(B98.5 is a perfect example of what it seems like more AC's should be doing)....
I had a chance to visit B98.5's website to look at the songs they've played over the last few days, and I have to say ... there are some good songs there that few stations seem to play anymore. Here are some of them:
"Emotions" - Mariah Carey
"Will You Be There" - Michael Jackson
"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" - En Vogue
"Life is a Highway" - Tom Cochrane
"I Know" - Dionne Farris
"The World I Know" - Collective Soul
"Whip It" - Devo
"Something About You" - Level 42
"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" - Culture Club
"Shattered Dreams" - Johnny Hates Jazz
"How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston
"Everlasting Love" - Howard Jones
Some of those are from the '90s and some are from the '80s.
One thing I noticed is that Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You" is on B98.5's playlist. That song, IMO, does NOT belong on an AC station. That should stay on Hot AC and CHR.
I agree - in addition to the 90s songs they play that you don't typically hear on AC, I love that they play 80s stuff like Level 42 (that song seems like such a perfect fit for the AC format), Howard Jones, Wang Chung, etc. I hear the Tom Cochrane song on some AC stations, but it's not really a "staple."
I disagree, however, about "Forget You" - a lot of AC's play it (just in my range, WSPA/Greenville, WLYT/Charlotte, WKQC/Charlotte, etc play it), and it's not really any different from a disco song, which a lot of AC's still play. I can see how the 25-54 demographic would like it.