My Top 10 Hits – Week 135

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 15TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
    [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [2 / 7TH]
  3. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [3 / 9TH]
  4. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [5 / 5TH]
  5. “(Love Is The) Reason” – Unspoken [4 / 9TH]
  6. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [6 / 6TH]
  7. “Symphony” – Switch [7 / 15TH]
  8. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [8 / 15TH]
  9. “You Know Me Better” – Stars Go Dim [- / 1ST]
  10. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

There’s not much change in this week’s chart from last week. Chris Cleveland and his band from Tulsa Oklahoma – Stars Go Dim – score their 2ND hit on my chart with “You Know Me Better”. It was actually released as a single some 14 months ago back when “Heaven On Earth” was spending 6 weeks on my chart. “Heaven On Earth” turned out to be such a big, catchy, and long-lasting radio hit that “You Know Me Better” had to wait awhile to get any substantial radio airplay. Now it’s arrived on the scene. Better late than never.

Zach Williams scores his 4TH hit on my chart with his “Rescue Story”. The more I hear it – the more I love it. Zach is testifying to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ in it.

You were the voice in the desert
Calling me out in the dead of night
Fighting my battles for me
You are my rescue story
Lifted me up from the ashes
Carried my soul from death to life
Bringing me from glory to glory
You are my rescue story

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. This blog post serves as the season finale. This is my 78TH blog post in a row since early-May 2019. I have not missed a Thursday, Friday, Sunday, or Monday since then. I’ve even posted on a couple of bonus Tuesdays as well.

This blog needs a break, and I need a break. I’m unplugging from all forms of social media (WordPress, Twitter, and Flickr) for the next 2½ weeks. I’ll return on Thursday October 03RD 2019 with the first of 4 new entries for the weekend.

While I’m on hiatus feel free to go back in time and read (or re-read) any of my recent blog posts, or you can go back even further to the late-2000s. I posted over 1,300 blog posts from 2007 to 2010 back during the first 5 years of my salvation. One of my favorite things to do is to read what I was blogging about exactly a decade ago (to the date) as a baby Christian.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy the rest of the month of September my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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Sunday Scripture

I’m currently writing a new sermon that I hope to preach soon to my church family. It’s tentatively titled “Kindness & Love”, and it’s what I like to refer to as a standalone “back-to-basics” sermon. It’s one of those sermons that we need to hear from time-to-time (especially me) to remind us of God’s “Kindness & Love”. It’s what happened on that cross on that day. It’s what happened 3 days later.

See if Christ never rose from the dead then our faith is useless. There’s nothing to testify to. There’s nothing to preach about. There’s nothing to live for. There would be no Bible. There would be no church. We would all be unforgiven. We would all be under the judgment of God. We would all be guilty of all of our sins. See Christ’s resurrection is proof that His sacrifice took away all of our sins.

Here’s the Good News:

But in fact – Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see – just as death came into the world through a man – now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam – everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest. Then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 NLT)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2004

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 12TH 2004:

  1. “She Will Be Loved” – Maroon 5
  2. “Pieces Of Me” – Ashlee Simpson
  3. “My Happy Ending” – Avril Lavigne
  4. “Meant To Live” – Switchfoot
  5. “The Reason” – Hoobastank

That was a powerful Top 5 back during the 2ND weekend of September of 2004. In fact all 5 of those songs represented 5 out of the Top 6 hits of the entire year. The other one – Maroon 5’s breakthrough smash – “This Love” – which was the # 5 hit of the year.

If you had told me back in 2004 that Maroon 5 would be one of the biggest pop acts of the next 15 years then I would have laughed at you. Frankly I thought that they would be a two-hit-wonder-and-done after “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”, so clearly I got that wrong.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Gary Numan

Gary Numan. Cars

Gary Numan’s iconic song “Cars” was released as his debut single exactly 40 years ago last month. I consider it to be one of the greatest pop songs ever made. It still sounds great today, and it’s been in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles at work for many years now. In fact it’s garnered an amazing 1,096 plays in just a little over the past 9 years. I’ve pretty much heard it about every 3 days since 2010.

Here in the U.S. it was a big radio hit during the Spring and Summer of 1980, and it hit the Top 10 nationally. I don’t remember liking it all that much as a nearly 13-year-old. When I was living and working in England it was re-released as a single, and it hit # 2 on my chart at the start of October of 1987. As a 20-year-old I finally appreciated the unique way-ahead-of-its-time track.

