My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2005

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

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 13TH 2005:

  1. “1, 2 Step” – Ciara Ft. Missy Elliott
  2. “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney
  3. “True” – Ryan Cabrera
  4. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” – Green Day
  5. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson

Green Day scored with 5 hits on my chart from 1996 to 2005 (when I compiled and published online a secular hit music chart each week under my former pseudonym “Major Hitwaves” / “The Major”).

“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” was their 3RD hit, and while it’s only been 15 years since it played every 3 hours or less on the radio I couldn’t remember how it sounded. So I did what most people do. I went to YouTube, and I watched the music video. It all came back to me again. It sounded good – just as I remembered it – a rock-solid pop song. In fact it was a multi-format crossover smash that appealed to listeners of rock radio, Top 40 radio, and even Hot Adult Contemporary radio.

I’ll probably purchase and add this track to my iPod Shuffle playlist. It does bring back some not-so-good memories of a rather forgettable year – 2005 – but the past is what it is, and it got so much better and brighter just 18 months later. #Salvation

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with 3 more blog posts for this U.S. holiday weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2010

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. But for the week ending Sunday February 07TH 2010 there was no hit music chart. I had compiled and published my final Top 10 chart the week prior. The longest era of my personal hit music chart hobby had ended after 14 years and 3 months.

It’s no secret that God used His rock music and lyrics on the radio to suddenly rescue and save me during the 3RD week of August of 2006. I’ve told that story countless times here on this blog, on social media, and via vocal testimonies over the past 13 years. In fact God used a local independent radio station here in Miami-Dade County Florida to save me. I listened to that station – and only that station – through the start of 2010 (almost 3½ years).

Towards the end of my loyalty to that radio station it had made many changes to its format, sound, and style – changes that made it sound like a radio station that I really no longer recognized compared with the first 3 years. This was a radio station that I supported with my ears, with my word-of-mouth, and with my wallet. I prayed for this radio station daily and nightly. I loved this radio station so much that early on I decided that I wanted to work there – or even serve there gratis. I even visited the radio station (by personal invitation), went on-the-air, and told my story of salvation once or twice. Along the way they made some promises to me (and others) that they simply couldn’t keep (whether accidentally or intentionally). All I got out of those collective promises was a tee shirt, and I had to beg for that.

At the end I decided to part ways with this radio station and essentially end my music ministry. It wasn’t meant to be. 10 years ago this week I “flipped” (radio business term) from Christian Rock & Pop to Classic (Secular) Hits of the 1960s and 1970s via another local (commercial) radio station at the time.

Nevertheless my fantastic journey continued onward into the 2010s. There were peaks and valleys along the way – including some soaring highs and some deep craters. I even left my church family of 8 years and joined a new one a mile down the road. After a 7-year exile of Christian music on the radio K-LOVE entered my life on Presidents’ Day (the actual holiday) of 2017. Next weekend I celebrate 3 years as a loyal K-LOVE listener !

That first radio station ultimately let me down in many different ways, but God introduced Himself to me through that radio station. If it weren’t for that radio station I may not know God today. For that I am eternally grateful.

So this is my final look-back at 10 years ago. I haven’t yet decided how to go RETRO on future 1ST Fridays of the month, but I’ll come up with something interesting by April.

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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2000

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 January 16TH 2000:

  1. “My Love Is Your Love” – Whitney Houston
  2. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” – Eiffel 65
  3. “Then The Morning Comes” – Smash Mouth
  4. “Falls Apart” – Sugar Ray
  5. “Steal My Sunshine” – Len

20 years ago this week we were 3 weeks into the new year, decade, century, and millennium. Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love” (Jonathan Peters’ Radio Mix) was spending its 4TH and final week at # 1. It’s still in heavy airplay via my iPod Shuffles at my desk at work, and it played today, and I sang along with Whitney. It still sounds great today (as does Len’s “Steal My Sunshine”).

The Top 5 of my pop chart 20 years ago has 4 # 1 smash hits – including a future one. Eiffel 65’s quirky worldwide pop and dance smash “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” would go on to replace Whitney at # 1 a week later in January 2000. If you forgot how that song sounded like, or if you (like me) never saw the music video for it back in the day – then check it out:

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2005

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 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 09TH 2005:

  1. “Welcome To My Life” – Simple Plan
  2. “I Don’t Want To Be” – Gavin DeGraw
  3. “Lady” – Lenny Kravitz
  4. “True” – Ryan Cabrera
  5. “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney’s debut smash was huge on my chart back at the start of 2005. It actually debuted in December 2004, and it spent 30 weeks on what was my Top 25 mainstream pop chart at the time. (Back then I listened to heritage Top 40 radio station Y-100 out of Miami Florida.) “Beautiful Soul” finished as my # 5 hit of 2005. Jesse was actually a “2-hit-wonder” on my chart. He also scored with “She’s No You” – a # 11 hit a few months later in 2005. Jesse was 17 when he filmed the music video for “Beautiful Soul”, and here it is:

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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2010

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 January 03RD 2010:

  1. “Trying” – Eleventyseven
  2. “Rolling With The Punches” – Ruth
  3. “Where To Start” – Philmont
  4. “Forget And Not Slow Down” – Relient K
  5. “Forest” – Number One Gun

This is the week that I reduced my chart down to a Top 10 (from a Top 15). The end was near. I would go on to compile and publish 4 more weekly hit music charts after this one (through the end of January 2010). Once February 2010 rolled in this hobby had ended after 14 years in a row (and over 30 years overall). The “Salvation Era” of my weekly hit music chart lasted not quite 3½ years.

On the 1ST Friday of the month next month I’ll reveal the never-before-told story of how and why this chart came tumbling down, and why I quit listening to Christian music on the radio. The story has a happy ending (obviously) – because here I am in 2020 listening to and promoting Christian music again.

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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2004

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 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 12TH 2004:

  1. “Welcome To My Life” – Simple Plan
  2. “I Don’t Want To Be” – Gavin DeGraw
  3. “Lady” – Lenny Kravitz
  4. “Dare You To Move” – Switchfoot
  5. “On The Way Down” – Ryan Cabrera

15 years ago this weekend my favorite French-Canadian pop-punk band at the time – Simple Plan – scored their 2ND # 1 smash in a row. “Welcome To My Life” was the follow-up to “Perfect” – their debut smash on my chart. They would score with one more hit after that – “Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me ?”).  Simple Plan have been recording, performing, and touring for the past 20 years.

The mid-2000s were not a particularly happy period of time for me personally or professionally. It was my midlife crisis. I was miserable at the workplace, and I pretty much had no friends at the time. I came home each day to my lovable feline. He was my best friend. #Boots

Everything began to change a little more than 20 months later. You’ll see how this story develops over the next 20 months every 2ND Friday of the month. #Salvation

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 – 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

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