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Hello and welcome along Student Radio music teams to another SRA Playlist Meeting!

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.

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
Biffy Clyro – Howl
Bob Marley – Is This Love (LVNDSCAPE & Boiler Remix)
Blossoms – Charlemagne
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Clean Cut Kid – We Used To Be In Love
DJ Snake & Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
Drake – Too Good
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
Kanye West – Fade
Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Remix)
Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO – Cold Water
Offaiah – Trouble
The Chainsmokers – Closer
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
The 1975 – Somebody Else

B List
Ariana Grande – Side to Side
Betsy – Lost And Found
Beyonce – Sorry/Hold Up
Cassius – The Missing
Craig David & Sigala – Ain’t Giving Up
DNCE – Toothbrush
Francis & The Lights – Friends
Green Day – Bang Bang
Jamie T – Power Over Men
Kano – T Shirt In The Manor
OneRepublic – Kids
Tove Lo – Cool Girl

 C List
Bastille – Send Them Off
Cheat Codes – Let Me Hold You
Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind
Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You
Jax Jones – House Work
Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment
Kungs – Don’t You Know
Lady GaGa – Perfect Illusion
Lady Leshurr – Where Are You Now?
Spring King – Detroit


New Music

D.R.A.M & Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Jason DeRulo – Kiss The Sky
Rag N Bone Man – Human
Sampha – Blood On Me
Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault
Any Frank Ocean Record

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 and you’re unsure about some of the tracks, fear not, there’s lengthy reading to follow. Here is a little bit about why we’re valuing each record on our playlist. We also have a super neat Spotify now with our playlist that you can press play on below

A List

Biffy Clyro – Howl
Biffmania is currently in full swing as the Scottish rockers and lovers are currently well into their album campaign and have also announced a now (mostly sold out) stadium tour to take place in November. This sort of demand shows precisely why Howl deserves a place atop your playlist.

Bob Marley – Is This Love (LVNDSCAPE & Boiler Remix)
This superb rework of the Marley classic has been on our playlist for about a month now and its not really showing signs of stopping. It’s charting well on Spotify and Shazam and is also still in Radio 1’s A-List.

Blossoms – Charlemagne
Another record we’ve had for about a month is the Indie anthem Charlemagne. After catching the reaction to this one live at Leeds festival we couldn’t possibly think of removing it yet. The nation are still falling for Blossoms and this track is the tool by which their affection is growing.

Callum Scott – Dancing On My Own
People are still swooning over the Robyn cover and you’ll find this song a mainstay across UK Commercial Radio and also moving up on Radio 1’s playlist. It should be one of your premium pop records in your playlist at the moment.

Clean Cut Kid – We Used To Be In Love
With extensive play across R1, Virgin, Radio X and more, we’re proud to help Clean Cut Kid with their proper breakthrough record, which We Used To Be In Love clearly is. The record’s video also has upwards of 100k views so CCK are definitely a band finding their feet.

DJ Snake & Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
Playlisted across Radio 1 and Commercial Radio heavily, the DJ Snake & Biebs collab is also currently Top 3 on Spotify and Top 5 on Shazam. A must have record in your playlist.

Drake & Rihanna – Too Good
The world’s newest power couple (omg they’re so cute aren’t they I can’t deal!) also have one of the world’s biggest power records in Too Good which is still sounding good across the UK on pretty much every station. Another must have record.

Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
Izzy has just released her debut album A Moment Of Madness and from it, White Tiger is still being heard all over the airwaves. It’ll go down as one of the best standout tracks from a new British artists this year for sure.

Kanye West – Fade
Yeezus is still keeping himself busy with his Season 4 fashion line running this week but its his viral and fairly NSFW video which has been spreading like wildfire. A popular and great Urban contemporary tune for heavy rotation on your playlist.

Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Remix)
We made this happen folks! Okay I mean we helped kinda. Keep up the plays on this one guys, it’s a fantastical feel good record and its impact date is still two weeks off so you have more time with it yet.

Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO – Cold Water
Despite it starting to drop on Shazam’s charts, Cold Water is still arguably one of the biggest tracks in the world so keep it around for a little while longer.

Offaiah –Trouble
Now I was fairly certain that a month ago around R1 Ibiza time, this was in the station’s A-List. And then it dropped out. It’s now in their B-list. An incredible comeback story for a track which had probably peaked too early, therefore got another deserved peak. Either way it’s the second most shazamed song in the country so probably worth picking up and playing in heavy rotation now.

The Chainsmokers – Closer
Last playlist meeting I said that stations were still playing Don’t Let Me Down against Closer. I stated that we were all waiting on somebody pulling the trigger as Closer was gonna be huge. Turns out the trigger was the track hitting Number 1 without any major airplay. Kudos Chainsmokers!

Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
I tend to find that great pop and dance records come along at a fairly consistent rate. Finding a great alternative rock song for radio is tough and 21 Pilots are a music schedulers dream because everything they put out has low burn rate and they are top quality hit makers. Suicide Squad hype is dead and gone but this song has remained. It’s even being played on Capital and Bauer now which is nuts!

The 1975 – Somebody Else
Obviously this band are going to be mainstays in your playlist but with regards to the track itself, it’s doing rather well. It’s currently in the Top 40 on Shazam and charting too on Spotify. Despite the video being a bit weird its also racked up considerable plays. The 1975 have toured extensively and still have some dates left too so they’re going to be relevant for at least the remainder of the year.


B List
Ariana Grande ft Nicki Minaj – Side To Side
This one is going to be sticking around for a while more and is already a mammoth hit. A VMA Awards performance helped that considerably but the fairly saucy video is being streamed a lot (54m in a week) so make sure you have this record on your station’s list.

Betsy – Lost & Found
Quietly this is one of the UK’s biggest pop hits of the year. It’s had extensive airplay on Radio 2 whilst reaching near 1 million streams on Spotify. It’s also really damn good.

Beyonce – Sorry/Hold Up
Beyonce’s back in fashion this month after a stunning 15 minute performance at the VMA Awards and the release of two singles. I’m not quite sure which one she’s going with but you should be playing Beyonce either way so pick one or the other. Or rotate both.

Cassius ft Ryan Tedder – The Missing
Part of me thinks that this record was due to actually be in our A-list but the trajectory for it hasn’t materialized. Despite that, it’s still an absolute Disco banger and is still picking up airplay from Radio 1. It’s a perfect fit for student radio so keep it in your playlist, just maybe don’t use it as one of your premier hits of the moment.

Craig David & Sigala – Ain’t Giving Up
Masterful collaboration which is certain to give both artists another hit to add to their recent string of them! Craig David releases his album late this month and Student Radio is VERY excited about where he is headed so please play him as much as you can do. And as we say, Sigala exclusively bring hits so whack them on lots too.

DNCE – Toothbrush
Solid follow up to Cake By The Ocean which is receiving ample airplay from Commercial and BBC Radio, so you should probably play it too.

Francis & The Lights – Friends
Kanye West and I’s favourite track of the year, so you know the pedigree is good. For real though I assumed this was just going to be a viral hit for internet new music hipsters but Radio 1 are fair firing it on their airwaves a lot, which is a cause for celebration. I hope you all find love in this song as I have done and play it loads.

Green Day – Bang Bang
Still sounding nice and fresh on tonnes of British radio stations such as Radio X and Virgin. The band have just announced some UK dates which will sell out quicker than the runtime of Jesus of Suburbia so the demand for Green Day is most definitely still there.

Jamie T – Power Over Men
With new album Trick receiving a lot of critical acclaim, its only right that we join many stations in playing Power Over Men. It’s a great tune and fills your indie quota perfectly.

Kano – T-Shirt Weather In The Manor
Accessible rap record which ticks all the boxes. Very popular album. Going down a storm on live dates. Potential mercury music prize. Kano’s so in at the moment so make sure you’re playing him.

