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First tracks played on radio stations

The first track played has special significance for many radio stations. Here are just some of them.

You can listen to selected tracks on this Spotify playlist

1964 Radio Caroline: Not Fade Away, Rolling Stones (Note: Often misreported as being Can't Buy Me Love, The Beatles)
1967 BBC Radio 1: Flowers In The Rain, The Move (though actually, before that, Theme One by George Martin was played)
1969 University Radio York (Re-Launch by John Peel) : Let There Be More Light, Pink Floyd
1970 UBN - United Biscuits Network: Reach Out I'll Be There, Four Tops
1973 Capital Radio: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
1973 Radio Clyde: The Song Of The Clyde, Kenneth McKellar
1974 Piccadilly Radio: Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
1974 194 Radio City: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
1974 Radio Hallam: I've Got The Music In Me, Kiki Dee (which jumped)
1974 Swansea Sound: Love Is The Message, MFSB
1975 Pennine Radio: I Can't Let Maggie Go, Honeybus
1975 Radio Trent: July July July, Billy Paul
1975 Radio Forth: January, Pilot
1975 Radio Victory: Everything That Touches You, Association
1975 Plymouth Sound: Morning has broken, Cat Stevens
1976 Downtown Radio: Concrete And Clay, Randy Edelman
1976 Radio 210: We've Only Just Begun, The Carpenters
1976 Beacon Radio, Wolverhampton: Sunrise, Eric Carmen
1980 CBC Cardiff: I Hear You Now, Jon and Vangelis
1980 Mercia Sound: This Is It, Dan Hartman
1980 Hereward Radio: Let Your Love Flow, The Bellamy Brothers
1980 Radio Tay: The Road And The Miles To Dundee, Andy Stewart
1980 Severn Sound: Arrival, Mike Oldfield
1980 Devon Air: Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles
1980 2CR: Arrival, Mike Oldfield
1980 BBC Radio Norfolk: Modern Girl, Sheena Easton
1981 Essex Radio: Wired For Sound, Cliff Richard
1981 MTV (US): Video Killed The Radio Star, The Buggles
1981 Centre Radio: Wired For Sound, Cliff Richard
1981 Chiltern Radio: I Can Hear Music, The Beach Boys
1981 Radio West: Ain't No Stopping Us Now, McFadden and Whitehead
1981 West Sound: Arrival, Abba
1981 Radio Aire: Pilot of the airwaves, Charlie Dore
1982 BBC Radio Northampton: Work That Body, Diana Ross
1982 Radio Wyvern: Daydream Believer, The Monkees
1982 Wiltshire Radio: H.A.P.P.Y. Radio, Edwin Starr
1982 Red Rose Radio: Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born'), Barbra Streisand
1983 Marcher Sound: Wired For Sound, Cliff Richard
1983 County Sound: We've Only Just Begun, The Carpenters
1983 BBC Radio York: Good vibrations, Beach Boys
1983 Signal Radio: Beautiful Noise, Neil Diamond
1983 Radio Kent: Wanna be Starting Something, Michael Jackson
1984 Leicester Sound: Sunglasses, Tracey Ullman
1984 Viking Radio: Celebration, Kool and The Gang
1985 BBC Radio Shropshire: I'm Into Something Good, Herman's Hermits
1985 Red Dragon Radio: Hello Goodbye, The Beatles (Goodbye to CBC, Hello to Red Dragon Radio)
1985 GWR FM: It takes two, Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston
1986 Northants 96: I Can Hear Music, The Beach Boys
1986 Ocean Sound : I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder
1986 BBC Essex: We Built This City, Starship
1987 MTV Europe: Money For Nothing, Dire Straits
1987 BBC Radio 1 (First FM frequency): FM (No Static At All), Steely Dan
1988 Contact 94 (Channel Islands): Good Day Sunshine, The Beatles
1988 BBC GLR: Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen
1988 BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Mighty Quinn, Manfred Mann
1988 Capital Gold (Full-Time Split): Reach Out I'll Be There, The Four Tops
1988 KEY 103 FM Alive and Kicking, Simple Minds
1988 Power FM: New Sensation, INXS
1989 Atlantic 252: Sowing The Seeds Of Love, Tears For Fears
1989 MFM 103.4: Some Like It Hot, Power Station
1989 Horizon Radio 103.3: Yazz and The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
1989 Radio WABC: Nice And Easy, Frank Sinatra
1989 Orchard FM: Lovely Day, Bill Withers
1990 Melody Radio Strike Up The Band, Tony Bennett
1990 Radio Borders Wired For Sound, Cliff Richard
1990 Red Rose Rock FM The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis and The News
1991 The Pulse of West Yorkshire: Summertime, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince
1991 BBC Radio 1 (First song when going 24 hours): Substitute, Clout
1992 Minster FM: Saturday In The Park, Chicago
