My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 15TH 1999:

  1. “Better Days” – Citizen King
  2. “All Star” – Smash Mouth
  3. “Sexual (Li Da Di)” – Amber
  4. “Smile” – Vitamin C Ft. Lady Saw
  5. “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)” – Blessid Union Of Souls

“Better Days” and “Sexual (Li Da Di)” are both currently in heavy rotation at my desk at work via my iPod Shuffles which play almost non-stop from early in the morning until late in the afternoon. These iPod Shuffles represent the music of my life – playing my favorite hits from the mid-1960s through the late-2010s.

Blessid Union Of Souls – What a cool name for a cool group back in the 1990s. They’ve been together for almost 30 years, and they scored a string of pop-friendly hits during the latter portion of the 1990s. 7 of their hits made it onto my chart, and that doesn’t even include one of their biggest hits – “I Believe” – which was big during my 3-year 1992 to 1995 hiatus. “Hey Leonardo” was a long-running smash here on my chart – spending 33 weeks and peaking at # 2. It was also my # 4 hit of all of 1999.

And finally – because I actually maintain a database of this historical information as well – I saw “Bowfinger” at the movie theatre exactly 20 years ago this weekend. I saw it opening weekend. It starred Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. It was a funny one. I gave it 3½ out of 4 stars. It did well at the box office.

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

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 18TH 1999:

  1. “Sexual (Li Da Di)” – Amber
  2. “Smile” – Vitamin C Ft. Lady Saw
  3. “All Star” – Smash Mouth
  4. “Someday” – Sugar Ray
  5. “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” – Whitney Houston

Lady Saw was once known as the Queen of dancehall music. In addition to her rap vocals on the Vitamin C song above you may remember her 2002 Grammy award-winning collaboration with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt in “Underneath It All”.

Her songs were quite risqué (especially her solo material), but now she serves a different master – her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She was rescued and saved by God at the end of 2015. She’s a born again Christian, and now she’s known as Minister Marion Hall. She preaches God’s Word and performs Gospel music now. Score another beautiful win for God’s Kingdom and another miserable loss for the devil.

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

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 20TH 1999:

  1. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
  2. “Take My Love” – KromOzone Project
  3. “We Like To Party” – Vengaboys
  4. “Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)” – Citizen King
  5. “Someday” – Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray had a great year in 1999. They dominated the pop radio airwaves with their beachy tracks. “Every Morning” entered my chart in late-January, and it spent 32 weeks on it – peaking at # 4 in March. It was my # 3 smash for the entire year. But its follow-up – “Someday” – did even better. It entered my chart in early-June, and it spent 40 weeks on it – peaking at # 2 in July. It was my # 2 smash for the entire year.

“Every Morning” and “Someday” were the first two radio singles from their huge (triple-platinum) album “14:59”. Everyone thought they would be a one-hit-wonder after the breakthrough success of “Fly” in 1997, so they used the last second of their “15 minutes of fame” (hence “14:59”) to release an album that would end up making a lot of money for the band. And we’re still listening to it 20 years later.

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

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 16TH 1999:

  1. “The Hardest Thing” – 98°
  2. “I Want It That Way” – The Backstreet Boys
  3. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
  4. “Special” – Garbage
  5. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” – Shania Twain

Good solid pop music back then – with Garbage being the anomaly.

I like to do this from time to time. Looking back at my checkbook register is a lot of fun. Back then I wrote a whole lot more checks than I do today. (The only checks I typically write today are my weekly tithes to my church.)

So 20 years ago this week I got paid. I got paid today too. My net pay back then was about 58.6% of what it was today. That’s good progress.

My telephone bill for a month of service 20 years ago was $52.85. Last weekend I paid $78.99. You may be thinking, “Why do you even have a telephone bill ?  It’s 2019 !” There are many logical reasons why I still have an “old-school” land-line telephone. I get very few telemarketing calls on my cell phone – because I rarely give out my cell phone number. I give out my longtime land-line number instead. The telemarketers call that number. I also live deep in the heart of hurricane country. During bad storms cell phone towers lose power, get damaged, or topple over. Most of our standard telephone lines are underground and operate continuously during and after hurricanes.

