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. 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 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.

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.

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6360
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3698
Variety factor for this station is : 58.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 836 Songs (22.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 358 MOST played songs (9.6% of the total)
or 2119 LEAST played songs (57.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 51m
358th most played song airs every: 8d 16h
836th most played song airs every: 13d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3651 (98.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
87 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4072
..in 3 months: 8383, in 6 months: 13090
..in 9 months: 17006

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [62 plays] Camila Cabello – Bam Bam (feat. Ed Sheeran)
2 [57 plays] Becky Hill & Galantis – Run
3 [54 plays] Regard & Years & Years – Hallucination
4 [49 plays] Def Leppard – Kick
5 [48 plays] Kygo – Dancing Feet (feat. DNCE)
6 [46 plays] Michael Bublé – Higher
7 [44 plays] James Bay – Give Me The Reason
8 [43 plays] Harry Styles – As It Was
9 [39 plays] New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley & En Vogue – Bring Back The Time
10 [37 plays] Coldplay & Selena Gomez – Let Somebody Go (Kygo Mix)

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7518
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 835
Variety factor for this station is : 11.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 116 Songs (13.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 62 MOST played songs (7.4% of the total)
or 652 LEAST played songs (78% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 45m
10th most played song airs every: 17h 20m
62nd most played song airs every: 1d 0h
116th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 42m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 512 (61.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
7 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 885
..in 3 months: 1387, in 6 months: 1706
..in 9 months: 1892, in 12 months: 1991

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [131 plays] Becky Hill – Last Time
2 [128 plays] Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart
3 [127 plays] David Guetta x MistaJam x John Newman – If You Really Love Me (How Will I Know)
4 [125 plays] Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
5 [121 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
6 [120 plays] Charlie Puth – Light Switch
7 [110 plays] Ed Sheeran – Overpass Graffiti
8 [109 plays] The Kid LAROI x Justin Bieber – Stay
9 [38 plays] Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
10 [36 plays] Walk The Moon – Shut Up & Dance

Analysis: 27 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5572
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1467
Variety factor for this station is : 26.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 256 Songs (17.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 150 MOST played songs (10.2% of the total)
or 1076 LEAST played songs (73.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 5h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 7m
150th most played song airs every: 2d 16h 48m
256th most played song airs every: 3d 9h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1061 (72.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
9 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1590
..in 3 months: 2771, in 6 months: 3878
..in 9 months: 4559, in 12 months: 5008

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [22 plays] Emotions – Best Of My Love
2= [20 plays] each for…
+ Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
+ Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
4= [19 plays] each for…
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat
6= [18 plays] each for…
+ Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything
+ Chic – Good Times
8= [17 plays] each for…
+ Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You
+ Blondie – Heart Of Glass
+ Frankie Valli – Grease
+ Kool and The Gang – Celebration
+ Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
+ Sister Sledge – We Are Family

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10444
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1013
Variety factor for this station is : 9.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 232 Songs (22.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 144 MOST played songs (14.2% of the total)
or 676 LEAST played songs (66.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 17m
144th most played song airs every: 1d 5h 42m
232nd most played song airs every: 1d 10h 40m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 425 (41.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1030
..in 3 months: 1150, in 6 months: 1328
..in 9 months: 1548, in 12 months: 1641

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [30 plays] each for…
+ Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining
+ Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
+ Police – Message In A Bottle
4= [29 plays] each for…
+ Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time
+ Equals – Baby Come Back
6= [28 plays] each for…
+ Amen Corner – (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice
+ Casuals – Jesamine
+ Del Shannon – Runaway
+ Derek & The Dominoes – Layla
+ Flowerpot Men – Let’s Go To San Francisco
+ Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7145
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 737
Variety factor for this station is : 10.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 209 Songs (28.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 130 MOST played songs (17.6% of the total)
or 436 LEAST played songs (59.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h 57m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 21m
130th most played song airs every: 1d 15h
209th most played song airs every: 1d 20h 34m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 219 (29.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 759
..in 3 months: 979, in 6 months: 1161
..in 9 months: 1261, in 12 months: 1309

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [25 plays] Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
2= [24 plays] each for…
+ Tina Turner – The Best
+ Toto – Africa
+ Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
5= [23 plays] each for…
+ A-Ha – Take On Me
+ Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You
7= [22 plays] each for…
+ Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
+ Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
+ Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
+ Lemar – If There’s Any Justice
+ Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

Analysis: 25 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7947
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 957
Variety factor for this station is : 12%

50% OF PLAYS is 147 Songs (15.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 88 MOST played songs (9.1% of the total)
or 734 LEAST played songs (76.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 6m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 12m
88th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
147th most played song airs every: 1d 6h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 571 (59.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
13 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1048
..in 3 months: 1551, in 6 months: 1875
..in 9 months: 2020, in 12 months: 2215

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [54 plays] Ed Sheeran feat. Taylor Swift – The Joker And The Queen
2 [42 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
3 [41 plays] Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
4 [40 plays] Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
5= [39 plays] each for…
+ Ben E King – Stand By Me
+ Lady A – Need You Now
+ Yazoo – Only You
8= [38 plays] each for…
+ Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
+ Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
10 [37 plays] Madonna – Crazy For You

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8904
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1649
Variety factor for this station is : 18.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 336 Songs (20.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 206 MOST played songs (12.4% of the total)
or 1161 LEAST played songs (70.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 8h 50m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 42m
206th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
336th most played song airs every: 2d 8h 43m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 960 (58.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
13 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1728
..in 3 months: 2803, in 6 months: 3965
..in 9 months: 4881

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [19 plays] Free – All Right Now
2= [18 plays] each for…
+ Bee Gees – Tragedy
+ Steve Harley / Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (come Up And See Me)
4= [17 plays] each for…
+ Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
+ Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
+ Duffy – Mercy
+ Frankie Valli / Four Seasons – Grease
+ Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
+ Men At Work – Down Under
+ Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
+ Soft Cell – Tainted Love
+ Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
+ Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
+ Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8910
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 6274
Variety factor for this station is : 70.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 2014 Songs (32.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1271 MOST played songs (20.2% of the total)
or 2969 LEAST played songs (47.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 17h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 21h 20m
1271st most played song airs every: 13d 0h
2014th most played song airs every: 13d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 6257 (99.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
98 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6651

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [15 plays] each for…
+ Ed Sheeran Feat. Taylor Swift – The Joker And The Queen
+ Heidi Talbot Feat. Dirk… – Empty Promise Land
+ Joss Stone – Oh To Be Loved By You
4= [13 plays] each for…
+ Mark Tremonti – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
+ Michael Buble – Higher
6 [12 plays] Paul Carrack – Set Me Free
7 [11 plays] Imagination Feat. Leee John – Betcha By Golly Wow
8 [10 plays] Jack Savoretti – You Don’t Have To Say You…
9= [9 plays] each for…
+ Liza Pulman – I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling
+ Mal Pope – So Sad

** 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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