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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
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Craig David & Sigala – Ain’t Giving Up
DNCE – Toothbrush
DJ Snake & Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You
Jamie T – Power Over Men
Kanye West – Fade
Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO – Cold Water
Offaiah – Trouble
The Chainsmokers – Closer
Tove Lo – Cool Girl
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
The 1975 – Somebody Else

B List
Ariana Grande – Side to Side
Bastille – Send Them Off
Beyonce – Sorry/Hold Up
Francis & The Lights – Friends
Kano – T Shirt In The Manor
Kideko – Crank That
Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment
Lady GaGa – Perfect Illusion
Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
OneRepublic – Kids
Spring King – Detroit
The Hunna – Bonfire

 C List
Calvin Harris – My Way
Chase & Status – All Goes Wrong
Cheat Codes – Let Me Hold You
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
Emeli Sande – Hurts
Kungs – Don’t You Know
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – Starboy
Lower Than Atlantis – Work For It
Sia – The Greatest
Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault


New Music

D.R.A.M & Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Christine & The Queens – Saint Claude
Fatherson – Wondrous Heart
Jason DeRulo – Kiss The Sky
Professor Green – Back On The Market
Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

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
Still going strong in our A-list is Biffy’s latest. They’re arguably Britain’s biggest band so you can be sure to keep your new fresher listeners happy with a big slice of The Biff!

Callum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Despite starting to fall on Spotify’s UK Chart, the Robyn cover is still picking up considerable traction on Shazam and is still being played all over Radio. Keep it for another week is our suggestion.

Craig David & Sigala – Ain’t Giving Up
This outstanding collaboration is set to relight its spark with the release of Craig David’s new album next week. Keep this one around to help give it a few final big weeks.

DNCE – Toothbrush
The Cake In The Ocean follow-up is still doing well on streaming sites and on commercial radio. Works very well as a pop earworm so we think it still have time and value in your playlist.

DJ Snake & Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
Thankfully this one has a low burn rate so expect it to be around for a while yet. It’s still Top 5 on Spotify and Top 10 on Shazam and is of course picking up tonnes of radio play so stick with it yet.

Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
The star of our first SRA Takeover show is having the time of her life right now with her new single doing so well across BBC Radio, Commercial and even Local Commercial stations targeted towards older audiences. Dua is officially blowing up and this seems to be the song to do it, therefore it is deserving of your A-List.

Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You
As you’ll have seen with numerous films over the past few year, soundtracks do rather well in the charts the last few years. Ellie’s already showcased this with Love Me Like You Do and with Bridget Jones’ Baby’s success, this track is currently enjoying a lot of reach. Also its an amazing pop song.

Jamie T – Power Over Men
Power Over Men is your best friend at the moment if you need more indie rock in your playlist. Jamie is a massive artist who is accessible and this record really does feel like his prodigal return. Also with new album Trick being fresh, this is a very good time to be playing Jamie a lot.

Kanye West – Fade
What I just said above about Jamie T but for rap music. Combining some of the best hip hop and dance samples, Yeezus has given us a single off his new album we can actually play on radio to death.

Major Lazer & MO & Justin Bieber – Cold Water
I toyed with taking Cold Water out of our playlist, as we already have Biebs with DJ Snake’s banger but its honestly not practical at the moment. There is a new video just out for this track and its still one of the most played tunes of the moment. I think Cold Water will be seriously high up the list of most played songs on Radio by year’s end. It never gets old.

Offaiah – Trouble
Summer is mostly completely faded out now sadly but Offaiah is still making it sound like July on most radio stations in the UK. The kind of energy the track exudes is what’s really big with students at the moment and its in at Number 2 on the Shazam UK chart so it’s one of the biggest songs in the country at the moment. Keep it.

The Chainsmokers – Closer
Closer is the current UK number 1 at time of writing. It was already headed towards the top before radio properly latched on. That’s the power of Spotify folks. Make sure you’re playing this one.

Tove Lo – Cool Girl
Now that radio is all caught up into Tove Lo’s latest single, it feels right that we move it into our A-List. I think the best thing this song has going for it though is it actually just a really infectious and ‘cool’ tune. One of the best we’ve had this year for sure.

Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
Rock & Alternative music seems to have longer shelf life than the overload of pop and dance we are given in 2016. So when we find a band like 21P who really are a big deal, and an important deal, it makes sense to keep them about as long as possible. Heathens has about another week or two left in it so try and keep it but if you need to get rid of one from your A-List, it might be time to depart for this record.

The 1975 – Somebody Else
Britain’s biggest pop band are keeping themselves really busy this month, meaning Somebody Else is reaping the benefits. Again it has about a few weeks left on it.

B-List
Ariana Grande – Side To Side
Here at the SRA we, but mostly Dom Stirling, are Ariana super-fans. And when the single is as catchy as Side To Side is, we go big on it. You won’t find many better pop records out over the next few months.

Bastille – Send Them Off
The more I hear Good Grief, the more I realize that it was one of the best radio songs of the year we had. And yet, I still believe Send Them Off is a worthwhile successor. Bastille are having a great year so Send Them Off should be a big record for the next month or so.

Beyonce – Sorry/Hold Up
You’ll have a lot of new students at your Uni now settling in and if they’re tuning into your station, Beyonce is a solid staple artist to have in your playlist. Everybody loves Beyonce, and either of these two new singles works the treat.

Francis & The Lights – Friends
We are loving this song’s run on Radio 1 and Francis is the perfect artist for Student Radio to collaboratively be all over before he gets proper big. Also fans of Bon Iver will appreciate this song being on your playlist, and this one is much more accessible than any of Bon Iver’s new records.

