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: 25 days, up to 04-10-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8016
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3335
Variety factor for this station is : 41.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 347 Songs (10.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 105 MOST played songs (3.1% of the total)
or 2485 LEAST played songs (74.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 6h 11m
10th most played song airs every: 10h 10m
105th most played song airs every: 3d 3h
347th most played song airs every: 6d 6h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3125 (93.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
81 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3808
..in 3 months: 7918, in 6 months: 13403
..in 9 months: 18328, in 12 months: 22695

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [97 plays] Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)
2 [82 plays] Aitch – My G (feat. Ed Sheeran)
3 [80 plays] Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl
4 [78 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
5 [77 plays] The 1975 – I’m In Love With You
6 [75 plays] James Hype – Ferrari (feat. Miggy Dela Rosa)
7= [65 plays] each for…
+ Sub Focus – Off The Ground
+ Tom Grennan – All These Nights
9 [62 plays] David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue)
10 [59 plays] PinkPantheress & Sam Gellaitry – Picture in my mind

Analysis: 27 days, up to 04-10-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8511
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 543
Variety factor for this station is : 6.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 27 Songs (4.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 15 MOST played songs (2.7% of the total)
or 492 LEAST played songs (90.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 49m
10th most played song airs every: 3h 31m
15th most played song airs every: 4h 1m
27th most played song airs every: 8h 52m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 334 (61.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
1 after 26 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 575
..in 3 months: 917, in 6 months: 1363
..in 9 months: 1700, in 12 months: 2031

Top 10 Most Played:

 1 [230 plays] Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)
2= [208 plays] each for…
+ Harry Styles – Late Night Talking
+ Joel Corry & Becky Hill – History
4 [206 plays] Elton John & Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer
5 [199 plays] Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
6 [196 plays] KSI feat. Tom Grennan – Not Over Yet
7 [190 plays] LF System – Afraid To Feel
8 [188 plays] Aitch & Ed Sheeran – My G
9 [185 plays] Lizzo – 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)
10 [184 plays] Ed Sheeran feat. Lil Baby – 2step

Analysis: 25 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 2883
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 478
Variety factor for this station is : 16.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 34 Songs (7.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 18 MOST played songs (3.7% of the total)
or 402 LEAST played songs (84.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 11h 6m
18th most played song airs every: 13h 2m
34th most played song airs every: 1d 4h 34m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 378 (79%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
3 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 539
..in 3 months: 789, in 6 months: 997
..in 9 months: 1177, in 12 months: 1319

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [63 plays] each for…
+ Beyonce – Break My Soul
+ James Hype ft. Miggy Dela Rosa – Ferrari
3 [61 plays] Calvin Harris ft. Justin Timberlake, Halsey and Pharrell – Stay With Me
4 [60 plays] Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl
5= [58 plays] each for…
+ Burna Boy – Last Last
+ Eliza Rose – B.o.t.a
7 [56 plays] Aitch ft. Ed Sheeran – My G
8= [55 plays] each for…
+ KSI and Tom Grennan – Not Over Yet
+ Luude and Mattafix – Big City Life
10 [54 plays] Bru-C – Excuses

Analysis: 25 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4019
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 548
Variety factor for this station is : 13.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 65 Songs (11.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 27 MOST played songs (4.9% of the total)
or 414 LEAST played songs (75.5% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 8h 20m
10th most played song airs every: 11h 32m
27th most played song airs every: 21h 25m
65th most played song airs every: 1d 22h 9m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 337 (61.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
2 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 583
..in 3 months: 938, in 6 months: 1190
..in 9 months: 1515, in 12 months: 1768

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [72 plays] Dermot Kennedy – Something To Someone
2 [70 plays] Jax Jones ft. MNEK – Where Did You Go
3 [66 plays] David Guetta, Becky Hill and Ella Henderson – Crazy What Love Can Do
4 [64 plays] Sigala and Talia Mar – Stay The Night
5 [62 plays] Sia – Unstoppable
6 [61 plays] Elton John and Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer
7 [60 plays] LF System – Afraid To Feel
8 [58 plays] Harry Styles – As It Was
9 [56 plays] Nathan Dawe ft. Ella Henderson – 21 Reasons
10 [52 plays] George Ezra – Anyone For You

Analysis: 26 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 6629
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 830
Variety factor for this station is : 12.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 134 Songs (16.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 58 MOST played songs (6.9% of the total)
or 588 LEAST played songs (70.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 5h 37m
10th most played song airs every: 11h 46m
58th most played song airs every: 1d 10h 40m
134th most played song airs every: 2d 4h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 424 (51%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 831
..in 3 months: 1045, in 6 months: 1258
..in 9 months: 1611, in 12 months: 1941

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [111 plays] Lf System – Afraid To Feel
2 [99 plays] Lizzo – About Damn Time
3 [97 plays] Beyonce – Break My Soul
4= [65 plays] each for…
+ Mabel/ Jax Jones / Galantis – Good Luck
+ Tom Grennan – All These Nights
6 [63 plays] Eliza Rose – B.o.t.a. (Baddest Of Them All)
7= [58 plays] each for…
+ Glass Animals – Heat Waves
+ Jason Derulo / Kodak Black – Slidin’
9 [57 plays] George Ezra – Green Green Grass
10= [53 plays] each for…
+ Marshmello / Khalid – Numb
+ Sia – Unstoppable

Analysis: 24 days, up to 23-09-2022
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4452
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1093
Variety factor for this station is : 24.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 180 Songs (16.4% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 69 MOST played songs (6.3% of the total)
or 748 LEAST played songs (68.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 13h 5m
69th most played song airs every: 3d 0h
180th most played song airs every: 4d 19h 12m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 919 (84%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
15 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1146
..in 3 months: 1243, in 6 months: 1259
..in 9 months: 1306, in 12 months: 1337

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [52 plays] Sia – Unstoppable
2 [51 plays] Pink – Irrelevant
3= [48 plays] each for…
+ Nathan Dawe ft. Ella Henderson – 21 Reasons
+ Tate McRae – She’s All I Wanna Be
5= [47 plays] each for…
+ Alok, Ella Eyre and Kenny Dope ft. Never Dull – Deep Down
+ Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
+ Lady GaGa – Hold My Hand
8= [45 plays] each for…
+ Jax Jones ft. MNEK – Where Did You Go
+ LF System – Afraid To Feel
10= [44 plays] each for…
+ Calvin Harris, Justin Timberlake, Halsey and Pharrell Williams – Stay With Me
+ Ellie Goulding ft. Big Sean – Easy Lover

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