Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1971

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 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special, as I go back 50 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 02ND 1971:

  1. “Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night
  2. “Put Your Hand In The Hand” – Ocean
  3. “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Jackson 5
  4. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
  5. “I Am … I Said” – Neil Diamond

That’s obviously not my Top 5 chart from exactly 50 years ago. That’s the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 from back then. Casey Kasem (my childhood idol) counted down the hits from coast to coast on the new “American Top 40” weekly radio show, and he counted down those hits towards the end of his broadcast on that first Sunday of May of 1971.


“Joy To The World” was the greatest Three Dog Night song ever, and one of the greatest songs of all-time as far as I’m concerned. It’s in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace. It’s garnered almost 900 plays over the past 10½ years. Some people think that it was their breakthrough smash, but it was actually their 9TH Top 40 hit.

Ocean’s “Put Your Hand In The Hand” is actually a new favorite for me. I bought the single in 2012, and it’s garnered over 725 plays since then. There’s an outdoor church that meets every Sunday morning in Cambier Park over in downtown Naples Florida. One Sunday on one of my occasional visits (while on vacation) the Praise & Worship band performed that song on stage, and I realized that it was a Christian song. I may have bought the single when I returned home from Naples.

And what can I say about one of my favorite singers of all-time – Neil Diamond ?  “I Am … I Said” is also in heavy rotation, and it’s one of his greatest songs ever. I’ve got 5 Neil Diamond songs currently in heavy or active rotation, and I’m getting ready to add to my Neil Diamond singles collection. His music playing on the car radio provides some of the earliest memories of my childhood in Greenbelt, Lanham, Seabrook, Glenn Dale, and Bowie in Prince Georges County Maryland.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 15 years ago to May 2006 – where there’s an Angel at # 1.

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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My Flickr Albums

Regular readers of my blog know that I don’t Instagram. I Flickr. I know that over a billion people worldwide are registered users on Instagram, and that it’s probably the 2ND most popular app / web site known to mankind (2ND to Facebook which owns Instagram). I never got into Instagram. I’ve never created an account. I don’t even know what it looks like. I ignore all Instagram links. I’m probably missing some fun stuff, but oh well. I’m a Flickr(er).

Flickr was created long before Instagram – way back in 2004. Yahoo ran it for about a dozen years. I’ve been a registered user since April 2011, and I’ve been a paying (“PRO”) member for many years now. I like Flickr. I like it a lot. It’s my favorite social media app / web site (after WordPress of course). It’s where I store all of my photos online – most of them (88%) for public viewing.

I generally average about 250 to 300 uploaded photos per year. But I don’t just upload photos. I do research on my photos and write captions for each of them. I often learn more about what I took a picture of weeks and months later. It’s like electronic photo-booking. Each photo is individually enhanced (brightened, straightened, etc.), uploaded, and captioned into one of my albums on Flickr based on location or subject matter.

This past week I finally finished uploading and captioning all of my photos from my recent Spring Break road-trip this past February. You may have seen some of them by glancing down near the bottom of this page where the last 6 added to my Flickr Photostream are displayed.

Many of my Spring Break road-trip photos can be viewed on my Tampa Bay Region album. There are 136 photos and 1 video (of a sunset) within that album from 2014 on, and it showcases my best vacation photos from the Tampa Bay region of Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, and Hardee Counties. I spent a day in Hardee County on my recent road-trip, so the final 12 photos of that album are from that day.

In the future I may showcase a different Flickr album about once a month here on my blog – maybe on the last Thursday of every month.

I’ve also got another road-trip vacation planned, so one of my Flickr albums will soon be updated with all-new photos.

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Blogging Christian God Ministry Music Radio

My Top 10 Hits – Week 219

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here’s this week’s chart:

1 2 14 Fires
[1ST week @ # 1]
Jordan St. Cyr
2 1 10 Good God Almighty Crowder
3 3 5 Child Of Love We The Kingdom Ft. Bear Rinehart
4 4 3 God Of Revival Brian & Jenn Johnson
5 5 7 Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight) TobyMac
6 6 22 Every Step Of The Way Cade Thompson
7 8 6 God Who Listens Chris Tomlin Ft. Thomas Rhett
8 9 3 Gospel Song Rhett Walker
9 10 3 No Hopeless Soul Stephen Stanley
10 1 Mean Girls Leanna Crawford

# 1 This Week In:
2020 – “Almost Home” – MercyMe
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “Freedom Hymn” – Austin French
2017 – “Even If” – MercyMe

Debut artist Jordan St. Cyr reaches # 1 on my chart with “Fires”. It’s my 4TH # 1 hit of 2021 – and 59TH # 1 hit since this era began 50 months ago. K-LOVE is my station of choice during this era. They just wrapped-up their seasonal fund drive of the past 2 weeks. It’s back to continuous positive and encourage hits now !

Incidentally this era of my weekly hit music chart is the longest era since the “pop revival” era of late-1995 to late-2001.

We The Kingdom holds at # 3 this week with “Child Of Love”. Their first 2 hits (both last year) – “Holy Water” and “God So Loved” – spent a combined 8 weeks at # 1. I have a feeling that “Child Of Love” will complete the hat-trick for the Cash Family.

Here’s the official music video for “Child Of Love”:

This blog is now # 53 worldwide on the Top 90 Christian Music Blogs, Websites, & Influencers in 2021 chart. Thank You for including us Feedspot !

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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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday April 25TH 2021, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us praise and worship Christ our Savior on this day – and every day !

You know sometimes I have “writer’s block”, and I don’t know what to write about. I have to take a break in my sermon-writing when that occurs. I know that it’s temporary, and eventually the thoughts will be pouring in to my mind so fast that my fingers won’t be able to keep-up on the computer keyboard to get it all in writing. I treasure God’s wisdom. I pray for it daily.

The good thing about being a blogger is that when the thoughts aren’t there to write I can always look back at the past for inspiration. This blog celebrates its 14TH anniversary at the end of next month, and it mirrors my fantastic journey along the way.

Here’s what I wrote here on my blog exactly 13 years ago this weekend:

God commanded that the baby born to Mary be named ‘Jesus’ which means ‘God saves His people from their sins.’ Jesus is a global Savior who is sufficient for all people, all races, and all nations. Christianity is exclusive in that there is only one God. It is inclusive in that Jesus is the Savior who invites all people everywhere to be saved by Him. If Scripture is true then we must be absolutely clear on this most important spiritual issue – that there is only one way to God.

AMEN. I wrote that in response to my Pastor’s sermon that Sunday titled “What Makes Jesus Superior To Other Saviors”. I was still in my first year of salvation. I was lit-up for Christ back then as a baby Christian.

One of my favorite quotes from the late great Billy Graham up in Heaven is – “Christ belongs to all people ! He belongs to the whole world !”

I truly believe that. He’s available to all people, all races, and all nations. He’s available right now. You don’t have to wait for Him. He’s within reach right now. You are not too far away from him. No matter what you’ve said. No matter what you’ve done. He’s right there where you are. Are you ready to believe in Him ? Are you ready to follow Him for the rest of your life ? Are you ready to be born again ?

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal living word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 NLT)

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