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.
Ariana Grande – Side To Side
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Calvin Harris – My Way
Chase & Status – All Goes Wrong
Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
Emeli Sande – Hurts
Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You
Kideko & George Kwali – Crank It
Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment
Sia & Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
The Chainsmokers – Closer
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – Starboy
Tom Odell – Here I Am
Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions
Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault
A Day To Remember – Naivety
Beyonce – Freedom
Blossoms – Blown Rose
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
Empire Of The Sun – High & Low
Galantis – Love On Me
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Hailee Steinfeld & Zedd – Starving
Kaiser Chiefs – Hole In My Soul
Sundara Karma – She Said
Wilkinson & Karen Harding – Sweet Lies
You Me At Six – Night People
Biffy Clyro – Re-arrange
Christine & The Queens – Saint Claude
Clean Cut Kid – Make Believe
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Fatherson – Wondrous Heart
Glass Animals – Season 2, Episode 3
Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
MO – Drum
Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – Lovesick
Twenty One Pilots – Lane Boy
Chance The Rapper – No Problems
Gallant – Weight In Gold
Kaytranada – You’re The One
Louis Berry – Restless
Miike Snow – My Trigger
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. AND now, our very own podcast where our Music Officer talks more in depth about our picks.
Ariana Grande – Side To Side (Island Records)
Still in the Top 5 in the official chart and still on many radio stations playlists up and down the country. This one still has some legs, so keep it around.
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic (Atlantic Records)
In an age where artistry matters over smash hits for global superstars (hi Beyonce), it’s awesome to see Bruno Mars give us a proper universal pop hit. 24k Magic is topping charts all over and it’s a cool song. A must have for your A-List.
Calvin Harris – My Way (Renegade Media)
The biggest dance track in the county, and one of the biggest artists. Always able to adapt to what’s huge at the moment (Tropical House), Calvin’s new record will be about for a while yet.
Chase & Status – All Goes Wrong (Media2Radio)
About to embark on a UK tour, C&S’ new tune is a banger. It’s in the Top 75 on Shazam at the moment and also features on Radio 1’s playlist. For student radio, there’s few acts bigger than C&S.
Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind(Mwah) (Plug N Play Promo)
Dua’s track has been with us for a little while now but it’s still climbing the charts thanks to it sitting in the Top 15 songs played on British radio in the country. It’s doing over 100k daily plays on Spotify and is also Top 20 on Shazam. Keep it!
Emeli Sande – Hurts (Virgin EMI)
It’s been a slow burner but Emeli Sande’s Hurts is now fully firing on all cylinders. It’s on multiple stations’ playlists and on streaming sites.
Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You (Renegade Media)
Ellie’s stunning ballad is approaching the end of its run but with it still being played all around the country on commercial and BBC radio, you can afford to keep it around a little while longer.
Kideko & George Kwali – Crank It (Woah) (Plug N Play Promo)
I think we can safely say that Crank It was THE song of freshers season this year. The biggest club banger for students in the country for sure. Make sure it’s A-Listed.
Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment (Sony Columbia)
KOL are on fire at the moment (didn’t mean that pun as I was typing it out). They have a new album and stadium tour just launched and have been doing so well with Waste A Moment. It seemingly works for every station so definitely make sure you’re hammering it!
Sia & Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest (Renegade Media)
Fantastic collaboration and another smash hit for Sia, who is probably the most likeable voice in radio this year. The Greatest is also Top 10 on Shazam and Top 5 on Spotify.
The Chainsmokers – Closer (Sony RCA)
This one is still the biggest song in the country. If you’ve got a copy of it, make sure it’s in your A-List.
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – Star Boy (Island Records)
Another smash hit which seemingly works well for most stations. It’s such a great collaboration and its success shows for it. A must have.
Tom Odell – Here I Am (Sony Columbia)
This one is a massive record on alternative commercial and BBC Radio 1. Tom is also about to head out on a UK leg of a tour so it’s the perfect time to be playing him.
Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions (Renegade Media)
On the first few listens I wasn’t sold, but Bad Decisions has been a sleeper hit on radio. New album Gameshow is just out so TDCC deserve to be A-List.
Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault (Sony Columbia)
Another fantastic hit for Zara. This one seems to be hitting its peak now so if you’re playing it, now’s the time to go for a heavy rotation.
A Day To Remember – Naivety (The Noise Cartel)
Great to see ADTR have such a big hit before they do an Arena tour in January in the UK. That kind of tells you the demand for the band. It’s not always easy to find a radio friendly song from a punk band so take advantage of this one.
Beyonce & Kendrick Lamar – Freedom (Renegade Media)
Thankfully the times of us being confused over what was Yonce’s single (Sorry/Hold Up) is over as we gladly bring in Freedom as the current proper single. It’s an incredible anthem, and packs a punch. And ofcourse it’s Queen B so it’s going to be a popular record to play.
Blossoms – Blown Rose (Renegade Media)
The Stockport lads follow-up previous hits with a stellar choice for next single. Blown Rose has one of the best choruses on the album and is an earworm for listeners of Radio X or Virgin. Perfect for student radio.
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams (Renegade Media)
Obviously, Coldplay are an enormous band but I don’t believe this record is strong enough for our A-List. It still has a little bit of time left and you’ll hear it on Radio 1/Virgin/X, but there’s been better out there from them this year.
Empire Of The Sun – High & Low (Renegade Media)
EOTS make perfect pop music and after an incredible performance on Jools Holland this past week, and a sold out London show, it’s clear to see that they have a big following here. High & Low is also such a beautiful song.
