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: 24 days, up to 10-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6174
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3660
Variety factor for this station is : 59.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 826 Songs (22.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 336 MOST played songs (9.1% of the total)
or 2057 LEAST played songs (56.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 17h 27m
336th most played song airs every: 8d 0h
826th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3607 (98.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
90 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4232
..in 3 months: 8626, in 6 months: 13325

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [60 plays] Kylie Minogue & Years & Years – A Second To Midnight
2 [59 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
3 [56 plays] Gregory Porter & Troy Miller – Dry Bones
4 [51 plays] Steps – The Slightest Touch
5 [49 plays] JLS – Eternal Love
6 [47 plays] ABBA – Just A Notion
7 [42 plays] Westlife – Starlight
8 [36 plays] Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point
9 [34 plays] Lil Nas X – THATS WHAT I WANT
10= [33 plays] Becky Hill – My Heart Goes (La Di Da) (feat. Topic)
10= [33 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers

Analysis: 24 days, up to 11-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7224
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 746
Variety factor for this station is : 10.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 86 Songs (11.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 45 MOST played songs (6% of the total)
or 611 LEAST played songs (81.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 19m
10th most played song airs every: 12h 48m
45th most played song airs every: 18h
86th most played song airs every: 21h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 504 (67.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
9 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 829
..in 3 months: 1311, in 6 months: 1630
..in 9 months: 1757

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [149 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
2= [143 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
2= [143 plays] Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
2= [143 plays] Elton John – Cold Heart
2= [143 plays] Galantis x David Guetta x Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
6 [142 plays] Joel Corry x RAYE x David Guetta – Bed
7 [139 plays] Pink – All I Know So Far
8 [134 plays] The Weeknd – Take My Breath
9 [111 plays] Calvin Harris Feat. Tom Grennan – By Your Side
10 [47 plays] Kygo X Whitney Houston – Higher Love

Analysis: 27 days, up to 15-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 11647
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 119
Variety factor for this station is : 1%

50% OF PLAYS is 25 Songs (21% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 17 MOST played songs (14.2% of the total)
or 85 LEAST played songs (71.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 44m
17th most played song airs every: 2h 49m
25th most played song airs every: 2h 55m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 33 (27.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 120

Top 11 Most Played:
1 [257 plays] Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
2 [256 plays] Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
3 [252 plays] Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
4 [251 plays] MCTY – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
5 [250 plays] Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
6 [248 plays] Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
7 [246 plays] Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree
8 [239 plays] Johnny Mathis – When a Child Is Born
9 [238 plays] Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
10= [237 plays] Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
10= [237 plays] East 17 – Stay Another Day

Analysis: 24 days, up to 10-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4841
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1337
Variety factor for this station is : 27.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 200 Songs (14.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 116 MOST played songs (8.6% of the total)
or 1027 LEAST played songs (76.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 3h 25m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 8h
116th most played song airs every: 2d 4h 21m
200th most played song airs every: 2d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1012 (75.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
16 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1509
..in 3 months: 2822, in 6 months: 3767

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [21 plays] The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
2 [20 plays] A-Ha – Take On Me
3= [19 plays] Abc – The Look Of Love
3= [19 plays] Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat
3= [19 plays] Kool and The Gang – Celebration
3= [19 plays] Simple Minds – Don’t You
3= [19 plays] Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
8= [18 plays] Barry White – You’re The First The Last My Everything
8= [18 plays] Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough…
8= [18 plays] Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – December 1963
8= [18 plays] Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
8= [18 plays] Sylvester – You Make Me Feel

Analysis: 23 days, up to 10-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7037
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1034
Variety factor for this station is : 14.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 225 Songs (21.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 137 MOST played songs (13.2% of the total)
or 688 LEAST played songs (66.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 22h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
137th most played song airs every: 1d 15h 25m
225th most played song airs every: 1d 22h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 591 (57.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1059
..in 3 months: 1232, in 6 months: 1346

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [25 plays] Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
1= [25 plays] Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
1= [25 plays] Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
4 [24 plays] Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
5= [23 plays] Bee Gees – Night Fever
5= [23 plays] Gary Numan – Cars
5= [23 plays] Heaven 17 – Temptation
5= [23 plays] Police – Synchronicity Ii
5= [23 plays] Smiths – This Charming Man
10= [22 plays] Living In A Box – Living In A Box
10= [22 plays] Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
10= [22 plays] Smiths – How Soon Is Now?

Analysis: 25 days, up to 11-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9290
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 956
Variety factor for this station is : 10.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 224 Songs (23.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 137 MOST played songs (14.3% of the total)
or 625 LEAST played songs (65.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 20h 41m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 13m
137th most played song airs every: 1d 6h
224th most played song airs every: 1d 13h 30m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 393 (41.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 988
..in 3 months: 1267, in 6 months: 1413

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [29 plays] Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain
2= [28 plays] Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
2= [28 plays] Chris Andrews – Yesterday Man
2= [28 plays] Equals – Baby Come Back
2= [28 plays] Johnny Tillotson – Poetry In Motion
2= [28 plays] Unit Four Plus Two – Concrete And Clay
7= [27 plays] Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You
7= [27 plays] Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
7= [27 plays] Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
7= [27 plays] Police – Message In A Bottle
7= [27 plays] Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)
7= [27 plays] Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
7= [27 plays] Turtles – Happy Together

Analysis: 24 days, up to 11-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6768
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 710
Variety factor for this station is : 10.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 191 Songs (26.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 117 MOST played songs (16.4% of the total)
or 434 LEAST played songs (61.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 55m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 2m
117th most played song airs every: 1d 12h
191st most played song airs every: 1d 17h 8m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 238 (33.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 745
..in 3 months: 960, in 6 months: 1098

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [58 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
2 [28 plays] Ed Sheeran – Visiting Hours
3 [26 plays] Toto – Africa
4= [25 plays] Mike and the Mechanics – The Living Years
4= [25 plays] Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
6 [24 plays] Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
7= [23 plays] Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
7= [23 plays] Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You
7= [23 plays] Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
7= [23 plays] Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles

Analysis: 25 days, up to 11-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7908
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 946
Variety factor for this station is : 11.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 146 Songs (15.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 86 MOST played songs (9% of the total)
or 723 LEAST played songs (76.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 7h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 12m
86th most played song airs every: 1d 1h
146th most played song airs every: 1d 6h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 552 (58.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
14 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1011
..in 3 months: 1414, in 6 months: 1623
..in 9 months: 1807

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [95 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
2= [44 plays] John Waite – Missing You
2= [44 plays] Lady A – Need You Now
2= [44 plays] The Cars – Drive
5 [43 plays] Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
6= [42 plays] Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme
6= [42 plays] Yazoo – Only You
8= [41 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
8= [41 plays] Spandau Ballet – True
10= [40 plays] Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
10= [40 plays] Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing

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