Easy Listening Secondary Stations

So here’s a set of secondary stations, playing sub-genres with the main “brand”. You’ll see that about 500-600 songs seems the standard for these pretty much totally automated stations, though Jack & Chill (what a great name!) is right out there with over 1100!

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

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 16671
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 637
Variety factor for this station is : 3.8%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 220 Songs
(34.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
102 (16%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 13 DAYS:

 

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [50 plays]  Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand
2 [47 plays]  Johnny Bristol – Hang On In There Baby
3 [47 plays]  Carole King – It’s Too Late
4 [46 plays]  Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
5 [46 plays]  The Chi-Lites – Have You Seen Her
6 [45 plays]  Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
7 [45 plays]  Leo Sayer – When I Need You
8 [45 plays]  Don McLean – Vincent
9 [45 plays]  Crystal Gayle – Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
10 [45 plays]  10cc – I’m Not In Love

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 of 58 days
from 07-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 18046
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1221
Variety factor for this station is : 6.7%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 238 Songs
(19.4% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
508 (41.6%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 24 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [56 plays]  John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air
2 [56 plays]  Samantha Sang – Emotions
3 [56 plays]  Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun
4 [54 plays]  Olivia Newton-John – Hopelessly Devoted To You
5 [54 plays]  Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
6 [53 plays]  Carole King – It’s Too Late
7 [53 plays]  Bee Gees – Night Fever
8 [53 plays]  Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
9 [51 plays]  Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
10 [51 plays]  Simon And Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

Analysis of 53 days
from 12-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 16853
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 655
Variety factor for this station is : 3.8%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 151 Songs
(23% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
110 (16.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 21 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [68 plays]  Heatwave – Boogie Nights
2 [68 plays]  Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
3 [68 plays]  Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
4 [66 plays]  Emotions – Best Of My Love
5 [66 plays]  The Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
6 [66 plays]  Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya
7 [66 plays]  Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
8 [65 plays]  Ashford and Simpson – Solid
9 [65 plays]  Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
10 [65 plays]  Isley Brothers – Harvest For The World

Analysis of 58 days
from 07-02-2021 to 05-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 20952
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 557

Variety factor for this station is : 2.6%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 179 Songs
(32.1% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
139 (24.9%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 5 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [77 plays]  Once – Falling Slowly
2 [72 plays]  Hair – Aquarius
3 [72 plays]  A Little Night Music – Send In The Clowns
4 [72 plays]  Anyone Can Whistle – Anyone Can Whistle
5 [71 plays]  Carousel – You’ll Never Walk Alone
6 [69 plays]  Motown The Musical – Get Ready / Dancing In The Street
7 [69 plays]  Be More Chill – Michael In The Bathroom
8 [68 plays]  Half A Sixpence – Flash, Bang, Wallop
9 [68 plays]  Kiss Me Kate – Brush Up Your Shakespeare
10 [68 plays]  Annie Get Your Gun – I Got Lost In His Arms

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