OneRepublic – Kids
In my opinion this one is the band’s best record in some years. It’s a feel good, slow burning stadium pop record with a huge chorus. I hear this all over Commercial radio too.

Tove Lo – Cool Girl
It’s not easy to find a great pop singer in 2016 as the charts are diluted with dance & dancehall records but tell you what, Tove Lo is a star. Her new single Cool Girl has one of the sickest sounding choruses on a pop song you’ll hear all year.


C-List
Bastille – Send Them Off
I really love this follow-up to Good Grief. The new single is out alongside their new album Wild World which will help it along. Also the band are doing a huge UK stadium tour in Oct/Nov so they should be one of the biggest bands on air this year.

Cheat Codes – Let Me Hold You
Cheat Codes are doing something really interesting. They’re reminding us of ace 90s/00s R&B hits. They follow up the Salt N Pepa rework by taking on Kevin Lyttle’s Turn Me On. The result is of course, super catchy, and will be all over radio.

Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
Student Radio should be all about championing the future and after a lacklustre year in pop thus far, we need new popstars. Enter Dua Lipa, who to be fair, has already had about a handful of solid hits. It’s a brilliant record which will no doubt pick up airplay on the likes of Radio 1 and BC3.

Jax Jones – House Work
I’ve moved this record back from our B-List, not because it’s a bad tune, but because it needs more time. It’s absolutely going to be a hit but I don’t see it reaching its potential until late this month. The good news is that Radio 1 have picked it up.

Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment
When I was planning this article earlier this week, I had KOL in provisionally without even hearing the song be released. That wouldn’t have been a daft move because they are such a big band and tonnes of your listeners are going to love them. And don’t worry, the new record is a smash!

Kungs – Don’t You Know
Great work by Kungs’ team to seamlessly transition This Girl out of radio and introduce a new, great, single straight away. The Jamie N Commons collaboration is doing really well on Shazam and is also on Radio 1’s playlist. Commercial radio will follow suit imminently. You should too.

Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion
Another one I provisionally had in before it was even released. Gaga is a massive entity, people flock to listen to her music. The song is kind of a must have in your playlist.

Lady Leshurr – Where Are You Now?
Massive proper debut from Leshurr who definitely deserves a place on British radio for the forseeable future. The tune has taken a while to pick up radio traction but it is a brilliant, accessible rap record. And those aren’t easy to come by.

Spring King – Detroit
Slightly late to the party on this one, but the band’s current single has an impact date of mid-late September so I recommend picking it up as a good freshers record for your station. It’s a good way to show new listeners that your station is passionate about new music.


New Music
D.R.A.M & Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Two of hip hop’s new stars in 2016 both share a common theme of delivering feel good but odd rap music. Together they’ve made Urban Contemporary’s hit of the Summer. It’s a fairly accessible rap record which I think most people will be pleasantly surprised with.

Jason DeRulo – Kiss The Sky
New DeRulo is always gonna be popular. The new record is just as catchy as any number but I still think it has ways to go before it becomes a big hit so ease it into your playlist if you want to go on it.

Rag N Bone Man – Human
We’re still really excited about what this guy is going to bring and Human is still picking up new fans everywhere. We just spoke to him at Leeds festival and he’s up to some really exciting things so it would be nice to see Student Radio get behind this guy collectively.

Sampha – Blood On Me
Purely a personal pick here but I’m excited about Sampha in 2016. He of course began his career jumping on Drake’s Too Much but he’s also made his own music. Blood On Me is his best record yet and a song which absolutely works for student radio’s sound.

Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault
I actually have no doubts that by the time the next playlist meeting roles around we will have moved this one into our main playlist. It’s a wonderful track and there are no doubts its going to be a big hit for Zara.

Any Frank Ocean Record
Kanye West ranted that ‘All Radio’ should play a Frank Ocean song ten times a day. I mean it’s a wee bit too much Yeez but I do agree that Frank has just put out one of the biggest music events of the year and as such some of it demands to be played a little. Ivy is an easy choice to go to.

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