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About This Website.
I’ve always been a big fan of Radio 1, in fact it’s probably safe to say that it’s my favorite radio station – especially on a Friday night. I’m really into my music & I love the sounds of the likes of Annie Mac & Danny Howard on a weekend. I’m a regular listener and when I hear a great song I just have to have it, so I’d typically be spending my Saturday and Sunday mornings scouring the Radio 1 website for information on all the tracks they’ve played and then copying and pasting them into YouTube and Amazon so that I could re-listen and buy a copy to keep.
I’m probably just lazy, but I found it to be a bit of a chore copying and pasting each of the tracks so I decided to set this website up where all the songs from the Radio 1 playlist are already linked up to the YouTube videos and Amazon download pages ready for you to re-listen/download at the click of a button. It certainly makes life much easier for me, and hopefully it’ll make it easier for you too.
It’s worth mentioning again that this website has absolutely no affiliation with the BBC and is not the official Radio 1 playlist, however the playlist here is updated every day.
Since there seemed to be quite a big demand for older versions of the Radio 1 playlists as of the 25th of May 2014 I’ve decided to add a blog to the website and save a copy of each of the playlists every Friday. That way you can look back through the archives and see which songs were previously in the Top 40, Radio 1Xtra & Radio 1 playlists – could be pretty interesting actually. Either way the archives are accessible from the menu at the top of the sidebar on the right hand side of the page.
As of the 11th of June 2014 due to popular demand I’ve now started adding Annie Mac’s, Pete Tong’s and Danny Howard’s playlists to the site. I’ve added their playlists from last week (6th of June) to the site and will continue to add them every Friday after their shows so that you can look back through all the tracks they have played. The playlists will not only include the songs played by the presenters, but also their guests on the show as well.
Update (18th of June 2014): I’ve also added links to each of the tracks on SoundCloud. This hasn’t taken effect on playlists posted to the site before this date, but they will be added to all future playlists.
Update (8th of July 2014): In hindsight only adding Annie Mac’s, Pete Tong’s & Danny Howard’s playlists to the site was probably a little selfish seems as these are the presenters I enjoy listening to most. I understand that you guys may have different tastes so I’ve started adding playlists from as many different presenters as I can to the website – I’ve actually been doing it for a little while now but have only just got round to adding it to the updates list here. As well as that I’ve also started adding full daily schedules to the website to make it easier to browse playlists by day, they can be accessed here.
About Radio 1
Radio 1 is ran by the BBC and paid for by the license payer. Just like all the other BBC channels it cannot broadcast commercials so the station is uninterrupted which makes for much better listening – there’s nothing worse than adverts on the radio. It was first established in 1967 with the first DJ to broadcast on the show being Tony Blackburn. The idea behind the station was to provide a legal radio station in the UK as opposed to illegal “pirate” radio. Obviously there’s been a lot of changes since then however it is still up there within the top 3 most popular radio stations in the UK just falling behind BBC Radio 2 & Radio 4. To put it into perspective just how popular it is, between the months of December 2013 and March 2014 it was listened to by 10,532,000 people each week with each listener tuning in for an average of 6.6 hours per week (Data obtained from Media UK).
At the time of writing I’m a 21 year old web designer, but I set this website up back in September 2012 so I’ll have just turned 20 (since I’m born in August!). I left school and started an apprenticeship as an electrician but had always been into web work, I was always playing on the computer as a kid messing around with Wandoo’s (now Orange) free website builder. I set up daft personal projects (like this one) but then eventually started working as a freelancer in my spare time. Towards the end of my apprenticeship I realised that line of work wasn’t really for me and decided to take a risk and go into web design full time. It’s had it’s up and downs, but I’m still doing it and it’s certainly been an experience.