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, and more recently Greatest Hits radio has added some decade stations for it’s premium subscribers, providing some interesting comparisons between the big groups.

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7800
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 562
Variety factor for this station is : 7.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 158 Songs (28.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 100 MOST played songs (17.7% of the total)
or 332 LEAST played songs (59% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 43m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 2m
100th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
158th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 17m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 96 (17%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 567
..in 3 months: 601, in 6 months: 636
..in 9 months: 647, in 12 months: 657

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [33 plays] each for…
+ Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young – For What It’s Worth
+ Love Affair – Everlasting Love
+ Shocking Blues – Venus
4= [32 plays] each for…
+ Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
+ The Doors – Light My Fire
6 [30 plays] The Zombies – She’s Not There
7= [29 plays] each for…
+ Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
+ Otis Redding – The Dock Of The Bay
+ Roy Orbison – Oh Pretty Woman
+ Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6779
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 554
Variety factor for this station is : 8.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 134 Songs (24.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 84 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 362 LEAST played songs (65.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 17h 8m
10th most played song airs every: 20h
84th most played song airs every: 1d 1h
134th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 34m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 214 (38.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 569
..in 3 months: 616, in 6 months: 700
..in 9 months: 735, in 12 months: 841

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [35 plays] The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
2= [33 plays] each for…
+ Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right
+ Ian Dury and The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
4 [32 plays] Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
5= [31 plays] each for…
+ Alice Cooper – School’s Out
+ Iggy Pop – The Passenger
+ Rainbow – Since You’ve Been Gone
+ Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
+ The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
10= [30 plays] each for…
+ Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
+ Desmond Dekker – You Can Get It If You Really Want
+ Stealers Wheel – Stuck In the Middle With You

Analysis: 26 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6690
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 975
Variety factor for this station is : 14.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 218 Songs (22.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 132 MOST played songs (13.5% of the total)
or 646 LEAST played songs (66.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 2h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 42m
132nd most played song airs every: 1d 20h 34m
218th most played song airs every: 2d 8h 43m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 447 (45.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 987
..in 3 months: 1402, in 6 months: 1868
..in 9 months: 2225, in 12 months: 2538

Top 14 Most Played:

1= [24 plays] each for…
+ Prefab Sprout – King Of Rock N Roll
+ The Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
3 [23 plays] Climie Fisher – Love Changes
4= [21 plays] each for…
+ Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
+ Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
+ Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
+ Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
+ Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
+ John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
+ Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
+ Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
+ Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
+ Roachford – Cuddly Toy
+ Ultravox – Vienna

Analysis: 26 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6473
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 902
Variety factor for this station is : 13.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 226 Songs (25% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 144 MOST played songs (15.9% of the total)
or 579 LEAST played songs (64.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 8h 50m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 42m
144th most played song airs every: 1d 20h 34m
226th most played song airs every: 2d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 404 (44.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 924
..in 3 months: 1169, in 6 months: 1418
..in 9 months: 1614, in 12 months: 1734

Top 14 Most Played:

1= [19 plays] each for…
+ Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
+ The Wannadies – You And Me Song
3= [18 plays] each for…
+ Source The and Candi Staton – You Got The Love
+ The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
+ White Town – Your Woman
6= [17 plays] each for…
+ Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
+ Beck – Loser
+ Grace – Not Over Yet
+ Len – Steal My Sunshine
+ Moloko – Sing It Back
+ Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
+ Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
+ The Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
+ The New Radicals – You Get What You Give

Analysis: 32 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8785
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 512
Variety factor for this station is : 5.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 176 Songs (34.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 110 MOST played songs (21.4% of the total)
or 257 LEAST played songs (50.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 16m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 36m
110th most played song airs every: 1d 8h
176th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 26 (5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 512
..in 3 months: 521, in 6 months: 548
..in 9 months: 579, in 12 months: 588

Top 13 Most Played:

