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: 27 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7718
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 509
Variety factor for this station is : 6.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 199 Songs (39% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 126 MOST played songs (24.7% of the total)
or 232 LEAST played songs (45.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 10m
126th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
199th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 7m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 41 (8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 511
..in 3 months: 562, in 6 months: 636
..in 9 months: 761, in 12 months: 782

Top 17 Most Played:
1 [27 plays] Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
2= [25 plays] each for…
+ Etta James – At Last
+ Gladys Knight and The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia
+ Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now
+ Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
6= [24 plays] each for…
+ Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
+ James Brown – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World
+ Patsy Cline – Crazy
9= [23 plays] each for…
+ Chris Rea – Fool
+ Dusty Springfield – The Look Of Love
+ Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
+ Joan Armatrading – Love And Affection
+ Mary Wells – My Guy
+ Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
+ Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
+ The Monkees – Daydream Believer
+ Walker Brothers – Make It Easy On Yourself

Analysis: 23 days, up to 07-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7784
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 776
Variety factor for this station is : 9.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 187 Songs (24% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 103 MOST played songs (13.2% of the total)
or 474 LEAST played songs (61% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 13m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 20m
103rd most played song airs every: 1d 6h 40m
187th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 245 (31.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 792
..in 3 months: 973

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [54 plays] FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON – Papua New Guinea (Blue States mix)
2 [48 plays] NEON HEIGHTS – Walked Out This Morning
3 [44 plays] Tom Middleton – Astral Projection
4 [42 plays] Jordan Rakei – Defection
5= [40 plays] each for…
+ LTJ Bukem – Inner Guidance
+ Reina del Mar – Mil Sonidos
+ The Dynamics – Move On Up
8 [38 plays] Tor – Lightraker
9 [37 plays] Luke Howard – Slumber (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)
10 [36 plays] JOHN MARTYN – Sunshine`s Better (Talvin Singh remix)

Analysis: 24 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6602
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1469
Variety factor for this station is : 22.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 367 Songs (24.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 196 MOST played songs (13.3% of the total)
or 882 LEAST played songs (60% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 8h
196th most played song airs every: 3d 0h
367th most played song airs every: 4d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1103 (75%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1608
..in 3 months: 3322, in 6 months: 4807
..in 9 months: 5963, in 12 months: 6587

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [24 plays] Jungle – Time
2 [22 plays] Frank Ocean – Lost
3= [21 plays] each for…
+ Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
+ Paramore – The Only Exception
5= [20 plays] each for…
+ Christine and the Queens – Tilted
+ Khalid – Talk
+ Post Malone – I Like You (A Happier Song) (feat. Doja Cat)
+ The xx – On Hold
9= [18 plays] each for…
+ Alfie Templeman – Colour Me Blue
+ Kehlani – melt

Analysis: 23 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7156
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1024
Variety factor for this station is : 14.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 267 Songs (26% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 152 MOST played songs (14.8% of the total)
or 605 LEAST played songs (59% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 26m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
152nd most played song airs every: 1d 22h
267th most played song airs every: 2d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 471 (45.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1032
..in 3 months: 1102, in 6 months: 1230
..in 9 months: 1513, in 12 months: 1807

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] Wilson Phillips – Hold On
2 [25 plays] Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
3= [24 plays] each for…
+ Bon Jovi – Always
+ Mr Big – To Be With You
+ Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
6= [23 plays] each for…
+ Beautiful South – Rotterdam
+ Beverley Craven – Promise Me
+ Seal – Kiss From A Rose
+ Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last
10= [22 plays] each for…
+ Lighthouse Family – High
+ Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
+ Richard Marx – Hazard
+ Simply Red – Stars

Analysis: 25 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7773
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 731
Variety factor for this station is : 9.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 210 Songs (28.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 130 MOST played songs (17.7% of the total)
or 428 LEAST played songs (58.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 5m
130th most played song airs every: 1d 11h 17m
210th most played song airs every: 1d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 205 (28%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 744
..in 3 months: 794, in 6 months: 830
..in 9 months: 931, in 12 months: 968

Top 19 Most Played:
1= [26 plays] each for…
+ Lou Rawls – Lady Love
+ The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm
3= [25 plays] each for…
+ Sly/Family Stone – Dance To The Music
+ Contours – Do You Love Me
5= [24 plays] each for…
+ Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner
+ Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher And Higher
+ Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
+ Johnny Bristol – Hang On In There Baby
9= [23 plays] each for…
+ A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
+ Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
+ Bob and Earl – Harlem Shuffle
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Detroit Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
+ Donna Summer – Bad Girls
+ James Ingram/Michael McDonald – Yah Mo Be There
+ Mary Wells – My Guy
+ Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
+ The Staple Singers – If You Are Ready
+ The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7930
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 656
Variety factor for this station is : 8.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 186 Songs (28.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 119 MOST played songs (18.1% of the total)
or 397 LEAST played songs (60.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 23h 6m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h 57m
119th most played song airs every: 1d 7h 12m
186th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 50m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 215 (32.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 688
..in 3 months: 993, in 6 months: 1172
..in 9 months: 1354, in 12 months: 1500

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] Once – Falling Slowly
2= [26 plays] each for…
+ 9 To 5 – Nine To Five
+ Gigi – I Remember It Well
+ Oliver – As Long As He Needs Me
5= [25 plays] each for…
+ Babes In Arms – The Lady Is A Tramp
+ Blood Brothers – Tell Me It’s Not True
+ Come From Away – Me And The Sky
+ Dr Doolittle – Talk To The Animals
+ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
+ Godspell – Day By Day
+ Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Any Dream Will Do
+ Michael Ball – You Can’t Stop The Beat
+ tick, tick … BOOM! – 30 90
+ Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – Pure Imagination

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