My Top 19 Hits – 2019

55 hits created 52 weeks of Top 10 Christian hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – my Top 19 hits of 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [peaked at # 1 for 7 weeks]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  3. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 1 for 6 weeks]
  4. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  6. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 for 5 weeks]
  7. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  8. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [# 1 for 1 week]
  9. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  10. “Red Letters” – Crowder [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  11. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [# 3 for 4 weeks]
  12. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  13. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [# 3 for 2 weeks]
  14. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [# 2 for 1 week]
  15. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  16. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [# 2 for 2 weeks]
  17. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  18. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [# 2 for 3 weeks]
  19. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I AM THEY [# 2 for 1 week]

# 1 Of 2018:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Of 2017:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

What a great year for positive and encouraging music that tells the story of God. What a great chart to represent His music.

“Nobody (But Jesus)” is no surprise at # 1. It’s been in my Top 3 for the past 20 weeks in a row, and that’s # 1 for 7 weeks, # 2 for 9 weeks, and # 3 for 4 weeks. This week it also becomes the # 1 smash in the entire 150-week history of this current era of my chart.

There were some surprises further down the chart. I forgot how big “Church (Take Me Back)” was from February to July. I loved that song, and then K-LOVE all but abandoned it after that. We haven’t heard from Cochren since then.

“Alive” from Big Daddy Weave should have been a bigger hit than it was. It spent 12 weeks on my chart – 4 of them at # 1 in April and May – but again K-LOVE stopped playing it after that. As this chart is influenced by radio airplay it quickly dropped off of my chart after its run at # 1. A few months later K-LOVE started playing it again – perhaps more so than they did originally when it was actually a hit nationally on Christian radio.

Finally my # 19 hit of 2019 is actually one of my favorite songs of the year. I still get excited with joy whenever I hear “My Feet Are On The Rock” on the radio and on my iPod Shuffles. Nationally it was a Top 15 hit on Christian radio during the Summer of 2018, but K-LOVE didn’t start playing it until February of 2019, and they played it for a couple of months as if it were new. (Well it was new to me.)

It sounds like I’m a little bit critical of K-LOVE after 150 weeks of listening, but really it’s still the greatest radio station of my lifetime. It’s not perfect. If I could change one thing about it I’d tweak the currents-to-recurrents ratio to be closer to 50-50. In other words play a few more current hits (expand the playlist a bit), and play a few less recurrent hits (of the past 10 years) in a typical hour. Also don’t suddenly abandon your hits. Keep playing them, but gradually play them less often over a period of time as they evolve into recurrents.

Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Austin French, Elevation Worship, and Chris Tomlin appear in my Top 19 of 2019, and they also appeared in my Top 18 of 2018. Casting Crowns, Matthew West, and Chris Tomlin also appeared in my Top 17 of 2017 (which was never published online).

An interesting tidbit for Chris Tomlin’s # 1 smash “Nobody Loves Me Like You”:  It was my # 17 hit of 2019, and it just barely missed my Top 18 of 2018. (It was # 19.) It straddled both years almost evenly.

My Top 19 Of 2019 chart was compiled by awarding 10 points for each week at # 1, 9 points for # 2, and so forth and so on down to 1 point for # 10. The points are then added, and the hits are ranked.

There were 15 # 1 hits in 2019, and 2 of them failed to make my Top 19 – “Well Done” (The Afters) and “Unstoppable God” (Sanctus Real). They were the first and last # 1 hits of the year respectively.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Happy New Year my friends !  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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 150

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 December 29TH 2019:

  1. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [2 / 5TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 22ND]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [4 / 24TH]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [8 / 12TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [9 / 6TH]
  8. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [10 / 2ND]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [7 / 12TH]
  10. “Believer” – Rhett Walker [6 / 7TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s my 150TH weekly hit music chart since its resurrection during Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017. When the previous era of my chart ended almost 10 years ago at the end of January 2010 I thought that it was probably the anticlimactic ending of a hobby that dated back to my elementary school years – back when I would seek out and study the brand new edition of Billboard Magazine at my local public library. A 7-year hiatus began almost a decade ago, and then I discovered K-LOVE. This chart was reborn.

