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leviramsey's Journal: SIRIUS: An analysis of repeats on BuzzSaw 2

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Many of you may recall that I subscribe to Sirius (and have since before Howard Stern was signed). My #1 preset is BuzzSaw. Following is an analysis of BuzzSaw's playlist between midnight ET on Dec. 23 and approximately 2:00 pm ET on Dec. 24. The data is courtesy of The SIRIUS Stream Explorer; a condensed form of the data follows the analysis.

In the 38 hours studied, 469 songs were played (counting examples like "Heartbreaker" straight into "Living Loving Maid" as one song), for a mean of 12.3 songs/hour. 384 distinct songs were played. No song was played more than 3 times in the period, implying that the odds are against hearing a song twice within 12 hours.

  • 9 songs were played thrice
  • 67 songs were played twice
  • 308 songs were played once

All in all, I would say that this is a pretty good balance of repetition versus variety, in my opinion. In listening for 24 hours straight, one could expect to hear at most c. 50 repeats.

  • .38 Special - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • AC/DC - 27 plays, 16 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Highway to Hell"
    • Played twice: "Back in Black", "Big Balls", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "For Those About to Rock...", "Hells Bells", "Shoot to Thrill", "Sin City", "T.N.T.", "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  • Accept - 1 play
  • Aerosmith - 25 plays, 21 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Rag Doll", "Same Old Song and Dance", "Walk This Way"
  • Aldo Nova - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Fantasy"
  • Alice Cooper - 8 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Billion Dollar Babies", "I'm Eighteen", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "School's Out"
  • April Wine - 1 play
  • Autograph - 1 play
  • Axe - 1 play
  • Bad Company - 6 plays, 5 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Bad Company"
  • Billy Squier - 10 plays, 8 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Christmas Is the Time to Say...", "In the Dark"
  • Billy Thorpe - 1 play
  • Black Sabbath - 12 plays, 10 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Iron Man", "Paranoid"
  • Blackfoot - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Blue - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Blue Oyster Cult - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
  • Bob Rivers - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Am Santa Claus"
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - 1 play
  • Boston - 8 plays, 6 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind"
  • Buckcherry - 1 play
  • Cheap Trick - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Cream - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "White Room"
  • David Lee Roth - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Deep Purple - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • Def Leppard - 13 plays, 10 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"
    • Played twice: "Photograph"
  • Derek and the Dominos - 1 play
  • Dio - 5 plays, 3 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Holy Diver", "Rainbow in the Dark"
  • Dokken - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Eddie Money - 1 play
  • Eric Clapton - 1 play
  • Faces - 1 play
  • Foghat - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Foreigner - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • George Thorogood - 6 plays, 5 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Bad to the Bone"
  • Golden Earring - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Twilight Zone"
  • Grand Funk Railroad - 1 play
  • Great White - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Guns 'n' Roses - 9 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Live and Let Die", "Welcome to the Jungle"
  • Heart - 4 plays, 3 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Magic Man"
  • Humble Pie - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Don't Need No Doctor"
  • Iron Maiden - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • Jefferson Starship - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Jethro Tull - 1 play
  • Jimi Hendrix - 16 plays, 12 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Purple Haze"
    • Played twice: "Dolly Dagger", "Foxey Lady"
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Joe Satriani - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Joe Walsh - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Judas Priest - 5 plays, 5 distinct songs
  • Kiss - 9 plays, 8 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Stole Your Love"
  • Krokus - 1 play
  • Led Zeppelin - 21 plays, 16 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Black Dog", "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid", "In the Evening", "Kashmir", "The Ocean"
  • Loverboy - 1 play
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - 10 plays, 8 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Sweet Home Alabama", "That Smell"
  • Metallica - 10 plays, 9 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Seek and Destroy"
  • Molly Hatchet - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Montrose - 1 play
  • Motley Crue - 8 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  • Motorhead - 1 play
  • Nazareth - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Hair of the Dog"
  • Neil Young - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Night Ranger - 1 play
  • Ozzy Osbourne - 11 plays, 9 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Crazy Train"
  • Pat Benatar - 4 plays
  • Pat Travers - 1 play
  • Queen - 12 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Fat Bottomed Girls"
    • Played twice: "Another One Bites the Dust", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Stone Cold Crazy", "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions"
  • Quiet Riot - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Cum On Feel the Noize"
  • Rainbow - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Ratt - 5 plays, 3 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Round and Round"
  • Red Rider - 3 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played thrice: "Lunatic Fringe"
  • Rick Derringer - 1 play
  • Robert Plant - 1 play
  • Robin Trower - 1 play
  • Rolling Stones - 7 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Gimme Shelter", "Honky Tonk Women", "Sympathy for the Devil"
  • Rossington Collins... - 1 play
  • Rush - 15 plays, 12 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "The Spirit of Radio"
  • Sammy Hagar - 8 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Can't Drive 55"
  • Saxon - 1 play
  • Scorpions - 8 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Rock You Like a Hurricane"
  • Steppenwolf - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Magic Carpet Ride"
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - 5 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Pride and Joy"
  • Styx - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Renegade"
  • Sweet - 3 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played thrice: "Ballroom Blitz"
  • T. Rex - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Get it On (Bang a Gong)"
  • Ted Nugent - 5 plays, 5 distinct songs
  • Tesla - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Modern Day Cowboy"
  • The Allman Brothers Band - 1 play
  • The Amboy Dukes - 1 play
  • The Black Crowes - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • The Charlie Daniels Band - 1 play
  • The Cult - 6 plays, 5 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Fire Woman"
  • The Doors - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Roadhouse Blues"
  • The Edgar Winter Group - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Frankenstein"
  • The Firm - 1 play
  • The Kinks - 1 play
  • The Runaways - 1 play
  • Thin Lizzy - 5 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "The Boys Are Back in Town"
  • Tom Petty - 1 play
  • Triumph - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Twisted Sister - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • UFO - 5 plays, 5 distinct songs
  • Van Halen - 19 plays, 12 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "And the Cradle Will Rock...", "Everybody Wants Some!!", "Feel Your Love Tonight", "Hot for Teacher", "Panama", "Runnin' with the Devil", "Unchained"
  • WASP - 1 play
  • Whitesnake - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • Y&T - 1 play
  • Zebra - 1 play
  • ZZ Top - 14 plays, 10 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "La Grange", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Tush"
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  • That playlist looks as though it has a pretty good variety.

    However, I still cannot get over the fact that one has to pay for radio with the satellite radio systems. I guess it's just because of the fact that all my life radio's been taken for granted, and it's well, free.

    So needless to say, I don't have a sat radio system. I'm not saying I never will. The sat systems would benefit by putting it in the new cards, at no cost, imho. That would atleast get me tempted to try it out. (Though I do miss Stern, they

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