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 an element of current songs, (eg Ofcom FORCES BBC Radio 2 to play 20% “new music” in daytime hours) and some without any current songs at all. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the big groups are all in on the action in this genre 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’s Radio 2 is streets ahead with over 4000 different songs played, almost 3 times the next nearest commercial rival, but you may notice R2 doesn’t start off playing as many songs as the commercial stations (due to the Ofcom rule already mentioned), however 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.

Union Jack, playing just British artists, was a national DAB station opening in 2016, but it closed suddenly in early 2022. Even though no longer broadcasting, it’s data is still currently included in this list for interest. Virgin 80’s plus is the newest in this arena, it was launched on 1st Sept 2022. Off the back of the success of Bauer’s Greatest HIts, is Gold looking forward to a revamp and relaunch by Global? Answers on a Postcard!

Analysis: 24 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6339
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3882
Variety factor for this station is : 61.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 918 Songs (23.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 390 MOST played songs (10% of the total)
or 2112 LEAST played songs (54.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 17m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 34m
390th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
918th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3833 (98.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
82 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4557
..in 3 months: 9438, in 6 months: 14768
..in 9 months: 18816, in 12 months: 22472

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [56 plays] each for…
+ Hozier – Too Sweet
+ Olly Alexander – Dizzy
3 [55 plays] Perrie – Forget About Us
4= [47 plays] each for…
+ Taylor Swift – Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)
+ Will Young – Falling Deep
6 [46 plays] Dua Lipa – Illusion
7= [44 plays] each for…
+ Dasha – Austin
+ Sabrina Carpenter – espresso
+ Travis – Gaslight
10= [37 plays] each for…
+ Paul Weller – Rise Up Singing
+ Pet Shop Boys – Dancing Star

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8756
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1331
Variety factor for this station is : 15.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 141 Songs (10.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 80 MOST played songs (6% of the total)
or 1108 LEAST played songs (83.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 23m
80th most played song airs every: 23h 4m
141st most played song airs every: 1d 3h 16m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 977 (73.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
17 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1429
..in 3 months: 1939, in 6 months: 2198
..in 9 months: 2312, in 12 months: 2378

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [148 plays] Noah Kahan – Stick Season
2 [144 plays] Teddy Swims – Lose Control
3 [142 plays] Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
4 [125 plays] Perrie – Forget About Us
5 [51 plays] Beyonce – Texas Hold ‘Em
6= [44 plays] each for…
+ Dasha – Austin
+ Rema & Selena Gomez – Calm Down
8 [40 plays] The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
9= [39 plays] each for…
+ Taylor Swift & Post Malone – Fortnight
+ The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

Analysis: 27 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6700
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2135
Variety factor for this station is : 31.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 351 Songs (16.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 204 MOST played songs (9.5% of the total)
or 1558 LEAST played songs (72.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 16h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 17m
204th most played song airs every: 3d 0h
351st most played song airs every: 4d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1726 (80.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
22 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2208
..in 3 months: 3828, in 6 months: 5064
..in 9 months: 5798, in 12 months: 6326

Top 13 Most Played:

1= [16 plays] each for…
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
3= [15 plays] each for…
+ Chic – Good Times
+ Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
+ George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
+ Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
+ The Trammps – Disco Inferno
8= [14 plays] each for…
+ Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
+ Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
+ Ike and Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
+ Irene Cara – Fame
+ Isley Brothers – Harvest For The World
+ Rod Stewart – Maggie May

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8944
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 868
Variety factor for this station is : 9.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 190 Songs (21.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 117 MOST played songs (13.4% of the total)
or 588 LEAST played songs (67.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 15h 46m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 24m
117th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
190th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 3m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 375 (43.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 894
..in 3 months: 1035, in 6 months: 1174
..in 9 months: 1279, in 12 months: 1341

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [35 plays] Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe
2= [34 plays] each for…
+ Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining
+ Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
4 [33 plays] Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
5 [32 plays] The Equals – Baby Come Back
6= [31 plays] each for…
+ Chris Andrews – Yesterday Man
+ The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun
+ The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
9= [30 plays] each for…
+ Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
+ Love Affair – Bringing On Back The Good Times
+ The Zombies – She’s Not There
+ Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
+ Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6623
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 687
Variety factor for this station is : 10.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 171 Songs (24.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 99 MOST played songs (14.4% of the total)
or 433 LEAST played songs (63% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 43m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 2m
99th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 28m
171st most played song airs every: 1d 15h 25m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 246 (35.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 724
..in 3 months: 957, in 6 months: 1371
..in 9 months: 1548, in 12 months: 1689

