It was a good year on the radio for Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson.
Airplay monitoring service Mediabase, an arm of Premiere Radio Networks and Clear Channel, is out with its year-end charts of the most-played songs on radio for 2006.
Here is a list of the winners for various formats, followed by the most played artists.
Most Played Songs on Radio:
Overall: Mary J. Blige/Be Without You (Geffen)
Top 40: Natasha Bedingfield/Unwritten (Epic)
Rhythmic: Cassie/Me & U (Next Selection/Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Urban: Mary J. Blige/Be Without You (Geffen)
Urban AC: Anthony Hamilton/Can’t Let Go (So So Def/Arista/Zomba)
Country: Rascal Flatts/What Hurts the Most (Lyric Street)
Smooth Jazz: Paul Brown/Winelight (GRP/VMG)
AC: James Blunt/You’re Beautiful (Custard/Atlantic)
Hot AC: Fray/Over My Head (Cable Car) (Epic)
Rock: Shinedown/Save Me (Atlantic)
Active Rock: Three Days Grace/Animal I Have Become (Jive/Zomba)
Alternative: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dani California (Warner Bros.)
Triple A: Jack Johnson/Upside Down (Brushfire/Universal Republic)
The most-played artist on the radio this year, measured by the number of radio “spins,” was Kelly Clarkson, followed by Nickelback, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Rascal Flatts.