We're at 18 weeks in a row without any of the airplay #1s being an ARIA #1. The last time that happened was March-July 2008 (20 weeks), when radio went for Pictures Of You, Stop And Stare, Dream Catch Me, Perfect and Love Song while the ARIA #1s were Don't Stop The Music, Low, Bubbly, Sweet About Me, 4 Minutes and No Air (and I Kissed A Girl which reached airplay #1 later). This decade, the longest before now was 11 weeks (Nov 2011 - Jan 2012).
Has anyone seen these before? I was reading Slinkee Minx's Wikipedia page, of all places, and saw a year-end airplay position that I followed to this page of annual reports from the PPCA, who (I've just learnt) license recorded music to radio/TV/businesses: http://www.ppca.com.au/ppca-about-us/reports/
The reports include lists of the most broadcast songs and artists each financial year, from 1997-2013 for songs (mostly a top 100; 1997-1999 are only top 25s included in the 2000 report, and 2012/13 are only top 50s), and 1997-2017 for artists (mostly a top 50). They're probably not the same as Aircheck or other sources (they include TV play, for one thing), but they look trustworthy to me. For a summary without taking the space that copy-pasting the full lists would:
Top 10 songs
Top 5 artists
Change The World; Because You Loved Me; A Simple Life; You Learn; I Love You Always Forever; Runaway; Let's Make A Night To Remember; In Too Deep; I Want You; I'll Be There For You
The Beatles; John Farnham; Elton John; Crowded House; Bryan Adams
Torn; Every Time You Cry; You're Still The One; I Wanna Be The Only One; Back To You; Together Again; Semi-Charmed Life; My Heart Will Go On; If You Could Only See; Sunny Came Home
Elton John; John Farnham; Savage Garden; The Beatles; Billy Joel
High; Crush; Slide; Buses And Trains; Believe; One Week; The Way; Save Tonight; When You're Gone; From This Moment On
Shania Twain; The Beatles; Madonna; Elton John; Bachelor Girl
Smooth; Everywhere You Go; She's So High; I Try; All Star; I Knew I Loved You; Affirmation; When You Say Nothing At All; Hey Leonardo; Weir
Savage Garden; The Beatles; Madonna; Elton John; Taxiride
Breathless; Life Is A Rollercoaster; Shine; Sunshine On A Rainy Day; I'm Outta Love; If You're Gone; Crash And Burn; My Happiness; Bent; Shackles (Praise You)
Savage Garden; Matchbox Twenty; U2; The Corrs; Vanessa Amorosi
Drops Of Jupiter; Hanging By A Moment; Out Of Reach; Follow Me; Amazing; Pleased To Meet You; Can't Get You Out Of My Head; How You Remind Me; Don't Stop Movin'; Starlight
Kylie Minogue; U2; Savage Garden; Madonna; Garbage
Creepin' Up Slowly; Complicated; A Thousand Miles; No Such Thing; Feel; Just A Little; Objection (Tango); Born To Try; I'm With You; Big Yellow Taxi
Kylie Minogue; Avril Lavigne; Red Hot Chili Peppers; Eminem; Madonna
Here Without You; Bright Lights; Someday; It's My Life; Predictable; Something Beautiful; White Flag; Heaven; Intuition; Unwell
"Rudimental’s ‘These Days’ featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen was the most played song on Australian radio this year with 20,815 spins. The hit collaboration received its first play on 19 January on Hit 101.9 FoxFM in Melbourne and since then has earned spins across 29 stations nationwide. Nova 919 spun the track the most, contributing 1,558 instances, while all five Nova stations collectively accounted for 34% all airplay.
The total airplay for ‘These Days’ is the equivalent of listening to the song on repeat for 50 days straight. The release also spent six weeks atop the AirCheck National Radio Airplay chart between March and April and remarkably spent the entire year in the Top 50 songs each week.
Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer took out second place with their smash hit ‘Youngblood’, spun 19,898 times. Another two home-grown acts earned spots in the Top 10; Dean Lewis’ ‘Be Alright at No.7 and Amy Shark’s ‘I Said Hi’ at No.9. A further 18 local tracks made it into the Top 100, including hits from Vance Joy, Conrad Sewell, Morgan Evans, Sheppard, Pnau and Sia.
AirCheck Client Services Executive, Riarne Gale said “It was a great year for local music. Of the 4 million songs played on radio this year, almost 900,000 were Australian. Overall, Australian tracks received 49,755 more spins than last year”.
Country/pop collaboration ‘Meant To Be’ released by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line was the third most played track of the year, slipping two places since the year’s halfway point where the track had already earned 15,136 spins.
George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ was the fastest mover of the year reaching No.15 after almost no spins in the first six months of the year. Released on 28 June, the track was quickly added to rotation across the nation.
The most played artist of the year was Ed Sheeran for the second year in a row securing 53,648 spins of tracks, features and remixes on the airwaves. Pink was the most played female artist not to far behind with 49,367 spins.
Universal held the greatest slice of the Top 100 record label share, securing 36%, followed by Sony (28%), Warner (25%), EMI (7%) and Independent (4%).
The most played songs of 2017 and 2016 also made appearances at No.78 (The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – ‘Something Just Like This’) and No.96 (Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’)."