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [33 plays] Yazoo – Only You
2= [31 plays] each for…
+ The Bangles – Eternal Flame
+ Toto – Africa
4= [30 plays] each for…
+ Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
+ Tina Turner – The Best
6= [29 plays] each for…
+ Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
+ Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
+ Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
+ Harry Styles – As It Was
+ Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9094
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1520
Variety factor for this station is : 16.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 253 Songs (16.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 150 MOST played songs (9.8% of the total)
or 1131 LEAST played songs (74.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 18h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 4m
150th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 30m
253rd most played song airs every: 1d 22h 9m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 944 (62.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
16 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1632
..in 3 months: 2193, in 6 months: 2529
..in 9 months: 2833, in 12 months: 2946

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [32 plays] John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire
2= [29 plays] each for…
+ Berlin – Take My Breath Away
+ Spandau Ballet – True
4= [28 plays] each for…
+ Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
+ Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
+ John Waite – Missing You
+ The Cars – Drive
8= [27 plays] each for…
+ Lady A – Need You Now
+ Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
10= [26 plays] each for…
+ Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia
+ Michael Buble – Home
+ Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
+ Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It

Analysis: 24 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7646
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1469
Variety factor for this station is : 19.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 315 Songs (21.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 188 MOST played songs (12.7% of the total)
or 1007 LEAST played songs (68.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
188th most played song airs every: 2d 4h 21m
315th most played song airs every: 2d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 813 (55.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
15 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1601
..in 3 months: 2283, in 6 months: 2844
..in 9 months: 3218, in 12 months: 3440

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [45 plays] Noah Kahan – Stick Season
2= [44 plays] each for…
+ Ariana Grande – we can’t be friends (wait for your love)
+ Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man – Lovers In A Past Life
4= [43 plays] each for…
+ Beyonce – Texas Hold Em
+ Dua Lipa – Houdini
+ Perrie – Forget About Us
+ Taylor Swift – Cruel Summer
8= [41 plays] each for…
+ Take That – You And Me
+ Teddy Swims – Lose Control
10 [24 plays] Will Young – Falling Deep

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8686
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 6022
Variety factor for this station is : 69.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 1767 Songs (29.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1043 MOST played songs (17.3% of the total)
or 2895 LEAST played songs (48% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 13h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 6h 32m
1043rd most played song airs every: 12d 12h
1767th most played song airs every: 12d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 6002 (99.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
125 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6606
..in 3 months: 9476, in 6 months: 11968
..in 9 months: 13108, in 12 months: 13909

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [16 plays] James Mccartney – Primrose Hill
2 [15 plays] Harriet – Sailing
3= [12 plays] each for…
+ Davy Jones – Hanging By A Thread
+ Take That – You And Me
5= [11 plays] each for…
+ Dee C. Lee – Back In Time
+ Dolly Parton – Southern Accents
+ Fairground Attraction – What’s Wrong With The World
+ Lenny Kravitz – Human
+ Old Dominion – Ain’t Got A Worry
+ The Castellows – No. 7 Road

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6796
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 776
Variety factor for this station is : 11.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 162 Songs (20.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 97 MOST played songs (12.5% of the total)
or 527 LEAST played songs (67.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 41m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 4m
97th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 34m
162nd most played song airs every: 1d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 381 (49%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 776
..in 3 months: 858, in 6 months: 991
..in 9 months: 1117, in 12 months: 1237

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [29 plays] each for…
+ Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes
+ Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
3 [28 plays] Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
4= [27 plays] each for…
+ Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
+ Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
+ George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
+ The La’s – There She Goes
8= [26 plays] each for…
+ Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
+ Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only
+ Inxs – Need You Tonight
+ Michael Sembello – Maniac
+ Mr Mister – Broken Wings

** No longer broadcasting !! **
Historic Analysis: 24 days, up to March 2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7948
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 788
Variety factor for this station is : 9.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 136 Songs (17.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 83 MOST played songs (10.5% of the total)
or 568 LEAST played songs (72% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 56m
83rd most played song airs every: 21h 20m
136th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 10m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 386 (48.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1004
..in 3 months: 1334, in 6 months: 1560
..in 9 months: 1664, in 12 months: 1928

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [88 plays] George Ezra – Blame It On Me
2 [71 plays] James Bay – Hold Back The River
3 [65 plays] Freya Ridings – Castles
4 [64 plays] Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
5 [58 plays] Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One
6= [57 plays] each for…
+ Freya Ridings – Lost Without You
+ Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
8 [53 plays] Florence And The Machine – Shake It Out
9= [34 plays] each for…
+ Coldplay – Viva La Vida
+ Kt Tunstall – Suddenly I See

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