Pop Music / Current Hits Stations

“Hot AC” Pop Hits offerings from the BBC (Radio 1), Global (Capital), Bauer (Hits Network, Kiss and Heat) – featuring the latest chart cuts and biggest current Pop, R’nB and Dance etc targeting mostly under 35’s. You’ll notice that Radio 1 is playing many more different songs, in fact TEN TIMES more songs than Capital and Kiss, though the Hits Network and Heat do have a slightly bigger range. It’s an extreme example, but 50% of Kiss’s output is made up of just 25 songs! I bet the jocks get bored of playing them, but do the listeners get bored of hearing them maybe less than 3 hours after the last play?? Radio 1 manages to keep up the song variety well into the 3rd and 4th weeks of listening, still playing between 50 and 100 fresh songs a day, whilst you’ll notice that all of the commercial stations in this genre are bumping along the bottom with very few, if any, new songs on any day after just the first week, though there is a little extra variety permitted from all stations at the weekend! 

Analysis: 27 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8984
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3662
Variety factor for this station is : 40.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 288 Songs (7.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 82 MOST played songs (2.2% of the total)
or 2795 LEAST played songs (76.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 6m
10th most played song airs every: 8h
82nd most played song airs every: 2d 6h
288th most played song airs every: 6d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3427 (93.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
86 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3946
..in 3 months: 8477, in 6 months: 13512
..in 9 months: 17732

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [106 plays] Ewan McVicar – Tell Me Something Good
2= [100 plays] Becky Hill – My Heart Goes (La Di Da) (feat. Topic)
2= [100 plays] Lil Nas X – That’s What I Want
4 [99 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
5 [90 plays] Biffy Clyro – A Hunger In Your Haunt
6 [89 plays] Central Cee – Obsessed With You
7= [87 plays] Coldplay & BTS – My Universe
7= [87 plays] Glass Animals – I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)
9 [84 plays] Sam Fender – Spit Of You
10 [81 plays] Ckay – love nwantiti (ah ah ah)

Analysis: 26 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9302
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 482
Variety factor for this station is : 5.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 29 Songs (6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 17 MOST played songs (3.5% of the total)
or 431 LEAST played songs (89.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 37m
10th most played song airs every: 3h 44m
17th most played song airs every: 4h 1m
29th most played song airs every: 5h 37m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 288 (59.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 527
..in 3 months: 810, in 6 months: 1150
..in 9 months: 1410

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [238 plays] Lil Nas X – That’s What I Want
2 [237 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
3 [224 plays] The Kid LAROI x Justin Bieber – Stay
4 [214 plays] Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
5 [196 plays] Jonasu – Black Magic
6 [194 plays] Becky Hill & Topic – My Heart Goes (LaDiDa)
7 [179 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
8 [178 plays] Joel Corry feat. Mabel – I Wish
9 [177 plays] David Guetta Feat. MistaJam and John Newman – If You Really Love Me (How Will I Know)
10 [167 plays] Rain Radio & DJ Craig Gorman – Talk About

Analysis: 23 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4895
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 341
Variety factor for this station is : 6.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 27 Songs (7.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (4.6% of the total)
or 298 LEAST played songs (87.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 1m
10th most played song airs every: 5h 52m
16th most played song airs every: 6h 34m
27th most played song airs every: 9h 21m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 227 (66.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 14 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 369
..in 3 months: 537, in 6 months: 839
..in 9 months: 1019

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [137 plays] Central Cee – Obsessed With You
2 [132 plays] CKay ft. ElGrandeToto – Love Nwantiti
3 [124 plays] Ewan McVicar – Tell Me Something Good
4 [121 plays] Doja Cat – Woman
5 [118 plays] Shouse – Love Tonight
6 [112 plays] Becky Hill ft. Topic – My Heart Goes
7 [111 plays] Riton ft. Raye – I Don’t Want You
8 [105 plays] Blxst ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga – Chosen
9 [103 plays] Justus Bennetts – Bad Day
10 [94 plays] Craig David ft. MNEK – Who You Are

Analysis: 27 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6991
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 774
Variety factor for this station is : 11%

50% OF PLAYS is 46 Songs (5.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 22 MOST played songs (2.8% of the total)
or 674 LEAST played songs (87% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 35m
10th most played song airs every: 5h 50m
22nd most played song airs every: 8h
46th most played song airs every: 19h 38m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 550 (71%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 791
..in 3 months: 1179, in 6 months: 1365
..in 9 months: 1492

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [141 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
2 [138 plays] Dermot Kennedy – Better Days
3 [137 plays] Becky Hill and David Guetta – Remember
4 [133 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
5 [127 plays] Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
6 [124 plays] David Guetta, Mistajam and John Newman – If You Really Love Me
7 [122 plays] THE KID LAROI and Justin Bieber – Stay
8 [114 plays] Mimi Webb – 24-5
9= [111 plays] Clean Bandit, Wes Nelson and Topic – Drive
9= [111 plays] The Weeknd – Take My Breath

Analysis: 24 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6942
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1032
Variety factor for this station is : 14.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 83 Songs (8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 37 MOST played songs (3.5% of the total)
or 851 LEAST played songs (82.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 23m
10th most played song airs every: 6h 56m
37th most played song airs every: 15h 34m
83rd most played song airs every: 1d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 761 (73.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1074
..in 3 months: 1431, in 6 months: 1782
..in 9 months: 2018

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [131 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
2 [122 plays] Elton John / Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)
3 [112 plays] Jonasu – Black Magic
4 [103 plays] The Kid Laroi / Justin Bieber – Stay
5 [98 plays] Becky Hill / David Guetta – Remember
6 [95 plays] Joel Corry / Jax Jones /… – Out Out
7= [88 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
7= [88 plays] The Wanted – Rule The World
9 [84 plays] Jesy Nelson / Nicki Minaj – Boyz
10 [83 plays] Coldplay / Bts – My Universe

Analysis: 23 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7993
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 989
Variety factor for this station is : 12.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 180 Songs (18.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 73 MOST played songs (7.3% of the total)
or 657 LEAST played songs (66.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 5h 56m
10th most played song airs every: 6h 43m
73rd most played song airs every: 1d 12h 48m
180th most played song airs every: 2d 2h 10m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 509 (51.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1003
..in 3 months: 1043, in 6 months: 1073
..in 9 months: 1107

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [93 plays] David Guetta and John Newman – If You Really Love Me
2 [89 plays] Ed Sheeran – Shivers
3= [87 plays] Dermot Kennedy – Better Days
3= [87 plays] Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
3= [87 plays] Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love
6= [83 plays] Adele – Easy On Me
6= [83 plays] Calvin Harris ft. Tom Grennan – By Your Side
6= [83 plays] Elton John and Dua Lipa – Cold Heart
6= [83 plays] The Weeknd – Take My Breath
10 [82 plays] Coldplay and BTS – My Universe

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