25-55 Age Pop/General Range/Oldies Stations

Here we are then, the stations that play a cross section of pop music from across the years, targeting the 25-55/60 market, some with current songs, and some without. The big groups park their tanks on this lawn, with at least two offerings from each of Global and Bauer is this sector, (and each also with back up “decade” and other variations on the main brand, as you’ll find out on other pages). Once again the BBC is streets ahead with over 4000 different songs played, almost 3 times the next nearest commercial rival, but you may notice Radio 2 doesn’t start off playing as many songs as the commercial stations, but after just a few days keeps it’s new plays going, where the commercial rivals with their far smaller playlists, quickly run out of “new song” steam.

Analysis of 37 days
from 16-04-2021 to 23-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9389
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4935
Variety factor for this station is : 52.5%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 968 Songs
(19.6% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
4818 (97.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
62 after 31 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [85 plays] Years & Years – Starstruck
2 [74 plays] Will Young – Daniel
3 [63 plays] Paul Weller – Shades Of Blue
4 [62 plays] Lola Lennox – Wherever You Go
5= [58 plays] Rag’n’Bone Man – Anywhere Away from Here (feat. P!nk)
5= [58 plays] Texas – Mr Haze
7 [57 plays] Michael Ball – Be The One
8 [56 plays] James Newman – Embers
9 [54 plays] Mimi Webb – Good Without
10 [51 plays] Becky Hill – Last Time

Analysis of 38 days
from 15-04-2021 to 23-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11463
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1115
Variety factor for this station is : 9.7%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 101 Songs
(9% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
799 (71.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
9 after 36 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [214 plays] Years & Years – Starstruck
2 [210 plays] The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
3= [208 plays] Jason Derulo – Take You Dancing
3= [208 plays] Little Mix – Break Up Song
5 [204 plays] Dua Lipa Feat. DaBaby – Levitating
6 [196 plays] Keith Urban & Pink – One Too Many
7 [195 plays] Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
8 [192 plays] Sam Smith – Diamonds
9 [113 plays] Lady Gaga Feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
10 [105 plays] Miley Cyrus Feat. Dua Lipa – Prisoner

Analysis of 33 days
from 20-04-2021 to 23-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 8156
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1684
Variety factor for this station is : 20.6%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 194 Songs
(11.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
1276 (75.7%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
12 after 25 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1= [33 plays] Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army
1= [33 plays] Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
1= [33 plays] Simple Minds – Don’t You
4 [32 plays] Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
5 [31 plays] Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
6= [30 plays] Four Seasons – December 1963
6= [30 plays] Isley Bros – Harvest For The World
6= [30 plays] Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
6= [30 plays] Steve Harley – Make Me Smile
10 [29 plays] Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

Analysis of 30 days
from 23-04-2021 to 23-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9010
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 946
Variety factor for this station is : 10.4%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 215 Songs
(22.7% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
375 (39.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
4 after 21 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [41 plays] Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
2 [36 plays] Billy Ocean – Loverboy
3 [33 plays] Duran Duran – Girls On Film
4= [32 plays] Billy Idol – Mony Mony
4= [32 plays] Jam – Absolute Beginners
4= [32 plays] Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold
7= [31 plays] Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
7= [31 plays] Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
7= [31 plays] Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger
7= [31 plays] Talk Talk – It’s My Life
7= [31 plays] Who – My Generation

Analysis of 31 days
from 22-04-2021 to 23-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11776
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1016

Variety factor for this station is : 8.6%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 242 Songs
(23.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
362 (35.6%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 19 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1= [32 plays each]
Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
Casuals – Jesamine, Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time
Johnny Tillotson – Poetry In Motion
R Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House
Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
8= [31 plays each]
Boston – More Than A Feeling
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Equals – Baby Come Back
Fortunes – You’ve Got Your Troubles
Len Barry – 123, Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
Police – Message In A Bottle

Analysis of 35 days
from 17-04-2021 to 22-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10135

Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 750
Variety factor for this station is : 7.4%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 183 Songs
(24.4% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
277 (36.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day: 2 after 15 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:

1
[40 plays] Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
2= [37 plays] Madness – It Must Be Love
2= [37 plays] Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
4= [36 plays] Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme
4= [36 plays] Laura Branigan – Gloria
4= [36 plays] Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
7= [35 plays] Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
7= [35 plays] Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
7= [35 plays] Toto – Africa
10 [34 plays] A-Ha – Take On Me

Analysis of 30 days
from 23-04-2021 to 23-05-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 9433
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1015
Variety factor for this station is : 10.7%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 139 Songs
(13.6% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
632 (62.2%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 20 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1= [49 plays] John Waite – Missing You
1= [49 plays] Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
3= [47 plays] James Morrison – You Give Me Something
3= [47 plays] Spandau Ballet – True
3= [47 plays] The Cars – Drive
6= [46 plays] Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
6= [46 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
8 [45 plays] Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
9= [44 plays] Air Supply – All Out Of Love
9= [44 plays] Bill Withers – Lean on Me
9= [44 plays] England Dan & John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love To See You Tonight
9= [44 plays] Lady A – Need You Now

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