January sees Hospital Radio Ipswich (HRI) trawling through it’s record requests to compile the list of most popular artists and tracks.
This year Frank Sinatra topped the chart, being the most requested act, pushing the previous year’s number one Elvis Presley into second place.
Surprisingly, The Beatles for the first time in 43 years came in third. In more distant times HRI’s artist chart was dominated year after year by Daniel O’Donnell, Jim Reeeves with Sinatra, Abba and Queen.
In 2016 Adele pushed her way into 7th place following up her global success and David Bowie was also a new artist in the higher reaches of the chart, amongst regulars like Status Quo, Dire Straits and Neil Diamond.
Overall Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ was comfortably the most requested individual track, followed by tracks from Abba with ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Islands in the Stream’ by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.in third place.
“There are subtle changes being reflected in the patient’s requests, but all the same there is a remarkable consistency shown year after year” said the station’s Programme Manager Tim Ward.
“The Beatles climb up our charts this year is notable but guitar led acts from the world of pop, rock and country have slowly started to replace the gentler sounds from the likes of Jim Reeves and Nat King Cole. However, we value every opportunity to cheer up our listeners whether they want Beethoven or Bon Jovi.”
The full HRI Top Ten requested artists for 2016 was:
1 FRANK SINATRA
2 ELVIS PRESLEY
3 THE BEATLES
6 JOHNNY CASH
8 JIM REEVES
9 DANIEL O’DONNELL
10 ROD STEWART
Hospital Radio Ipswich broadcasts to patients in Ipswich’s Heath Road Hospital to patient’s bedside entertainment units on Channel 1. The station can also be heard online at www.hri.org.uk.