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 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 01ST 2006:
- “Desensitized” – Jonah33
- “Love Addict” – Family Force 5
- “Activate” – Stellar Kart
- “Gravity” – The Fold
- “High Of 75” – Relient K
… And on this 1ST Sunday of October of 2006 (representing the final week of September) the transformation of my weekly hit music chart was complete. It had completely flipped from Secular Rhythmic Contemporary to Christian Rock, Pop, and Hip Hop. Falling out of my Top 5 on this week exactly 15 years ago were hits from Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Christina Aguilera, Cherish, Sean Paul (of YoungBloodZ), and Gnarls Barkley.
My #SalvationEra was in full effect. My first-ever all-Christian Top 5 represented some of the hottest artists on Christian radio during the mid-2000s.
One of my favorite bands back in the beginning was the energetic pop-punk band Stellar Kart out of Phoenix Arizona. Adam Agee was the frontman of the band, and they were together for about 13 years from 2001 to 2014 – peaking in 2006 with their hot album “We Can’t Stand Sitting Down”. That album spawned 3 hit singles on the radio and on my chart – “Activate” (# 2 for 2 weeks), “Procrastinating” (# 1 for 6 weeks), and “Finding Out” (# 1 for 2 weeks). They were the first 3 of 6 #SK hits on my chart during that era.
“Activate” is about not sitting in the shade, but having our God getting us up and moving. He’s our God with a purpose for our life. He’s the reason why we’re alive. There’s a world out there in need. It’s time to make a move. You’ll never start a revolution in your sleep. We must show love to everyone. We must – “Activate”.
Those were wise words for me as a young baby Christian exactly 15 years ago.
Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 25 years ago to October 1996.
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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