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: 27 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6873
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4071
Variety factor for this station is : 59.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 935 Songs (22.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 410 MOST played songs (10% of the total)
or 2290 LEAST played songs (56.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 37m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 30m
410th most played song airs every: 9d 0h
935th most played song airs every: 13d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4018 (98.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
77 after 26 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4426
..in 3 months: 8970, in 6 months: 13998
..in 9 months: 17684, in 12 months: 20826

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [61 plays] Revival, Kathy Brown & GeO Gospel Choir – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
2 [59 plays] Thomas Headon – Georgia
3 [57 plays] Years & Years – 100% Pure Love
4 [53 plays] LeAnn Rimes – awakening
5 [48 plays] Louise – Super Magic
6 [44 plays] Nicky Youre – Eyes On You
7 [41 plays] Shania Twain – Giddy Up!
8 [39 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Pointless
9 [38 plays] Tom Gregory – Forget Somebody
10 [35 plays] Bruce Springsteen – Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Analysis: 27 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8662
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 522
Variety factor for this station is : 6%

50% OF PLAYS is 101 Songs (19.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 49 MOST played songs (9.3% of the total)
or 363 LEAST played songs (69.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3h 58m
10th most played song airs every: 5h 50m
49th most played song airs every: 20h 54m
101st most played song airs every: 1d 0h 55m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 213 (40.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 547
..in 3 months: 606, in 6 months: 1536
..in 9 months: 1821, in 12 months: 2072

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [163 plays] Lizzo – 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)
2 [161 plays] Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
3 [159 plays] David Guetta & Becky Hill &… – Crazy What Love Can Do
4 [158 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
5 [157 plays] Ed Sheeran – Celestial
6 [155 plays] Pink – Never Gonna Not Dance Again
7 [153 plays] The Kid LAROI x Justin Bieber – Stay
8 [141 plays] Jax Jones Feat. MNEK – Where Did You Go
9 [139 plays] Lost Frequencies Feat. Calum… – Where Are You Now
10 [111 plays] David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue)

Analysis: 25 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6107
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1720
Variety factor for this station is : 28.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 288 Songs (16.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 166 MOST played songs (9.6% of the total)
or 1267 LEAST played songs (73.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 7h 34m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 30m
166th most played song airs every: 2d 12h
288th most played song airs every: 3d 13h 42m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1302 (75.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
27 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1956
..in 3 months: 3426, in 6 months: 4301
..in 9 months: 5034, in 12 months: 5458

Top 15 Most Played:
1= [19 plays] each for…
+ ELO – Livin’ Thing
+ Sylvester – You Make Me Feel
3= [18 plays] each for…
+ Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
+ The Police – Message In A Bottle
+ The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
6= [17 plays] each for…
+ Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
+ Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner
+ Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
&  I Wanna Dance With Somebody
10= [16 plays] each for…
+ Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
+ Chic – Good Times
+ Donna Summer – I Feel Love
+ Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove
+ Elton John – Crocodile Rock
+ Supertramp – Breakfast In America

Analysis: 24 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9500
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1035
Variety factor for this station is : 10.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 265 Songs (25.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 165 MOST played songs (15.9% of the total)
or 653 LEAST played songs (63% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 21h 20m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
165th most played song airs every: 1d 9h 52m
265th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 402 (38.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1123
..in 3 months: 1302, in 6 months: 1507
..in 9 months: 1627, in 12 months: 1709

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [27 plays] The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
2 [26 plays] Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining
3= [25 plays] each for…
+ Casuals – Jesamine
+ Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
5= [24 plays] each for…
+ John Fred & The Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
+ Mamas & Papas – California Dreaming
7= [23 plays] each for…
+ Amen Corner – (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice
+ Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
+ Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time
+ Len Barry – 123
+ Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
+ O’Jays – Love Train
+ Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)

Analysis: 27 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7431
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 709
Variety factor for this station is : 9.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 178 Songs (25.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 107 MOST played songs (15% of the total)
or 447 LEAST played songs (63% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 38m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 8m
107th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 6m
178th most played song airs every: 1d 16h 30m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 241 (33.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 26 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 735
..in 3 months: 933, in 6 months: 1089
..in 9 months: 1207, in 12 months: 1320

