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!

(Note: Radio 1’s figures below do NOT include some evening and overnight hours which are simulcasts of other Radio 1 stations of a more specialist nature such as Extra or Relax, as those hours are included in the individual analyses of those stations already). 

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7731
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3374
Variety factor for this station is : 43.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 340 Songs (10% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 95 MOST played songs (2.8% of the total)
or 2477 LEAST played songs (73.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 8h 45m
95th most played song airs every: 2d 21h
340th most played song airs every: 7d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3185 (94.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
80 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4125
..in 3 months: 8781, in 6 months: 14530
..in 9 months: 19539, in 12 months: 24239

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [91 plays] Sabrina Carpenter – Espresso
2 [89 plays] Artemas – i like the way you kiss me
3 [88 plays] Rudimental & Skepsis – Green & Gold (feat. Charlotte Plank & Riko Dan)
4 [85 plays] Shygirl – mr useless (feat. SG Lewis)
5 [81 plays] Hozier – Too Sweet
6 [74 plays] Olivia Rodrigo – obsessed
7 [70 plays] Taylor Swift – Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)
8 [69 plays] Glass Animals – Creatures In Heaven
9= [63 plays] each for…
+ Perrie – Forget About Us
+ The Last Dinner Party – Sinner

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7185
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 547
Variety factor for this station is : 7.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 47 Songs (8.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 23 MOST played songs (4.2% of the total)
or 463 LEAST played songs (84.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3h 20m
10th most played song airs every: 4h 58m
23rd most played song airs every: 7h 53m
47th most played song airs every: 13h 48m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 310 (56.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 11 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 582
..in 3 months: 832, in 6 months: 1227
..in 9 months: 1581, in 12 months: 1783

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [165 plays] Sabrina Carpenter – Espresso
2= [158 plays] each for…
+ Benson Boone – Beautiful Things
+ Perrie – Forget About Us
4 [123 plays] Becky Hill – Outside Of Love
5= [115 plays] each for…
+ Dasha – Austin
+ Kygo x Zak Abel x Nile Rodgers – For Life
7 [114 plays] Rudimental & Skepsis feat. Charlotte Plank – Green & Gold
8 [113 plays] Calvin Harris feat. Rag N Bone man – Lovers In A Past Life
9= [111 plays] each for…
+ Artemas – i like the way you kiss me
+ Jax Jones & Zoe Wees – Never Be Lonely

Analysis: 24 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6076
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 789
Variety factor for this station is : 12.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 32 Songs (4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 17 MOST played songs (2.1% of the total)
or 703 LEAST played songs (89.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3h 40m
10th most played song airs every: 4h 48m
17th most played song airs every: 6h 24m
32nd most played song airs every: 11h 4m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 589 (74.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
5 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 834
..in 3 months: 1183, in 6 months: 1745
..in 9 months: 2127, in 12 months: 2375

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [157 plays] Teddy Swims – Lose Control
2 [151 plays] Sabrina Carpenter – Espresso
3 [147 plays] Rudimental ft. Skepsis ft. Charlotte Plank and Riko Dan – Green & Gold
4= [143 plays] each for…
+ Ella Henderson ft. Rudimental – Alibi
+ Lay Bankz – Tell Ur Girlfriend
6 [134 plays] Calvin Harris ft. Rag N Bone Man – Lovers In A Past Life
7 [131 plays] The Blessed Madonna ft. Clementine Douglas – Happier
8 [125 plays] Jax Jones and Zoe Wees – Never Be Lonely
9 [121 plays] NewEra – Birds In The Sky
10 [120 plays] Dua Lipa – Illusion

Analysis: 23 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7166
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 732
Variety factor for this station is : 10.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 74 Songs (10.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 25 MOST played songs (3.4% of the total)
or 580 LEAST played songs (79.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 12m
10th most played song airs every: 5h 34m
25th most played song airs every: 10h 13m
74th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 40m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 446 (60.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 20 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 775
..in 3 months: 973, in 6 months: 1332
..in 9 months: 1456, in 12 months: 1553

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [131 plays] Zara Larsson and David Guetta – On My Love
2 [130 plays] Teddy Swims – Lose Control
3= [126 plays] each for…
+ Kygo and Ava Max – Whatever
+ Lewis Capaldi – Strangers
5 [125 plays] Noah Kahan – Stick Season
6 [121 plays] Benson Boone – Beautiful Things
7 [120 plays] Calvin Harris and Rag N Bone Man – Lovers In A Past Life
8 [118 plays] Perrie – Forget About Us
9 [102 plays] Dasha – Austin
10= [99 plays] each for…
+ Dua Lipa – Houdini
+ Paul Russell – Lil Boo Thang

Analysis: 25 days, up to 16-05-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9165
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1369
Variety factor for this station is : 14.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 228 Songs (16.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 113 MOST played songs (8.2% of the total)
or 1001 LEAST played songs (73.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3h
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h
113th most played song airs every: 1d 16h
228th most played song airs every: 2d 2h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 874 (63.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1380
..in 3 months: 1407, in 6 months: 1583
..in 9 months: 1605, in 12 months: 1937

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [200 plays] Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
2 [192 plays] Olly Alexander – Dizzy
3 [188 plays] Meghan Trainor and T-Pain – Been Like This
4 [149 plays] Beyonce – Texas Hold ’em
5 [139 plays] Take That – You & Me
6 [122 plays] Taylor Swift ft. Post malone – Fortnight
7 [114 plays] Jess Glynne – Easy
8 [31 plays] Usher – Kissing Strangers
9 [29 plays] Sia and Kylie Minogue – Dance Alone
10 [24 plays] Jennifer Lopez – Waiting For Tonight

Jack 2 was indirectly replaced with Hits Radio on 29th Oct 2023 following the purchase of the Jack stations by Bauer.
Previous Analysis from Oct 2023: 25 days
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6414
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 853
Variety factor for this station is : 13.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 141 Songs (16.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 60 MOST played songs (7% of the total)
or 599 LEAST played songs (70.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 3m
10th most played song airs every: 9h 40m
60th most played song airs every: 1d 16h
141st most played song airs every: 2d 2h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 476 (55.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 871
..in 3 months: 937, in 6 months: 973
..in 9 months: 1323, in 12 months: 1526

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [99 plays] Dance The Night – Dua Lipa
2 [86 plays] Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift
3 [78 plays] Don’t Say Love – Leigh-Anne
4= [76 plays] each for…
+ Tension – Kylie
+ Vampire – Olivia Rodrigo
6= [75 plays] each for…
+ Giving Me – Jazzy
+ Whistle – Jax Jones x Calum Scott
8 [71 plays] Used To Be Young – Miley Cyrus
9 [70 plays] How Does It Feel – Tom Grennan
10= [62 plays] each for…
+ Good Luck – Mabel, Jax Jones / Galantis
+ React – Switch Disco feat. Ella Henderson

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