1992 SGR Colchester: Ain't No Doubt, Jimmy Nail
1992 Radio Wave: Simply The Best, Tina Turner
1992 Pirate FM: Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
1992 Spire FM: You're My Best Friend, Queen
1992 Wey Valley Radio (Now Delta): Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, Starship
1992 KL.FM 96.7: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Bachman Turner-Overdrive
1993 Radio Maldwyn: Simply The Best, Tina Turner
1993 Virgin Radio: Born To Be Wild, INXS
1993 The Bay: Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay, Otis Reading
1993 STAR 106.6: Wishing On A Star, Rose Royce
1993 Ten-17 FM: Simply The Best, Tina Turner
1993 Yorkshire Coast Radio(Scarborough): Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkel
1994 Century Radio: Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born'), Barbra Streisand
1994 Mix 96: Dancing Queen, ABBA
1994 97.2 Stray FM: The Promise Of A New Day, Paula Abdul
1995 Virgin 105.8 (London): Born To Be Wild, INXS
1995 Heart 106.2: Something Got Me Started, Simply Red
1995 Demon FM: Don't Believe The Hype, Public Enemy
1996 The Bear 102: Wake Up Boo, The Boo Radleys
1996 96.4 The Eagle: Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
1996 Spirit FM: Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum
1996 103.4, The Beach: On The Beach, Chris Rea
1997 Magic 1161: Two Hearts, Phil Collins
1997 Channel 4FM (Dubai) : Ready To Go, Republica
1997 Xfm: Kick Out The Jams, MC5's
1997 Wish FM: Losing My Religion, REM
1997 Radio 106 FM, East Midlands, later Century 106 and Heart 106: All Right Now, Free
1997 Yorkshire Dales Radio (Became Fresh Radio in 1999): Edwyn Starr H.A.P.P.Y Radio
1997 Vibe FM (105-108): All Night All Right, Peter Andre
1998 106.9 Silk FM: Monday Monday, The Mamas and The Papas
1998 Trax FM: Back For Good, Take That
1998 Century 105: Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born'), Barbra Streisand
1998 Peak 107: Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
1998 Wire FM: The Real Thing, Lisa Stansfield
1998 Fosseway Radio: Back For Good, Take That
1998 Rutland Radio: Believe, Cher
1999 Galaxy 105-106: What You Need, Powerhouse featuring Duane Hardon
1999 107.8 SouthCity FM: Let Me Entertain You, Robbie Williams
1999 Win FM: Moving On Up, M People
1999 Yorkshire Coast Radio(Bridlington): Dignity, Deacon Blue
1999 Lite FM 106.8: So Good, Boyzone
1999 107.4 Tower FM: Come Back and Stay, Paul Young
1999 Core: Northern Star, Melanie C
2000 2BR: Let Me Entertain You, Robbie Williams
2000 Real Radio Wales: Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born'), Barbra Streisand
2000 Kick FM: Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
2000 107.9 The Eagle: New Beginning, Stephen Gately
2000 The Groove: ABC, Jackson 5
2001 STAR 107.9: Stars, Simply Red
2001 FLIX Radio: Also Sprach Zarathustra (From '2001: A Space Odyssey')
2001 hertbeat fm: Pure Shores, All Saints
2001 KCR 106.7: Reach, S Club 7
2001 107.5 3TR FM: Wake Up Boo, Boo Radleys
2001 1449AM URB (Relaunch with New Frequency): Red Alert, Basement Jaxx
2002 Real Radio Scotland: Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born'), Barbra Streisand
2002 BBC 6Music: Burn Baby Burn, Ash
2002 BBC 1Xtra: Dangerous, Rodney P and Skitz
2002 Liquid: There goes the fear, Doves
2002 Reading 107 FM: Listen To The Music, Doobie Brothers
2002 Rugby FM: Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
2003 Nile FM (Cairo): If You're Not The One, Daniel Bedingfield
2003 Lady Hear Me Tonight, Modjo
2003 CTR 105.6fm: Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones
2003 Chester's Dee 106.3: Radio Ga Ga, Queen
2003 107.8 Radio Jackie: Heartbeat City, The Cars
2003 107.7 Splash FM: Listen To The Music, Doobie Brothers
2003 North Norfolk Radio: I Get The Sweetest Feeling, Jackie Wilson
2003 Ivel FM: Radio Ga Ga (re-recorded)
2004 Virgin Radio Classic Rock: Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
2004 Kerrang! 105.2: All My Life, Foo Fighters
2004 Saga 105.2: Bringing On Back The Good Times, Love Affair
2004 Source FM: Without Me, Eminem
2004 100.4 Smooth FM: Smooth Operator - Sade
2004 Off The Chart Radio: Pink - Get The Party Started
2005 PWL Radio: You Spin Me Right Round, Dead Or Alive
2005 106.7 The Rocket: Let Me Entertain You, Robbie Williams
2005 102.2 Smooth FM: Smooth Operator, Sade
2005 Cambridge's 87.7 Flava FM: A Change Will Do You Good, Sheryl Crow
2005 Heart 106: Lost In Music, Sister Sledge
