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 an element of current songs, (eg Ofcom FORCES BBC Radio 2 to play 20% “new music” in daytime hours) and some without any current songs at all. 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’s Radio 2 is streets ahead with over 4000 different songs played, almost 3 times the next nearest commercial rival, but you may notice R2 doesn’t start off playing as many songs as the commercial stations (due to the Ofcom rule already mentioned), however 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. Virgin 80’s plus is the newest in this arena, it was launched on 1st Sept 2022. Off the back of the success of Bauer’s Greatest HIts, is Gold looking forward to a revamp and relaunch by Global? Answers on a Postcard!

Analysis: 26 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6622
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4003
Variety factor for this station is : 60.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 921 Songs (23% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 381 MOST played songs (9.5% of the total)
or 2207 LEAST played songs (55.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 13m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 30m
381st most played song airs every: 8d 16h
921st most played song airs every: 13d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3944 (98.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
89 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4489
..in 3 months: 9270, in 6 months: 14626
..in 9 months: 18846, in 12 months: 22127

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [61 plays] Ilsey Juber – No California
2 [55 plays] Alicia Keys – Lifeline
3= [51 plays] each for…
+ Lewis Capaldi – Strangers
+ Noah Kahan – Stick Season
5 [49 plays] Teddy Swims – Lose Control
6 [46 plays] Georgia Ku – A Little More Lost
7 [44 plays] Dua Lipa – Houdini
8 [43 plays] Rod Stewart & Jools Holland – Almost Like Being In Love
9 [42 plays] Jennifer Lopez – Can’t Get Enough
10 [32 plays] Jonas Brothers – Strong Enough (feat. Bailey Zimmerman)

Analysis: 25 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9220
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1378
Variety factor for this station is : 14.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 137 Songs (9.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 76 MOST played songs (5.5% of the total)
or 1155 LEAST played songs (83.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 17m
10th most played song airs every: 15h
76th most played song airs every: 21h 25m
137th most played song airs every: 1d 2h 5m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1020 (74%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
17 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1469
..in 3 months: 2022, in 6 months: 2211
..in 9 months: 2310, in 12 months: 2391

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [140 plays] Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
2 [137 plays] Taylor Swift – Cruel Summer
3 [118 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
4 [110 plays] Rema & Selena Gomez – Calm Down
5 [109 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Pointless
6 [79 plays] Ed Sheeran – Eyes Closed
7 [77 plays] Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding – Miracle
8 [43 plays] Miley Cyrus – Flowers
9 [42 plays] David Guetta / Sia – Titanium
10= [40 plays] each for…
+ John Legend – All Of Me
+ Robin S – Show Me Love

Analysis: 28 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7430
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2184
Variety factor for this station is : 29.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 339 Songs (15.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 198 MOST played songs (9% of the total)
or 1620 LEAST played songs (74.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 15h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 18h
198th most played song airs every: 2d 19h 12m
339th most played song airs every: 4d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1744 (79.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
20 after 27 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 2258
..in 3 months: 3654, in 6 months: 4798
..in 9 months: 5598, in 12 months: 6199

Top 13 Most Played:

1= [17 plays] each for…
+ Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything
+ Earth Wind and Fire – September
3= [16 plays] each for…
+ Abba – Dancing Queen
+ Bill Withers – Lovely Day
+ Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
+ Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
+ Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
+ Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
+ Ike and Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
+ Paul McCartney and Wings – Live And Let Die
+ The Four Seasons – December 1963
+ The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
+ Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You

Analysis: 25 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9873
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 859
Variety factor for this station is : 8.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 233 Songs (27.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 147 MOST played songs (17.1% of the total)
or 519 LEAST played songs (60.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h
10th most played song airs every: 23h 4m
147th most played song airs every: 1d 6h
233rd most played song airs every: 1d 9h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 239 (27.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 886
..in 3 months: 1048, in 6 months: 1186
..in 9 months: 1259, in 12 months: 1352

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [30 plays] Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
2 [29 plays] Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
3= [28 plays] each for…
+ John Fred & The Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
+ The Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain
5 [27 plays] Amen Corner – (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice
6= [26 plays] each for…
+ Badfinger – No Matter What
+ Neil Diamond – I Am…I Said
+ The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
+ The O’Jays – Love Train
+ Tommy James & The Shondells – Mony Mony
+ Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour

Analysis: 27 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7817
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 707
Variety factor for this station is : 9%

