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: 23 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5900
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3715
Variety factor for this station is : 62.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 908 Songs (24.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 416 MOST played songs (11.1% of the total)
or 1967 LEAST played songs (52.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 24m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 2m
416th most played song airs every: 11d 12h
908th most played song airs every: 11d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3673 (98.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
71 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4480
..in 3 months: 8527, in 6 months: 13121
..in 9 months: 16852, in 12 months: 20100

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [53 plays] Elton John & Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer
2 [51 plays] Sam Ryder – Somebody
3 [45 plays] Mark Owen – Magic
4 [36 plays] Robbie Williams – Lost
5 [35 plays] Craig David & Galantis – DNA
6 [34 plays] Bananarama – Forever Young
7 [33 plays] Tears for Fears – Long Long Long Time
8 [31 plays] Reverend and the Makers – Heatwave In The Cold North
9= [29 plays] each for…
+ Jessie Ware – Free Yourself
+ Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me

 Analysis: 26 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6506
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 903
Variety factor for this station is : 13.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 112 Songs (12.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 59 MOST played songs (6.5% of the total)
or 725 LEAST played songs (80.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 7m
10th most played song airs every: 9h 18m
59th most played song airs every: 1d 3h 7m
112th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 50m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 608 (67.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
9 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 986
..in 3 months: 1488, in 6 months: 1821
..in 9 months: 2047, in 12 months: 2165

261, in 6 months: 1713
..in 9 months: 1932, in 12 months: 2065

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [102 plays] Elton John & Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer
2 [96 plays] Jax Jones feat. MNEK – Where Did You Go
3 [88 plays] Harry Styles – As It Was
4 [83 plays] The Kid LAROI x Justin Bieber – Stay
5 [82 plays] Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
6 [80 plays] David Guetta & Becky Hill & Ella Henderson – Crazy What Love Can Do
7 [79 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
8 [78 plays] David Guetta x MistaJam x John Newman – If You Really Love Me (How Will I Know)
9 [70 plays] George Ezra – Green Green Grass
10 [67 plays] Beyonce – Break My Soul

Analysis: 24 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3849
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1207
Variety factor for this station is : 31.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 254 Songs (21% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 150 MOST played songs (12.4% of the total)
or 812 LEAST played songs (67.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 17h 8m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 4h 21m
150th most played song airs every: 3d 10h 17m
254th most played song airs every: 4d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 958 (79.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1474
..in 3 months: 3006, in 6 months: 4076
..in 9 months: 4735, in 12 months: 5253

Top 17 Most Played:
1= [14 plays] each for…
+ Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
+ Stealers Wheel – Stuck In the Middle With You
3= [13 plays] each for…
+ 10cc – I’m Not In Love
+ Bruce Hornsby and The Range – The Way It Is
+ Level 42 – Lessons In Love
+ U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
7 [12 plays] Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
8= [11 plays] each for…
+ Blondie – Heart Of Glass
+ Bob Marley and The Wailers – Three Little Birds
+ Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
+ Earth Wind and Fire – September
+ Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
+ Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
+ Supertramp – Give A Little Bit
+ T-Rex – Get It On
+ Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
+ The Cars – Drive

Analysis: 26 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9494
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1044
Variety factor for this station is : 10.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 240 Songs (22.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 149 MOST played songs (14.2% of the total)
or 694 LEAST played songs (66.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 0h 57m
149th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 50m
240th most played song airs every: 1d 15h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 467 (44.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1052
..in 3 months: 1261, in 6 months: 1394
..in 9 months: 1552, in 12 months: 1635

Top 15 Most Played:

1 [29 plays] Unit 4 Plus 2 – Concrete And Clay
2 [28 plays] Del Shannon – Runaway
3 [27 plays] Don McLean – American Pie
4= [26 plays] each for…
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Chris Andrews – Yesterday Man
+ Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
7= [25 plays] each for…
+ Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
+ Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain
+ Casuals – Jesamine
+ Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time
+ Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
+ George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
+ John Fred & The Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
+ Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walking
+ Police – Message In A Bottle

Analysis: 23 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3740
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 637
Variety factor for this station is : 17%

50% OF PLAYS is 181 Songs (28.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 105 MOST played songs (16.4% of the total)
or 362 LEAST played songs (56.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 5h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 30m
105th most played song airs every: 2d 13h 20m
181st most played song airs every: 3d 6h 51m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 313 (49.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 704
..in 3 months: 900, in 6 months: 1082
..in 9 months: 1217, in 12 months: 1320

