Andy Shier programme director at Wave 105 comments on the top songs of 2013

Wave 105 continues to have its finger on the pulse as the station reveals its most played songs of 2013 reflect the biggest selling songs of the year.

Every single track in the Wave 105 Top 10 was among the UK’s biggest selling singles of last year, with the most played song ‘Blurred Lines’ also the best seller of 2013 selling 1.5 million copies.

1              Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams

2              Let Her Go – Passenger

3              Wake Me Up – Avicii

4              Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

5              Counting Stars – One Republic

6              Get Lucky – Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams

7              Roar – Katy Perry

8              La La La – Naughty Boy/Sam Smith

9              Pompeii – Bastille

10           I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

Programme director at Wave 105 Andy Shier says the list shows that Wave 105 has a good gauge of what music the public want to hear from the current charts: “As well as playing a great mix of oldies from across the eras of music, we are also big players in showcasing the best of today’s popular music and had a big say in breaking several new acts during 2013.

“For example, we were UK radio’s biggest supporter of the Passenger song well before anyone else starting playing it and had already played ‘Let Her Go’ over 100 times before other radio stations picked up on it.  It went on to sell over a million copies last year.”

With a great understanding of their audience it is no wonder that Wave 105 is the most popular local commercial station in the south, according to the latest independent audience research (RAJAR/Ipsos MORI/RSMB – 6 months ending Sept 2013).

Andy adds: “We also showcased some of the UK’s top talent with regular live sessions on-air and via our two big events Wave 105 Live and the Night Air stage at the Bournemouth Air Festival.”

Wave 105 publishes a weekly playlist of current songs, which is available to view on the station’s website and is updated every Wednesday.  A playlist committee of six chooses the ‘current’ music on the station and uses ‘gut feel’ to make the decisions as well as up-to-date music research.  Each song on the station’s A List is played around four times in any 24 hour period.