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: 24 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6660
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4751
Variety factor for this station is : 71.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 1422 Songs (29.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 505 MOST played songs (10.6% of the total)
or 2219 LEAST played songs (46.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 48m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 51m
505th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
1422nd most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4689 (98.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
125 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 5822
..in 3 months: 15882, in 6 months: 27628
..in 9 months: 37613, in 12 months: 45981 (!)

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [45 plays] each for…
+ David Holmes – It’s Over, If We Run Out Of Love (feat. Raven Violet)
+ Wet Leg – Angelica
3 [44 plays] Lucy Dacus – Kissing Lessons
4 [43 plays] Arcade Fire – The Lightning I, II
5 [42 plays] Curtis Harding – I Won’t Let You Down
6 [40 plays] Cat Power – White Mustang
7 [38 plays] Pixies – Human Crime
8 [36 plays] Jack White – Hi-De-Ho (feat. Q-Tip)
9 [31 plays] Father John Misty – Q4
10= [29 plays] each for…
+ Gwenno – An Stevel Nowydh
+ Orlando Weeks – Deep Down Way Out

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8277
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 917
Variety factor for this station is : 11%

50% OF PLAYS is 274 Songs (29.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 165 MOST played songs (17.9% of the total)
or 515 LEAST played songs (56.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 3h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 51m
165th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 17m
274th most played song airs every: 2d 6h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 237 (25.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 931
..in 3 months: 1367, in 6 months: 1575
..in 9 months: 1753, in 12 months: 2087

Top 12 Most Played:

1= [24 plays] each for…
+ Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
+ Emf – Unbelievable
3= [23 plays] each for…
+ Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
+ Tina Turner – Steamy Windows
5= [22 plays] each for…
+ Primal Scream – Rocks
+ Soup Dragons – I’m Free
7= [21 plays] each for…
+ Bryan Adams / Mel C – When You’re Gone
+ Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
+ Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
+ Oasis – She’s Electric
+ Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
+ Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight

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: 27 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9890
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3027
Variety factor for this station is : 30.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 843 Songs (27.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 460 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 1727 LEAST played songs (57% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 8h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 17h 30m
460th most played song airs every: 5d 9h 36m
843rd most played song airs every: 6d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2779 (91.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
16 after 26 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3056
..in 3 months: 3408, in 6 months: 3606
..in 9 months: 3703, in 12 months: 3800

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [76 plays] Zack Laurence – TV – Treasure Hunt
2 [55 plays] Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion
3= [39 plays] each for…
+ Eric Idle – TV – One Foot In The Grave
+ Laurie Johnson – TV – Animal Magic
5 [38 plays] Neal Hefti – TV – Batman Theme
6= [37 plays] each for…
+ Alain Legrand – TV – Magic Roundabout
+ Barry Gray – TV – Stingray
+ Hanna – TV – Yogi Bear
+ Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do
+ Quincy Jones – FILM – Austin Powers

Analysis: 24 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5568
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2903
Variety factor for this station is : 52.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 561 Songs (19.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 237 MOST played songs (8.1% of the total)
or 1855 LEAST played songs (63.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 8h 51m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 12m
237th most played song airs every: 6d 0h
561st most played song airs every: 12d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2817 (97%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
44 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3384
..in 3 months: 6581, in 6 months: 10410
..in 9 months: 13821, in 12 months: 16821

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [65 plays] Ezra Collective – May The Funk Be With You
2 [62 plays] Robert Glasper – Over Edit
3 [53 plays] Baiana – Saudade Samba
4 [45 plays] Somi – House of the Rising Sun
5 [37 plays] Alina Bzhezhinska, HipHarpCollective – Soul Vibrations
6= [32 plays] each for…
+ Trombone Shorty – Come Back
+ Trombone Shorty – What It Takes
8= [31 plays] each for…
+ Jordan Rakei – Bruises
+ Lettuce – Gravy Train
10 [30 plays] Mamas Gun – Good Love

Analysis: 27 days, up to 14-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10457
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3731
Variety factor for this station is : 35.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 508 Songs (13.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 200 MOST played songs (5.3% of the total)
or 2697 LEAST played songs (72.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 7h 54m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 48m
200th most played song airs every: 3d 9h
508th most played song airs every: 6d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3392 (90.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
37 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3925
..in 3 months: 7031, in 6 months: 9876
..in 9 months: 12132, in 12 months: 13584

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [82 plays] Jaz Dhami & Karan Aujla – Bas
2 [74 plays] Zack Knight – Yaar Tu
3 [63 plays] Priya Ragu – Illuminous
4 [52 plays] Liilz – Glad U Came (feat. ZieZie)
5 [51 plays] Raf-Saperra – Kehra Pind?
6 [50 plays] Anirudh Ravichander & Jonita Gandhi – Arabic Kuthu
7 [47 plays] Ikky & Lavi Tibbi – Ranjhe
8= [46 plays] each for…
+ Badshah – Tabahi
+ Ezu – Sunset
10 [41 plays] JJ Esko – Faith

Analysis: 26 days, up to 17-04-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10974
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 102
Variety factor for this station is : 0.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 24 Songs (23.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (15.6% of the total)
or 69 LEAST played songs (67.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 32m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 43m
16th most played song airs every: 2h 47m
24th most played song airs every: 2h 50m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 22 (21.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 7 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 105
..in 3 months: 123, in 6 months: 208

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [246 plays] each for…
+ Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree
+ Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
3 [245 plays] Various Artists – Childrens Xmas Party Continuous Mix
4 [243 plays] Peter Jöback – Decembernatt (Halleluja)
5 [241 plays] Jon and Yoko – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
6 [240 plays] Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
7 [239 plays] Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
8 [231 plays] Wham! – Last Christmas
9 [230 plays] Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
10 [229 plays] Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

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