LEAST played songs (70.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 52m
10th most played song airs every: 3h 8m
13th most played song airs every: 3h 17m
23rd most played song airs every: 6h 34m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 27 (19.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 3 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 147

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [217 plays] Liam Gallagher – Diamond In The Dark
2 [216 plays] Wet Leg – Wet Dream
3 [212 plays] Stereophonics – When You See It
4 [210 plays] George Ezra – Green Green Grass
5 [209 plays] Two Door Cinema Club – Wonderful Life
6 [208 plays] Inhaler – These Are The Days
7 [205 plays] Sam Fender – Getting Started
8= [204 plays] each for…
+ Jamie T – The Old Style Raiders
+ Kasabian – Chemicals
10 [199 plays] The Lightning Seeds – Sunshine

Analysis: 24 days, up to 08-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8295
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 303
Variety factor for this station is : 3.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 119 Songs (39.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 76 MOST played songs (25% of the total)
or 138 LEAST played songs (45.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 42m
10th most played song airs every: 14h 46m
76th most played song airs every: 16h 56m
119th most played song airs every: 18h 34m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 9 (2.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 375
..in 3 months: 409

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [42 plays] Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
2 [41 plays] Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
3= [40 plays] each for…
+ Billy Joel – My Life
+ Status Quo – Rockin` All Over The World
5= [39 plays] each for…
+ Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
+ Diana Ross – Ain`t No Mountain High Enough
+ Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
+ Gary Numan – Cars
+ Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
+ Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
+ M – Pop Muzik
+ Nolans – I`m In The Mood For Dancing
+ Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E`s In Love
+ Van Morrison – Bright Side Of The Road

 

 Analysis: 26 days, up to 08-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8343
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 462
Variety factor for this station is : 5.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 144 Songs (31.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 90 MOST played songs (19.4% of the total)
or 253 LEAST played songs (54.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 51m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 21m
90th most played song airs every: 22h 17m
144th most played song airs every: 1d 2h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 66 (14.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 498
..in 3 months: 518

 

Top 16 Most Played:
1 [37 plays] Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
2= [36 plays] each for…
+ Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
+ Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom
+ Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night
5= [35 plays] each for…
+ Amii Stewart – Friends
+ Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
+ Change – Change Of Heart
+ Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
+ Mai Tai – History
10= [34 plays] each for…
+ A-ha – Take On Me
+ Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
+ Brothers Johnson – Stomp
+ Curiosity Killed The Cat – Down To Earth
+ Five Star – Rain Or Shine
+ Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
+ Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart

Analysis: 23 days, up to 08-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7455
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 320
Variety factor for this station is : 4.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 109 Songs (34% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 70 MOST played songs (21.8% of the total)
or 165 LEAST played songs (51.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 8m
10th most played song airs every: 14h 9m
70th most played song airs every: 16h 43m
109th most played song airs every: 18h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 22 (6.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 387
..in 3 months: 424

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [42 plays] each for…
+ Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
+ Supergrass – Alright
+ The Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo
4= [41 plays] each for…
+ Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only
+ Hanson – MMMBop
6 [40 plays] Amy Grant – Baby Baby
7= [39 plays] each for…
+ Cyndi Lauper – (Hey Now) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
+ Karen Ramirez – Looking For Love
+ Santana – Smooth
+ Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9565
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 483
Variety factor for this station is : 5%

50% OF PLAYS is 161 Songs (33.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 102 MOST played songs (21.1% of the total)
or 256 LEAST played songs (53% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h
10th most played song airs every: 17h 49m
102nd most played song airs every: 21h 31m
161st most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 61 (12.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 484

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [39 plays] each for…
+ Agnes – Release Me
+ Lucy Pearl – Don’t Mess With My Man
3 [38 plays] Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
4 [37 plays] Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me
5= [36 plays] each for…
+ Charlotte Church – Crazy Chick
+ Javine – Real Things
7= [35 plays] each for…
+ Gnarls Barkley / Cee-Lo – Crazy
+ Jamiroquai – Little L
+ Just Jack – Starz In Their Eyes
+ Leann Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
+ Marymary – Shackles (Praise You)

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