Kano – T-Shirt Weather In The Manor
Despite not picking up the best album at the Mercury Music Prize, Kano has had an incredible year where he’s been bringing his album to thousands of students. It makes perfect sense to be playing this track, which is the most accessible record on the album too.

Kideko & George Kwali – Crank It
This could be a huge hit over the next few months as you can expect every club in Britain to be smashing it. And with lots of new students being out over Freshers week, Crank It could be the UK’s Freshers song this year.

Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment
A fantastical return which even has fans of old KOL excited. The track is also performing well on radio, being played by Radio 1, Virgin and Radio X.

Lady GaGa – Perfect Illusion
The new single from one of Pop’s biggest stars is a cool number and with a new music video just out, will enjoy its peak in the next few weeks. Should be a big radio record for another month.

Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
This one is currently sitting in the Top 10 on Spotify’s chart and just outside that at Number 11 on Shazam. Commercial radio is also on it so In The Name Of Love is most definitely a big radio hit in the UK right now.

OneRepublic – Kids
This OneRepublic single keeps on giving. Firstly it’s a great tune and it has a low burn rate. The single will no doubt be around on Commercial radio due to its familiarity and low offensiveness for another 2-3 weeks at least. Potentially you could get away with even pushing it to your A-List if you have the room.

Spring King – Detroit
Currently playlisted on Radio 1 and alternative commercial radio too. One of student radio’s favourite band, Spring King’s Detroit has another couple of weeks in it yet.

The Hunna – Bonfire
We are admittedly slightly late on this, but its great to see the reaction Bonfire is receiving. Virgin, Radio X and Radio 1 are letting it enjoy a lot of airplay and with new album 100 just out, The Hunna seem to have found their biggest success yet with Bonfire.

C-List

Calvin Harris – My Way
Quite simply, if Calvin drops a new record then you can expect everybody to be playing it, including all of us at Student Radio.

Chase & Status ft Tom Grennan – All Goes Wrong
This new one from C&S has huge hit all over it. It’s infectious and easy to fall in love with. And its already being used to soundtrack things including Sky Sports Football recently. Its going to be a big hit.

Cheat Codes – Let Me Hold You
After good success with Sex, Cheat Codes’ new single Let Me Hold You which samples Kevin Lyttle’s Turn Me On is doing well on Shazam & Spotify in the Top 30 on both. Still has a lot of life in it too.

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
New Coldplay singles should always be considered for your playlist and the band’s newest single is a great song to be playing your listeners. Coldplay are huge and most people are a fan. The track is also being played on most radio stations at the moment too.

Emeli Sande – Hurts
It’s great to have Emeli back and Hurts is a rarity. It’s not often in 2016 we get a superb ballad, whereas most chart topping music is dance based pop music. Relish in the rare ballad, and get it straight into your playlist.

Kungs – Don’t You Know
Solid follow up to This Girl from Kungs. There is the issue that most commercial radio is still playing the previous single which will hamper the amount of plays this one gets. However don’t let that stop you and to be honest, Don’t You Know could be higher up your playlist easily if you have the room.

The Weeknd & Daft Punk – Starboy
Well this collaboration came out of absolutely nowhere, didn’t it! Thankfully it is as good in audio as it sounds on paper and you’ll find yourself wanting to play this one as much as possible on first listen. It was Radio 1’s Track of the Day on release day and also it already sits Top 5 on Spotify. Its essential for your playlist.

Lower Than Atlantis – Work For It
LTA have a habit of bringing us insanely exciting comeback singles and this one is no different. A big act for student radio who consistently perform to thousands of students over the UK, this is a perfect song for the rock/alternative quota in your playlist.

Sia & Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
Everything Sia touches over the past few years has done very well on radio and The Greatest will be another hit for her. Its already Top 10 on the Shazam Chart and is doing equally well on Spotify.

Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault
We said in the last playlist meeting that we wanted to move this one up, and we do so in this meeting. The new popstar already stole most of Q1 with Lush Life and the new single is going to be a hit too. It still has a way to go, but it is in the Top 25 on Spotify and is being played on radio so now is the time to start your run with it.

New Music

D.R.A.M & Lil Yachty – Broccoli
These two might not be household names but for hip-hop fans listening into your station, these are two of the newest stars of 2016 and their collaboration is being hailed Song of the Summer by many urban publications. It’s simply a banger.

Christine & The Queens – Saint Claude
It was always going to be impossible to follow up the fanfare of Tilted but C&TQ’s new single is a fine piece of work and here at student radio we can lead the way in continuing to support her.

Fatherson – Wondrous Heart
We’re really happy to include Fatherson’s new single in our playlist this week. The band are one of Scotland’s best exports and alongside the likes of Bear’s Den and Eliza And The Bear make some of the most gorgeous power-folk on the planet. Student Radio is the perfect place for Fatherson to excel so have a listen to Wondrous Heart and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it.

Jason DeRulo – Kiss The Sky
The chorus to DeRulo’s newest is great but we’re still waiting on it blowing up yet. Despite that, he is a massive star so it absolutely makes sense to be playing this and it could make it up to your C-List if you have the room for it.

Professor Green – Back On The Market
Pro Green is back and his new single is a return to his cheeky and playful old ways. It’s just a taster for a proper single so don’t feel the need to go overboard on plays but it definitely is good enough to be playing it and showcasing it in some capacity. If this is the teaser, we’re excited for the proper single.

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions
In our opinion, the best of TDCC’s singles from the newest album yet. Bad Decisions is a wonderful piece of funky indie pop and once again could easily find its way up your playlist very quickly.

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