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: 14 days
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3589
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 338
Variety factor for this station is : 9.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 114 Songs (33.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 72 MOST played songs (21.3% of the total)
or 178 LEAST played songs (52.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 26m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 40m
72nd most played song airs every: 22h 24m
114th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 67 (19.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 341

Top 15 Most Played:
1 [25 plays] Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
2= [20 plays] Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
2= [20 plays] Genesis – Follow You Follow Me
2= [20 plays] Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
5= [19 plays] Billy Joel – My Life
5= [19 plays] Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
5= [19 plays] Captain And Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together
5= [19 plays] Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
9= [18 plays] Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
9= [18 plays] Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
9= [18 plays] Labelle – Lady Marmalade
9= [18 plays] Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again
9= [18 plays] Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
9= [18 plays] Steve Miller Band – The Joker
9= [18 plays] Styx – Babe

Analysis: 14 days
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3508
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 382
Variety factor for this station is : 10.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 125 Songs (32.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 77 MOST played songs (20.1% of the total)
or 197 LEAST played songs (51.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 40m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 45m
77th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
125th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 64 (16.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 407

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [18 plays] Change – Change Of Heart
1= [18 plays] KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
1= [18 plays] Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
1= [18 plays] Whispers – It’s A Love Thing
5= [17 plays] Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
5= [17 plays] Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
5= [17 plays] Huey Lewis & The News – If This Is It
5= [17 plays] Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom
5= [17 plays] Shannon – Let The Music Play
5= [17 plays] Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
5= [17 plays] Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You

Analysis: 14 days
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3600
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 348
Variety factor for this station is : 9.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 113 Songs (32.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 71 MOST played songs (20.4% of the total)
or 189 LEAST played songs (54.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h
10th most played song airs every: 18h 40m
71st most played song airs every: 22h 24m
113th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 76 (21.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 350

Top 14 Most Played:
1= [21 plays] Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
1= [21 plays] Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
3 [20 plays] Karen Ramirez – Looking For Love
4= [19 plays] Puff Daddy & Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You
4= [19 plays] Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
4= [19 plays] Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
4= [19 plays] Wilson Phillips – Hold On
8= [18 plays] Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
8= [18 plays] Another Level – Freak Me
8= [18 plays] Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
8= [18 plays] Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
8= [18 plays] Dina Carroll – Ain’t No Man
8= [18 plays] Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
8= [18 plays] Leann Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight (Latino Mix)

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4539
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 571
Variety factor for this station is : 12.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 160 Songs (28% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 100 MOST played songs (17.5% of the total)
or 335 LEAST played songs (58.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 45m
100th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
160th most played song airs every: 1d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 213 (37.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 583
..in 3 months: 607, in 6 months: 630

Top 16 Most Played:

1 [20 plays] Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
2 [19 plays] James Brown – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag Pt.1
3= [18 plays] Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music
3= [18 plays] The Band – The Weight
3= [18 plays] Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
3= [18 plays] Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
7= [17 plays] For all of the following:
Aretha Franklin – Chain Of Fools, Booker T & the MGs – Soul Limbo, Chuck Berry – No Particular Place To Go, James Brown – I Got You, It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World and Sex Machine
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze, Moody Blues – Go Now, Jackson 5 – I Want You Back & The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3655
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 510
Variety factor for this station is : 13.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 156 Songs (30.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 98 MOST played songs (19.2% of the total)
or 290 LEAST played songs (56.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 24m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
98th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
156th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 188 (36.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 553
..in 3 months: 613, in 6 months: 663

Top 16 Most Played:
1= [15 plays] For all of the following:
Ace – How Long
Ian Dury  – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
Cars – Just What I Needed & The Kinks – Lola
8= [14 plays] For all of the following:
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Emotions – Best Of My Love
Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe
Dave Edmunds – I Hear You Knocking
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
Tom Robinson – 2-4-6-8 Motorway

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3384
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 836
Variety factor for this station is : 24.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 230 Songs (27.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 142 MOST played songs (16.9% of the total)
or 500 LEAST played songs (59.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 6h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
142nd most played song airs every: 2d 0h
230th most played song airs every: 2d 8h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 574 (68.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
10 after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1020
..in 3 months: 1409, in 6 months: 1917

Top 17 Most Played:

1= [11 plays] Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party
1= [11 plays] Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
3= [10 plays] Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
3= [10 plays] Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
3= [10 plays] Men At Work – Down Under
3= [10 plays] Prefab Sprout – King Of Rock N Roll
7= [9 plays] For each of the following:
Alice Cooper – Poison, Bee Gees – You Win Again,
Berlin – Take My Breath Away, Blondie – Call Me,
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer, David Bowie – Modern Love, Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen, Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You?, Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere, John Mellencamp – Jack And Diane, Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3449
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 764
Variety factor for this station is : 22.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 219 Songs (28.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 137 MOST played songs (17.9% of the total)
or 448 LEAST played songs (58.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 6h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
137th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
219th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 464 (60.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
4 after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 870
..in 3 months: 1107, in 6 months: 1381

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [11 plays] The Farm – All Together Now
2= [10 plays] A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
2= [10 plays] Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
2= [10 plays] Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song
2= [10 plays] Primal Scream – Loaded
2= [10 plays] Run DMC vs Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
2= [10 plays] Soupdragons – I’m Free
2= [10 plays] The Levellers – One Way
2= [10 plays] The Seahorses – Blinded By The Sun
2= [10 plays] U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing
2= [10 plays] Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret

Analysis: 14 days, up to 16-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3875
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 462
Variety factor for this station is : 11.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 163 Songs (35.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 102 MOST played songs (22% of the total)
or 229 LEAST played songs (49.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 24m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
102nd most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
163rd most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 97 (20.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 461
..in 3 months: 467, in 6 months: 598

Top 13 Most Played:

1= [15 plays] Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
1= [15 plays] Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
1= [15 plays] Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
1= [15 plays] Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
1= [15 plays] The Caesars – Jerk It Out
1= [15 plays] The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
7= [14 plays] Beyoncé – Crazy In Love
7= [14 plays] Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
7= [14 plays] Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
7= [14 plays] Crazy Town – Butterfly
7= [14 plays] Doves – Black And White Town
7= [14 plays] Elbow – One Day Like This
7= [14 plays] Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Analysis: 14 days, up to 17-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3753
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 327
Variety factor for this station is : 8.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 111 Songs (33.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 68 MOST played songs (20.7% of the total)
or 165 LEAST played songs (50.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 12m
10th most played song airs every: 16h
68th most played song airs every: 21h
111th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 34 (10.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 327
..in 3 months: 331, in 6 months: 464

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [30 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
2 [29 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
3 [25 plays] Passenger – Let Her Go
4= [22 plays] Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne – Rather Be
4= [22 plays] Fun – We Are Young
4= [22 plays] Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
4= [22 plays] Rudimental and John Newman – Feel The Love
8= [21 plays] Biffy Clyro – Many Of Horror
8= [21 plays] Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
8= [21 plays] Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
8= [21 plays] One Republic – Counting Stars
8= [21 plays] Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

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