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: 14 days, up to 15-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4117
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 525
Variety factor for this station is : 12.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 202 Songs (38.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 126 MOST played songs (24% of the total)
or 239 LEAST played songs (45.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 24m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
126th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
202nd most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 83 (15.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 538
..in 3 months: 621, in 6 months: 713

Top 14 Most Played:
1 [15 plays] The Mamas and The Papas – California Dreamin’
2= [14 plays] Don McLean – Vincent
2= [14 plays] Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
2= [14 plays] The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
2= [14 plays] The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
6= [13 plays] All of the following:
Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
Carole King – It’s Too Late, Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted, Johnny Bristol – Hang On In There Baby
Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now
Mary Wells – My Guy
Smokey Robinson – Tracks Of My Tears
Kinks – Waterloo Sunset

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: 14 days, up to 15-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3128
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 926
Variety factor for this station is : 29.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 229 Songs (24.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 129 MOST played songs (13.9% of the total)
or 558 LEAST played songs (60.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
129th most played song airs every: 2d 8h
229th most played song airs every: 3d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 748 (80.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1336
..in 3 months: 2374

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [17 plays] Normani – Wild Side (feat. Cardi B)
2 [14 plays] BERWYN – RUBBER BANDS
3 [13 plays] Ella Mai – Not Another Love Song
4= [12 plays] Anne-Marie Suenram – iLIKE (feat. AV Allure & Akelle)
4= [12 plays] Bryson Tiller – Exchange
6= [11 plays] dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign – Memories
6= [11 plays] Kara Marni – 2nd Nature
6= [11 plays] NAO – Messy Love
6= [11 plays] Nasty C – Black And White (feat. Ari Lennox)
10= [10 plays] Jorja Smith – Where Did I Go?
10= [10 plays] Rain Dog – Miss You
10= [10 plays] Summer Walker – Come Thru (feat. Usher)

Analysis: 14 days, up to 15-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4178
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1000
Variety factor for this station is : 23.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 236 Songs (23.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 134 MOST played songs (13.4% of the total)
or 625 LEAST played songs (62.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
134th most played song airs every: 1d 18h
236th most played song airs every: 2d 8h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 738 (73.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
8 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1215
..in 3 months: 1510, in 6 months: 1823

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [16 plays] Beverley Craven – Promise Me
1= [16 plays] Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
3= [15 plays] Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
3= [15 plays] Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
3= [15 plays] Toni Braxton – Breathe Again
3= [15 plays] Wilson Phillips – Hold On
7= [14 plays] Beautiful South – Rotterdam
7= [14 plays] Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
7= [14 plays] Mr Big – To Be With You
7= [14 plays] Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
7= [14 plays] Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last
7= [14 plays] Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around

Analysis: 14 days, up to 15-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4489
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 614
Variety factor for this station is : 13.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 191 Songs (31.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 118 MOST played songs (19.2% of the total)
or 335 LEAST played songs (54.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 24m
118th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
191st most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 207 (33.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 641
..in 3 months: 683, in 6 months: 716

Top 12 Most Played:
1= [17 plays] Gladys Knight and The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia
1= [17 plays] The Contours – Do You Love Me
3 [16 plays] Sly and The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
4= [15 plays] Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
4= [15 plays] Bill Withers – Lovely Day
4= [15 plays] Brownstone – If You Love Me
4= [15 plays] Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
4= [15 plays] Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
4= [15 plays] Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
4= [15 plays] The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
4= [15 plays] The Staple Singers – If You Are Ready
4= [15 plays] Willam Bell and Judy Clay – Private Number

Analysis: 14 days, up to 15-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5145
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 572
Variety factor for this station is : 11.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 182 Songs (31.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 115 MOST played songs (20.1% of the total)
or 318 LEAST played songs (55.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 45m
115th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
182nd most played song airs every: 1d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 159 (27.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 695
..in 3 months: 985, in 6 months: 1160

Top 15 Most Played:
1 [20 plays] Once – Falling Slowly
2= [19 plays] La La Land – City Of Stars
2= [19 plays] Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – Pure Imagination
4= [18 plays] Crazy For You – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
4= [18 plays] Kiss Me Kate – Brush Up Your Shakespeare
4= [18 plays] Swing Time – The Way You Look Tonight
7= [17 plays] A Star Is Born – Shallow
7= [17 plays] Babes In Arms – The Lady Is A Tramp
7= [17 plays] Carousel – You’ll Never Walk Alone
7= [17 plays] Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
7= [17 plays] Kiss Me Kate – Too Darn Hot
7= [17 plays] Pocahontas – Colors Of The Wind
7= [17 plays] South Pacific – I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair
7= [17 plays] The Commitments – Try A Little Tenderness
7= [17 plays] The Prince Of Egypt – When You Believe

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