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [33 plays] Toto – Africa
2 [32 plays] Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
3= [31 plays] each for…
+ Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
+ Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
5 [30 plays] Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
6= [29 plays] each for…
+ Bob Marley and The Wailers – Three Little Birds
+ Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
+ Spandau Ballet – True
9= [28 plays] each for…
+ Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
+ Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
+ Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You
+ The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way

Analysis: 24 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8477
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1318
Variety factor for this station is : 15.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 212 Songs (16% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 126 MOST played songs (9.5% of the total)
or 1002 LEAST played songs (76% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h
10th most played song airs every: 19h 51m
126th most played song airs every: 1d 8h
212th most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 845 (64.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
10 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1468
..in 3 months: 1916, in 6 months: 2191
..in 9 months: 2457, in 12 months: 2641

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [36 plays] Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
2= [34 plays] each for…
+ Berlin – Take My Breath Away
+ Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
4 [33 plays] Yazoo – Only You
5 [32 plays] Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
6 [31 plays] The Cars – Drive
7= [29 plays] each for…
+ Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
+ Otis Redding – Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay
+ REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore
+ Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply

Analysis: 24 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7462
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1268
Variety factor for this station is : 16.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 306 Songs (24.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 185 MOST played songs (14.5% of the total)
or 828 LEAST played songs (65.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 2m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 34m
185th most played song airs every: 2d 4h 21m
306th most played song airs every: 2d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 647 (51%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1436
..in 3 months: 1907, in 6 months: 2483
..in 9 months: 3224, in 12 months: 3982

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [41 plays] Dermot Kennedy – Kiss Me
2= [39 plays] each for…
+ Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
+ Pink – Never Gonna Not Dance Again
4= [38 plays] each for…
+ George Ezra – Dance All Over Me
+ Harry Styles – Late Night Talking
+ Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
7= [36 plays] each for…
+ Mimi Webb – Ghost of You
+ One Republic – I Ain’t Worried
9 [32 plays] Ed Sheeran – Celestial
10 [28 plays] Cian Ducrot & Ella Henderson – All For You

Analysis: 23 days, up to 22-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8061
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5840
Variety factor for this station is : 72.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 1810 Songs (30.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 1071 MOST played songs (18.3% of the total)
or 2686 LEAST played songs (45.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 10h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 21h
1071st most played song airs every: 11d 12h
1810th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5822 (99.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
145 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6792
..in 3 months: 9512, in 6 months: 11436
..in 9 months: 12709

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [16 plays] Proclaimers – Sundays By John Calvin
2= [14 plays] each for…
+ A-HA – As If
+ Bruce Springsteen – Turn Back the Hands of Time
+ Lady Blackbird – Woman
5 [12 plays] Van Morrison – Streamline Train
6 [11 plays] LeAnn Rimes – Awakening
7 [10 plays] First Aid Kit – A Feeling That Never Came
8 [9 plays] Bruce Springsteen – Only The Strong Survive
9= [8 plays] each for…
+ Balsamo Collins Riley – Twice In A Blue Moon (One More Time)
+ Eva Cassidy And The London Symphony Orchestra – Songbird
+ Jim Lea – Am I The Greatest Now
+ Paul Carrack – The Only Thing Missing Is You
+ Rita Wilson And Jackson Browne – Let It Be Me
+ Sam Ryder – Lost In You

NEW STATION: Lanuch Date 1st Sept 2022

Analysis: 27 days, up to 20-01-2023
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6272
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 552
Variety factor for this station is : 8.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 139 Songs (25.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 85 MOST played songs (15.3% of the total)
or 347 LEAST played songs (62.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 38m
10th most played song airs every: 23h 8m
85th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 51m
139th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 175 (31.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 576
..in 3 months: 759

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [33 plays] Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
2= [30 plays] each for…
+ John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
+ Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
4= [29 plays] each for…
+ A-ha – The Sun Always Shines On Tv
+ George Michael – Careless Whisper
+ Hall & Oates – Maneater
+ Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
+ Mr Mister – Broken Wings
+ Simple Minds – Don’t You (forget About Me)
10= [28 plays] each for…
+ Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
+ Climie Fisher – Love Changes (everything)
+ Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al

** 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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