1= [33 plays] each for…
+ Automatic The – Monster
+ Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
3 [32 plays] Primal Scream – Country Girl
4= [31 plays] each for…
+ Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
+ Elbow – One Day Like This
+ The Kooks – Naive
7= [30 plays] each for…
+ Daft Punk – One More Time
+ Florence and The Machine – Rabbit Heart
+ James – GETTING AWAY WITH IT
+ Moloko – Sing It Back
+ Paramore – Misery Business
+ Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
+ The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love

Analysis: 27 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7305
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 464
Variety factor for this station is : 6.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 110 Songs (23.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 67 MOST played songs (14.4% of the total)
or 301 LEAST played songs (64.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 25m
67th most played song airs every: 21h 36m
110th most played song airs every: 1d 0h 55m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 136 (29.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 479
..in 3 months: 507, in 6 months: 578
..in 9 months: 634, in 12 months: 735

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [60 plays] Catfish and The Bottlemen – 7
2 [52 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
3 [49 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
4 [48 plays] Fun – We Are Young
5 [46 plays] Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
6 [45 plays] X Ambassadors – Renegades
7 [44 plays] Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
8= [43 plays] each for…
+ Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne – Rather Be
+ Passenger – Let Her Go
10 [42 plays] Vance Joy – Rip Tide

Analysis: 26 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9316
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 174
Variety factor for this station is : 1.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 30 Songs (17.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (9.1% of the total)
or 126 LEAST played songs (72.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 45m
16th most played song airs every: 5h 31m
30th most played song airs every: 5h 56m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 24 (13.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 6 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 174
..in 3 months: 261, in 6 months: 329
..in 9 months: 418, in 12 months: 485

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [245 plays] Feeder – Lost In The Wilderness
2= [242 plays] each for…
+ Kings Of Leon – Mustang
+ Shed Seven – Let’s Go Dancing
4 [239 plays] Benson Boone – Beautiful Things
5 [238 plays] Travis – Gaslight
6 [235 plays] Catfish and The Bottlemen – Showtime
7 [233 plays] Green Day – Dilemma
8 [232 plays] Noel Gallagher – We’re Gonna Get There In The End
9 [227 plays] Hozier – Too Sweet
10 [226 plays] Kasabian – Coming Back To Me Good

Analysis: 26 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9018
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 314
Variety factor for this station is : 3.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 122 Songs (38.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 79 MOST played songs (25.1% of the total)
or 144 LEAST played songs (45.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 13m
79th most played song airs every: 17h 20m
122nd most played song airs every: 18h 54m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 6 (1.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 315
..in 3 months: 321, in 6 months: 338
..in 9 months: 344, in 12 months: 429

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [43 plays] Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
2= [42 plays] each for…
+ Genesis – Follow You Follow Me
+ Gonzalez – I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
4= [41 plays] each for…
+ Billy Joel – My Life
+ Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
+ James Taylor – How Sweet It Is
+ Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
+ Labelle – Lady Marmalade
+ Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From
+ Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
+ Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again
+ Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
+ Toto – Hold The Line
+ Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

Analysis: 27 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8815
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 430
Variety factor for this station is : 4.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 150 Songs (34.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 95 MOST played songs (22% of the total)
or 215 LEAST played songs (50% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 17h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 30m
95th most played song airs every: 23h 8m
150th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 55m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 22 (5.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 6 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 430
..in 3 months: 450, in 6 months: 468
..in 9 months: 484, in 12 months: 579

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [38 plays] Change – Change Of Heart
2 [36 plays] Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
3= [35 plays] each for…
+ Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love
+ James Brown – Living In America
+ Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
+ Mai Tai – History
+ Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
+ The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
+ The Brothers Johnson – Stomp
+ The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7971
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 318
Variety factor for this station is : 3.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 118 Songs (37.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 76 MOST played songs (23.8% of the total)
or 152 LEAST played songs (47.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 57m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 47m
76th most played song airs every: 18h 45m
118th most played song airs every: 20h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 11 (3.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 318
..in 3 months: 322, in 6 months: 334
..in 9 months: 354, in 12 months: 419

