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: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3591
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2403
Variety factor for this station is : 66.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 608 Songs (25.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 275 MOST played songs (11.4% of the total)
or 1196 LEAST played songs (49.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 16h
275th most played song airs every: 7d 0h
608th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2365 (98.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
109 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4294
..in 3 months: 8574, in 6 months: 13399

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [35 plays] Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart
2 [33 plays] The Weeknd – Take My Breath
3 [32 plays] Sophie Ellis-Bextor & The Feeling – While You’re Still Young
4 [30 plays] Ed Sheeran – Visiting Hours
5 [29 plays] ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down
6 [27 plays] Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak – Skate
7 [25 plays] Anne-Marie & Little Mix – Kiss My (Uh-Oh)
8 [24 plays] Steps – Take Me For A Ride
9 [22 plays] Ella Henderson & House Gospel Choir – Risk It All (feat. Just Kiddin)
10 [21 plays] Manic Street Preachers – The Secret He Had Missed (feat. Julia Cumming)

Analysis: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4175
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 663
Variety factor for this station is : 15.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 101 Songs (15.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 55 MOST played songs (8.2% of the total)
or 507 LEAST played songs (76.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 25m
10th most played song airs every: 14h
55th most played song airs every: 21h
101st most played song airs every: 1d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 420 (63.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
13 after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 892
..in 3 months: 1420, in 6 months: 1781

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [76 plays] Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
2= [72 plays] Pink – All I Know So Far
2= [72 plays] The Weeknd – Take My Breath
4 [69 plays] Galantis x David Guetta x Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
5 [68 plays] Joel Corry x RAYE x David Guetta – Bed
6 [66 plays] Calvin Harris Feat. Tom Grennan – By Your Side
7 [51 plays] Elton John – Cold Heart
8 [31 plays] Little Mix – Break Up Song
9 [28 plays] Joel Corry X MNEK – Head & Heart
10 [24 plays] Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Analysis: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3552
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1072
Variety factor for this station is : 30.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 198 Songs (18.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 117 MOST played songs (10.9% of the total)
or 768 LEAST played songs (71.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 24m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 50m
117th most played song airs every: 1d 18h
198th most played song airs every: 2d 8h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 815 (76%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
32 after 8 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1575
..in 3 months: 2782, in 6 months: 3672

Top 19 Most Played:

1 [15 plays] Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
2= [14 plays] Abba – Dancing Queen
2= [14 plays] Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything
2= [14 plays] Frankie Valli – Grease
2= [14 plays] Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat
2= [14 plays] Kool and The Gang – Celebration
2= [14 plays] O’Jays – Love Train
2= [14 plays] Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
9= [13 plays] For all of….Alexander O’Neal – Criticize, Barry White – You See The Trouble With Me, Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free, Earth Wind and Fire – September, Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street, Irene Cara – Flashdance, Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited, Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Human League – Don’t You Want Me, Trammps – Disco Inferno & Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

Analysis: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4306
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 936
Variety factor for this station is : 21.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 215 Songs (22.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 129 MOST played songs (13.7% of the total)
or 612 LEAST played songs (65.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
129th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
215th most played song airs every: 1d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 630 (67.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
10 after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1036
..in 3 months: 1172, in 6 months: 1496

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [16 plays] Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
1= [16 plays] Talk Talk – It’s My Life
3= [15 plays] Smiths – This Charming Man
3= [15 plays] Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
5= [14 plays] Big Country – Fields Of Fire
5= [14 plays] Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
5= [14 plays] Gary Numan – Cars
5= [14 plays] Paul Weller – Changing Man
5= [14 plays] Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
5= [14 plays] Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
5= [14 plays] Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work

Analysis: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5249
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 901
Variety factor for this station is : 17.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 228 Songs (25.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 140 MOST played songs (15.5% of the total)
or 569 LEAST played songs (63.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 24m
140th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
228th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 467 (51.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1139
..in 3 months: 1278, in 6 months: 1443

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [17 plays] Casuals – Jesamine
1= [17 plays] Police – Message In A Bottle
3 [16 plays] John Fred & The Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
4= [15 plays] Billy Joel – The Longest Time
4= [15 plays] Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
4= [15 plays] Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
4= [15 plays] Shocking Blue – Venus
4= [15 plays] Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe
4= [15 plays] Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him
4= [15 plays] Who – Substitute

Analysis: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3978
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 645
Variety factor for this station is : 16.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 185 Songs (28.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 114 MOST played songs (17.6% of the total)
or 378 LEAST played songs (58.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
114th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 36m
185th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 280 (43.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 726
..in 3 months: 922, in 6 months: 1051

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [24 plays] Ed Sheeran – Visiting Hours
2= [15 plays] Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
2= [15 plays] Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman
4= [14 plays] A-Ha – Take On Me
4= [14 plays] Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
4= [14 plays] John Legend – All Of Me
4= [14 plays] Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
4= [14 plays] Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
4= [14 plays] Texas – Say What You Want
4= [14 plays] The Corrs – Runaway

Analysis: 14 days, up to 14-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4453
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 714
Variety factor for this station is : 16%

50% OF PLAYS is 136 Songs (19% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 81 MOST played songs (11.3% of the total)
or 510 LEAST played songs (71.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 26m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 16m
81st most played song airs every: 22h 24m
136th most played song airs every: 1d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 415 (58.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
18 after 10 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 957
..in 3 months: 1330, in 6 months: 1676

Top 15 Most Played:
1= [25 plays] Lady A – Need You Now
1= [25 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
3= [24 plays] Patrick Swayze – She’s Like The Wind
3= [24 plays] Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
5= [23 plays] Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme
5= [23 plays] John Waite – Missing You
5= [23 plays] Spandau Ballet – True
8= [22 plays] Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
8= [22 plays] Bill Withers – Lean on Me
8= [22 plays] Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
8= [22 plays] Madonna – Crazy For You
8= [22 plays] Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
8= [22 plays] Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
8= [22 plays] Otis Redding – Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay
8= [22 plays] The Cars – Drive

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