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 55 days
from 08-02-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 14002
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 6225
Variety factor for this station is : 44.4%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 1030 Songs
(16.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
5918 (95%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
42 after 48 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
 1 [131 plays] Rag’n’Bone Man – All You Ever Wanted
2 [118 plays] Jessie Ware – Remember Where You Are
3 [106 plays] Dua Lipa – We’re Good
4 [86 plays]  Marisha Wallace – Faith
5 [80 plays]  Silk City – NEW LOVE (feat. Ellie Goulding)
6 [78 plays]  James Smith – My Oh My
7 [73 plays]  Amy Macdonald – Statues
8 [67 plays]  Gabrielle – Stop Right Now
9 [64 plays]  Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak – Leave The Door Open
10 [63 plays]  Jason Derulo – Lifestyle (ft Adam Levine)

Analysis of 66 days
from 28-01-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 19034
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 676
Variety factor for this station is : 3.5%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 88 Songs
(13% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
287 (42.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO new songs after 31 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [403 plays] The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
2 [393 plays] Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
3 [392 plays] Jason Derulo – Take You Dancing
4 [390 plays] Little Mix – Break Up Song
5 [375 plays] Keith Urban & Pink – One Too Many
6 [321 plays] Sam Smith – Diamonds
7 [308 plays] Lady Gaga ft Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
8 [306 plays] Miley Cyrus ft Dua Lipa – Prisoner
9 [296 plays] Dua Lipa ft DaBaby – Levitating
10 [174 plays] Majestic x Boney M – Rasputin

Analysis of 61 days
from 02-02-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 15225
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2043
Variety factor for this station is : 13.4%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 188 Songs
(9.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
1558 (76.2%)

Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 48 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [62 plays]  The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On
2 [61 plays]  Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – December 1963
3 [60 plays]  Simple Minds – Don’t You
4 [58 plays]  Prince – 1999
5 [57 plays]  Elvis Costello and The Attractions – Oliver’s Army
6 [56 plays]  Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
7 [56 plays]  Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
8 [55 plays]  Earth Wind and Fire – September
9 [55 plays]  The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
10 [55 plays]  Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

Analysis of 49 days
from 13-02-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 14962
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1100
Variety factor for this station is : 7.3%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 217 Songs
(19.7% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
431 (39.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 48 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [60 plays]  Who – My Generation
2 [58 plays]  Pink Floyd – Money
3 [58 plays]  Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
4 [56 plays]  Manfred Mann’s Earthband – Blinded By The Light
5 [55 plays]  Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
6 [54 plays]  Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
7 [54 plays]  Electric Light Orchestra – Shine A Little Love
8 [54 plays]  T Rex – 20th Century Boy
9 [54 plays]  Oasis – Roll With It
10 [53 plays]  Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Analysis of 55 days
from 08-02-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 20919
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1137
Variety factor for this station is : 5.4%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 249 Songs
(21.8% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
380 (33.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 35 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [58 plays]  Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
2 [58 plays]  Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
3 [56 plays]  Boston – More Than A Feeling
4 [54 plays]  Len Barry – 123
5 [54 plays]  Who – Substitute
6 [54 plays]  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)
7 [53 plays]  Slade – Coz I Luv You
8 [53 plays]  Free – All Right Now
9 [53 plays]  Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining
10 [53 plays]  Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him

Analysis of 66 days
from 28-01-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 18535
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 875
Variety factor for this station is : 4.7%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 183 Songs
(20.9% of the total)
Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
352 (40.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
0 after 15 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [66 plays]  Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
2 [66 plays]  Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
3 [65 plays]  Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
4 [65 plays]  Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
5 [64 plays]  Toto – Africa
6 [64 plays]  Lonestar – Amazed
7 [64 plays]  Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
8 [64 plays]  Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
9 [62 plays]  Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
10 [62 plays]  Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme

Analysis of 56 days
from 07-02-2021 to 03-04-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 16369
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 509
Variety factor for this station is : 3.1%

50% OF PLAYS made up of 135 Songs
(26.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
67 (13.1%)

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

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [86 plays]  John Waite – Missing You
2 [84 plays]  Spandau Ballet – True
3 [84 plays]  Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
4 [83 plays]  Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
5 [82 plays]  Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
6 [81 plays]  Air Supply – All Out Of Love
7 [80 plays]  Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme
8 [79 plays]  James Morrison – You Give Me Something
9 [78 plays]  Gloria Estefan – Don’t Wanna Lose You
10 [77 plays]  Lady A – Need You Now

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