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 of 56 days
from 10-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 17943
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 657
Variety factor for this station is : 3.6%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 163 Songs
(24.8% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
120 (18.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [74 plays]  Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young – For What It’s Worth
2 [68 plays]  Box Tops – The Letter
3 [68 plays]  The Ronettes – Be My Baby
4 [66 plays]  Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
5 [66 plays]  Cream – White Room
6 [66 plays]  Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
7 [66 plays]  The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
8 [65 plays]  Van Morrison – Gloria
9 [65 plays]  James Brown – Sex Machine
10 [65 plays]  Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Analysis of 55 days
from 11-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 14204
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 654
Variety factor for this station is : 4.6%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 161 Songs
(24.6% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
193 (29.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 27 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [54 plays]  Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner
2 [53 plays]  Iggy Pop – The Passenger
3 [52 plays]  Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
4 [52 plays]  Toto – Hold The Line
5 [52 plays]  Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
6 [51 plays]  M – Pop Muzik
7 [50 plays]  War – Low Rider
8 [50 plays]  Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
9 [50 plays]  Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
10 [50 plays]  Boston – More Than A Feeling

Analysis of 55 days
from 11-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 13643
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1317
Variety factor for this station is : 9.6%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 234 Songs
(17.7% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
689 (52.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 44 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [37 plays]  Kenny Loggins – Footloose
2 [37 plays]  Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
3 [36 plays]  Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party
4 [36 plays]  Vapours – Turning Japanese
5 [36 plays]  Toto – Africa
6 [36 plays]  John Farnham – You’re The Voice
7 [36 plays]  Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
8 [35 plays]  Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
9 [35 plays]  Inxs – New Sensation
10 [35 plays]  Sly Fox – Let’s Go All The Way

Analysis of 54 days
from 11-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 13159
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1134
Variety factor for this station is : 8.6%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 232 Songs
(20.4% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
475 (41.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day: ZERO after 16 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [40 plays]  Source & Candi Staton – You Got The Love
2 [36 plays]  The Levellers – One Way
3 [35 plays]  EMF – Unbelievable
4 [34 plays]  Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
5 [34 plays]  Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
6 [34 plays]  Lightning Seeds – The Life Of Riley
7 [33 plays]  Bluetones – Slight Return
8 [33 plays]  Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
9 [33 plays]  Len – Steal My Sunshine
10 [33 plays]  New Radicals – You Get What You Give

Analysis of 55 days
from 11-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 14588
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 528
Variety factor for this station is : 3.6%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 158 Songs
(29.9% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
83 (15.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day: ZERO after 11 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [57 plays]  Puddle Of Mudd – Blurry
2 [57 plays]  Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
3 [57 plays]  The Caesars – Jerk It Out
4 [56 plays]  Snow Patrol – Spitting Games
5 [56 plays]  Florence & The Machine – Rabbit Heart
6 [56 plays]  Primal Scream – Country Girl
7 [56 plays]  Doves – There Goes The Fear
8 [56 plays]  Oasis – Little By Little
9 [56 plays]  Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
10 [55 plays]  My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade

Analysis of 55 days
from 11-02-2021 to 06-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 14635
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 418
Variety factor for this station is : 2.8%
50% OF PLAYS made up of 111 Songs
(26.5% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
89 (21.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day: ZERO after 13 DAYS

Most Played Top 10:
1 [106 plays] Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
2 [101 plays] Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
3 [98 plays]  Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
4 [96 plays]  Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
5 [96 plays]  Fun – We Are Young
6 [93 plays]  Passenger – Let Her Go
7 [93 plays]  One Republic – Counting Stars
8 [88 plays]  Hozier – Take Me To Church
9 [82 plays]  Florence & The Machine – Spectrum
10 [81 plays]  LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

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