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: 23 days, up to 08-03-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6879
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 584
Variety factor for this station is : 8.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 199 Songs (34% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 126 MOST played songs (21.5% of the total)
or 305 LEAST played songs (52.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 3h 36m
126th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 28m
199th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 112 (19.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 597
..in 3 months: 771, in 6 months: 830
..in 9 months: 866, in 12 months: 907

Top 18 Most Played:

1 [24 plays] Sarah Mclachlan – Angel
2 [22 plays] Seal – Kiss From A Rose
3= [21 plays] each for…
+ Curtis Stigers – You’re All That Matters To Me
+ Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
+ Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
+ Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
+ Tina Arena – Chains
8= [20 plays] each for…
+ Al Jarreau – Mornin’
+ america – A Horse With No Name
+ Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red
+ Dusty Springfield – The Look Of Love
+ Ed Sheeran – Perfect
+ James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
+ Jon and Vangelis and Yes – I’ll Find My Way Home
+ Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
+ The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing
+ Walker Brothers – Make It Easy On Yourself
+ Will to Power – Baby I Love Your Way

Analysis: 23 days, up to 08-03-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7908
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 712
Variety factor for this station is : 9%

50% OF PLAYS is 201 Songs (28.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 112 MOST played songs (15.7% of the total)
or 392 LEAST played songs (55% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 17h 48m
112th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 28m
201st most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 105 (14.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 712
..in 3 months: 765, in 6 months: 1005
..in 9 months: 1072, in 12 months: 1087

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [39 plays] Lost Beaches – Open Arms
2 [36 plays] The Sura Quintet – Spring Equinox
3 [35 plays] Fila Brazillia – DNA
4 [34 plays] Luttrell – October Song
5= [33 plays] each for…
+ Fukase Junichiro – Yatta
+ Mt. Wolf feat. Henry Green – Baja
+ Parra for Cuva feat. Beau Diako & Kyson – Ordel
8= [32 plays] each for…
+ Ganga – Gymnastics
+ Hosini / Jones Meadow – Gron
10= [31 plays] each for…
+ evolv – What an Interesting Creature
+ Light of Sun – Dawning

Analysis: 24 days, up to 08-03-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7910
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1203
Variety factor for this station is : 15.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 262 Songs (21.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 147 MOST played songs (12.2% of the total)
or 778 LEAST played songs (64.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 15h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 9m
147th most played song airs every: 1d 17h 8m
262nd most played song airs every: 2d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 632 (52.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1306
..in 3 months: 2382, in 6 months: 3554
..in 9 months: 4892, in 12 months: 6139

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [38 plays] each for…
+ Four Tet – LOVED
+ Hot Natured – Benediction (feat. Ali Love)
3 [33 plays] The Weeknd – The Hills
4 [31 plays] Skepta & Jammer – Touching My Body (feat. Etta Bond)
5 [29 plays] Lana Del Rey – Video Games
6 [28 plays] Frank Ocean – Pink + White
7= [27 plays] each for…
+ Massive Attack – Teardrop
+ Olivia Dean – Dive
+ Sammy Virji – Moonlight
10= [26 plays] each for…
+ KAYTRANADA – Lover/Friend (feat. Rochelle Jordan)
+ Robyn & Kleerup – With Every Heartbeat

Jack 3 Chill ceased 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

Analysis: 23 days, up to 08-03-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7431
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 806
Variety factor for this station is : 10.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 225 Songs (27.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 138 MOST played songs (17.1% of the total)
or 481 LEAST played songs (59.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 2m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
138th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
225th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 265 (32.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 823
..in 3 months: 964, in 6 months: 1072
..in 9 months: 1115, in 12 months: 1153

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [29 plays] The S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good To Me
2= [23 plays] each for…
+ Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
+ Isley Brothers – Harvest For The World
+ Johnny Bristol – Hang On In There Baby
+ Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
6= [22 plays] each for…
+ Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
+ Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner
+ Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
+ Sam and Dave – Soul Man
+ The Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll Be There
+ The Trammps – Hold Back The Night

Analysis: 26 days, up to 08-03-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8337
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 551
Variety factor for this station is : 6.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 165 Songs (29.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 105 MOST played songs (19% of the total)
or 320 LEAST played songs (58% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 44m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 48m
105th most played song airs every: 1d 2h
165th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 21m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 160 (29%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 574
..in 3 months: 815, in 6 months: 1079
..in 9 months: 1304, in 12 months: 1583

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [49 plays] Guys and Dolls – Sit Down You’re Rockin The Boat
2 [33 plays] La Cage Aux Folles – I Am What I Am
3= [32 plays] each for…
+ A Little Night Music – Send In The Clowns
+ Chess – Anthem
5= [31 plays] each for…
+ Les Miserables – On My Own
+ Once – Falling Slowly
7= [30 plays] each for…
+ Avenue Q – There’s A Fine Fine Line
+ Billy Elliot – Born To Boogie
+ Cabaret – Cabaret
+ Oliver – As Long As He Needs Me
+ The Hair – Aquarius

Analysis: 26 days, up to 09-03-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6802
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 261
Variety factor for this station is : 3.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 69 Songs (26.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 44 MOST played songs (16.8% of the total)
or 163 LEAST played songs (62.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 11h 20m
44th most played song airs every: 13h 33m
69th most played song airs every: 14h 30m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 51 (19.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 262
..in 3 months: 279, in 6 months: 291
..in 9 months: 299, in 12 months: 319

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [64 plays] Dolly Parton – 9 To 5: 9 to 5
2 [59 plays] David Bowie – Absolute Beginners: Absolute Beginners
3= [58 plays] each for…
+ Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For a Hero: Footloose, The Super Mario Bros. Movie
+ Paul McCartney and Wings – Silly Love Songs: Give My Regards To Broad Street
5 [57 plays] Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten: The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants
6= [56 plays] each for…
+ Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters: Ghostbusters
+ Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now: Mannequin
+ Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You: The Woman in Red
9= [55 plays] each for…
+ Aqua – Turn Back Time: Sliding Doors
+ Dan Hartman – I Can Dream About You: Streets of Fire
+ Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds: Lilo & Stitch
+ Jon Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory: Young Guns 2
+ Simple Minds – Don’t You : The Breakfast Club

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