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 10 Hits – Week 152

Every Monday 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 January 12TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 14TH]
  3. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 8TH]
  4. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 6TH]
  6. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [2 / 10TH]
  7. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 24TH]
  8. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [- / 1ST]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [8 / 14TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

“Holy Water” remains at # 1, as I sing along to it every time I hear it on the radio. I especially love these lyrics:

♫ Dead man walking – slave to sin
I wanna know about being born again
I need You
O God I need You ♫

Christ said, “I assure you. No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit … You must be born again.”
(John 3:5,7b)

There’s significant chart movement below # 1. That includes the current hit from Zach Williams. His “Rescue Story” rises to # 2 this week – tying the # 2 peak of his debut smash from the Summer of 2017 – “Old Church Choir”. (“Chain Breaker” was a 2016 smash for Zach – a year before this chart was resurrected.)

Rend Collective from the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) are back on my chart for the first time in 18 months with their current radio song “Your Name Is Power”.

Coming up in 5 weeks this current era of my chart celebrates its 3RD anniversary. To mark the occasion I’ll present my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years representing 157 weekly music charts. I’ll do so on a special Tuesday blog post on that Presidents’ Day holiday weekend here in the U.S.

Next weekend is a holiday weekend as well – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday January 20TH. I’ll post a special blog on that day. That pushes my next Top 10 music chart to next Tuesday.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and 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 @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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 10 Hits – Week 151

Every Monday 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 January 05TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 2 last week / 6TH week on chart]
  2. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [1 / 9TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 23RD]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 13TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 7TH]
  8. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [9 / 13TH]
  9. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [5 / 25TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s the start of a brand new year for my personal hit music chart. It’s technically the start of my 35TH year of writing down / typing in my favorite songs of the week, as I’ve been doing this since 1985. This radio music hobby predates my chart by another 10 years, so this is essentially a lifelong thing for me. And now it’s based on the music that tells the Glorious story of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

We start the new year with a new # 1 smash from We The Kingdom. The man behind the band is Mr. Ed Cash – a longtime producer and songwriter who’s been behind many of Chris Tomlin’s hits including his most recent – “Home”, “Resurrection Power”, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You”. He also wrote “Forgiven”, “All My Hope”, “Red Letters”, and “Let It Rain” with Crowder.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next 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 @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this first full week of 2020 my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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 19 Hits – 2019

55 hits created 52 weeks of Top 10 Christian hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – my Top 19 hits of 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [peaked at # 1 for 7 weeks]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  3. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 1 for 6 weeks]
  4. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  6. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 for 5 weeks]
  7. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  8. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [# 1 for 1 week]
  9. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  10. “Red Letters” – Crowder [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  11. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [# 3 for 4 weeks]
  12. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  13. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [# 3 for 2 weeks]
  14. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [# 2 for 1 week]
  15. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  16. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [# 2 for 2 weeks]
  17. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  18. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [# 2 for 3 weeks]
  19. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I AM THEY [# 2 for 1 week]

# 1 Of 2018:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Of 2017:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

What a great year for positive and encouraging music that tells the story of God. What a great chart to represent His music.

“Nobody (But Jesus)” is no surprise at # 1. It’s been in my Top 3 for the past 20 weeks in a row, and that’s # 1 for 7 weeks, # 2 for 9 weeks, and # 3 for 4 weeks. This week it also becomes the # 1 smash in the entire 150-week history of this current era of my chart.

There were some surprises further down the chart. I forgot how big “Church (Take Me Back)” was from February to July. I loved that song, and then K-LOVE all but abandoned it after that. We haven’t heard from Cochren since then.

“Alive” from Big Daddy Weave should have been a bigger hit than it was. It spent 12 weeks on my chart – 4 of them at # 1 in April and May – but again K-LOVE stopped playing it after that. As this chart is influenced by radio airplay it quickly dropped off of my chart after its run at # 1. A few months later K-LOVE started playing it again – perhaps more so than they did originally when it was actually a hit nationally on Christian radio.

Finally my # 19 hit of 2019 is actually one of my favorite songs of the year. I still get excited with joy whenever I hear “My Feet Are On The Rock” on the radio and on my iPod Shuffles. Nationally it was a Top 15 hit on Christian radio during the Summer of 2018, but K-LOVE didn’t start playing it until February of 2019, and they played it for a couple of months as if it were new. (Well it was new to me.)

It sounds like I’m a little bit critical of K-LOVE after 150 weeks of listening, but really it’s still the greatest radio station of my lifetime. It’s not perfect. If I could change one thing about it I’d tweak the currents-to-recurrents ratio to be closer to 50-50. In other words play a few more current hits (expand the playlist a bit), and play a few less recurrent hits (of the past 10 years) in a typical hour. Also don’t suddenly abandon your hits. Keep playing them, but gradually play them less often over a period of time as they evolve into recurrents.

Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Austin French, Elevation Worship, and Chris Tomlin appear in my Top 19 of 2019, and they also appeared in my Top 18 of 2018. Casting Crowns, Matthew West, and Chris Tomlin also appeared in my Top 17 of 2017 (which was never published online).

An interesting tidbit for Chris Tomlin’s # 1 smash “Nobody Loves Me Like You”:  It was my # 17 hit of 2019, and it just barely missed my Top 18 of 2018. (It was # 19.) It straddled both years almost evenly.

My Top 19 Of 2019 chart was compiled by awarding 10 points for each week at # 1, 9 points for # 2, and so forth and so on down to 1 point for # 10. The points are then added, and the hits are ranked.

There were 15 # 1 hits in 2019, and 2 of them failed to make my Top 19 – “Well Done” (The Afters) and “Unstoppable God” (Sanctus Real). They were the first and last # 1 hits of the year respectively.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next 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 @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Happy New Year my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 150

Every Monday 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 December 29TH 2019:

  1. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [2 / 5TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 22ND]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [4 / 24TH]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [8 / 12TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [9 / 6TH]
  8. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [10 / 2ND]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [7 / 12TH]
  10. “Believer” – Rhett Walker [6 / 7TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s my 150TH weekly hit music chart since its resurrection during Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017. When the previous era of my chart ended almost 10 years ago at the end of January 2010 I thought that it was probably the anticlimactic ending of a hobby that dated back to my elementary school years – back when I would seek out and study the brand new edition of Billboard Magazine at my local public library. A 7-year hiatus began almost a decade ago, and then I discovered K-LOVE. This chart was reborn.

May God Bless this hobby, chart, blog, and ministry for another 150 weeks.

It’s my 52ND and final weekly hit music chart of 2019. I’ve got my Top 19 of 2019 queued up and ready to go for a special New Year’s Eve Tuesday blog post. I’ll have it online at 3 AM U.S. East Coast Time.

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

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