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 09-06-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7186
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3116
Variety factor for this station is : 43.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 268 Songs (8.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 72 MOST played songs (2.3% of the total)
or 2349 LEAST played songs (75.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 25m
10th most played song airs every: 8h 21m
72nd most played song airs every: 2d 2h 10m
268th most played song airs every: 5d 18h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2940 (94.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
61 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3860
..in 3 months: 8567, in 6 months: 14268
..in 9 months: 18858, in 12 months: 23062

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [86 plays] Lizzo – About Damn Time
2 [77 plays] Jack Harlow – First Class
3 [74 plays] Alfie Templeman – Colour Me Blue
4= [72 plays] each for…
+ Sam Fender – Getting Started
+ Tom Grennan – Remind Me
6 [71 plays] Sigrid & Bring Me The Horizon – Bad Life
7 [70 plays] George Ezra – Green Green Grass
8 [68 plays] Future – Wait For U (feat. Drake & Tems)
9 [67 plays] Disclosure & RAYE – Waterfall
10 [66 plays] Ed Sheeran – 2Step

Analysis: 24 days, up to 09-06-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8802
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 608
Variety factor for this station is : 6.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 28 Songs (4.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (2.6% of the total)
or 545 LEAST played songs (89.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 33m
10th most played song airs every: 3h 15m
16th most played song airs every: 3h 30m
28th most played song airs every: 6h 41m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 368 (60.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 641
..in 3 months: 946, in 6 months: 1346
..in 9 months: 1630, in 12 months: 1880

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [225 plays] Lizzo – About Damn Time
2 [212 plays] Harry Styles – As It Was
3= [207 plays] each for…
+ Ed Sheeran feat. Lil Baby – 2step
+ Mimi Webb – House On Fire
5 [205 plays] Nathan Dawe feat. Ella Henderson – 21 Reasons
6 [202 plays] David Guetta & Becky Hill & Ella Henderson – Crazy What Love Can Do
7 [195 plays] Diplo feat. Miguel – Don’t Forget My Love
8 [189 plays] Sam Ryder – Space Man
9 [184 plays] Jack Harlow – First Class
10 [177 plays] Tate McRae – She’s All I Wanna Be

Analysis: 26 days, up to 09-06-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5752
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 387
Variety factor for this station is : 6.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 26 Songs (6.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (4.1% of the total)
or 338 LEAST played songs (87.3% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 1m
10th most played song airs every: 5h 17m
16th most played song airs every: 5h 53m
26th most played song airs every: 9h 45m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 216 (55.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 406
..in 3 months: 541, in 6 months: 715
..in 9 months: 885, in 12 months: 1164

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [155 plays] Lizzo – About Damn Time
2 [148 plays] Latto ft. Mariah Carey ft. DJ Khaled – Big Energy
3 [147 plays] Cat Burns – Go
4 [146 plays] Jack Harlow – First Class
5 [137 plays] Ed Sheeran ft. Lil Baby – 2step
6 [132 plays] Jax Jones ft. MNEK – Where Did You Go?
7 [131 plays] David Guetta ft. Becky Hill ft. Ella Henderson – Crazy What Love Can Do
8 [124 plays] Aitch – Baby
9 [120 plays] Vibe Chemistry – Balling
10= [118 plays] each for…
+ Belters Only ft. Jazzy – Make Me Feel Good
+ Nathan Dawe ft. Ella Henderson – 21 Reasons

Analysis: 23 days, up to 09-06-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6576
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 587
Variety factor for this station is : 8.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 41 Songs (6.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 20 MOST played songs (3.4% of the total)
or 499 LEAST played songs (85% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 3h 56m
10th most played song airs every: 4h 40m
20th most played song airs every: 6h 16m
41st most played song airs every: 15h 20m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 362 (61.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 627
..in 3 months: 915, in 6 months: 1356
..in 9 months: 1647, in 12 months: 1773

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [140 plays] Jax Jones ft. MNEK – Where Did You Go
2 [139 plays] Harry Styles – As It Was
3 [133 plays] Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – Bam Bam
4= [132 plays] each for…
+ George Ezra – Anyone For You
+ Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott – Where Are You Now
+ Tate McRae – She’s All I Wanna Be
7 [130 plays] Latto and Mariah Carey – Big Energy
8 [128 plays] Sia – Unstoppable
9 [122 plays] Lil Nas X – That’s What I Want
10 [118 plays] George Ezra – Green Green Grass

Analysis: 24 days, up to 09-06-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7249
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 948
Variety factor for this station is : 13%

50% OF PLAYS is 152 Songs (16% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 61 MOST played songs (6.4% of the total)
or 654 LEAST played songs (68.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 4h 19m
10th most played song airs every: 8h 20m
61st most played song airs every: 1d 6h 18m
152nd most played song airs every: 2d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 490 (51.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 16 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 978
..in 3 months: 1095, in 6 months: 1495
..in 9 months: 1819, in 12 months: 2158

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [133 plays] George Ezra – Green Green Grass
2 [131 plays] Harry Styles – As It Was
3 [125 plays] Ed Sheeran – 2Step
4= [119 plays] each for…
+ Disclosure / Raye – Waterfall
+ Lizzo – About Damn Time
6 [105 plays] Nathan Dawe / Ella Henderson – 21 Reasons
7 [102 plays] Ava Max – Maybe You’re The Problem
8 [79 plays] Belters Only / Jazzy – Make Me Feel Good
9 [72 plays] Alesso / Zara Larsson – Words
10 [69 plays] Tieks / Mnek – The Funk

Analysis: 27 days, up to 09-06-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9378
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1027
Variety factor for this station is : 10.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 192 Songs (18.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 72 MOST played songs (7% of the total)
or 658 LEAST played songs (64% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 13m
10th most played song airs every: 8h
72nd most played song airs every: 1d 14h 7m
192nd most played song airs every: 2d 16h 48m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 389 (37.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1034
..in 3 months: 1053, in 6 months: 1113
..in 9 months: 1145, in 12 months: 1163

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [104 plays] Calvin Harris ft. Sam Smith – Love Me More
2 [98 plays] Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4u
3 [97 plays] Tom Walker – Serotonin
4 [96 plays] Lauren Spencer-Smith – Fingers Crossed
5 [93 plays] Gayle – abcdefu
6 [90 plays] Charli XCX ft. Rina Sawayama – Beg For You
7 [86 plays] Jax Jones ft. MNEK – Where Did You Go
8 [85 plays] Tate McRae – She’s All I Wanna Be
9 [82 plays] Sia – Unstoppable
10= [81 plays] each for…
+ Becky Hill and Galantis – Run
+ Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

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