My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night 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 June 07TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “Mock The Music” – Children 18:3
  3. “The Difference” – Philmont
  4. “Control” – Clemency
  5. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static

4 of the 5 songs above were actually the Top 4 songs of all of 2009 on my personal hit music chart. The one lone song that wasn’t was Children 18:3’s “Mock The Music” – which was the # 19 song of the year. 62 songs made my chart in 2009, and that was the final full year of the “Salvation Era” of my chart. It was also the final full year that I listened to Christian music on the radio. Starting in 2010 I “flipped” to classic pop hits of the ’60s and ’70s. That “flip” also ended this personal hit music chart, and it began a 7-year hiatus.

I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic LIVE in concert at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale last night. The near sellout crowd of over 2,500 sang along and applauded as “Weird Al” plowed through over 20 of his hits over the past 36 years during his 90-minute show. He was backed by a full orchestra, and they were also his opening act for about 15 minutes.

Perhaps the most interesting (and longest) song he performed was an awesome track titled, “The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota”. It’s an original song – written by Al himself – but it sounds like a breezy ’70s pop song. (Think Gordon Lightfoot.) I had never heard it before. After the show (and back at the hotel) I went online, and I realized that the song was on his “UHF” movie soundtrack album from 1989 !  It also clocks-in at an amazing 6:50.

“Weird Al” always puts on a great show. I’ve been a fan of him since I was 16 years old in 1983, and WJOK-AM (“All Comedy Radio”) out of Gaithersburg Maryland stunted one night with his debut song “Ricky”. This was only my 2ND “Weird Al” concert. I saw him in 2015 too. I’ll keep seeing him as he keeps performing.

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

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