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: 38 days, from 20-06-2021 to 28-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11306
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 560
Variety factor for this station is : 4.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 208 Songs (37.1% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 131 MOST played songs (23.3% of the total)
or 268 LEAST played songs (47.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
50 (8.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Top 11 Most Played:

1= 1 [36 plays] Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
2= [34 plays] Ben E King – Stand By Me, Gerry and The Pace Makers – You’ll Never Walk Alone, Gladys Knight/The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia, Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now and Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
7= [33 plays] Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry, Mama Cass – Dream A Little Dream, Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin, Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come and The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

Analysis of 57 days
from 07-02-2021 to 04-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 17427
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 650
Variety factor for this station is : 3.7%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 154 Songs
(23.6% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
53 (8.1%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 14 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [121 plays] The Sabres of Paradise – Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)
2 [110 plays] Chris Coco – Albatross (Lenny Ibizarre Remix)
3 [90 plays]  Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
4 [90 plays]  Jean Jacques Smoothie – 2People (RexKwondo Remix)
5 [89 plays]  Misc.Inc – Vibes
6 [88 plays]  Jakatta – The Other World
7 [88 plays]  The Chemical Brothers – One Too Many Mornings
8 [87 plays]  St Germain – Sure Thing
9 [86 plays]  London Grammar – Californian Soil
10 [86 plays]  Phil France – Transition

Analysis: 41 days, from 16-06-2021 to 27-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9083
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1417
Variety factor for this station is : 15.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 357 Songs (25.1% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 212 MOST played songs (14.9% of the total)
or 865 LEAST played songs (61% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
663 (46.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 6 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [31 plays] il:lo – ID
2 [28 plays] James Blake – Retrograde
3 [26 plays] Henry Green – The Sweetest Taboo
4 [24 plays] Tamera – Wickedest
5= [23 plays] Bea Anderson – Nauseous
5= [23 plays] Leven Kali – MADE 4 U (feat. Syd)
7= [22 plays] Drake – Passionfruit
7= [22 plays] Justin Bieber – Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
9= [21 plays] Arlo Parks – Hope
9= [21 plays] H.E.R. – Damage

Analysis: 41 days, from 17-06-2021 to 28-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11036
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1214
Variety factor for this station is : 11%

50% OF PLAYS is 254 Songs (20.9% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 146 MOST played songs (12% of the total)
or 810 LEAST played songs (66.7% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
484 (39.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 19 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [40 plays] Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
2 [38 plays] Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
3= [37 plays] Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
3= [37 plays] Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
5 [36 plays] Wilson Phillips – Hold On
6= [35 plays] Beautiful South – Rotterdam
6= [35 plays] Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive
8= [34 plays] Beverley Craven – Promise Me
8= [34 plays] George Michael – Freedom! ’90
8= [34 plays] Seal – Kiss From A Rose
8= [34 plays] Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last

Analysis: 34 days, from 24-06-2021 to 28-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11122
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 652
Variety factor for this station is : 5.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 200 Songs (30.6% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 124 MOST played songs (19% of the total)
or 365 LEAST played songs (55.9% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
104 (15.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Top 11 Most Played:
1 [39 plays] Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good
2 [37 plays] Detroit Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
3= [36 plays] Rufus ft. Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
3= [36 plays] The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
5= [35 plays] Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night
5= [35 plays] Steve Arrington – Feel So Real
5= [35 plays] Womack and Womack – Teardrops
8= [34 plays] Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
8= [34 plays] Chimes – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
8= [34 plays] Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
8= [34 plays] Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya

Analysis: 41 days, from 17-06-2021 to 28-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 15049
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 763
Variety factor for this station is : 5%

50% OF PLAYS is 183 Songs (23.9% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 116 MOST played songs (15.2% of the total)
or 508 LEAST played songs (66.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
332 (43.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 22 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1= [56 plays] Carousel – June Is Bustin’ Out All Over
1= [56 plays] Carousel – You’ll Never Walk Alone
3 [54 plays] Man Of La Mancha – The Impossible Dream
4= [53 plays] Anyone Can Whistle – Anyone Can Whistle
4= [53 plays] Dr Doolittle – Talk To The Animals
4= [53 plays] Once – Falling Slowly
7 [52 plays] Babes In Arms – The Lady Is A Tramp
8= [51 plays] Gigi – I Remember It Well
8= [51 plays] Half A Sixpence – Flash, Bang, Wallop
8= [51 plays] La La Land – City Of Stars

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