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My Top 10 Hits – Week 198

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 29TH 2020:

1 2 9 Jericho Andrew Ripp
2 1 13 No Hold On Me Matty Mullins
3 4 13 This Is What We Live For Big Daddy Weave
4 3 14 Rise Up (Lazarus) Cain
5 7 3 Image Of God We Are Messengers
6 6 8 Truth Be Told Matthew West
7 8 3 Out Of My Hands Jeremy Camp
8 1 Every Step Of The Way Cade Thompson
9 1 Wake Up Sleeper Austin French
10 1 Sparrows Cory Asbury

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp 
2018 – “Even Then” – Micah Tyler
2017 – “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” – Tenth Avenue North

Happy 35TH Anniversary !  35 years ago this weekend this weekly hit music chart was born. Aside from a 3-year hiatus (1992-1995) and a 7-year hiatus (2010-2017) this chart has been going strong ever since I was a teenager living in the south of England. It’s gone through many different genres of music from pop to hip hop to hard rock to electronic dance to Christian. We’re in the 198TH week of this current era that started in the middle of February of 2017, and the hits keep counting up !

Andrew Ripp becomes the 3RD artist in a row to secure the # 1 spot with his very first hit (following Cain and Matty Mullins). His “Jericho” is my new # 1 smash this week – the 13TH # 1 smash of 2020 – and the 55TH # 1 smash over the past 198 weeks. We’ll see if it can hold on into and through the month of December to wrap-up 2020.

We Are Messengers have moved-up strongly over the past couple of weeks from # 10 to # 7 to # 5. “Image Of God” is their 6TH hit since 2017. They are currently my # 10 artist overall since 2017.

20-year-old Cade Thompson has my highest new entry this week at # 8. It’s his very first appearance on my chart. When I first heard this song on K-LOVE I instantly loved it. I actually thought it was Ryan Stevenson at first, and then I finally looked it up and realized that it’s Cade Thompson. This is a quick follow-up to his earlier single this year – “Provider” – which I liked for its quirkiness, but it failed to make my chart due to a lack of radio airplay (probably because it was too quirky).

Here’s the official lyric video for Cade’s new hit, “Every Step Of The Way”:

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Greetings my friends ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us be thankful for this new day that our God has blessed us with.

It is Sunday November 29TH 2020, and I am back home in South Florida from vacation with my family in North Texas ! I was there for 8 days, and as always it was filled with food and fun. We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together – known in our family as #ThanksChristmasGiving – a tradition that goes back about 15 years every traditional Thanksgiving Day. I got some great gifts this year !

My return trip back home via American Airlines was quite the bumpy ride. It was also a longer than normal ride. It took a more northerly route than its usual direct flightpath due to severe weather along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But the ride – even at 35,000 feet above southern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, and northern Alabama – was quite rough – with the A321 Airbus jumping up-and-down and swaying back-and-forth in the ferocious winds along both sides of a strong cold front. A few passengers got sick. I was worried for a few minutes that I was getting sick as well, but luckily I was OK.

Once we got above North Florida the ride suddenly became smooth and trouble-free. It remained that way for the rest of the trek to Miami International Airport.

Well just as I have done for the past 3 years on the Sunday after Thanksgiving or the first Sunday of December – I’m preaching a full sermon to my church family this morning. I got the word late this past Wednesday night in North Texas, and I was actually writing a brand new sermon in-between my family-time. I finished it late yesterday here at home. I’ll be preaching on “Spirit & Truth” today – mostly from the first-half of John Chapter 16.

When the Spirit of truth comes – He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own, but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from Me. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. This is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.’ (John 16:12-15)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1985

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 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 01ST 1985:

  1. “We Built This City” – Starship
  2. “Separate Lives” – Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
  3. “Part Time Lover” – Stevie Wonder
  4. “Say You, Say Me” – Lionel Richie
  5. “Never” – Heart

It all started right here with this chart. What was a hobby for almost a decade prior became official, as I sat down with paper, pen, and pencil, and I wrote down my Top 20 favourite songs of the week. (And since I was living in the south of England at the time I had to learn to adapt to their proper spelling and pronunciation of certain words, so it was “favourite” – not “favorite”.)

During the peak of this hobby in the United Kingdom I was producing on paper a Top 50 hit music chart twice per week !  YES – I really got into it. I eventually scaled back to a standard Top 40 chart once per week, and that continued for almost 7 years until I took a 3-year hiatus from 1992 to 1995.

Starship’s “We Built This City” was my favorite song at the time. It was actually spending its 3RD week at # 1 when my very first chart was written down. It was also my favorite song as I drove 700 miles from Chanute AFB Illinois to McLean Virginia at the end of October 1985. It was the perfect driving song for what was my longest road-trip (with me driving) of my life at the time. After I flew to my new home in England it reminded me of America as I discovered a brand new country for the first time in my life.

During those early days in England I listened to the hottest hits in my military dormitory room on GWR (97.2 FM out of Swindon Wiltshire) and BBC Radio 1 (1053 & 1089 AM).

Every 4TH Friday of the month for the next 2 years I’ll share my life and music with you, as I look back at those fun times across the sea as a late-teenager.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 15 years ago to December 2005.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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