Galantis – Love On Me (Atlantic Records)
Hit after hit after hit after hit for Galantis. This one will no doubt be in our A-List next time round. A must have in our opinion.
Green Day – Revolution Radio (Renegade Media)
Bang Bang was a modest single for the band, but with new single, new album and new (already sold out) tour, Green Day are back in business. A great song to make sure your playlist has enough radio friendly rock in it.
Hailee Steinfeld & Zedd – Starving (Island Records)
Rising up the UK charts rapidly and into Top 10s on Spotify charts too. Starving is in the process of becoming a smash hit so make sure it’s got increasing rotation on your station.
Kaiser Chiefs – Hole In My Soul (Radioactive Promotions)
After Parachute was a great hit for radio, new single follows that success up. It’s super catchy and with new album Stay Together just out, Kaiser Chiefs are back with style. If they keep making records this good, student radio should continue to support them.
Sundara Karma – She Said (Renegade Media)
After supporting them with all previous singles, student radio should be all over She Said. Their debut album is out in January so supporting this track to its lead up is important. Also, as usual, the track is amazing.
Wilkinson & Karen Harding – Sweet Lies (Renegade Media)
We know that Wilkinson can make hits and with the help one of the UK’s best vocalists, he’s made another smash. Sweet Lies is perfect for your dance quota in your playlist and its different from all of the tropical house going around at the moment, so it’s different and welcome for it.
You Me At Six – Night People (Radioactive Promotions)
Every student loves a bit of YM@6 and with them being on the road at the moment building up to their album release in January, it’s the best time to be playing Night People.
Biffy Clyro – Re-arrange (Renegade Promotions)
Stations have started adding Re-arrange to their playlists this week, which means we have the next Biffy single. And it’s a fan favourite from new album Ellipsis too. We know Biffy’s value on radio by now so this should be a no-brainer add.
Christine & The Queens – Saint Claude (Plug N Play Promo)
The follow-up to Tilted was always going to be a task but with Radio 1 adding Saint Claude to its playlist, this will no doubt be a hit soon. Also C&TQ always sounds cool and edgy and isn’t that just what student radio is supposed to be all about.
Clean Cut Kid – Make Believe (Beggars)
One of the best student radio bands around in 2016, every single that CCK have put out has been perfect for us. New single Make Believe is no different.
Declan McKenna – Isombard (Sony Columbia)
After touring with Blossoms and playing an excellent performance on Jools Holland earlier in the month, now is the time for student radio to do their bit in making Declan McKenna the star he deserves to be.
Fatherson – Wondrous Heart (Sony Columbia)
Currently out on tour with Augustines on their busy goodbye tour, Fatherson’s new record is perfect for student radio and if you give it a chance, you’ll be emotionally drained by its power by the end of your first listen. Great band and great single so give it a chance for your playlist.
Glass Animals – Season 2, Episode 3 (Radioactive Promotions)
Glass Animals have been popular with students from the get go and with a UK tour about to embark, this has come at a perfect time. It’s a brilliant tune and best of all the music video has its own video game!
Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex (Syco Music)
If you’ve been sent the new Little Mix single, you should probably playlist it. This one will be all over radio and all over streaming too. And with a new UK tour announced just after their popular X-Factor performance, they’re now one of the most talked about artists in the UK.
MO – Drum (Renegade Media)
Not only is MO appearing on some of the biggest songs in the world (Lean On/Cold Water), she can also get it done in her solo career. Final Song was a huge hit in the UK and new song Drum is just as good.
Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – Lovesick (Renegade Media)
Something completely different for your playlist is new Mura Masa in which he collaborates with huge US rapper A$AP Rocky. If you’re expecting a heavy rap tune then think again, this one is smooth and lush. Mura Masa is a super credible artist for student radio, so this one might be worth your time.
Twenty One Pilots – Lane Boy
The biggest rock band in the world today release a new single. It’s one of the highlights of the album. Another no brainer in our eyes.
Chance The Rapper – No Problems (RapperRadio)
You’ll hear this one all the time on UK Urban radio, and that’s because it’s one of the year’s biggest hits in the Hip Hop/Urban world. Chance is still to properly make waves over in the UK but he’s just this month had incredible performances all over TV. I also picked this song to tell you that due to Chance being independent of labels you can specifically pick up radio edits of his singles on his website, which is neat!
Gallant – Weight In Gold (Warner Records)
Bourbon was a great hit for Gallant on Radio 1 this year and he follows it up with the stunning ballad, Weight In Gold. This guy is absolutely worth your time and would be a perfect fit for your playlist.
Kaytranada – You’re The One (Beggars)
Universally, most people would name Canadian DJ Kaytranada amongst their favourite artists of the year. His new single is a smooth R&B affair featuring Syd from The Internet and is a certified banger. He’s a massive artist on streaming sites with students so this one could find its way into your playlist.
Louis Berry – Restless (Plug N Play Promo)
Everybody is talking about this kid. He’s has a great year so far picking up lots of radio play and fans through-out festival season. New single Restless sounds incredible and might be the one to break him. Either way, student radio should be on him now to help.
Miike Snow – My Trigger (Renegade Media)
Personal pick, but this one is just a huge tune. Earlier this year they had a mammoth hit called Genghis Khan and it seemed impossible that they could follow that up. However if you take one listen to this, you’ll be hooked.