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [19 plays] Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
2= [18 plays] each for…
+ Bill Withers – Lean On Me
+ Mark Owen – Magic
4 [17 plays] The Beatles – Let It Be
5= [16 plays] each for…
+ Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
+ Kool and The Gang – Cherish
+ Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
+ Michael Buble – Home
+ Peter Cetera – Glory Of Love
+ Will Young – All Time Love

Analysis: 26 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6794
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 972
Variety factor for this station is : 14.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 162 Songs (16.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 96 MOST played songs (9.8% of the total)
or 728 LEAST played songs (74.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 15h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 21h 31m
96th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 50m
162nd most played song airs every: 1d 15h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 580 (59.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
13 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1019
..in 3 months: 1466, in 6 months: 1941
..in 9 months: 2225, in 12 months: 2362

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [40 plays] The Cars – Drive
2 [34 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
3= [33 plays] each for…
+ Lady A – Need You Now
+ Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
5= [31 plays] each for…
+ Berlin – Take My Breath Away
+ Madonna – Crazy For You
7= [29 plays] each for…
+ Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
+ Ben E King – Stand By Me
+ Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
+ Temptations – My Girl
+ Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It

Analysis: 25 days, up to 10-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8442
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1488
Variety factor for this station is : 17.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 335 Songs (22.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 208 MOST played songs (13.9% of the total)
or 1007 LEAST played songs (67.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 4h 34m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 30m
208th most played song airs every: 2d 2h
335th most played song airs every: 2d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 794 (53.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
21 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1591
..in 3 months: 2411, in 6 months: 3360
..in 9 months: 4243, in 12 months: 5069

Top 16 Most Played:
1 [21 plays] Soft Cell – Tainted Love
2= [18 plays] each for…
+ Adele – Someone Like You
+ Duffy – Mercy
+ Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
5= [17 plays] each for…
+ Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
+ Gladys Knight – Midnight Train To Georgia
+ Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird
8= [16 plays] each for…
+ Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (Part II Broken Down)
+ Bill Withers – Lovely Day
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
+ Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
+ Keala Settle/Greatest Showman – This Is Me
+ LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
+ Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
+ Smokey Robinson – Tears Of A Clown

Analysis: 24 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8557
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 6101
Variety factor for this station is : 71.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 1843 Songs (30.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1130 MOST played songs (18.5% of the total)
or 2852 LEAST played songs (46.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 12h
10th most played song airs every: 2d 16h
1130th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
1843rd most played song airs every: 12d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 6083 (99.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
136 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6750
..in 3 months: 9281, in 6 months: 11106

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [16 plays] Beth Nielsen Chapman – With Time
2= [15 plays] each for…
+ 1 1 Feat. Michael Armstrong – How Much More Of My Heart
+ Justin Hayward – Living For Love
4= [14 plays] each for…
+ Robbie Williams – Lost
+ Tears For Fears – Long Long Long Time
6= [11 plays] each for…
+ Heather Small – How Can I Love You More
+ Woman To Woman – Humankind
8= [9 plays] each for…
+ Mike Batt And Bonnie Tyler – Into The Sunset
+ Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott – You’re Too Much For One (Not Enough For Two)
+ The Fisherman’s Friends Feat. Imelda May – Hi Ho Silver Lining
+ The Lightning Seeds – Emily Smiles

NEW STATION: Lanuch Date 1st Sept 2022
Analysis: 18 days, to 22-09-2022

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 3337
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 516
Variety factor for this station is : 15.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 150 Songs (29% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 91 MOST played songs (17.6% of the total)
or 292 LEAST played songs (56.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 0h
10th most played song every: 1d 4h 48m
91st most played song airs every: 1d 19h 12m
150th most played song airs every: 2d 6h

No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 223 (43.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 6 DAYS

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [18 plays] Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel
2= [16 plays] Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
2= [16 plays] Kim Wilde – You Came
2= [16 plays] Mike Oldfield / Maggie Reilly – Moonlight Shadow
2= [16 plays] Mr Mister – Broken Wings
2= [16 plays] Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

7= [15 plays] Heart – Alone
7= [15 plays] Peter Cetera – Glory Of Love
7= [15 plays] The Bee Gees – You Win Again
7= [15 plays] The Cars – Drive
7= [15 plays] The Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now

** 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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