Broader Range stns & others that don’t fit our neat categories!

 

Ok, so we’ve got 4 stations that have basically made it plain that they are throwing the usual radio rule book out of the window, and are setting out to play a whole load of different stuff and/or up the variety stakes, plus a couple of others, Jazz FM (Bauer) and BBC Asian Network which plough their own furrow and don’t really have any direct UK competitors with such a wide national coverage.

Of the “big variety” genre stations, even the one with the smallest playlist, Jack FM, is actually playing about double the number of songs that most mainstream would contemplate, but even these commercial “variety” stations are completely dwarfed by BBC 6 Music with a shelf groaning 6000 distinct songs played in 30 days! The non corporately owned Cheesy FM, it turns out, is not just home to some guilty pleasures but in fact has a pretty wide spectrum of songs it is prepared to wheel out too! 

Yes, Heart Xmas does run throughout the year (!), but Sam FM in Bristol ceased to exist from 6th September 2021. It was a “Jack” type station which Bauer had inherited a few years previously, and it was only a matter of time before they were going to close it and use the transmitters for one of their already established “brands.” In the build up to transferring it to the Hits Network, it’s broad playlist was narrowed about 3 months before the closure, then with one month to go the music style was mostly “flipped” from oldies with lots of variety, to more contemporary and a tighter list of songs. We keep the SAM listing below for nostalgia lovers (!), but the analysis shown is from the last month that Sam still did it’s own thing and not what Hits was telling it to! 

 

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6465
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4758
Variety factor for this station is : 73.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 1526 Songs (32% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 547 MOST played songs (11.4% of the total)
or 2154 LEAST played songs (45.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 15h 36m
10th most played song airs every: 22h 17m
547th most played song airs every: 13d 0h
1526th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4701 (98.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
120 after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 5377
..in 3 months: 15167, in 6 months: 27072
..in 9 months: 37433, in 12 months: 46646 (!) 

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [40 plays] each for…
+ Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon – Senye (feat. Wiyaala)
+ Loyle Carner – Hate
3= [32 plays] each for…
+ Bicep – Meli (II)
+ Working Men’s Club – Ploys
5 [31 plays] Greentea Peng – Stuck In The Middle
6 [30 plays] Ezra Collective – Victory Dance
7= [29 plays] each for…
+ Julia Jacklin – I Was Neon
+ LIFE – The Drug
+ Special Interest – (Herman’s) House
10 [28 plays] Sudan Archives – Selfish Soul

Analysis: 23 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6843
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 715
Variety factor for this station is : 10.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 217 Songs (30.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 134 MOST played songs (18.7% of the total)
or 398 LEAST played songs (55.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 1h 5m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 3h 36m
134th most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
217th most played song airs every: 1d 18h 27m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 190 (26.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 740
..in 3 months: 1227, in 6 months: 1560
..in 9 months: 1850, in 12 months: 1987

Top 17 Most Played:
1= [22 plays] each for…
+ Blondie – Maria
+ Dnce – Cake By The Ocean
+ Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
4= [21 plays] each for…
+ Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
+ Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr A
+ Jesus Jones – International Bright Young Thing
+ Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
+ Reel Big Fish – Take On Me
9= [20 plays] each for…
+ Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
+ Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
+ Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
+ Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo
+ Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
+ Lemonheads – Mrs Robinson
+ Pharrell – Happy
+ Phats And Small – Turn Around
+ Portugal The Man – Feel It Still

SAM FM ceased to exist on 6th Sept 21 (it’s now a Hits Network stn). As the playlist changed significantly through August in the build up to the Hits, this last analysis is from July 2021.

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11089
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 615
Variety factor for this station is : 5.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 202 Songs (32.8% of the total)
Most played airs on avg every: 1d 3h 31m
10th most played song every: 1d 5h 15m
202nd most played song every: 1d 15h 0m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 128 MOST played songs (20.8% of the total)
or 332 LEAST played songs (53.9% of the total)
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 125 (20.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Most Played Top 13:

1= [34 plays] Bryan Adams – Run To You
1= [34 plays] Daryl Hall and John Oates – Maneater
1= [34 plays] Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
4= [33 plays] Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
4= [33 plays] Steve Winwood – Higher Love
4= [33 plays] T’Pau – China In Your Hand
4= [33 plays] Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4= [33 plays] The La’s – There She Goes
4= [33 plays] Tina Turner – The Best
10= [32 plays] Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
10= [32 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
10= [32 plays] James – Sit Down
10= [32 plays] Michael Jackson – Beat It

