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: 24 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7117
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 626
Variety factor for this station is : 8.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 195 Songs (31.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 123 MOST played songs (19.6% of the total)
or 353 LEAST played songs (56.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 10m
123rd most played song airs every: 1d 9h 52m
195th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 165 (26.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 644
..in 3 months: 740, in 6 months: 803
..in 9 months: 943, in 12 months: 973

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [24 plays] Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
2= [23 plays] each for…
+ Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme
+ LeAnn Rimes – How Do I Live
+ Oleta Adams – Get Here
+ Texas – Say What You Want
+ Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around
7= [22 plays] each for…
+ Berlin – Take My Breath Away
+ Billy Paul – Me And Mrs Jones
+ Curtis Stigers – I Wonder Why
+ Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
+ Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now
+ Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
+ Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
+ The Young Rascals – Groovin’

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8047
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 853
Variety factor for this station is : 10.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 176 Songs (20.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 101 MOST played songs (11.8% of the total)
or 553 LEAST played songs (64.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 17h 27m
101st most played song airs every: 1d 3h 25m
176th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 327 (38.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 857
..in 3 months: 974, in 6 months: 975
..in 9 months: 1163, in 12 months: 1203

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [50 plays] each for…
+ Freyr – Departure
+ St Etienne – Sun In My Morning
3 [46 plays] Black Mighty Orchestra – Ocean Beach
4 [45 plays] Koop – Waltz For Koop
5 [44 plays] Goldfrapp – Lovely Head
6= [40 plays] each for…
+ Air – Ce Matin La
+ Chris Coco – Summer Sun (Cafe Del Mar Guitar Mix)
8 [38 plays] Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (Blue States mix)
9 [36 plays] The Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
10= [33 plays] each for…
+ Midfield General – Reach Out
+ Pilote – Turtle (Bonobo Remix)

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7817
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1075
Variety factor for this station is : 13.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 240 Songs (22.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 136 MOST played songs (12.6% of the total)
or 701 LEAST played songs (65.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 15h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
136th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 17m
240th most played song airs every: 2d 10h 54m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 503 (46.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1099
..in 3 months: 2116, in 6 months: 3289
..in 9 months: 4388, in 12 months: 5241

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [41 plays] Billie Eilish – BIRDS OF A FEATHER
2= [33 plays] each for…
+ Amie Blu – pretty
+ Lauren Spencer Smith – Narcissist
4 [31 plays] I Monster – Daydream In Blue
5= [30 plays] each for…
+ Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
+ Justin Bieber – Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON)
+ Tems – Love Me JeJe
8 [29 plays] Solange – Losing You
9 [28 plays] Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
10= [27 plays] each for…
+ Cat Burns – Go
+ Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey
+ Hot Natured – Benediction (feat. Ali Love)

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7600
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 840
Variety factor for this station is : 11%

50% OF PLAYS is 228 Songs (27.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 141 MOST played songs (16.7% of the total)
or 508 LEAST played songs (60.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 12m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 10m
141st most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
228th most played song airs every: 1d 20h 18m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 290 (34.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 861
..in 3 months: 936, in 6 months: 975
..in 9 months: 1105, in 12 months: 1164

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [30 plays] The S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good To Me
2= [23 plays] each for…
+ Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
+ Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
4= [22 plays] each for…
+ Bill Withers – Lovely Day
+ Billy Paul – Me And Mrs Jones
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
+ Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
+ The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
+ The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-07-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8725
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 579
Variety factor for this station is : 6.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 169 Songs (29.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 106 MOST played songs (18.3% of the total)
or 341 LEAST played songs (58.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 38m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 54m
106th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 55m
169th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 178 (30.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 607
..in 3 months: 819, in 6 months: 1021
..in 9 months: 1232, in 12 months: 1418

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [33 plays] Pretty Woman – I Can’t Go Back
2= [32 plays] each for…
+ Godspell – Day By Day
+ Once – Falling Slowly
4= [31 plays] each for…
+ Avenue Q – There’s A Fine Fine Line
+ Dear Evan Hanson – Waving Through A Window
+ Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – He’s My Boy
+ Gypsy – Everything’s Coming Up Roses
+ Hairspray – You Can’t Stop The Beat
+ Heathers – Seventeen
+ La Cage Aux Folles – I Am What I Am

Analysis: 24 days, up to 15-06-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6578
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 269
Variety factor for this station is : 4%

50% OF PLAYS is 70 Songs (26% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 44 MOST played songs (16.3% of the total)
or 169 LEAST played songs (62.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 7h 34m
10th most played song airs every: 10h 52m
44th most played song airs every: 12h 48m
70th most played song airs every: 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 61 (22.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 274
..in 3 months: 303, in 6 months: 309
..in 9 months: 317, in 12 months: 323

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [94 plays] Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
2 [64 plays] Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car: Striptease
3= [63 plays] each for…
+ Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For a Hero: Footloose, The Super Mario Bros. Movie
+ David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
+ Paul McCartney/Wings – Silly Love Songs: Give My Regards To Broad Street
6 [62 plays] Aqua – Turn Back Time: Sliding Doors
7= [61 plays] each for…
+ Jon Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory: Young Guns 2
+ Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten: Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants
+ Simple Minds – Don’t You : Breakfast Club
+ Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now: Mannequin
+ Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You: The Woman in Red
+ Commitments – Mustang Sally

Jack 3 Chill ceased in Oct 2023 along with the other Jack Stations when Hits and Greatest Hits took over. Here is a Historic Analysis from the final month.
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7613
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1035
Variety factor for this station is : 13.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 273 Songs (26.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 154 MOST played songs (14.8% of the total)
or 606 LEAST played songs (58.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
154th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
273rd most played song airs every: 2d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 422 (40.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1049
..in 3 months: 1091, in 6 months: 1102
..in 9 months: 1214, in 12 months: 1339

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [26 plays] each for…
+ Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
+ Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
3= [25 plays] each for…
+ Always – Bon Jovi
+ To Be With You – Mr Big
5= [24 plays] each for…
+ Hazard – Richard Marx
+ Hold On – Wilson Phillips
+ Ocean Drive – Lighthouse Family
+ Sleeping Satellite – Tasmin Archer
+ You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
10= [23 plays] each for…
+ I Got You Babe – Sonny / Cher
+ My Girl – Temptations
+ Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

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