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 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 March 19TH 2000:

  1. “Bye, Bye, Bye” – ‘N Sync
  2. “Private Emotion” – Ricky Martin & Meja
  3. “Better Off Alone” – DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay
  4. “It Feels So Good” – Sonique
  5. “He’s All I Want (All I Need)” – Angelmoon

This Top 5 chart is actually identical to the Top 5 chart that I presented last month for February 2000 with the exception of the # 2 hit, as “Blue” from Eiffel 65 is replaced by “Private Emotion” from Ricky Martin and Meja. It was the 6TH and final single from Ricky’s self-titled album (which is one of the best-selling albums in the history of the rock era).

#RETRO EXTRA – 20 years ago last weekend I saw “Drowning Mona” at the movie theatre during its 2ND weekend. I gave it 4.0 stars (out of 4).

Drowning Mona

This was one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen in my entire life, and I still talk about it 20 years later. I actually haven’t seen it in many years, but if I get the opportunity to do so again I will take it and laugh all over again. #Yugo

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 – 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 March 13TH 2005:

  1. “Numb / Encore” – Jay-Z Vs. Linkin Park
  2. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” – Green Day
  3. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
  4. “Rich Girl” – Gwen Stefani Ft. Eve
  5. “On The Way Down” – Ryan Cabrera

“Numb / Encore” was actually my # 1 smash of all of 2005, with “Since U Been Gone” and “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” as my # 3 and # 4 hits of the entire year respectively. Back in 2005 I compiled and published online a Top 25 (secular) pop music chart each week.

All this year on the 2ND Friday of the month I’ll be looking back at the year that was 2005. What a forgettable year that was. It was one of the worst years of my life. It’s the year that I turned 38, and it’s the year that I observed my 20TH anniversary working for the United States Air Force. I hated my job. I didn’t care for most of the people that I worked with because of what they did to me over the years. I couldn’t wait to get home each day, so that I could suffer in silence with my cat. I had more intelligent conversations with my cat at home than I did with people at work. I was not in a good place emotionally. But all of this would eventually lead to something miraculous and life-changing just a year later.

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 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 February 20TH 2000:

  1. “Bye, Bye, Bye” – ‘N Sync
  2. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” – Eiffel 65
  3. “Better Off Alone” – DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay
  4. “It Feels So Good” – Sonique
  5. “He’s All I Want (All I Need)” – Angelmoon

20 years ago this week European dance music had taken over my pop chart, and it was a sign of things to come as my chart would go full-blown #EDM less than 2 years later. It was also how Top 40 music sounded here in South Florida at the turn of the century.

I’ve been compiling and publishing my personal hit music chart for the past 34 years now with 2 hiatuses of 3 years (in the 1990s) and 7 years (in the 2010s). If I had to label the 1995 to 2002 era of my chart I think I’d call it the “Eurodance Era”. It wasn’t entirely Eurodance, but that was the recurring theme of the soundtrack of my life during the late-1990s and into the new millennium.

Also on my chart from exactly 20 years ago were Santana (# 10 & # 19), Third Eye Blind (# 17), Blink 182 (# 23), and Kid Rock (# 31), so traditional pop and rock coexisted with deep dance music at the time.

#RETRO EXTRA – 20 years ago this weekend I saw “The Whole Nine Yards” at the movie theatre during its opening weekend. I gave it 3.5 stars (out of 4). I don’t remember a thing about it other than Bruce Willis starring in it.

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 – 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