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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1998

Hello again retro music fans. 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, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 25TH 1998:

  1. “Walkin’ On The Sun” – Smash Mouth
  2. “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
  3. “Mo Money Mo Problems” – Notorious B.I.G. Ft. Puff Daddy & Mase
  4. “Legend Of A Cowgirl” – Imani Coppola
  5. “As Long As You Love Me” – Backstreet Boys

So a quarter-of-a-century ago was 1998 ? !

I feel so old. I was 30 going on 31 in 1998, and I was a little bit wild at the time. I liked my Smash Mouth. They were like a party-pop-rock band who were really hot for about 4 years from late-1997 to late-2001.

Their debut smash was so hot, as they were “Walkin’ On The Sun”. It spent 28 weeks on my chart. They followed it up with “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby” (10 weeks), “All Star” (47 weeks), “Then The Morning Comes” (21 weeks), “I’m A Believer” (32 weeks), and “Pacific Coast Party” (8 weeks). That’s some pretty good party music right there that defines that era leading-in to and coming-out of #Y2K.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of January 1988. It’s when both Michael Jackson and Prince were in my Top 5.

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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Destination: Saudi Arabia

Welcome back to #TravelThursday. For this first edition of 2023 – I look back at how my year started 32 years ago in 1991.

Just 5 days after returning home to Homestead Florida after driving for 18 hours and 43 minutes and 1,103 miles from McLean Virginia (on Christmas vacation with my family) – I was on my way to Syracuse New York with a small group of airmen from Homestead AFB. Once on the ground at Hancock Field we joined-up with airmen of the New York Air National Guard, as we awaited our flight over to the Saudi Arabian desert. We were delayed by a blizzard for a few days – January 02ND and 03RD.

We finally took off late on January 04TH, and we touched down on the runway at Al Kharj AB Saudi Arabia at 1204 local time (0404 U.S. East Coast time) on January 05TH 1991 – exactly 32 years ago this morning.

I was assigned my tent at “Tent City” – W-23 – and I quickly made 9 new friends who would also be my tentmates in war (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm).

I traveled a lot during the 10 days from December 27TH 1990 to January 05TH 1991. From Northern Virginia to South Florida by car – from South Florida to Central New York by plane – and from Central New York to near Riyadh Saudi Arabia by cargo plane. One thing was certain – I wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Everything else – was uncertain.

Next #TravelThursday let’s take a trip to PortMiami. Let’s keep traveling together.

All rights reserved (c) 2023 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1997

Hello again retro music fans. 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, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 21ST 1997:

  1. “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
  2. “Legend Of A Cowgirl” – Imani Coppola
  3. “Mo Money Mo Problems” – Notorious B.I.G. Ft. Puff Daddy & Mase
  4. “Walkin’ On The Sun” – Smash Mouth
  5. “(I Just Wanna) Fly” – Sugar Ray Ft. Super Cat

19-year-old New York City native Imani Coppola hit # 2 on my chart in December 1997 for 3 weeks in a row. She was held from the top spot by Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”. It spent 26 weeks in a row on my chart. It finished 1997 as my # 21 hit of the year (out of 161). It also finished 1998 as my # 41 hit of the year (out of 188).

“Legend Of A Cowgirl” remains a favorite of mine 25 years later. In fact it’s currently in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace. Here’s its award-nominated official music video:

Next #RetroFriday (in 2 weeks) I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of December 1987. It’s when a 17-year-old teen from Long Island New York arrived “Out Of The Blue” to encourage you to “Shake Your Love”.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1997

Hello again retro music fans. 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, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 23RD 1997:

  1. “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
  2. “(I Just Wanna) Fly” – Sugar Ray Ft. Super Cat
  3. “Show Me Love” – Robyn
  4. “As Long As You Love Me” – Backstreet Boys
  5. “Walkin’ On The Sun” – Smash Mouth

You know I was never a big Backstreet Boys fan. By the time they hit the pop charts stateside I was already into my early-30s. Besides – I always thought that ‘N Sync had the better more catchier pop songs on the radio. But if I had to pick a favorite Backstreet Boys track – then it would be their 2ND of 15 (!) hits on my chart – “As Long As You Love Me”. It spent 31 weeks on my chart, and it hit # 1 in its 24TH week. 25 years later – I can still sing along to it. I also have some Karaoke history with this song.

♫ I don’t care who you are
Where you’re from
What you did
As long as you love me
Who you are
Where you’re from
Don’t care what you did
As long as you love me ♫

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of November 1987. It’s when a former Go-Go told us all about Heaven on Earth.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp