Why do these songs play day-after-day, year-after-year?
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    Why do these songs play day-after-day, year-after-year?

    There's a group of songs I can never figure out why they won't stop playing (and often, and on multiple different formats). Isn't there a listener burnout to hearing these songs? Here's a partial list of them (there's more):

    Royals-Lorde
    I Will Wait-Mumford and Sons
    Use Somebody-Kings of Leon
    I'm Yours-Jason Mraz
    Roar-Katy Perry
    Locked Out of Heaven-Bruno Mars
    Ho Hey-Lumineers
    Somebody That I Used to Know-Gotye
    Some Nights-Fun.
    Little Talks-Of Monsters and Men
    Demons-Imagine Dragons

    I can't imagine anyone (well, maybe there's ONE person out there excited) who's excited to hear these songs play, and I could imagine tune-out when they do from being so overplayed over the years. Your opinion?

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    They must test well or they wouldn't be playing them. Then again I have a friend who, I suppose, actually believes radio's objective for success is to play stuff people hate so they can be profitable. I suspect he might have been dropped one too many times as a baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tall_guy1 View Post
    There's a group of songs I can never figure out why they won't stop playing (and often, and on multiple different formats). Isn't there a listener burnout to hearing these songs? Here's a partial list of them (there's more):

    Royals-Lorde
    I Will Wait-Mumford and Sons
    Use Somebody-Kings of Leon
    I'm Yours-Jason Mraz
    Roar-Katy Perry
    Locked Out of Heaven-Bruno Mars
    Ho Hey-Lumineers
    Somebody That I Used to Know-Gotye
    Some Nights-Fun.
    Little Talks-Of Monsters and Men
    Demons-Imagine Dragons

    I can't imagine anyone (well, maybe there's ONE person out there excited) who's excited to hear these songs play, and I could imagine tune-out when they do from being so overplayed over the years. Your opinion?
    Happens a lot with larger classic hits radio stations too. It all boils down to research and the testing of songs. Certainly not my preference, but that's the way it's done. Btw, I love that "Little Talks" song, one of my recent favorites. But I sympathize with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tall_guy1 View Post
    There's a group of songs I can never figure out why they won't stop playing (and often, and on multiple different formats). Isn't there a listener burnout to hearing these songs? Here's a partial list of them (there's more):

    Royals-Lorde
    I Will Wait-Mumford and Sons
    Use Somebody-Kings of Leon
    I'm Yours-Jason Mraz
    Roar-Katy Perry
    Locked Out of Heaven-Bruno Mars
    Ho Hey-Lumineers
    Somebody That I Used to Know-Gotye
    Some Nights-Fun.
    Little Talks-Of Monsters and Men
    Demons-Imagine Dragons

    I can't imagine anyone (well, maybe there's ONE person out there excited) who's excited to hear these songs play, and I could imagine tune-out when they do from being so overplayed over the years. Your opinion?
    Just continuing a fine American radio tradition of overplaying certain songs for decades on end. See: Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbision), Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison/Them), American Pie (Don McLean), Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac), and many others from the '60s and '70s that were supposed to have aged out of The Sacred Sales Demos.
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    A very smart man taught me a long time ago: Play the hits. It works. Otherwise there's absolutely no other reason to do it. As tired as you say you are, imagine the people at the radio stations who play them. They hear those songs more often than you.

    Imagine the musicians who perform those songs. They hear them more often than you. James Taylor was once asked if he ever got tired of singing the same songs over and over again. He said, "It's always a different audience. I just watch them, and see their joy. That's why I do it." Same with radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    A very smart man taught me a long time ago: Play the hits. It works. Otherwise there's absolutely no other reason to do it. As tired as you say you are, imagine the people at the radio stations who play them. They hear those songs more often than you.
    At least a song like American Pie or Stairway to Heaven offers the DJ a potty break for 8 minutes.

    Imagine the musicians who perform those songs. They hear them more often than you. James Taylor was once asked if he ever got tired of singing the same songs over and over again. He said, "It's always a different audience. I just watch them, and see their joy. That's why I do it." Same with radio.
    I'm willing to bet that Taylor cries all the way to the bank after every show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithE4 View Post

    I'm willing to bet that Taylor cries all the way to the bank after every show.
    He wrote a lot of his own songs, so yes. I've seen similar quotes from Paul Simon.

    I go to a lot of concerts. The songs that get the most applause are the ones that got the most airplay. I'm not the only one who notices. It affects the way they make their setlists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tall_guy1 View Post
    There's a group of songs I can never figure out why they won't stop playing (and often, and on multiple different formats). Isn't there a listener burnout to hearing these songs? Here's a partial list of them (there's more):

    Royals-Lorde
    I Will Wait-Mumford and Sons
    Use Somebody-Kings of Leon
    I'm Yours-Jason Mraz
    Roar-Katy Perry
    Locked Out of Heaven-Bruno Mars
    Ho Hey-Lumineers
    Somebody That I Used to Know-Gotye
    Some Nights-Fun.
    Little Talks-Of Monsters and Men
    Demons-Imagine Dragons

    I can't imagine anyone (well, maybe there's ONE person out there excited) who's excited to hear these songs play, and I could imagine tune-out when they do from being so overplayed over the years. Your opinion?
    I think it has to do with Billboard's Hot 100, because most of these songs were at #1 or were the Top 5 at some point in the last few years, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan7157 View Post
    I think it has to do with Billboard's Hot 100, because most of these songs were at #1 or were the Top 5 at some point in the last few years, I guess.
    Lists like the Billboard one are generally not what stations look at in determining airplay today. Those lists don't really tell stations if the song was... and still is... popular with their specific audience.

    Stations in bigger markets do research to find out which songs listeners like and dislike. Many songs that charted well when they were new do not do well years later, while other songs that perhaps were lower on the charts may have more staying power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post
    while other songs that perhaps were lower on the charts may have more staying power.
    "I Melt With You" and "What I Like About You" are examples of this.
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