My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

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 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 30TH 1989:

  1. “Express Yourself” – Madonna
  2. “Good Thing” – Fine Young Cannibals
  3. “More Than You Know” – Martika
  4. “Everlasting Love” – Howard Jones
  5. “Dressed For Success” – Roxette

61, 58, 50, 64, 61, and 60. Those are the current (or soon-to-be) ages for Madonna, Roland Gift (lead singer of Fine Young Cannibals), Martika, Howard Jones, and Marie & Per (Roxette) respectively. Oh yeah, and I’m 52. This is my generation right here. #AgingRespectively

What about Martika at 50 ?  She was one of the original kids during the first three seasons of “Kids Incorporated” from 1984 to 1986. A couple of years after she left the show she burst onto the American pop music scene while she was still a teenager (at 19) with her debut smash “More Than You Know”. She followed it up with her biggest smash of them all – “Toy Soldiers”. She also scored big with her version of the classic “I Feel The Earth Move”, and “Love … Thy Will Be Done”.

Here’s the hit that was # 3 exactly 30 years ago this weekend. It got me dancing as a 22-year-old. I remember not hearing it enough on my local Top 40 radio station at the time, so I bought it on “cassingle” (cassette single) at the record store, and I played it until I wore it out. I still like this song today. It’s aged gracefully.

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

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 127

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 21ST 2019:

  1. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 1 last week / 15TH week]
  2. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [3 / 7TH]
  3. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [2 / 7TH]
  4. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [4 / 10TH]
  5. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [5 / 15TH]
  6. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 7TH]
  7. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 4TH]
  8. “Let It Rain” – Crowder Ft. Mandisa [8 / 2ND]
  9. “(Love Is The) Reason” – Unspoken [- / 1ST]
  10. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Grace Got You” – MercyMe

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

Two new entries this week – First at # 10 it’s one of the few artists on this “K-LOVE Era” of my chart that was on the original “Salvation Era” of my chart from 2006 to 2010 – Jeremy Camp. He’s in his early-40s now, and he’s been lighting-up the radio airwaves since he was in his mid-20s. I saw him LIVE in concert this past February, and he put on an awesome set. I’m looking forward to the movie based on his life – “I Still Believe” – next March 20TH.

Coming in at # 9 this week is the latest from Unspoken. It’s their follow-up to “Miracle” which peaked at # 2 in January 2018. It’s a fast-paced pop song that sorta sounds like Micah Tyler’s “Even Then”. Check out the official music video for “Reason” – from the album of the same name:

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

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 10 Hits – Week 126

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 14TH 2019:

  1. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 2 last week / 14TH week]
  2. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [3 / 6TH]
  3. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [5 / 6TH]
  4. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [6 / 9TH]
  5. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [7 / 14TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 15TH]
  7. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 / 21ST]
  8. “Let It Rain” – Crowder Ft. Mandisa [- / 1ST]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 6TH]
  10. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Grace Got You” – MercyMe

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

Jamie Kimmett does it. He hits the pinnacle of my chart this week – becoming my 37TH # 1 smash during this K-LOVE era. It’s also the 87TH # 1 smash of my salvation, and the 461ST # 1 smash of the entire recorded history of my hobby.

Like some of its recent predecessors – this one was a slow and steady build to the top – touching every chart position along the way except for # 7. It even spent 5 consecutive weeks at # 9 in April and May. Essentially K-LOVE was playing it, but I wasn’t into it that much during those early weeks. They kept playing it, and it really grew on me to the point where I was singing along with it, and then I kept singing it over and over again for hours after I last heard it. (I’m actually singing it right now as I write about it !)

My brothers and sisters in Christ – it’s a rough and tough world out there. Many people hate you because of what you believe in – because of who you believe – and follow – and trust – and love – more than any one – more than any thing – and that’s our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Most people won’t tell you that they hate you. Some are bold enough to say it out loud to your face. As the Bible says, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12).

But we must love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us.

♫ When every day is just another struggle
And every choice is an act of war
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for
When it feels like I’ll never make it
When my heart’s crying out for more
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for ♫

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:10)

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2004

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 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 11TH 2004:

  1. “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
  2. “Meant To Live” – Switchfoot
  3. “The Reason” – Hoobastank
  4. “Hey Mama” – The Black Eyed Peas
  5. “Pieces Of Me” – Ashlee Simpson

15 years ago this weekend seems so long ago. I had recently flipped away from electronic dance music and returned to my roots in calmer pop music. I actually don’t remember much about 2004, and I really choose to not remember much about that year. It was a forgettable year. I wasn’t happy at work, and I wasn’t particularly happy at home either. I came home to my cat every afternoon, and he adored me. He was my best friend at the time. I still miss him over 12 years after his passing. #Boots

It’s interesting what I discover when I review old E-Mails. 15 years ago TODAY – the 12TH of July of 2004 (a Monday) I drove about 650 miles from a hotel very near Walt Disney World (like a mile away) to a suburb south of New Orleans. I was TDY (military term = temporary duty) at NAS JRB New Orleans during that week. According to my extensive records I filled-up with gas twice that day during my drive westward, and I paid $1.959 and $1.919 per gallon for gas.

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 10 Hits – Week 125

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 07TH 2019:

  1. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 last week / 20TH week]
  2. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [3 / 13TH]
  3. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [4 / 5TH]
  4. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [2 / 14TH]
  5. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [8 / 5TH]
  6. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [7 / 8TH]
  7. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [6 / 13TH]
  8. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 19TH]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 5TH]
  10. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“The Comeback” – Danny Gokey

This will likely be the final week at # 1 for “Church (Take Me Back)” by Cochren & Co. Either Jamie Kimmett or Phil Wickham will score my next # 1 smash. Both of their current radio singles were released last year, and they were slow to build momentum at Christian pop radio. Jamie’s “Prize Worth Fighting For” was released in December 2018, and it’s currently in its 23RD week on Billboard’s Top 50 chart. Phil’s “Till I Found You” was released in April 2018 (over 14 months ago), and it’s currently in its 35TH week on Billboard’s chart.

♫ When every day is just another struggle
And every choice is an act of war
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for
When it feels like I’ll never make it
When my heart’s crying out for more
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for ♫

♫ I never knew anything lasts forever
Till I found You / till I found You
I never dreamed anything could be better
Till I found You / till I found You
You’re rewriting my story
And I’m brand new like a morning
Oh I never knew anything lasts forever
Till I found You / till I found You ♫

It’ll be an exciting chart next week to see who finds the top prize.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

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 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 05TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “Control” – Clemency
  3. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  4. “Best Night Of Our Lives” – Everyday Sunday
  5. “Code Name: Raven” – House Of Heroes

House Of Heroes from Hilliard / Columbus Ohio scored their 3RD big hit in a row 10 years ago this month. “Code Name: Raven” was the follow-up to “In The Valley Of The Dying Sun” (#9 in July 2008) and “Lose Control” (# 2 in January 2009). This one hit # 1. It replaced “Open Season” (later in July 2009).

It was a unique song with a different sound for Christian Rock radio at the time with complicated historical lyrics about war. Check out this “making of the song” video from AJ Babcock (guitarist) and Tim Skipper (lead singer) of the band.

♫ You’re the only reason I stayed
In this coward’s melee
I’d rather die than live without mercy and love
Sing while the city decays
We’d rather go up in flames
Lest we betray thy names of dignity and love ♫

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

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