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: 24 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7694
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 583
Variety factor for this station is : 7.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 164 Songs (28.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 104 MOST played songs (17.8% of the total)
or 342 LEAST played songs (58.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 51m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 34m
104th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 10m
164th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 48m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 117 (20%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 585
..in 3 months: 591, in 6 months: 607
..in 9 months: 621

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [29 plays] Junior Walker and The All Stars – Road Runner
1= [29 plays] Shocking Blues – Venus
3= [28 plays] Aretha Franklin – Respect
3= [28 plays] Band The – The Weight
3= [28 plays] Bob and Earl – Harlem Shuffle
3= [28 plays] Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young – For What It’s Worth
3= [28 plays] James Brown – Sex Machine
3= [28 plays] Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
3= [28 plays] The Doors – Light My Fire
3= [28 plays] The Ronettes – Be My Baby
3= [28 plays] The Troggs – With A Girl Like You
3= [28 plays] The Who – I Can See For Miles

Analysis: 23 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5948
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 536
Variety factor for this station is : 9%

50% OF PLAYS is 156 Songs (29.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 99 MOST played songs (18.4% of the total)
or 317 LEAST played songs (59.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
99th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 40m
156th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 28m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 162 (30.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 551
..in 3 months: 607, in 6 months: 634
..in 9 months: 679

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [25 plays] Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
2= [24 plays] Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk
2= [24 plays] Hot Chocolate – So You Win Again
4= [23 plays] Billy Joel – My Life
4= [23 plays] Free – All Right Now
6= [22 plays] Barry White – Never Never Gonna Give You Up
6= [22 plays] Boz Scaggs – Lido Shuffle
6= [22 plays] Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right
6= [22 plays] Earth Wind and Fire – Fantasy
6= [22 plays] Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
6= [22 plays] The Clash – London Calling
6= [22 plays] The Knack – My Sharona

Analysis: 23 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5540
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 975
Variety factor for this station is : 17.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 235 Songs (24.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 146 MOST played songs (14.9% of the total)
or 627 LEAST played songs (64.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 8h 28m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
146th most played song airs every: 2d 2h 10m
235th most played song airs every: 2d 7h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 508 (52.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
4 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1047
..in 3 months: 1398, in 6 months: 1817
..in 9 months: 2238

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [17 plays] Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party
1= [17 plays] Kenny Loggins – Footloose
1= [17 plays] M – Pop Muzik
4 [16 plays] Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
5= [15 plays] Alice Cooper – Poison
5= [15 plays] Bob Marley and The Wailers – Could You Be Loved
5= [15 plays] Elo – Hold On Tight
5= [15 plays] Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
5= [15 plays] Mental As Anything – Live It Up
5= [15 plays] Pointer Sisters – Jump
5= [15 plays] Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters

Analysis: 23 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5589
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 838
Variety factor for this station is : 14.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 225 Songs (26.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 142 MOST played songs (16.9% of the total)
or 513 LEAST played songs (61.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 10h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
142nd most played song airs every: 1d 22h
225th most played song airs every: 2d 7h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 397 (47.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 887
..in 3 months: 1076, in 6 months: 1284
..in 9 months: 1523

Top 18 Most Played:

1= [16 plays each] for:
Embrace – All You Good Good People
Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
Gun – Word Up
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight
6= [15 plays each] for:
Counting Crows – Mr Jones, Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You, Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life, McAlmont and Butler – Yes, Metallica – Enter Sandman, Mock Turtles – Can U Dig It, Olive – You’re Not Alone, Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cure – Friday I’m In Love, Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend, Goo Goo Dolls – Iris, New Radicals – You Get What You Give, Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret

Analysis: 24 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6493
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 465
Variety factor for this station is : 7.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 165 Songs (35.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 103 MOST played songs (22.1% of the total)
or 229 LEAST played songs (49.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
103rd most played song airs every: 1d 6h 18m
165th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 20 (4.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 464
..in 3 months: 468, in 6 months: 491
..in 9 months: 613

