My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1971

I love doing this feature on Fridays. It’s an ode to my long-running hobby of a #CountUp of the top pop hits each week. It’s also a nod to my previous endeavor online – the predecessor to this blog – my own once-popular dot.com hit music web site that ran from the late-1990s through the first year of my salvation. I once had a feature on there called “The Major’s MASSIVE Memories” where I highlighted the greatest hits of my life.

Today – Friday June 05TH 2020 – is my 53RD birthday ! It feels great to be 53. Some days I feel 53. Some days I feel older than 53. Other days I feel younger. Speaking of younger:

YEP – That’s me from exactly 49 years ago on Saturday June 05TH 1971. There I am turning 4 years old blowing out the candles on my birthday cake. That was in our cozy apartment in Greenbelt Maryland.

If I was listening to the radio on that day (and I probably was) I was listening to WWDC AM-1260 where I first discovered pop music. Here are the Top 5 hits from coast-to-coast on my 4TH birthday:

1. “Brown Sugar” – The Rolling Stones
2. “Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night
3. “Want Ads” – The Honey Cone
4. “It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr
5. “Rainy Days And Mondays” – The Carpenters

I loved Three Dog Night growing up as a little kid, and I still love them today. “Joy To The World” is actually in heavy rotation today on my iTunes Library and iPod Shuffles. It’s one of the greatest hits of my life. Here’s Three Dog Night performing at the cocktail party on the Monday November 29TH 1971 episode of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” – one of my favorite TV shows back in the day:

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 172

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 31ST 2020:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 19 I Will Fear No More The Afters
2 3 7 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
3 2 12 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
4 5 5 Love We Are Messengers
5 4 24 Almost Home MercyMe
6 6 6 Great Things Phil Wickham
7 7 3 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
8 8 3 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
9 9 3 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
10 1 See The Light TobyMac

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Born Again” – Austin French
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Live Like You’re Loved” – Hawk Nelson

Welcome to June. It’s one of my favorite months of the year – mostly because it’s my birthday month. I turn 53 this Friday, and I’ll celebrate with a special edition of my Friday blog series RETRO.

This past week marked 13 years of this blog. It started on Myspace during the final week of May of 2007. After 6 months and 310+ blog posts I moved it here to WordPress. It was also on Facebook from 2013 to 2017. As I enter my 14TH year of blogging my commitment remains the same – to maintain a positive Bible-based and Christ-centered blog with a music theme – and new material posted 4 times per weekend on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays. Occasionally I’ll post a 5TH entry during a week on a Tuesday.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

Hawk Nelson

Well this is a blog post that I never thought I would have to write. News broke earlier this week that Jonathan Steingard of Hawk Nelson revealed in an Instagram post that he “no longer believes in God”. Naturally the mainstream media ran wild with this story in adoration for Jon. Nowadays it seems that they are for anything against God and His believers and followers. I don’t state that lightly or flippantly. I believe it to be true, as the media proves it to me with each new day.

As you may know I avoid controversial topics like the plague (pun intended) here on social media. I thought about completely avoiding this news item of the week, but I run a blog with a mission statement of “sharing God’s Good News through His music”. It’s my online ministry, so I thought about it, I prayed about it, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

Jon is currently going through a crisis that didn’t start earlier this week. It started awhile ago – several years ago. Only Jon and God know. Jon is not giving up on God. This is just a season for him. He’s leaving the door open for God. And God will wait for Jon to return to Him. Hopefully that happens before it’s too late. As long as Jon is still alive and breathing – it’s not too late. His bandmate brothers are praying for him, and I am praying for him. I know that many of you are praying for him too.

Jon is 36. He’s known God all of his life. I didn’t know who God was until I was 39. Salvation started for me 14 summers ago. Some thought it was a passing fad, and even I thought so as well for a season. I’m still on fire for Jesus Christ, and nowadays I don’t hide it from anyone. I want to be closer to God tomorrow than I am today.

As one who didn’t believe and follow God for the first 39 years of my life I can’t imagine what it’s like the other way around – believing and following God – and then not. I don’t know how that works. I don’t really want to know how that works.

Sadly the 20-year career of Hawk Nelson as a band is probably over – unless one of the other bandmates steps up to become the lead singer (like Jon did in 2012 when Jason Dunn left the band to go solo).

We may never hear Hawk Nelson on the radio again. K-LOVE abruptly stopped playing their music. Up until earlier this week they were playing them frequently day and night. I have 10 Hawk Nelson songs on my iTunes from 2004 to 2018, and 2 of them are currently in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles. There’s a few additional recent songs that I plan to purchase and download. I will not abandon their music. As one of my favorite bands since salvation started for me – they didn’t stop being one of my favorites just because the lead singer left God behind.

