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 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6836
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5144
Variety factor for this station is : 75.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 1727 Songs (33.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 615 MOST played songs (11.9% of the total)
or 2279 LEAST played songs (44.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 13h 23m
10th most played song airs every: 20h 34m
615th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
1727th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5079 (98.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
140 after 19 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6272
..in 3 months: 14564, in 6 months: 27194
..in 9 months: 37904, in 12 months: 47146

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [43 plays] Self Esteem – Wizardry
2 [40 plays] Arctic Monkeys – There’d Better Be A Mirrorball
3 [39 plays] First Aid Kit – Out Of My Head
4 [38 plays] Katy J Pearson – Howl
5 [32 plays] Suede – 15 Again
6 [31 plays] Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Burning
7= [30 plays] each for…
+ Four Tet – Mango Feedback
+ Gorillaz – New Gold (feat. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown)
9 [29 plays] Sports Team – The Drop
10 [28 plays] Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Never Seen You Dance

Analysis: 23 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7011
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 748
Variety factor for this station is : 10.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 234 Songs (31.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 140 MOST played songs (18.7% of the total)
or 402 LEAST played songs (53.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 19h 2m
10th most played song airs every: 23h
140th most played song airs every: 1d 15h 25m
234th most played song airs every: 1d 22h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 164 (21.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 767
..in 3 months: 1224, in 6 months: 1400
..in 9 months: 1888, in 12 months: 2029

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [29 plays] Bruno Mars – Marry You
2 [27 plays] Robert Miles – One & One
3= [26 plays] each for…
+ Maria Mckee – Show Me Heaven
+ Royksopp – Eple
5= [25 plays] each for…
+ Ellie Goulding – Your Song
+ Jakatta – American Dream
7= [24 plays] each for…
+ Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not The One
+ Jem – Wish I
+ Lana Del Rey – Video Games
+ Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl

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 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8295
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3039
Variety factor for this station is : 36.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 840 Songs (27.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 460 MOST played songs (15.1% of the total)
or 1738 LEAST played songs (57.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 22h 17m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 6h
460th most played song airs every: 6d 18h
840th most played song airs every: 9d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2853 (93.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3119
..in 3 months: 3402, in 6 months: 3669
..in 9 months: 3866, in 12 months: 3959

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [14 plays] John Lennon – Imagine
2= [13 plays] each for…
+ Terry Jacks – Seasons In The Sun
+ The Beautiful South – A Little Time
4= [12 plays] each for…
+ All-4-One – I Swear
+ Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
+ Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
+ Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
+ Erma Franklin – (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart
+ Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
+ Peabo Bryson – Tonight I Celebrate My Love
+ Pink Feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
+ Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
+ Will Young – Evergreen

Analysis: 24 days, up to 13-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5527
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2847
Variety factor for this station is : 51.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 517 Songs (18.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 225 MOST played songs (7.9% of the total)
or 1842 LEAST played songs (64.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 7h 1m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 51m
225th most played song airs every: 6d 0h
517th most played song airs every: 12d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2751 (96.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
63 after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3317
..in 3 months: 6525, in 6 months: 10412
..in 9 months: 13887, in 12 months: 16938

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [82 plays] Mica Millar – Flashlights
2 [59 plays] Emma Jean-Thackray – The Rings Of Saturn
3 [57 plays] Kay Young – Feel Like Making Love
4 [54 plays] Alina Bzhezhinska and HipHarpCollective – Afro Blue
5 [47 plays] Jamison Ross – Tell Me You Love Me
6 [39 plays] Jacob Collier – Never Gonna Be Alone
7= [33 plays] each for…
+ Judith Owen – Fine Brown Frame
+ Str4ta – Night Flight
9 [30 plays] James Taylor Quartet – The New Money Spyder
10= [29 plays] each for…
+ Chip Wickham – The Hit
+ Frida Touray – Mending

Analysis: 23 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8009
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3325
Variety factor for this station is : 41.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 544 Songs (16.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 232 MOST played songs (6.9% of the total)
or 2252 LEAST played songs (67.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 14m
232nd most played song airs every: 3d 20h
544th most played song airs every: 7d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3079 (92.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
65 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3875
..in 3 months: 6700, in 6 months: 9845
..in 9 months: 12322, in 12 months: 14301

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [48 plays] Dr Zeus, Legha & Garry Sandhu – ABC
2 [46 plays] Pritt – You Love (feat. Twlve)
3 [39 plays] Sama Blake – Loco (feat. Middlebury College Dissipated Eight)
4 [38 plays] Nish, Scorcher & Chaos – Morning
5 [37 plays] Asees Kaur, Tanishk Bagchi, Dev Negi & Viruss – Mashooka
6= [36 plays] each for…
+ AP Dhillon – Summer High
+ Shide Boss – Nachna
8 [35 plays] Zack Knight – Gucci
9= [34 plays] each for…
+ Raf-Saperra – Lalkaareh
+ The PropheC – Secrets

Analysis: 23 days, up to 13-08-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10161
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 71
Variety factor for this station is : 0.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 24 Songs (33.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (22.5% of the total)
or 38 LEAST played songs (53.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 30m
16th most played song airs every: 2h 41m
24th most played song airs every: 2h 45m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5 (7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 3 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 72
..in 3 months: 84, in 6 months: 151
..in 9 months: 231

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [224 plays] Shakin` Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
2= [223 plays] each for…
+ Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
+ Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
4= [222 plays] each for…
+ Band Aid – Do They Know It`s Christmas
+ Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
+ Wham! – Last Christmas
7= [220 plays] each for…
+ Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
+ Brenda Lee – Rockin` Around The Christmas Tree
+ John Lennon / Yoko Ono – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
+ Pretenders – 2000 Miles
+ Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

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