May God Bless this hobby, chart, blog, and ministry for another 150 weeks.

It’s my 52ND and final weekly hit music chart of 2019. I’ve got my Top 19 of 2019 queued up and ready to go for a special New Year’s Eve Tuesday blog post. I’ll have it online at 3 AM U.S. East Coast Time.

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Sunday Scripture

On this 522ND and final Sunday of the 2010s I did what I’ve done for about 475 of those 522 Sundays, and that is to praise, worship, and celebrate our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with my brothers and sisters of my church family.

I opened the service with God’s Word from First Thessalonians Chapter 5 (9 to 11):

For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ – not to pour out His anger on us. He died for us so that we can live with Him forever – whether we are dead or alive at the time of His return. So encourage each other and build each other up – just as you are already doing.

We had an unusually well-attended Sunday morning service for the final Sunday of the year – during the peak of holiday vacation time. In fact it was actually one of our biggest crowds of the year !

Today I led with my 30TH sermon over the past 3 years and 3 months. It was a groundbreaking sermon for me personally, and one that I was most nervous about. It’s the first time I went unscripted. I essentially had no idea what I was going to say until I actually said it. I used Internet memes to tell the story of how great our God is.

Earlier this year I began saving, collecting, and organizing Internet memes – mostly from Facebook. I then came up with the idea of preaching an entire sermon based solely on memes. Then I decided that it was a silly idea – perhaps even corny. Then I kept thinking about it, and praying about the best way to have a few dozen memes tell the story that I wanted to tell without the usual full manuscript that I write, edit, rewrite, enhance, finalize, rehearse, and print for each of my typical sermons.

I preached “Ways & Memes” today. It lasted a little over 45 minutes, and I think that it went fairly well considering I was out of my comfort zone at the pulpit. It can be rather risky giving me a wireless mic and 45 minutes to preach without a script, but I managed to do so without saying anything controversial.

Here’s 1 of the 30 memes that told the story of God’s Way:

Jesus Is

My next sermon is already half-written, and it’s titled “Church & State”. I hope to preach it to my church family in January or February. Meanwhile the saving, collecting, and organizing of Internet memes continues on. I’ll start compiling a new batch for “Ways & Memes 2” later in 2020.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

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 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 31ST 1989:

  1. “Leave A Light On” – Belinda Carlisle
  2. “Love Shack” – The B-52s
  3. “Bust A Move” – Young MC
  4. “Blame It On The Rain” – Milli Vanilli
  5. “With Every Beat Of My Heart” – Taylor Dayne

And that’s how the 1980s ended high atop my Top 40 chart exactly 30 years ago this weekend. The 1980s were definitely not one of my favorite decades of secular hit music. Looking back in hindsight I place the 1990s, the 1970s, and even the 2000s (in that order) ahead of the 1980s. 1980 to 1985 (my teenage years) can be completely written off, but then it started getting good during my two years (1986-1987) in the United Kingdom (British pop). Back home stateside 1988 was essentially a rerun of 1987 in the U.K., but then the music got really good in 1989. I’ve always considered 1989 to be the first real year of 1990s music (my all-time favorite decade).

Starting next month on the 4TH Friday of the month 30 years ago will be January 1990. We’ll jump in to my all-time favorite decade then. We’ll check out the # 1 smash from one of my favorite artists of the early-1990s – a duo with a string of hits – and just a few weeks ago one-half of the duo passed away.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (New Year’s Eve) with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Christmas In Okeechobee

Merry Day After Christmas my friends. I hope that you got to spend some quality time with loved ones, or you got to do something that you love.

For the 2ND Christmas in a row I embarked on a Florida road-trip to and from just a few hours to the north of where I live. This time I drove 355 miles round-trip to West Palm Beach, and then over to Okeechobee. It was a 4-day road-trip. I returned home yesterday (Christmas Day) morning.

