As we’ve been reporting, Galgalatz radio recently celebrated 25 years on the air. The station has been incredibly successful, with more Israelis tuning in to Galgalatz than to all other Israeli radio stations combined (as reported by a station employee during my visit to the station).
However, the celebration has not been so sweet for some Israeli artists.
A recent article in Yediot Achronot’s “7 Leilot” magazine examined the station’s playlists from 1993 to today. As we reported, “Bo” by Rita, and later Ivri Lider, was the most-played Israeli song in the history of Galgalatz, and Mashina received more airplay than any other Israeli singer or group.
In examining 25 years of playlists, however, the “7 Leilot” article noted that there were some glaring omissions within the results. Women barely cracked the list of the top 20 artists (Yehudit Ravitz at #11, Rita at #17), and not a single Mizrachi song made it into the top 30.
With Mizrachi artists like Eyal Golan and Sarit Hadad enjoying tremendous popularity, and female singers creating a large percentage of Israeli songs, it’s pretty clear that the Galgalatz playlist does not accurately reflect the musical tastes of the land of Israel.
Galgalatz Responds To the Controversy
Well, Galgalatz officials weren’t too pleased with that report. Things have changed in the past few years, they claimed. And besides, “we don’t pick songs based on genre or gender,” they told Yediot Achronot. “We simply pick good music.”
But Yediot decided to dig deeper. In a follow-up, they isolated the past five years of playlists. Had anything changed?
Nope. Here are their findings from the past five years:
The 20 Most Played Songs on Galgalatz: 2013-2018
- Guy V’yahel – Ratzim BaAvir
- Carolina – Tzel Etz Tamar
- Muki – Lev Chofshi
- Eli Botner & Yaldei HaChutz – Na’im Achshav
- Shlomi Shaban & Chava Alberstein – Targil B’hitorerut
- Mercedes Band – BaYom U’vaLaila
- Evyatar Banai – Yaffa Kalvana
- Avraham Tal – Ani Itach
- Idan Haviv – Or Adom
- Mosh Ben-Ari – Kmo BaChaim
- Alon Eder – Ktzat Ahava Lo Tazik
- Tomer Yosef & Ben Hendler – Avarti Rak Kedei Lirot
- Idan Haviv – Kmo Kol Yom
- HeChatzer HaAchorit – Ma’aneh Koli
- Avraham Tal – Shoshana
- Muki – Yeled Shel Aba
- Roni Dalumi – Stam Shnei Anashim
- Yuval Dayan – Al Tomar
- Idan Haviv – Mechakeh
- Jane Bordeaux – Eich Efshar SheLo
As you can see, the playlist has been overwhelmingly dominated by men, with not one Yam Tichoni song making the cut. That point is further underscored by the list of the most-played artists of the past five years:
The 20 Most Played Artists on Galgalatz: 2013-2018
- Idan Raichel Project
- Arik Einstein
- Ivri Lider
- Evyatar Banai
- Dudu Tassa
- Avraham Tal
- Shlomo Artzi
- Barry Sacharof
- Mosh Ben-Ari
- Guy V’yahel
- Ehud Banai
- Yehudit Ravitz
- Aviv Gefen
- Eli Botner & Yaldei HaChutz
- Natan Goshen
- Yuval Dayan
- Monica Sex
Oh well. It’s clear that Galgalatz management is looking for a certain “sound”, and for the most part, songs by women and Mizrachi artists don’t fit.
If you don’t love the Galgalatz playlist, then may I recommend a fantastic Israeli music podcast you might enjoy? 🙂
Do you enjoy listening to Galgalatz? What’s your favorite Israeli radio station?