My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

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 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 06TH 2009:

  1. “Trying” – Eleventyseven
  2. “Rolling With The Punches” – Ruth
  3. “City On Our Knees” – TobyMac
  4. “Breathing For Me” – Everyday Sunday
  5. “Broken Man” – Horizons Fall

Check that out – an early TobyMac song on my chart – and a really good one too. That was actually Toby’s 3RD hit on my chart – following the # 1 smash “Made To Love” and “Boomin'”. I had my research department (me) go even further back in time to November of 1996. That’s when TobyMac really charted for the first time – along with Michael Tait and Kevin Max. Together they were dc Talk, and they scored with a Christian # 1 smash that crossed-over onto Secular Top 40 and Adult Contemporary radio stations – “(Just) Between You And Me”. It spent a single week on my chart at # 28.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday 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 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 November 14TH 1999:

  1. “American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz
  2. “I Need To Know” – Marc Anthony
  3. “Shake Your Bon-Bon” – Ricky Martin
  4. “Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
  5. “My Love Is Your Love” – Whitney Houston

Depending on which radio market you were living in at the end of 1999, and which radio format you were listening to – you got one of several different versions of Whitney Houston’s smash hit, “My Love Is Your Love”. Back then I lived in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale Florida radio market (still do today), and I listened to heritage Top 40 (dance-leaning) Y-100 (no longer do). They exclusively played the techno-light “Jonathan Peters’ Radio Mix”. It was actually the only version that I knew existed – until I figured out that it was actually a dance remix of a much slower original version.

It would eventually become my final # 1 smash of the 1990s – and first # 1 smash of the 2000s. It spent 4 weeks at # 1 on my chart at the time. 20 years later it’s still in heavy rotation at my workplace via my iPod Shuffles. It’s my favorite Whitney Houston song of all-time. I think maybe “How Will I Know” is my 2ND-favorite.

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) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

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 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 October 17TH 1999:

  1. “Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
  2. “Steal My Sunshine” – Len
  3. “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)” – Blessid Union Of Souls
  4. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” – Britney Spears
  5. “Larger Than Life” – The Backstreet Boys

Well I was certainly partying to this music during the waning months of the 20TH Century. All 5 of these hits could be heard at any dance club at the time.

“Steal My Sunshine” – what an amazing song that is. It’s one of the greatest songs of my entire life. It spent 42 weeks in a row on my chart from July 1999 to May 2000, and it was a # 1 smash for me. It was also a worldwide pop smash.

Len were Marc (brother) and Sharon (sister) Costanzo, and they were in their late-20s at the time. They took a whole bunch of their friends over to Daytona Beach Florida in March 1999, and they self-produced this amazing music video of the sights and sounds of Spring Break. This video just screams “1999” with its RETRO style and multiple split-screen scenes of fun in the Florida sun. The song and its video were both critically-acclaimed, and they won a bunch of awards.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday 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 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

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