50% OF PLAYS is 170 Songs (24% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 99 MOST played songs (14% of the total)
or 455 LEAST played songs (64.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 3m
99th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 24m
170th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 7m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 244 (34.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 732
..in 3 months: 1149, in 6 months: 1474
..in 9 months: 1630, in 12 months: 1694

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [39 plays] Miley Cyrus – Flowers
2= [38 plays] each for…
+ Dua Lipa – Dance The Night
+ Toto – Africa
4= [36 plays] each for…
+ Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
+ Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
6= [35 plays] each for…
+ A-Ha – Take On Me
+ Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
8= [34 plays] each for…
+ Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
+ Berlin – Take My Breath Away
+ Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
+ Harry Styles – As It Was
+ Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Analysis: 27 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9770
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1429
Variety factor for this station is : 14.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 232 Songs (16.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 138 MOST played songs (9.6% of the total)
or 1076 LEAST played songs (75.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 12m
10th most played song airs every: 21h 36m
138th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
232nd most played song airs every: 1d 16h 30m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 867 (60.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
11 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1476
..in 3 months: 2051, in 6 months: 2424
..in 9 months: 2638, in 12 months: 2788

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [40 plays] Berlin – Take My Breath Away
2 [35 plays] Spandau Ballet – True
3 [34 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
4= [33 plays] each for…
+ John Waite – Missing You
+ Lady A – Need You Now
6 [32 plays] John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire
7= [31 plays] each for…
+ Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
+ Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
9= [30 plays] each for…
+ John Legend – All Of Me
+ Olivia Newton-john – Hopelessly Devoted To You
+ Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
+ The Cars – Drive

Analysis: 24 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6569
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1461
Variety factor for this station is : 22.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 333 Songs (22.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 197 MOST played songs (13.4% of the total)
or 966 LEAST played songs (66.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 46m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 48m
197th most played song airs every: 2d 16h
333rd most played song airs every: 3d 10h 17m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 925 (63.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
7 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1572
..in 3 months: 2278, in 6 months: 2776
..in 9 months: 2999, in 12 months: 3105

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [39 plays] each for…
+ Jonas Brothers & Bailey Zimmerman – Strong Enough
+ Miley Cyrus – Used To Be Young
3 [38 plays] Taylor Swift – Cruel Summer
4 [37 plays] Dua Lipa – Houdini
5 [32 plays] Tom Grennan – How Does It Feel
6 [31 plays] Anne-Marie & Shania Twain – Unhealthy
7 [25 plays] Kylie Minogue – Hold On To Now
8 [22 plays] Take That – This Life
9 [21 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
10 [20 plays] Georgia Ku – A Little More Lost

Analysis: 25 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8870
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5988
Variety factor for this station is : 67.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 1770 Songs (29.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1031 MOST played songs (17.2% of the total)
or 2957 LEAST played songs (49.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 11h 17m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 18h 40m
1031st most played song airs every: 12d 12h
1770th most played song airs every: 12d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5966 (99.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
92 after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6539
..in 3 months: 10087, in 6 months: 12008
..in 9 months: 13038, in 12 months: 13670

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [17 plays] Tony Christie – Home Home Home
2 [16 plays] Dee C. Lee – Walk Away
3 [14 plays] Rod Stewart And Jools Holland – Almost Like Being In Love
4 [13 plays] Rumer – Snowbird
5 [11 plays] Rick Astley – Forever And More
6= [10 plays] each for…
+ Don Powell Band – I Am The Beat
+ Hugh Nicholson’s Blue – The Blue Eyed Girl
+ Odyssey – New York City
9= [9 plays] each for…
+ Jack Savoretti And Katherine Jenkins – What The World Needs Now Is Love
+ Roachford – All The Love We Need

Analysis: 23 days, up to 28-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6580
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 729
Variety factor for this station is : 11%

50% OF PLAYS is 149 Songs (20.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 85 MOST played songs (11.6% of the total)
or 488 LEAST played songs (66.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 17h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 2m
85th most played song airs every: 1d 0h
149th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 405 (55.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 737
..in 3 months: 871, in 6 months: 1022
..in 9 months: 1218, in 12 months: 1357

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [31 plays] each for…
+ Black Box – Ride On Time
+ Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
+ Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
4= [30 plays] each for…
+ Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes – I’ve Had The Time Of My Life
+ Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
+ T’pau – China In Your Hand
+ Womack And Womack – Teardrops
8= [29 plays] each for…
+ Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes
+ Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
+ Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
+ The Bee Gees – You Win Again
+ The Cars – Drive

** 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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