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: 42 days, from 14-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 10447
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5167
Variety factor for this station is : 49.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 956 Songs (18.5% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 405 MOST played songs (7.8% of the total)
or 3347 LEAST played songs (64.7% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
5030 (97.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
62 after 39 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [98 plays] Sigrid – Mirror
2 [93 plays] Diana Ross – Thank You
3 [88 plays] Marshmello & Jonas Brothers – Leave Before You Love Me
4 [84 plays] Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
5 [66 plays] Calvin Harris – By Your Side (feat. Tom Grennan)
6 [63 plays] Mabel – Let Them Know
7 [62 plays] Jessie J – I Want Love
8 [59 plays] Beverley Knight & Mark Knight – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (feat. London Community Gospel Choir)
9 [58 plays] Duran Duran – INVISIBLE
10 [56 plays] KSI – Holiday

Analysis: 40 days, from 15-06-2021 to 25-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 12248
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1065
Variety factor for this station is : 8.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 104 Songs (9.7% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 55 MOST played songs (5.1% of the total)
or 903 LEAST played songs (84.7% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
744 (69.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
7 after 37 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [232 plays] Pink – All I Know So Far
2 [231 plays] Galantis x David Guetta x Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
3 [224 plays] Little Mix – Break Up Song
4 [210 plays] Keith Urban & Pink – One Too Many
5 [178 plays] Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
6 [159 plays] Jason Derulo – Take You Dancing
7 [146 plays] The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
8 [124 plays] Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
9 [111 plays] Years & Years – Starstruck
10 [109 plays] Dua Lipa Feat. DaBaby – Levitating

Analysis: 33 days, from 23-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 8311
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1766
Variety factor for this station is : 21.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 218 Songs (12.3% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 127 MOST played songs (7.1% of the total)
or 1426 LEAST played songs (80.7% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
1313 (74.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
20 after 19 DAYS

Top 14 Most Played:
1 [32 plays] O’Jays – Love Train
2 [31 plays] Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
3= [30 plays] Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free AND Kool & The Gang – Celebration
5= [29 plays] Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline AND Simple Minds – Don’t You
7= [28 plays] Four Seasons – December 1963 AND George McCrae – Rock Your Baby
9= [27 plays] Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything, Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You, Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up, Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al, Prince – 1999 AND Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody…

Analysis: 41 days, from 15-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 12640
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1028
Variety factor for this station is : 8.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 230 Songs (22.3% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 138 MOST played songs (13.4% of the total)
or 679 LEAST played songs (66% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
333 (32.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 26 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:
1 [44 plays] Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
2= [42 plays] Pink Floyd – Money
2= [42 plays] The Farm – All Together Now
4= [41 plays] Depeche Mode – New Life
4= [41 plays] Paul Weller – Changing Man
4= [41 plays] Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
4= [41 plays] Who – My Generation
8= [40 plays] David Bowie – China Girl
8= [40 plays] Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
8= [40 plays] Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moonn

Analysis: 35 days, from 21-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 13374
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1021
Variety factor for this station is : 7.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 242 Songs (23.7% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 150 MOST played songs (14.6% of the total)
or 669 LEAST played songs (65.5% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
354 (34.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 31 DAYS

 Top 13 Most Played:
1 [46 plays] Flowerpot Men – Let’s Go To San Francisco
2 [44 plays] Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
3 [42 plays] Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
4= [41 plays] Bill Withers – Lovely Day AND Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
6 [39 plays] Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
7 [38 plays] Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
8= [36 plays] Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time AND Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
10= [35 plays] Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby, Eagles – Hotel California, Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army AND Steve Harley – Make Me Smile

Analysis: 40 days, from 16-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11510
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 773
Variety factor for this station is : 6.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 188 Songs (24.3% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 117 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 504 LEAST played songs (65.2% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
272 (35.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 34 DAYS

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [44 plays] Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
2 [42 plays] Enrique Iglesias – Hero
3= [41 plays] Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
3= [41 plays] Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
5= [40 plays] Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
5= [40 plays] Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
7= [39 plays] Go West – The King Of Wishful Thinking
7= [39 plays] The Temptations – My Girl
9= [38 plays] Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
9= [38 plays] Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It

Analysis: 39 days, from 17-06-2021 to 26-07-2021

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 12176
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 976
Variety factor for this station is : 8%

50% OF PLAYS is 137 Songs (14% of the total)

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 82 MOST played songs (8.4% of the total)
or 770 LEAST played songs (78.8% of the total)

Number of songs with 5 plays or less each:
571 (58.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 26 DAYS

Top 12 Most Played:
1 [68 plays] John Waite – Missing You
2 [65 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
3= [64 plays] Lady A – Need You Now
3= [64 plays] Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
5= [63 plays] Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme
5= [63 plays] Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
5= [63 plays] Spandau Ballet – True
8 [60 plays] Ed Sheeran – Perfect
9 [59 plays] The Cars – Drive
10= [58 plays] Gloria Estefan – Don’t Wanna Lose You
10= [58 plays] Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
10= [58 plays] Yazoo – Only You

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