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [43 plays] Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
2 [41 plays] Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
3 [40 plays] Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only
4= [39 plays] each for…
+ All 4 One – I Can Love You Like That
+ Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
+ Jennifer Lopez – Waiting For Tonight
+ Michael Bolton – Love Is A Wonderful Thing
8= [38 plays] each for…
+ Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
+ Go West – King Of Wishful Thinking
+ MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
+ Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
+ Texas – Say What You Want

Analysis: 28 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9959
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 417
Variety factor for this station is : 4.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 144 Songs (34.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 91 MOST played songs (21.8% of the total)
or 213 LEAST played songs (51% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 48m
91st most played song airs every: 20h 21m
144th most played song airs every: 22h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 21 (5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 417
..in 3 months: 426, in 6 months: 427
..in 9 months: 445, in 12 months: 446

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [46 plays] Daft Punk – One More Time
2 [44 plays] Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
3= [42 plays] each for…
+ James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
+ Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
5= [40 plays] each for…
+ Elton John – Are You Ready For Love
+ Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold
+ Holly Valance – Kiss Kiss
+ JLS – Beat Again
+ Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
+ Sam Sparro – Black and Gold
+ Sarah Whatmore – Automatic
+ Supermen Lovers – Starlight
+ Texas – Inner Smile

Analysis: 23 days, up to 17-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9029
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 404
Variety factor for this station is : 4.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 183 Songs (45.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 119 MOST played songs (29.4% of the total)
or 154 LEAST played songs (38.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 55m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 26m
119th most played song airs every: 23h
183rd most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 15 or less plays: 8 (1.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 4 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 404
..in 3 months: 404, in 6 months: 405
..in 9 months: 414, in 12 months: 423

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [37 plays] Elo – Mr Blue Sky
2= [28 plays] each for…
+ Boz Scaggs – Lido Shuffle
+ Earth Wind and Fire – After The Love Has Gone
+ Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
+ Free – All Right Now
+ Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown
7= [27 plays] each for…
+ Ace – How Long
+ Boney M – Rivers Of Babylon
+ Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
+ Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
+ Hot Chocolate – So You Win Again
+ Sly and The Family Stone – Family Affair
+ The Knack – My Sharona
+ The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

Analysis: 27 days, up to 17-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9955
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 542
Variety factor for this station is : 5.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 252 Songs (46.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 164 MOST played songs (30.2% of the total)
or 199 LEAST played songs (36.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 5h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 27m
164th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
252nd most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
No. of songs with 15 or less plays: 25 (4.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 5 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 542
..in 3 months: 542, in 6 months: 546
..in 9 months: 556, in 12 months: 563

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [22 plays] each for…
+ Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
+ Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On
+ Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
+ George Michael – Careless Whisper
+ Kenny Loggins – Footloose
+ Midge Ure – If I Was
+ Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
+ Pointer Sisters – Jump
+ Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
+ The Housemartins – Happy Hour
+ The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
+ The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down

Analysis: 25 days, up to 17-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9191
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 347
Variety factor for this station is : 3.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 158 Songs (45.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 103 MOST played songs (29.6% of the total)
or 131 LEAST played songs (37.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 10m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 45m
103rd most played song airs every: 21h 25m
158th most played song airs every: 22h 13m
No. of songs with 20 or less plays: 19 (5.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 5 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 348
..in 3 months: 350, in 6 months: 400
..in 9 months: 402, in 12 months: 407

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [33 plays] each for…
+ Catatonia – Mulder And Scully
+ Spin Doctors – Two Princes
3= [32 plays] each for…
+ Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
+ Big Mountain – Baby I Love Your Way
+ Billie Myers – Kiss The Rain
+ Jennifer Paige – Crush
+ Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
+ R.E.M – Losing My Religion
+ Sheryl Crow – Everyday Is A Winding Road
+ Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody

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