Top 15 Most Played:

1 [26 plays] Primal Scream – Country Girl
2= [25 plays] Ash – Shining Light
2= [25 plays] Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
2= [25 plays] Spiller – Groovejet
2= [25 plays] The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
2= [25 plays] Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
7= [24 plays] Automatic The – Monster
7= [24 plays] Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
7= [24 plays] Daft Punk – One More Time
7= [24 plays] Elbow – One Day Like This
7= [24 plays] Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
7= [24 plays] Ian Brown – F.e.a.r.
7= [24 plays] Stereophonics – Dakota
7= [24 plays] Stereophonics – Maybe Tomorrow
7= [24 plays] The Caesars – Jerk It Out

Analysis: 27 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7125
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 328
Variety factor for this station is : 4.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 110 Songs (33.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 68 MOST played songs (20.7% of the total)
or 169 LEAST played songs (51.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 46m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 12m
68th most played song airs every: 21h 36m
110th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 16 (4.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 328
..in 3 months: 331, in 6 months: 366
..in 9 months: 461

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [55 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
2 [52 plays] Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
3 [49 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
4 [48 plays] Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
5 [46 plays] One Republic – Counting Stars
6 [44 plays] Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
7 [43 plays] Fun – We Are Young
8= [41 plays] David Guetta and Sia – Titanium
8= [41 plays] Passenger – Let Her Go
10= [40 plays] Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
10= [40 plays] Hozier – Take Me To Church

Analysis: 23 days

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6194
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 342
Variety factor for this station is : 5.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 115 Songs (33.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 73 MOST played songs (21.3% of the total)
or 180 LEAST played songs (52.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 17h 48m
73rd most played song airs every: 22h 4m
115th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 54 (15.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 341

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [44 plays] Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
2= [34 plays] Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
2= [34 plays] Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
2= [34 plays] Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
5 [33 plays] Genesis – Follow You Follow Me
6= [32 plays] Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
6= [32 plays] Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
8= [31 plays] Billy Joel – My Life
8= [31 plays] Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
8= [31 plays] Labelle – Lady Marmalade
8= [31 plays] Smokey Robinson & Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown

Analysis: 27 days

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6789
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 406
Variety factor for this station is : 5.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 125 Songs (30.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 75 MOST played songs (18.4% of the total)
or 216 LEAST played songs (53.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 17h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 38m
75th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
125th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 37 (9.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 407

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [37 plays] Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
2 [35 plays] Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
3= [34 plays] Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
3= [34 plays] Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
5= [33 plays] Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
5= [33 plays] Debarge – Rhythm Of The Night
5= [33 plays] Erasure – Sometimes
5= [33 plays] Kenny Loggins – Footloose
5= [33 plays] Mai Tai – History
5= [33 plays] Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
5= [33 plays] Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
5= [33 plays] Soft Cell – Tainted Love
5= [33 plays] Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
5= [33 plays] Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Analysis: 24 days

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6217
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 351
Variety factor for this station is : 5.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 111 Songs (31.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 71 MOST played songs (20.2% of the total)
or 195 LEAST played songs (55.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 56m
10th most played song airs every: 18h
71st most played song airs every: 21h 20m
111th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 47 (13.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 350

Top 14 Most Played:

1= [34 plays] Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
1= [34 plays] Wilson Phillips – Hold On
3 [33 plays] Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
4= [32 plays] Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
4= [32 plays] Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
4= [32 plays] Crowded House – Weather With You
4= [32 plays] Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
4= [32 plays] Des’Ree – You Gotta Be
4= [32 plays] Hanson – MMMBop
4= [32 plays] Karen Ramirez – Looking For Love
4= [32 plays] Mr. Big – To Be With You
4= [32 plays] Phil Collins – Something Happened On The Way To Heaven
4= [32 plays] Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
4= [32 plays] Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart

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