If you had a look at the new playlist we sent out yesterday you would have noticed a healthy six additions from musical friends old (Oasis & Snow Patrol) and new (MGMT and Glasvegas). But probably you have noticed too that the playlist itself has got bigger! The second such increase in size since our launch in October last year. Music is,like most things these days (recessions?!), cyclical. Sometimes trying to find good and appropriate new songs for our playlist is like trying to explain to a Daily Mail reader that we don’t all still want to live in the 1950s – it is not easy! But that is not the case at the moment with a plethora of great new music around and rather than ration our listeners we want to give them more – hence the increase in the size of the playlist.
At Absolute Radio, we are still striving to bring to our listeners the best in real music – old and new. And four months in I had a look at our most played artists since launch and came up with the top 20 below.
2 KINGS OF LEON
4 SNOW PATROL
8 KAISER CHIEFS
13 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
16 ROLLING STONES
18 DAVID BOWIE
A couple of things struck me about this list. It helps to be British (14 of the artists are from the UK; 4 are American and there is one each from Ireland and Canada) and oh yes… it helps if your band name starts with the letter ‘K’ (4 in the top 10)!
It still baffles me why most UK radio shies away from exploiting this rich musical heritage – as there are not many, if any, stations out there playing both The Beatles and Elbow – but especially when they are happy to serve up a diet of Lady Ga Ga and The Saturdays instead! Anyway that is just my view what do you think?