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 February 04TH 2007:
- “Nostalgiatopia” – Eleventyseven
- “Morning Air” – The Wedding
- “Live Like We’re Alive” – Nevertheless
- “Forgiven” – Relient K
- “Jesus Freak” – Chasing Victory
15 years ago I maintained and published online a Top 25 chart each week, and there’s my Top 5. That’s a good sampling right there of Christian pop, punk, and hard rock.
You know I never knew the original “Jesus Freak” song from DC Talk. That version was released back during the Summer of 1995 when I didn’t know God. Although it kinda sorta crossed over to Mainstream Top 40 radio it was just a very minor hit – peaking just below the Billboard Hot 100 nationwide. TobyMac (as a solo artist) released his own version of “Jesus Freak” on a LIVE album in 2008. Newsboys (Michael Tait era) have performed “Jesus Freak” LIVE in concert over the past dozen years. (TobyMac and Michael Tait were 2 out of 3 of DC Talk. The other – Kevin Max.)
I love the Chasing Victory version that hit my chart in 2007. It sounded great on the radio, and I always cranked it up loud and proud. You know – I didn’t really care if they labeled me a “Jesus Freak”. And I still don’t. I cherish that label today.
If you click on the Chasing Victory link up at # 5 above it takes you to their very active Myspace site. That’s right – Myspace. Now that’s retro !
Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 25 years ago to February 1997.
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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