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 decades became 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 became 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 songs, and 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: 32 days, from 22-04-2021 to 24-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10822
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 641
Variety factor for this station is : 5.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 161 Songs (25.1% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 102 MOST played songs (15.9% of the total)
or 403 LEAST played songs (62.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
136 (21.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 19 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [54 plays] Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
2= [53 plays] James Brown – Sex Machine
2= [53 plays] Mary Wells – My Guy
2= [53 plays] The Ronettes – Be My Baby
5= [52 plays] Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young – For What It’s Worth
5= [52 plays] Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
5= [52 plays] Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
5= [52 plays] The Doors – Light My Fire *
9= [51 plays] Box Tops – The Letter
9= [51 plays] Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
9= [51 plays] The Animals – We Gotta Get Outta This Place

Analysis: 35 days, from 19-04-2021 to 24-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9435
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 630
Variety factor for this station is : 6.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 162 Songs (25.7% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 104 MOST played songs (16.5% of the total)
or 403 LEAST played songs (63.9% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
207 (32.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 22 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1= [32 plays] James Brown – Get Up Sex Machine
and Tom Robinson – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
3= [31 plays] Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye & Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
5= [30 plays] for each of….
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Chairman Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little More Time, Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, John Lennon – Stand By Me
Kool and The Gang – Ladies Night
Manfred Mann – Blinded By The Light
Mcfadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
Steve Harley – Make Me Smile, Jackson 5 – ABC

Analysis: 41 days, from 14-04-2021 to 25-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10323
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1211
Variety factor for this station is : 11.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 236 Songs (19.4% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 150 MOST played songs (12.3% of the total)
or 865 LEAST played songs (71.4% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
607 (50.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 32 DAYS

Most Played Top 11:
1 [27 plays] King – Love & Pride
2= [25 plays] Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
2= [25 plays] Kenny Loggins – Footloose
2= [25 plays] Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
2= [25 plays] Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
2= [25 plays] Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
7= [24 plays] Alice Cooper – Poison
7= [24 plays] Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
7= [24 plays] Bryan Adams – Run To You
7= [24 plays] Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
7= [24 plays] Europe – Final Countdown

Analysis: 31 days, from 24-04-2021 to 25-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 7787
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 946
Variety factor for this station is : 12.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 231 Songs (24.4% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 146 MOST played songs (15.4% of the total)
or 618 LEAST played songs (65.3% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
380 (40.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Most Played Top 13:
1 [29 plays] Soupdragons – I’m Free
2 [27 plays] Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
3= [26 plays each] for….
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?, Blue Boy – Remember Me, Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight,
Republica – Ready To Go, Source/Candi Staton – You Got The Love
8= [25 plays each] for….
Shed Seven – Disco Down, Supergrass – Moving,
Suzanne Vega/Dna – Tom’s Diner, Cranberries – Dreams, Lightning Seeds – The Life Of Riley, Seahorses – Love Is The Law

Analysis: 38 days, from 17-04-2021 to 25-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10424
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 555
Variety factor for this station is : 5.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 169 Songs (30.4% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 107 MOST played songs (19.2% of the total)
or 312 LEAST played songs (56.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
86 (15.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Most Played Top Songs:
1= [42 plays] Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
1= [42 plays] My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade
3 [41 plays] Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
4= [40 plays each] for….
Ash – Shining Light, Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out, Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You, Zutons – Valerie
8= [39 plays each] for…. 
Blink 182 – I Miss You, Hard Fi – Hard To Beat, Killers – Human, Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

Analysis: 41 days, from 14-04-2021 to 25-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11270
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 459
Variety factor for this station is : 4%

50% OF PLAYS is 114 Songs (24.8% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 70 MOST played songs (15.2% of the total)
or 292 LEAST played songs (63.6% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
110 (23.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [83 plays] Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
2 [78 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
3 [76 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
4= [71 plays] Fun – We Are Young
4= [71 plays] Jay-Z/Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
6 [68 plays] Hozier – Take Me To Church
7 [65 plays] Passenger – Let Her Go
8 [64 plays] Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
9 [63 plays] Daft Punk/Pharrell  – Get Lucky
10 [62 plays] Rudimental and John Newman – Feel The Love

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