Analysis: 24 days, up to 08-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8271
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3110
Variety factor for this station is : 37.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 1023 Songs (32.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 606 MOST played songs (19.4% of the total)
or 1628 LEAST played songs (52.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3d 0h
10th most played song airs every: 3d 10h 17m
606th most played song airs every: 6d 0h
1023rd most played song airs every: 8d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3056 (98.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
17 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3180
..in 3 months: 3500, in 6 months: 3629
..in 9 months: 3805, in 12 months: 3895

Top 16 Most Played:
1= [8 plays] each for…
+ Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
+ Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion
+ Nick Berry – Heartbeat
+ Oasis – All Around The World
5= [7 plays] each for…
+ Blue/Elton John – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
+ Cher – Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
+ Gene Chandler – Get Down
+ Gina G – Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit
+ Heavy D – Now That We’ve Found Love
+ Jive Bunny – Swing The Mood
+ Juliet Roberts – Bad Girls
+ OMC – How Bizarre
+ Puff Daddy/Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You
+ Starsound – Stars On 45 Vol. 2
+ Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp
+ The Temptations – My Girl

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5995
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2922
Variety factor for this station is : 48.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 502 Songs (17.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 218 MOST played songs (7.4% of the total)
or 1959 LEAST played songs (67% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 8h
10th most played song airs every: 18h 54m
218th most played song airs every: 6d 12h
502nd most played song airs every: 8d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2800 (95.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
59 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3256
..in 3 months: 6495, in 6 months: 10388
..in 9 months: 13876, in 12 months: 16961

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [78 plays] Mica Millar – Flashlights
2 [61 plays] Alina Bzhezhinska and HipHarpCollective – Afro Blue
3 [58 plays] Jacob Collier – Never Gonna Be Alone
4= [57 plays] each for…
+ Kay Young – Feel Like Making Love
+ Str4ta – Night Flight
6 [42 plays] Jamison Ross – Tell Me You Love Me
7 [40 plays] Emma Jean-Thackray – The Rings Of Saturn
8 [36 plays] Judith Owen – Fine Brown Frame
9 [35 plays] James Taylor Quartet – The New Money Spyder
10 [33 plays] Katalyst – Daybreak

Analysis: 26 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9330
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3290
Variety factor for this station is : 35.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 540 Songs (16.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 241 MOST played songs (7.3% of the total)
or 2282 LEAST played songs (69.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 18h 54m
241st most played song airs every: 3d 17h 8m
540th most played song airs every: 6d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2947 (89.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
32 after 25 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3556
..in 3 months: 6925, in 6 months: 9824
..in 9 months: 12319, in 12 months: 14209

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [66 plays] Celina Sharma & Emiway Bantai – Jhootha
2 [48 plays] Zack Knight & Nora Fatehi – Dirty Little Secret
3 [41 plays] Panjabi MC – Jinni Marji (feat. K. Deep)
4= [37 plays] each for…
+ Harrdy Sandhu – Bijlee Bijlee
+ RICKI DHINDSA – Paradise
6 [35 plays] CAPS – Multani Kangan
7= [34 plays] each for…
+ Liilz – Change Ur Life
+ Raashi Sood & Raja Kumari – Out Of Love
+ Vicky – Top Notch Gabru
10 [33 plays] F1rstman – Dime Dime

Analysis: 25 days, up to 06-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 11083
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 72
Variety factor for this station is : 0.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 25 Songs (34.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (22.2% of the total)
or 39 LEAST played songs (54.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 33m
16th most played song airs every: 2h 40m
25th most played song airs every: 2h 45m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4 (5.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 4 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 72
..in 3 months: 84, in 6 months: 158
..in 9 months: 235

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [244 plays] Shakin` Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
2= [243 plays] each for…
+ Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
+ Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
4= [242 plays] each for…
+ Band Aid – Do They Know It`s Christmas
+ Wham! – Last Christmas
6 [241 plays] John Lennon / Yoko Ono – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
7 [240 plays] Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
8 [239 plays] Brenda Lee – Rockin` Around The Christmas Tree
9 [236 plays] Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
10 [235 plays] Mud – Lonely This Christmas

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