From Hawk Nelson’s recent single “He Still Does (Miracles)”:

♫ When you’re at the end of the road
And it’s not the one that you would’ve chosen
When you’re at the end of your road
And you’re holding on, but feel like you’re fallin’

With every option exhausted
You’ve tried everything you know
You saw a light – then you lost it
But there is still hope

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave – empty inside
You will see – He still does miracles ♫

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 171

Every Monday (except this week on Tuesday) I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 24TH 2020:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 18 I Will Fear No More The Afters
2 2 11 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
3 4 6 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
4 3 23 Almost Home MercyMe
5 5 4 Love We Are Messengers
6 6 5 Great Things Phil Wickham
7 8 2 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
8 9 2 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
9 10 2 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
10 7 9 (I’ll) Never Let You Down Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Born Again” – Austin French
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Live Like You’re Loved” – Hawk Nelson

Welcome to the first week of Summer, and with the new season comes an upgrade to my chart. It’s displayed in an actual chart now !  It’s easier to read, and it’s actually easier to update now each weekend. “TW” is this week’s chart position, ‘LW” is last week’s, and “WKS” is total number of weeks on my chart.

Earlier this weekend I quietly uploaded a brand new chart to my blog. It’s a compilation chart (in an actual chart) of every single # 1 hit during this current era – all 47 to date since February 2017. This chart will be updated each week with each new weekly chart. You can track to it via the “CHART-TOPPERS SINCE 2017” menu item near the top of this page.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1990

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month 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 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 20TH 1990:

  1. “Room At The Top” – Adam Ant
  2. “The Price Of Love” – Bad English
  3. “Peace In Our Time” – Eddie Money
  4. “This Old Heart Of Mine” – Rod Stewart & Ronald Isley
  5. “Club At The End Of The Street” – Elton John

30 years ago – back when I had more spare time on my hands – I compiled and published a Top 40 hit music chart every week. As a special treat this week I present to you a list of the artists that appeared from chart positions 6 to 40 in alphabetical order:

Aaron Neville
Aerosmith
Alannah Myles
The B-52s
Babyface
Belinda Carlisle
Bell Biv Devoe
Billy Joel
Calloway
Deborah Harry
Don Henley
Expose
Gloria Estefan And The Miami Sound Machine
Heart
Jane Child
Linda Ronstadt
Luther Vandross
Madonna
Marcia Griffiths
M.C. Hammer
Michael Bolton
Motley Crue
Phil Collins
Poco
Richard Marx
Roxette
Sinead O’Connor
Sydney Youngblood
Taylor Dayne
Warrant
Wilson Phillips

WOW !  What a line-up. It’s a who’s who list of the biggest pop stars in the U.S.A. as the Summer of 1990 was just getting started. It’s what I was listening to in my dorm room, at the workplace, and on the road in my 1989 red Geo Spectrum.

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 !

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 170

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 17TH 2020:

  1. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [# 2 last week / 17TH week on chart]
  2. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [3 / 10TH]
  3. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 / 22ND]
  4. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [6 / 5TH]
  5. “Love” – We Are Messengers [5 / 3RD]
  6. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [7 / 4TH]
  7. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 8TH]
  8. “Amadeo (Still My God)” – Ryan Stevenson [- / 1ST]
  9. “No Impossible With You” – I AM THEY [- / 1ST]
  10. “The Father’s House” – Cory Asbury [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns

I have a new # 1 smash this week, as MercyMe pull back from the top spot after 12 weeks. The Afters score with their 2ND consecutive # 1 smash in the timely “I Will Fear No More”. It’s their follow-up to “Well Done” – which was my Christmas # 1 in 2018. Going back even further The Afters scored a # 4 hit on my chart in January 2008 with “Never Going Back To OK”. While that song was tracking Hawk Nelson were spending 10 weeks in a row at # 1 with “Friend Like That”. #RETRO

Currently # 1 on Christian Top 40 radio from coast to coast is Cory Asbury’s “The Father’s House”. It finally reaches my chart after hovering just below my Top 10 for the past several weeks.

This is my final weekly chart prior to summertime. As I’ve done for many years now I’ll be tracking in greater detail every song that’s on my chart during the 16 weeks of summer starting on Memorial Day Weekend and ending on Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S. (Normally it’s 15 weeks, but Memorial Day occurs on its earliest possible date this year while Labor Day occurs on its latest possible date. That gives us an extra week of summer.) On the Tuesday after Labor Day I’ll publish a special chart featuring my Top 10 hits of the entire summer.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and a special post on Tuesday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2000

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month 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 May 14TH 2000:

  1. “All The Small Things” – Blink 182
  2. “Oops ! … I Did It Again – Britney Spears
  3. “Bye, Bye, Bye” – ‘N Sync
  4. “Higher” – Creed
  5. “Thong Song” – Sisqo

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Britney Spears back in the day; although, most of her songs did hit my chart, and I did sing along to most of them whenever I heard them on the radio. She charted with 12 singles from 1998 to 2004. If I had to pick a favorite – then – and now – it would be “Oops ! … I Did It Again”. It was essentially a simple singalong song. Once the Top 40 radio station played it (every 2½ hours around the clock) you couldn’t help but singalong to it – no matter what you were doing at the time.

I also keep track of every movie I see at the box office, and 20 years ago next weekend I saw “Small Town Crooks” and “Road Trip” with my little brother in Jacksonville. The former was a low-budget Woody Allen flick, and the latter was a raunchy college guys romp.

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