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Welcome to our Playlist Meeting SRA Members!

One of the hardest things for Music Teams amongst our members to do is perfect the sound of Student Radio. Ultimately there is no right or wrong answer to what you playlist on your station as tastes vary but if you’re needing some inspiration or advice then our Music Officer is here to help. Scott Hastie spent over a year playlisting for Spark FM in Sunderland and regularly dives into intense stats around plays and popularity of the newest student radio hits around the country.

We bring you a fortnightly playlist of the best music in student radio and what we think you should think about playlisting on your station. Here is our playlist for next two weeks.

A-List
Adele – Send You Love (To Your New Lover)
The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra
Biffy Clyro – Animal Style
blink-182 – Bored to Death
Calvin Harris/Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Cheat Codes x Kris Kross Amsterdam – Sex
David Guetta/Zara Larsson – This One’s For You
Drake – One Dance/Too Good
gnash – I hate you, I love you
Honne & Izzy Bizu – Someone That Loves You
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop This Feeling
Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl
Mumford & Sons ft Baaba Maal – There Will Be Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities

B List
Beck – Wow
Chase & Status ft George The Poet – Spoken Word
Chvrches & Hayley Williams – Bury It
Imany – Don’t Be So Shy (Filatov & Karas Remix)
Jason DeRulo – If It Ain’t Love
Jonas Blue ft JP Cooper – Perfect Strangers
Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
Kiiara – Gold
Lethal Bizzle – Wobble
Nao – Girlfriend
Sundara Karma – Loveblood
Wolf Alice – Lisbon

 C List
Ariana Grande – Into You
Bastille – Good Grief
Blossoms – Charlemagne
Bob Marley – Is This Love (LVNDSCAPE & Boiler Remix)
Christine & The Queens – Tilted
Fifth Harmony/Fetty Wap – All In My Head(Flex)
Grimes – California
Rihanna – Sledgehammer
Twenty One Pilots – Ride/Heathens
Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready (Wreck)

New Music
Declan McKenna – Bethlehem
Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy
Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Radio Remix)
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Suicide Squad Ensemble – Sucker For Pain
Vant – Karma Seeker

If you love any of these records but are having problems obtaining them, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Scott as it’s his role to help your station get a hold of the best new music there is. Or if you want to just have a chat about music, you can email him at:
scott.hastie@studentradio.org.uk

If you’re looking at our playlist unsure about some of them, fear not, there’s lengthy reading to follow. Here is a little bit about why we’re valuing each record on our playlist.

A List
Adele – Send Your Love (To Your New Lover)

After her triumphant Glastonbury performance, Adele’s Send Your Love is arguably the biggest pop record on Radio this Summer. A rare hit in all age markets, this is a must for your playlist for the next 2-3 weeks at least.

The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra
A leftfield hit which helps hit your rap quota. Avalanches are big for twenty-something’s, and Danny Brown is popular amongst teenage hip hop fans so this song works as a quirky, pacey big record for your playlist. It is however on its way out to make way for new single Subways.

Biffy Clyro – Animal Style
With their new album, Ellipsis, out next week and a huge Reading & Leeds headline slot to come in August, The Biff are a valuable asset to your playlist. They draw a lot of student ears and they are a perfect fit for your sometimes, hard to achieve, rock quota.

blink-182 – Bored To Death
New album California dropped last week by the punk legends, giving them a spike in interest for the remainder of the month at least. Bored to Death is the obvious hit from the album and has done well as a single. It still has a few weeks left it in, so embrace them.

Calvin Harris/Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Despite definitely passing its peak in mid-June, this barnstormer is burning at low heat so you can get away with keeping it for the rest of Summer to be quite honest.

Cheat Codes x Kris Kross Amsterdam – Sex
Dance records tend to burn out on your listener much quicker than other genres but Cheat Codes’ rework of Salt-N-Pepa is still going strong after a good first month. At the moment, alongside Kungs, it is your MVP for dance quota.

David Guetta/Zara Larsson – This One’s For You
EURO 2016 comes to a close next weekend and your rotation of this should do too. For now though, it’s a valuable part of your squad.

Drake – One Dance/Too Good
One Dance is subtly starting to slip, with it down to 17 on Shazam’s UK Chart. On the other hand, Too Good is up to 4. You’ll probably see the Campaign start to shift balance onto the latter now, as should you. Rotate both as one place in your playlist, but start to tilt the scales towards Too Good over the next 2-3 weeks.

gnash – I hate you, I love you
gnash’s viral hit is still to peak yet, so this should be fairly new to your A-List. Its already a Summer smash hit in America and Australia though and UK is never far behind them, so don’t sleep on this one, go now.

Honne & Izzy Bizu – Someone That Loves You
This record has done very well, introducing most of the student population to two new artists for 2016. There won’t come an easier homegrown breakout hit this year so hopefully you’ve been repping it.

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Mega hit. Low burn. Next.

Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl
Unanimously the most popular song in the world right now, Kungs is still going strong. Expect it to still be in your playlist by July’s end.

Mumford & Sons – There Will Be Time
Whilst not for everybody, Student Radio excels in finding left field hits, and this is most definitely one. It’s infectious, it’s from one of the biggest groups in the world and it’s World Music so your quota and rotation are going to love you for it.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
RHCP are quietly having a superb campaign in 2016. They’ll be headlining a few large scale festivals over the next few months, their album is still brand spanking new (to rave reviews by the way) and this single is loved by Virgin and X at the least. Still one of student radio’s most popular bands, give them a spot on your playlist.

