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 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6561
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 574
Variety factor for this station is : 8.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 199 Songs (34.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 127 MOST played songs (22.1% of the total)
or 295 LEAST played songs (51.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 1h 5m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 3m
127th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 30m
199th most played song airs every: 1d 15h 25m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 107 (18.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 663
..in 3 months: 797, in 6 months: 845
..in 9 months: 866, in 12 months: 907

Top 20 Most Played:
1 [22 plays] The Monkees – Daydream Believer
2 [21 plays] Kc and The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go
3= [20 plays] each for…
+ Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
+ Alexander O’Neal – If You Were Here Tonight
+ Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now
+ Van Morrison – Moondance
7= [19 plays] each for…
+ Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
+ Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band – We’ve Got Tonight
+ Carole King – It’s Too Late
+ Detroit Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
+ Emeli Sande – Clown
+ Huey Lewis and The News – Stuck With You
+ Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
+ Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
+ Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
+ Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
+ Peaches and Herb – Reunited
+ Smokey Robinson – Tracks Of My Tears
+ The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
+ Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero

Analysis: 25 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8652
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 745
Variety factor for this station is : 8.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 206 Songs (27.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 118 MOST played songs (15.8% of the total)
or 425 LEAST played songs (57% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h
10th most played song airs every: 17h 38m
118th most played song airs every: 1d 7h 34m
206th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 51m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 144 (19.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 787
..in 3 months: 813, in 6 months: 1052

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [50 plays] Martin Gauffin – Found
2 [46 plays] cleanmindsounds – Worshipful
3 [45 plays] Alex Blest – Fragments of Bliss (Magdelayna Chilldown Mix)
4 [39 plays] SKYSURFER – Here Comes The Sun (Piano Dream Mix)
5 [38 plays] Kev Sheridan – Alone in Berlin
6= [36 plays] each for…
+ Slowheal – spirals
+ The Field Tapes – Through Trees
8= [35 plays] each for…
+ Ganga – Gymnastics
+ Random Forest – I Don`t Trust That Bird of Prey
10= [34 plays] each for…
+ Borrtex & Hazy – Breathe
+ Daniel Avery – Hazel and Gold
+ FRAGILE STATE – Undercurrent (Alucidnation downtempo remix)
+ SOUNDS FROM THE GROUND – London Fields

Analysis: 25 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7498
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1374
Variety factor for this station is : 18.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 284 Songs (20.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 149 MOST played songs (10.8% of the total)
or 896 LEAST played songs (65.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 12m
149th most played song airs every: 2d 12h
284th most played song airs every: 3d 3h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 888 (64.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1601
..in 3 months: 3438, in 6 months: 5425
..in 9 months: 6930, in 12 months: 8115

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [51 plays] Omar Apollo – Evergreen (You Didn’t Deserve Me At All)
2 [50 plays] Little Simz – How Did You Get Here
3= [39 plays] each for…
+ Paramore – This Is Why
+ Pip Millett – Slow
+ Wet Leg – Ur Mum
+ Wizkid – Bad To Me
7 [38 plays] Stormzy – Hide & Seek
8= [37 plays] each for…
+ beabadoobee – the perfect pair
+ Mimi Webb – Ghost Of You
+ Rema & Selena Gomez – Calm Down (Remix)

Analysis: 25 days, up to 20-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7912
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1037
Variety factor for this station is : 13.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 276 Songs (26.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 157 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 604 LEAST played songs (58.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 21m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 5m
157th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 9m
276th most played song airs every: 2d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 402 (38.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1113
..in 3 months: 1167, in 6 months: 1177
..in 9 months: 1206, in 12 months: 1334

Top 15 Most Played:

1 [31 plays] ALWAYS – BON JOVI
2 [29 plays] TO BE WITH YOU – MR BIG
3= [28 plays] each for…
+ HOLD ON – WILSON PHILLIPS
+ KISS ME – SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER
+ SLEEPING SATELLITE – TASMIN ARCHER
6 [26 plays] BREATHE AGAIN – TONI BRAXTON
7= [24 plays] each for…
+ I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER – ARETHA FRANKLIN
+ OCEAN DRIVE – LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
+ WHAT CAN I DO – CORRS
10= [23 plays] each for…
+ HIGH – LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
+ I’LL STAND BY YOU – PRETENDERS
+ SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST – VANESSA WILLIAMS
+ STARS – SIMPLY RED
+ SUSPICIOUS MINDS – ELVIS PRESLEY
+ WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS – ANNIE LENNOX

Analysis: 24 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7269
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 802
Variety factor for this station is : 11%

50% OF PLAYS is 209 Songs (26% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 127 MOST played songs (15.8% of the total)
or 500 LEAST played songs (62.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 9m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 10m
127th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
209th most played song airs every: 1d 17h 8m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 303 (37.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 881
..in 3 months: 957, in 6 months: 1087
..in 9 months: 1121, in 12 months: 1146

Top 17 Most Played:
1 [26 plays] Johnny Bristol – Hang On In There Baby
2= [25 plays] each for…
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself
4 [24 plays] Mary Wells – My Guy
5= [23 plays] each for…
+ Edwin Starr – Contact
+ Emotions – Best Of My Love
+ Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
+ The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
9= [22 plays] each for…
+ Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
+ Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
+ Brothers Johnson – Stomp
+ Chic – Le Freak
+ Heatwave – Boogie Nights
+ Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night
+ Rufus ft. Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
+ The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
+ The Trammps – Hold Back The Night

Analysis: 27 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8213
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 619
Variety factor for this station is : 7.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 158 Songs (25.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 101 MOST played songs (16.3% of the total)
or 400 LEAST played songs (64.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 15m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 20m
101st most played song airs every: 1d 1h 55m
158th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 10m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 244 (39.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 647
..in 3 months: 988, in 6 months: 1277
..in 9 months: 1446, in 12 months: 1559

Top 16 Most Played:
1= [32 plays] each for…
+ Heathers – Seventeen
+ Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – Pure Imagination
3= [31 plays] each for…
+ Bridges Of Madison County – It All Fades Away
+ Michael Ball – You Can’t Stop The Beat
5= [30 plays] each for…
+ Avenue Q – There’s A Fine Fine Line
+ Bombay Dreams – Shakalaka Baby
+ La Cage Aux Folles – I Am What I Am
+ Rags – Children Of The Wind
+ Tarzan – You’ll Be In My Heart
10= [29 plays] each for…
+ 42nd Street – 42nd Street
+ A Chorus Line – One
+ Amelie – Times Are Hard For Dreamers
+ Calendar Girls – Sunflower
+ Dreamgirls – Listen
+ Fame – Fame
+ Kinky Boots – Sex Is In The Heel

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