2005 103 The Eye: Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
2005 107 The Bee: Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy, The Tams
2005 Thornbury FM: Love is like oxygen, The Sweet
2006 Source Radio: Talk, Coldplay
2006 96.2 Touch FM: Let's Get It Started, Black Eyed Peas
2006 101.6 Touch FM: Push The Button, Sugababes
2006 102 Touch FM: Rock DJ, Robbie Williams
2006 107.6 Touch FM: Push The Button, Sugababes
2006 Abbey FM: You get what you give, New Radicals
2006 Xfm Manchester: I Am The Resurrection, Stone Roses
2006 BBC Radio Manchester (relaunch): Manchester, Beautiful South
2006 99.9 Radio Norwich: Good Times, Chic
2006 Atlantic FM: Beautiful Day, U2
2006 Yorkshire Radio (DAB): I Predict A Riot, Kaiser Chiefs
2006 107.7 Brunel FM: Beautiful Day, U2
2006 Original 106: (Mash-up) Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Green Day / Wonderwall, Oasis / Writing To Reach You, Travis
2006 Town 102: Love Town, Booker Newbury III
2006 Swansea Bay Radio: Back for Good, Take That
2006 107.1 The Severn: Seven Days, Sting
2006 106.5 The Severn: Seven Days, Sting
2007 105FM 209radio: 5705, City Boy
2007 CSR 97.4: My Generation, The Who
2007 102.3 HFM: Are You Ready For Love, Elton John
2007 1431 AM Source Radio: Set You Free, N-Trance
2007 NH Sound 1287 (station re-launch): We've Only Just Begun, Carpenters
2007 92.5 Cheshire FM : Lost In Music, Sister Sledge
2007 Afan FM: Just a Day, Feeder
2007 South London Radio 107.3 (station re-launch): Never Give Up On A Good Thing, George Benson
2007 Gold: Got To Be Real, Cheryl Lynn
2007 Jack FM Oxfordshire: Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who
2007 Original 106.5 Bristol: Bohemian like you, The Dandy Warhols
2007 Xfm South Wales: A Design For Life, Manic Street Preachers (as part of live launch gig)
2008 TD1 Radio: Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, McFadden & Whitehead
2008 107.9 Oak FM: Radio Ga-Ga, Queen
2008 107.3 Touch Radio: Radio Ga-Ga, Queen
2008 96.2 The Revolution (relaunch under Steve Penk ownership): Revolution, The Beatles
2008 106.5 Central Radio: Shine, Take That
2008 Absolute Radio: A Day in the Life, Beatles
2008 103.2 Preston FM: Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Green Day
2008 Galaxy Scotland: Infinity 2008, Guru Josh Project
2008 Galaxy South Coast: So What, Pink
2008 Radio Tircoed: Start Me Up, the Rolling Stones
2009 Heart (Global Rebrand Phase 1): The Best Things In Life Are Free, Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson
2009 BFBS Radio (Permanent Great Britain DAB broadcast) : The Boys Are Back In Town, Thin Lizzy
2009 Penistone FM: Greatest Day, Take That
2009 dabbl: Living on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
2009 TMCR FM: Twist and Shout, The Beatles
2009 Spark FM: Ready to Go, Republica
2010 Radio Plymouth: That's just the way it is, Bruce Hornsby and the Range


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Bill Clark

2006 Abbey FM (Barrow and the Furness Peninsula) First song. New Radicals, you get what you give.

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Steve Binnie

Maybe I’m being a bit dense, but what’s the relevance of “Evergreen” being used as an opening track by so many different stations?

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Paul Easton

Maybe I’m being a bit dense, but what’s the relevance of “Evergreen” being used as an opening track by so many different stations?

It’s a John Myers favourite.

“A Star Is Born” – Century 105 Launch

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Ian Beaumont

2010: Radio Plymouth. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – That’s Just The Way It Is.

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Ian Beaumont

1975: Plymouth Sound. Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken

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Derm Tanner

0630am July 4th 1983 BBC Radio York Good Vibrations Beach Boys – opening song

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Christopher Moakes

April 1990, Isle of Wight Radio – Carpenters we’ve only just began, presenters were Jena-Paul Hansford and Maria Ferguson.

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James Martin

Oak FM and 96.2 Touch FM Relaunches – Motorcycle Emptiness, Manic Street Preachers

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Ian Beaumont

2014 CHBN 100.8. Queen – You’re My Best Friend.

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