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: 26 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7542
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 588
Variety factor for this station is : 7.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 161 Songs (27.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 100 MOST played songs (17% of the total)
or 350 LEAST played songs (59.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 54m
10th most played song airs every: 21h 31m
100th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 21m
161st most played song airs every: 1d 8h 50m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 120 (20.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 589
..in 3 months: 599, in 6 months: 693
..in 9 months: 695, in 12 months: 701

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [33 plays] Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
2 [32 plays] Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
3 [31 plays] Band The – The Weight
4 [30 plays] Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
5= [29 plays] each for…
+ Bob and Earl – Harlem Shuffle
+ Cream – White Room
+ James Brown – Sex Machine
+ Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
+ Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
+ Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
+ The Animals – We Gotta Get Outta This Place
+ The Who – I Can See For Miles

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6127
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 538
Variety factor for this station is : 8.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 156 Songs (28.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 99 MOST played songs (18.4% of the total)
or 317 LEAST played songs (58.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
99th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 18m
156th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 52m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 165 (30.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 551
..in 3 months: 611, in 6 months: 640
..in 9 months: 652, in 12 months: 671

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [26 plays] Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
2= [25 plays] each for…
+ Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
+ Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
+ Ike and Tina and Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
5= [24 plays] each for…
+ Dave Edmunds – I Hear You Knocking
+ Stephen Stills – Love The One You’re With
7= [23 plays] each for…
+ Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You
+ Iggy Pop – The Passenger
+ Labelle – Lady Marmalade
+ M – Pop Muzik
+ Manfred Mann – Blinded By The Light
+ Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
+ Odyssey – Native New Yorker
+ Toto – Hold The Line

Analysis: 26 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6385
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 981
Variety factor for this station is : 15.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 231 Songs (23.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 144 MOST played songs (14.6% of the total)
or 636 LEAST played songs (64.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 5h 42m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 42m
144th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
231st most played song airs every: 2d 8h 43m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 454 (46.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 999
..in 3 months: 1389, in 6 months: 1817
..in 9 months: 2170, in 12 months: 2508

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [21 plays] Climie Fisher – Love Changes
2= [19 plays] each for…
+ Hall and Oates – Maneater
+ Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
+ Toto – Africa
5= [18 plays] each for…
+ Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
+ Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
+ The Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
8= [17 plays] each for…
+ Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going
+ Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
+ Dr and The Medics – Spirit In The Sky
+ Go West – We Close Our Eyes
+ Roachford – Cuddly Toy
+ Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
+ Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5771
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 827
Variety factor for this station is : 14.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 222 Songs (26.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 140 MOST played songs (16.9% of the total)
or 512 LEAST played songs (61.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 9h 52m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
140th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
222nd most played song airs every: 2d 4h 21m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 380 (45.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 878
..in 3 months: 1270, in 6 months: 1485
..in 9 months: 1607, in 12 months: 1730

Top 22 Most Played:
1= [17 plays] each for…
+ Placebo – Every You Every Me
+ Source & Candi Staton – You Got The Love
3= [16 plays] each for…
+ Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
+ Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
+ Breeders – Cannonball
6= [15 plays] each for…
+ Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy + Bassheads – Is There Anybody Out There? + Beck – Loser + Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha + Embrace – All You Good Good People + Everything But The Girl – Missing + Foo Fighters – Everlong + Gun – Word Up + Nirvana – Lithium + Nomad – I Wanna Give You Devotion + Ocean Colour Scene – Hundred Mile High City + Reef – Place Your Hands + Shed Seven – Both Chasing Rainbows & Disco Down + Goo Goo Dolls – Iris + New Radicals – You Get What You Give + Utah Saints – Something Good

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7051
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 429
Variety factor for this station is : 6%

50% OF PLAYS is 154 Songs (35.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 96 MOST played songs (22.3% of the total)
or 207 LEAST played songs (48.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 8m
96th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 27m
154th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 16 (3.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 429
..in 3 months: 475, in 6 months: 492
..in 9 months: 496, in 12 months: 579

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [30 plays] each for…
+ Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
+ The Offspring – Original Prankster
3= [29 plays] each for…
+ Oasis – Little By Little
+ Outkast – Hey Ya
+ Primal Scream – Country Girl
6= [28 plays] each for…
+ Ash – Shining Light
+ Estelle ft. Kanye West – American Boy
+ James – GETTING AWAY WITH IT
+ Mgmt – Time To Pretend
+ The Zutons – Valerie

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6362
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 335
Variety factor for this station is : 5.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 112 Songs (33.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 69 MOST played songs (20.5% of the total)
or 174 LEAST played songs (51.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 5m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 34m
69th most played song airs every: 22h 9m
112th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 23 (6.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 6 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 335
..in 3 months: 357, in 6 months: 364
..in 9 months: 365, in 12 months: 475

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [44 plays] Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
2 [42 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
3= [41 plays] each for…
+ Fun – We Are Young
+ Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
+ Passenger – Let Her Go
6= [40 plays] each for…
+ Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
+ Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
8= [39 plays] each for…
+ Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
+ One Republic – Counting Stars
10= [37 plays] each for…
+ Hozier – Take Me To Church
+ Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

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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