Easy Listening Secondary Stations

So here’s a set of secondary stations, playing sub-genres within the main “brand”. You’ll see that about 500-600 songs seems the standard for the commercial pretty much totally automated stations, though Jack & Chill (what a great name!) is right out there with over 1100, and the newest offering, Radio 1 Relax also scores highly, being boosted by weekend apparently “handpick” shows.

Smooth Chill started mainly as a “something different” filler for DAB capacity and was used as and when required on various multiplexes that GWR/GCap/Global have had spare capacity on and/or needed to fill, though it now occupies a pretty Low-Fi slot on National D1 playing a fairly unique mix from the mainstream end of Ibiza style chilled house, ambient and lounge tracks. It has remained remarkably consistent since it started in 2005 as “Chill”, before being renamed more recently into the “Smooth” brand.

Jack 3, Mellow Magic and Magic Soul all play various combinations of the easy listening end of what you might call conventional oldies, while Magic at the Musicals does what it says on the tin. As you can see from the graph, all apart from Jack 3 very quickly run out of variety after just a couple of days, with only a very few new tracks after as little as 5 or 6 days, though even jack 3 isn’t playing anything different after 2 weeks. 

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7833
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 535
Variety factor for this station is : 6.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 205 Songs (38.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 129 MOST played songs (24.1% of the total)
or 248 LEAST played songs (46.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 3h
129th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
205th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 7m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 35 (6.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 537
..in 3 months: 585, in 6 months: 699
..in 9 months: 757

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
2= [26 plays] Gerry and The Pace Makers – You’ll Never Walk Alone
2= [26 plays] Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
2= [26 plays] Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – The Tracks Of My Tears
2= [26 plays] The Monkees – Daydream Believer
6= [25 plays] Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now
6= [25 plays] Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
6= [25 plays] The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
9= [24 plays] Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
9= [24 plays] Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
9= [24 plays] The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
9= [24 plays] Walker Brothers – Make It Easy On Yourself

Analysis: 14 days
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4185
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 598
Variety factor for this station is : 14.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 140 Songs (23.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 81 MOST played songs (13.5% of the total)
or 380 LEAST played songs (63.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h
10th most played song airs every: 16h
81st most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
140th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 317 (53%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 637

Top 13 Most Played:
1= [28 plays] Misc.Inc – Vibes
1= [28 plays] The Sabres of Paradise – Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)
3= [27 plays] Chris Coco – Albatross (Lenny Ibizarre Remix)
3= [27 plays] Normandie – Beach
5 [25 plays] Alex Blest – Fragments of Bliss (Magdelayna Chilldown Mix)
6 [24 plays] Phil France – Transition
7= [23 plays] Olafur Arnalds – ypsilon
7= [23 plays] Tilt – New Day (Gift Ambient Remix)
9 [22 plays] Ulrich Schnauss – Between Us And Them
10= [21 plays] Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
10= [21 plays] Chicane – Low Sun
10= [21 plays] Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Michael Woods Remix)
10= [21 plays] Jakatta – The Other World

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7996
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1572
Variety factor for this station is : 19.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 403 Songs (25.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 214 MOST played songs (13.6% of the total)
or 936 LEAST played songs (59.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
214th most played song airs every: 3d 0h
403rd most played song airs every: 4d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 999 (63.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1671
..in 3 months: 2713, in 6 months: 3587

Top 16 Most Played:
1 [30 plays] Kehlani – Altar
2 [29 plays] Lucky Daye – Over
3 [27 plays] Shakka – Scuba Deep (feat. Tiana Major9)
4 [26 plays] Normani – Wild Side (feat. Cardi B)
5= [23 plays] Ray BLK – Baggage
5= [23 plays] SAULT – Wildfires
7= [21 plays] Jill Scott – Golden
7= [21 plays] Mahalia – Whenever You’re Ready
9 [20 plays] Pip Millett – Running (feat. Ghetts)
10 [19 plays] Clairo – Bags
11= [18 plays] Brent Faiyaz & Drake – Wasting Time
11= [18 plays] James Blake & SZA – Coming Back
11= [18 plays] Jorja Smith – Bussdown (feat. Shaybo)
11= [18 plays] Jungle – Keep Moving
11= [18 plays] Kojey Radical – War Outside (feat. Lex Amor)
11= [18 plays] Self Esteem – I Do This All The Time

Analysis: 26 days, up to 14-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7616
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1116
Variety factor for this station is : 14.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 253 Songs (22.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 141 MOST played songs (12.6% of the total)
or 707 LEAST played songs (63.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 7m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
141st most played song airs every: 2d 0h
253rd most played song airs every: 2d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 571 (51.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1132
..in 3 months: 1431, in 6 months: 1859
..in 9 months: 1893

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [31 plays] Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
2 [30 plays] Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last
3 [29 plays] Wilson Phillips – Hold On
4= [28 plays] Richard Marx – Hazard
4= [28 plays] Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
4= [28 plays] Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
7 [27 plays] Mr Big – To Be With You
8= [26 plays] All 4 One – I Swear
8= [26 plays] Beautiful South – Rotterdam
8= [26 plays] Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
8= [26 plays] Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
8= [26 plays] Seal – Kiss From A Rose

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7567
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 652
Variety factor for this station is : 8.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 194 Songs (29.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 120 MOST played songs (18.4% of the total)
or 374 LEAST played songs (57.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
120th most played song airs every: 1d 8h
194th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 151 (23.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 655
..in 3 months: 713, in 6 months: 754
..in 9 months: 766

Top 13 Most Played:

1= [26 plays] Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night
1= [26 plays] The Contours – Do You Love Me
3= [25 plays] Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
3= [25 plays] Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
3= [25 plays] Mary Wells – My Guy
3= [25 plays] Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
3= [25 plays] Rufus ft. Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
3= [25 plays] Steve Arrington – Feel So Real
9= [24 plays] Donna Summer – Bad Girls
9= [24 plays] Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher And Higher
9= [24 plays] The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
9= [24 plays] The Four Tops – Same Old Song
9= [24 plays] The Whispers – It’s A Love Thing

Analysis: 25 days, up to 14-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9159
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 648
Variety factor for this station is : 7%

50% OF PLAYS is 187 Songs (28.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 119 MOST played songs (18.3% of the total)
or 387 LEAST played songs (59.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 17h 38m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 41m
119th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 5m
187th most played song airs every: 1d 3h 16m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 212 (32.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 691
..in 3 months: 1011, in 6 months: 1220
..in 9 months: 1319

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [34 plays] Once – Falling Slowly
2= [31 plays] Gigi – I Remember It Well
2= [31 plays] La La Land – City Of Stars
4= [30 plays] Carousel – June Is Bustin Out All Over
4= [30 plays] Carousel – You’ll Never Walk Alone
4= [30 plays] Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
4= [30 plays] Irene Cara – Flashdance
4= [30 plays] Swing Time – The Way You Look Tonight
4= [30 plays] Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – The Candy Man
10= [29 plays] 9 To 5 – Nine To Five
10= [29 plays] Anyone Can Whistle – Anyone Can Whistle
10= [29 plays] The Prom – Tonight Belongs To You
10= [29 plays] The Wizard Of Oz – If I Only Had A Brain

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