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: 26 days, up to 13-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7428
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 534
Variety factor for this station is : 7.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 201 Songs (37.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 127 MOST played songs (23.7% of the total)
or 253 LEAST played songs (47.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 21m
127th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 40m
201st most played song airs every: 1d 15h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 54 (10.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 539
..in 3 months: 599, in 6 months: 735
..in 9 months: 763, in 12 months: 842

Top 15 Most Played:

1= [26 plays] each for…
+ The Monkees – Daydream Believer
+ The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
3 [24 plays] Heatwave – Always And Forever
4= [23 plays] each for…
+ Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
+ Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
+ Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
+ Leo Sayer – When I Need You
+ Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
9= [22 plays] each for…
+ Dorothy Moore – Misty Blue
+ Earth Wind and Fire – After The Love Has Gone
+ Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
+ Supertramp – Give A Little Bit
+ Van Morrison – Moondance
+ Walker Brothers – Make It Easy On Yourself
+ Will to Power – Baby I Love Your Way

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: 25 days, up to 13-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6957
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1539
Variety factor for this station is : 22.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 396 Songs (25.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 215 MOST played songs (13.9% of the total)
or 919 LEAST played songs (59.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 11h 17m
215th most played song airs every: 3d 13h 42m
396th most played song airs every: 4d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1103 (71.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1707
..in 3 months: 3268, in 6 months: 4537
..in 9 months: 5113

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [25 plays] Ashanti – Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)
2 [23 plays] Pip Millett – Running (feat. Ghetts)
3 [22 plays] Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
4 [21 plays] Rosalía – Malamente
5 [19 plays] Frank Ocean – Thinking Bout You
6= [18 plays] each for…
+ Frank Ocean – Pink + White
+ Jorja Smith – Bussdown (feat. Shaybo)
8= [17 plays] each for…
+ FKA twigs – Tears In The Club (feat. The Weeknd)
+ Glass Animals – Heat Waves
+ Jnr Choi & Sam Tompkins – To The Moon
+ Lucky Daye – Over
+ Mahalia – Letter To Ur Ex

Analysis: 23 days, up to 13-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6904
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1033
Variety factor for this station is : 14.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 271 Songs (26.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 154 MOST played songs (14.9% of the total)
or 610 LEAST played songs (59% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 26m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
154th most played song airs every: 2d 2h 10m
271st most played song airs every: 2d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 490 (47.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1043
..in 3 months: 1180, in 6 months: 1530
..in 9 months: 1829, in 12 months: 2064

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
2= [24 plays] each for…
+ Mr Big – To Be With You
+ Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
+ Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
+ Toni Braxton – Breathe Again
6= [23 plays] each for…
+ Beverley Craven – Promise Me
+ Simply Red – Stars
8= [22 plays] each for…
+ Annie Lennox – Walking On Broken Glass
+ Beautiful South – Rotterdam
+ Seal – Kiss From A Rose
+ Wilson Phillips – Hold On

Analysis: 25 days, up to 13-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7760
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 624
Variety factor for this station is : 8%

50% OF PLAYS is 193 Songs (30.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 120 MOST played songs (19.2% of the total)
or 346 LEAST played songs (55.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 13m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
120th most played song airs every: 1d 7h 34m
193rd most played song airs every: 1d 11h 17m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 116 (18.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 629
..in 3 months: 680, in 6 months: 810
..in 9 months: 862, in 12 months: 875

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [27 plays] each for…
+ Chimes – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
+ Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya
+ Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
4= [26 plays] each for…
+ Detroit Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
+ Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
6= [25 plays] each for…
+ Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
+ Brandy and Monica – The Boy Is Mine
+ Donna Summer – Bad Girls
+ Jennifer Hudson – Spotlight
+ Kool and The Gang – Get Down On It
+ The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm

Analysis: 27 days, up to 13-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8214
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 656
Variety factor for this station is : 7.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 187 Songs (28.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 120 MOST played songs (18.2% of the total)
or 395 LEAST played songs (60.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 55m
120th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 51m
187th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 212 (32.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 672
..in 3 months: 959, in 6 months: 1216
..in 9 months: 1385, in 12 months: 1493

Top 19 Most Played:

1 [30 plays] Gigi – I Remember It Well
2 [29 plays] 9 To 5 – Nine To Five
3 [28 plays] Carousel – You’ll Never Walk Alone
4= [26 plays] each for…
+ Annie Get Your Gun – There’s No Business Like Show Business
+ Curtains – Show People
+ Once – Falling Slowly
+ Saturday Night Fever – Staying Alive
+ and – You Should Be Dancing
+ The Commitments – Try A Little Tenderness
10= [25 plays] each for…
+ Babes In Arms – The Lady Is A Tramp
+ Back To The Future – The Power of Love
+ Bat Out Of Hell – It’s All Coming Back To Me
+ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
+ Girl From The North Country – Like A Rolling Stone/ Make You Feel My Love
+ Heathers – Seventeen
+ Les Miserables – On My Own
+ Man Of La Mancha – The Impossible Dream
+ Show Boat – Ol’ Man River
+ The Tina Turner Musical – What’s Love Got To Do With It

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