TODAY – September 12TH 1987 – marks the 32ND anniversary that I saw Gary Numan LIVE in concert at the Oxford Apollo in Oxford England !  West Won was his opening act. Anyone ever heard of them ?

You can check out the early music video for “Cars” (from 1979) over on YouTube. That’s the music video – before we even knew what exactly a music video was. That’s the music video – nearly 2 years before the advent of MTV. (They started as a 24-7 music video cable network.)

Gary Numan is 61 now, and he’s still very active. Check out his official web site.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 134

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 08TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
    [# 1 last week / 6TH week on chart]
  2. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [2 / 6TH]
  3. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [3 / 8TH]
  4. “(Love Is The) Reason” – Unspoken [7 / 8TH]
  5. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [8 / 4TH]
  6. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [6 / 5TH]
  7. “Symphony” – Switch [5 / 14TH]
  8. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [4 / 14TH]
  9. “Good Grace” – Hillsong UNITED [9 / 2ND]
  10. “Power” – We Are Messengers [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

Well Summer is over (here in the U.S.), and now we’re in to the final 17 weekly hit music charts of 2019. I’ll end the year on New Year’s Eve with “My Top 19 Of 2019” and a look back at the year that was.

There are no new entries this week, but next week look for Zach Williams to enter with his “Rescue Story”. It’s receiving significant radio airplay on K-LOVE, and the song is growing on me. I love its message of salvation. There’s also a good chance that “Echo” – the soulful new song from Elevation Worship (featuring Tauren Wells) could claim a spot on my Top 10.

Finally Unspoken return to # 1 nationally at Christian pop radio. “(Love Is The) Reason” is their first # 1 smash nationwide. They came close in 2014 with their # 2 hit “Start A Fire”. Unspoken should not be confused with Spoken – a different Christian band that actually scored with 3 hits on my chart during the original 2006 to 2010 Salvation Era. They actually remade the Cyndi Lauper classic “Time After Time”, and that song entered my chart during my 2ND week of salvation !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

TODAY with my (Living Waters) church family our Lead Pastor Bob continued his message series on “The Road To Heaven”. Today’s sermon was on “The Three Women Of The Book Of Revelation” with Scripture not from Revelation – but from the Book of Esther – 1:19, 2:5-6, 3:1, and 5:1-3.

The Book of Esther takes place for about 21 years during her reign as Queen of Persia from 486 B.C. to 465 B.C. That’s exactly 100 years after my sermon from last week – “Neco & Nebuchadnezzar” – ended at (with the final fall of the Kingdom of Judah).

At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai – son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. His family had been among those who – with King Jehoiachin of Judah – had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. (Esther 2:5-6 NLT)

King Jehoiachin was the second-to-last King of Judah before its final fall in 586 B.C. His grandfather was the good King Josiah. He became King at the age of 18, and he was King for just 3 months in 597 B.C. before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jehoiachin prisoner and led him away as a captive to Babylon. Mordecai’s ancestors were part of the group of thousands that were taken into captivity to Babylon.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 06TH 2009:

  1. “Where To Start” – Philmont
  2. “Forget And Not Slow Down” – Relient K
  3. “Open Season” – Air Five
  4. “We Can Try” – Between The Trees
  5. “Code Name: Raven” – House Of Heroes

What can I say about Relient K. They were one of my favorite bands during the Salvation Era of my chart from 2006 to 2010. They scored with 8 hits on my chart, and the first one – “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” – actually broke onto my chart before I was rescued and saved by Christ !  You may remember back towards the end of 2005 when it crossed-over onto Mainstream Top 40 radio and became a Top 25 hit. It was also a U.S. Gold smash – having sold over 500,000 copies.

Relient K wouldn’t cross-over much more onto the Mainstream Top 40 radio scene; however, “Forget And Not Slow Down” – # 2 exactly 10 years ago on my chart – did manage significant radio airplay on some pop stations particularly in the center of the nation and some southern markets.

Of course the lyrics of every Relient K song meant a lot to me once my salvation in Christ had started – even (and especially) their debut smash – “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been”.

I’m sorry for – the person I became
I’m sorry that – it took so long for me to change
I’m ready to – try and never become that way again
‘Cause who I am hates who I’ve been
Who I am hates who I’ve been

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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