Over in West Palm Beach I saw Jim Gaffigan LIVE in concert at the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. He’s my favorite comedian today. I last saw him in 2010. Ryan Hamilton opened for Jim. He was very funny. He reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld. The next morning I spent a couple of hours at the historic Palm Beach Zoo. I got in for free as a military veteran. It was my first visit since 2010.

A few times each year I visit a town in Florida that I’ve never been to before, I haven’t visited in many years, or I’ve only driven through – in order to determine whether or not I wish to move there in a few years after I retire. I selected Okeechobee several months ago, and I spent a couple of days and nights there leading up to Christmas Day. It’s on the northern side of the big Lake Okeechobee.

While in Okeechobee I visited the main attraction – the big Lake ‘O’. I walked a couple of miles high atop the dike / levee known as the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. If you were to walk completely around the lake then it would take you a few days to do so – because it’s 109 miles around the lake !  I also ate at a couple of family-owned restaurants “where the locals eat”, and I toured the town’s old historic downtown district. It was a fun visit, but I don’t think I’d want to move there after I retire. Its location is a bit secluded from other towns. I’ll visit again though. It’s got small-town charm.

I ended up taking over 110 photos of my excursions on this Florida road-trip. 3 of them are up above, and I’ll probably post about half of the remaining photos over on my Flickr site in the weeks and months to come.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 149

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 December 22ND 2019:

  1. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [# 3 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [4 / 4TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [2 / 21ST]
  4. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [1 / 23RD]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [9 / 3RD]
  6. “Believer” – Rhett Walker [5 / 6TH]
  7. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [6 / 11TH]
  8. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [8 / 11TH]
  9. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 5TH]
  10. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Control (Somehow You Want Me)” – Tenth Avenue North

Veteran Christian band Sanctus Real score their 2ND # 1 smash in a row with “Unstoppable God”. It’s my 42ND # 1 smash during this current era of my chart – now in its 149TH week. It’s their follow-up to “Confidence” – which was my 32ND # 1 smash this past March and April. Sanctus Real are one of only a few acts during this current era that also appeared during the 3½-year Salvation Era of my chart. They had a Top 5 hit during the Summer of 2008 titled “Turn On The Lights”.

Sidewalk Prophets from Nashville move from 9 to 5 this week as they “Smile” along the way. It’s their follow-up to “Come To The Table” – a # 4 hit almost 2 years ago.

MercyMe are back with their 4TH hit on my chart – “Almost Home”. I know I’ll be singing it loud and proud with 7,000+ brothers and sisters in a couple of months at their Southwest Florida concert.

Well we have one more Top 10 chart to go for 2019 (next Monday), and then the very next day – New Year’s Eve – I’ll reveal my Top 19 Of 2019.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and the bonus on Tuesday. 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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Merry Christmas my friends !  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

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I recently picked-up this meme somewhere on social media. I actually plan to preach a sermon sometime in early-2020 that’s completely comprised of memes collected online. That’s one that didn’t make the cut – mostly because I collected it after I had written the message. If all goes well with “Ways & Memes” then maybe there will be a sequel.

So for most of us we’ve endured events in our past that deeply hurt us – and still hurt us today many years later. It seems that we remember the bad times more clearly and vividly than the good times – even though we try hardest to forget the bad times.

My 52½ years on this earth is peppered with hurting moments. It’s because of these past moments – individually and collectively alike – that the future is scary. I’ve lived and worked in the same city for the past 32 years; yet, I probably won’t be living and working here in just 5 years. I’ll be retired and living in a new small town, or so I think I will 5 years beforehand. How will everything work out for me ?

“For I know the plans I have for you” – says the LORD. “They are plans for good, and not for disaster – to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

Just leave it all to God. He is in control – at all times – for all times. Look to Christ for guidance and direction. He will lead you in the right direction. He will never fail you. He is the Hope. He is the Way.

As we inch closer to a new year – a new decade – a new creation – remember that our God loves all things anew. We must talk to Him with each new day. We must listen to Him each and every day.

“In those days when you pray – I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly – you will find Me. I will be found by you” – says the LORD. (Jeremiah 29:12-14a NLT)

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