I paid my Chevron bill during this week 20 years ago. Gas was cheap back then – about $1.25 per gallon. It’s more than twice that amount today, but I’m not complaining about $2.70 per gallon. I remember when it was approaching $5 per gallon. I’m planning a road-trip in about 4 months from South Florida to North Texas and back. That’s about 3,000 miles. At $2.70 per gallon and about 42 miles per gallon with my car that’s a little less than $200 in gas. I got this !

You know 1999 was not that good of a year for me – privately and professionally. It was a rather forgettable year, or I’ve just chosen to forget about that year over time. The music of yesteryear brings back those memories – good and bad. As Shania said, “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. I feel the same about 1999.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Go make some good memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 11TH 1999:

  1. “Fly Away” – Lenny Kravitz
  2. “Praise You” – Fatboy Slim
  3. “I Want It That Way” – The Backstreet Boys
  4. “Give It To You” – Jordan Knight
  5. “Stay The Same” – Joey McIntyre

Lenny Kravitz was one of my favorite singers back at the top of the new millennium, and he got the party started a year early in 1999 with two back-to-back # 1 smash hits on my personal hit music chart at the time. He charted 7 times during that era with these hits – “Fly Away” (# 1 in 1999), “American Woman” (# 1 in 1999), “I Belong To You” (# 39 in 2000), “Again” (# 1 in 2000), “Dig In” (# 4 in 2001), “Where Are We Runnin’ (# 14 in 2004), and “Lady” (# 2 in 2004).

Surprisingly I only have “Again” in my iTunes library. I just went to the iTunes store to add “Fly Away” and “Dig In” to my wish list. They still sound as awesome today in 2019 as they did back in the day. A few times per month I go to my wish list and purchase some of the songs on there. I also listened to “Lady” which was a # 2 smash for me at the end of 2004. For the life of me I listened to it as if I had never heard it before. It spent 17 weeks on my chart; yet, I don’t remember ever hearing it before. I think that maybe that period of time was a low-point for me in my life, and I’ve forgotten everything about it. Salvation occurred 18 months later.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Palm Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Go outside and make some memories !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 21ST 1999:

  1. “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” – Deborah Cox
  2. “Slide” – Goo Goo Dolls
  3. “We Like To Party” – Vengaboys
  4. “C’est La Vie” – B*Witched
  5. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” – Shania Twain

I looked at my chart that was online exactly 20 years ago this weekend – back when I was the proud owner of my original dot-com web site (that was actually worth a lot of money at the time). And then the bubble burst in 2000.

My web site was actually an affiliate of the once-proud CDNow web site – once a billion dollar music store company on the web. CDNow swallowed-up smaller music companies during the late-1990s. And then the bubble burst in 2000.

What a wild and crazy time it was back during the infancy of the World Wide Web. Much of our younger generation today don’t know what the web is, but they sure know how to work an app on a smart phone or a tablet. I’m still on the web, and as history repeats itself – I’ve got my own dot-com web site again. (This blog is at http://www.revchrismday.com.)

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Go outside and have some fun in the sun !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night 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, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 21ST 1999:

  1. “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” – Deborah Cox
  2. “Believe” – Cher
  3. “Slide” – Goo Goo Dolls
  4. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  5. “It’s All Been Done” – Barenaked Ladies

I just looked at my web site from exactly 20 years ago this weekend when I owned the massivesmash.com domain name during the peak of the dot-com revolution on the World Wide Web. It looks so primitive compared to today’s modern technology. I used a lot of bright colors back then. It even looks outdated compared to my blander and rather basic web site of today – the one you may be viewing right now – which looks more like 2009 than 2019. I’m sure there are a lot of kids, teens, and even young adults who have no idea what a domain name or the World Wide Web is. “What’s a personal computer ?” Incidentally if you have problems with your smart phone – they can assist you with that. #LOL.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share the Good News with all who will listen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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