B List
Beck – Wow
Very close to the wire with relevance for Student Radio, but one look at his successful Glastonbury set and I argue Beck still has many fans in Universities across the country. Plus, Wow is his best single in years. Played to death on 6 Music, so listeners to that will appreciate the plays.

Chase & Status – Spoken Word
Dance heads will love the sample, hip hop fans will like George the Poet’s contribution and you’ll have a rock/dance/rap tune for your genre quotas. Wins all around. And it’s a banger.

Chvrches & Hayley Williams – Bury It
This one is coming towards the end of its run, but its always enjoyable having Chvrches playing on student radio. Their Glastonbury performance has bought this another week with a spike in album sales, but if you need the space, this is the one you might want to look at taking out.

Imany – Don’t Be So Shy
I still mark this as contender for song of the Summer but it needs to do something now. It’s due to peak sometime in July so now is the time to start hammering out plays. It has a low burn rate so it could be your most played dance tune.

Jason DeRulo – If It Ain’t Love
Another good hit for DeRulo, still to peak so could easily make its way to your A-List in a few weeks.

Jonas Blue – Perfect Stranger
Great Summer tune from the man behind Fast Car. Climbing fast on Shazam and Spotify, most definitely becoming one of the UK’s biggest hits.

Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
This record has done incredible things overseas and now it sits number 2 on Shazam’s UK Chart, so most definitely heading to its peak soon. A must for your playlist.

Kiiara – Gold
Left-field pop hit and a song which is growing in popularity rapidly, featuring in Spotify and Shazam charts. Towards the latter part of its campaign though.

Lethal Bizzle – Wobble
Bizzle only makes hits and Wobble is a nice Summer urban tune that will resonate with most of your listeners. A solid addition to your playlist and now on Radio 1’s playlist.

Nao – Girlfriend
Another Urban/R&B song for your genre quotas from an artist talked about a lot on Radio 1 & 1Xtra at the moment and playing many festivals. The song that’ll gain Nao much mainstream attention.

Sundara Karma – Loveblood
You’ll struggle to find better guitar music than this at the moment, Sundara Karma are really exciting and all student radio should be behind their incoming rise to superstardom.

Wolf Alice – Lisbon
New single from mainstays on British student and mainstream alternative radio for the past year, Wolf Alice are a band you need to have in your playlist at the moment.

C List
Ariana Grande – Into You
Already 8m plays on Spotify, and millions more on YouTube, Ariana’s new single still has a ways to go but the stats speak for themselves. Add this one now, it’ll be massive by month’s end. You’re also more likely to receive fruit baskets to your station from our very own Dom Stirling, who is a super fan!

Bastille – Good Grief
Solid comeback single from one of alternative pop’s biggest stars, make sure you’re getting behind the new single from Dan & Co.

Blossoms – Charlemagne
It’s definitely time to start taking Blossoms seriously, Charlemagne is the perfect indie rock hit. Definitely encapsulates the sound of student radio.

Bob Marley – Is This Love (LVNDSCAPE & Boiler Remix)
Picked up by major labels, this remix will be radio’s biggest song come August, so start teasing it in now.

Christine & The Queens – Tilted
Glastonbury’s best find came from French pop star. She works on 6 Music, on Radio 1 and incredibly on Capital too. This record is really working the UK, so give it an add.

Fifth Harmony/Fetty Wap – All In My Head (Flex)
Great upcoming smash hit from two artists with huge fan bases. Trending on Spotify now, so watch it grow in the next few weeks.

Grimes – California
Different single from Grimes which has country and baroque elements about it. Grimes is a popular student artist so you can get at least a month and a bit on this record.

Rihanna – Sledgehammer
Perhaps the year’s biggest pop ballad so far. This song has been made for the new Star Trek film so you can expect it to work for a month and lead into August too.

Twenty One Pilots – Ride/Heathens
Ride is a popular single but Heathens is making the rounds as part of the OST for new Suicide Squad film. The song itself is one of the most amazing rock records you’ll hear all year round so I suggest you start to rotate the two records in one place, edging in Heathens as the film release approaches.

Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready (Wreck)
A very easy add, one of the best indie bands on the scene that student radio loves.

New Music Adds
Declan McKenna – Bethlehem
A strong release from one of Sony’s most exciting prospects. Be ready for him to take over the world this year.

Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy
New music from Jamie T is always exciting for Student Radio. This one’s had very good feedback so far, make sure you get on it.

Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Radio Remix)
Personally my pick for song of the Summer. Lapsley is a student radio starlet and this remix has received plaudits from so many DJs. Now we have a radio remix of it, something must be brewing.

Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Found through a viral video Pharell Williams made, Maggie Rogers is currently trending on Spotify with this record. A major campaign for it should follow soon.

Suicide Squad Ensemble (Imagine Dragons x Lil Wayne x Wiz Khalifa ft X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign and Logic) – Sucker For Pain
Potential for this to be a huge rap record, lots of stars on it, keep an eye on this one.

Vant – Karma Seeker
A band made for student radio to love, Vant’s new single takes a grungy approach and it makes for their best single yet.

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