My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1996

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, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 15TH 1996:

  1. “Jellyhead” – Crush
  2. “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJs
  3. “Ooh Aah … Just A Little Bit” – Gina G
  4. “This Is Your Night” – Amber
  5. “Counting Blue Cars” – Dishwalla

All right let’s talk about the elephant in the room – Dishwalla’s “Counting Blue Cars”. First the facts. It spent 26 weeks in a row on my chart from July 1996 to January 1997. 18 of those 26 weeks were in my Top 10, 10 weeks were in my Top 5, 3 weeks were in my Top 3, and it peaked at # 2 for a single week. It was my # 6 hit of all of 1996 (out of 177 hits that charted). It spent over 11 months on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a long-running rock, alternative, pop, and hot adult contemporary smash, and it was even featured in a couple of movies – most notably “Empire Records” in 1995. (The story of “Empire Records” in itself is very interesting, and I could write a blog post just on that movie and its groundbreaking music.)

I’ll do that some day, but for now it’s the controversial “Counting Blue Cars”. It wasn’t controversial for me. I thought it was cool to hear a hard rock song on the radio that was about God. (This was a full decade before my salvation had started.) Apparently it was controversial for some Christians who objected to God being identified as a woman:

♫ Tell me all your thoughts on God
‘Cause I’d really like to meet her
And ask her why we’re who we are
Tell me all your thoughts on God
‘Cause I’m on my way to see her

I can’t imagine ever getting upset about a song on the radio that refers to God as a her. The song was inspired by a young 10-year-old boy and his spiritual journey discovering and exploring God. Apparently Dishwalla and their lead singer even received death threats at the time from angry Christians. That’s not so Christ-like. Nowadays our God is mocked and ridiculed, and His followers are persecuted and discriminated against by the world. I don’t get angry about that. I pray about it. It’s in God’s hands. He’s in control.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to September 1991.

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 !

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Edinburgh Scotland

#TravelThursday continues, and in this edition we visit Edinburgh Scotland – a place that I’ve actually visited a couple of times back in the mid-1980s while I was living in England. My family visited me from stateside, and we went on a week-long coach tour out of London that circled much of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, and Wales. I forget which direction it went (clockwise or counter-clockwise). My Dad took all of the pictures of the experience, and those pictures are (hopefully) located in an album or shoebox somewhere in North Texas today. Eventually they may be uncovered, and me and my brother will have fun reminiscing on that trip again – from back when we were 20 and 12 respectively.

I also visited Edinburgh with friends on a road-trip. We took some great road-trips back then !

Edinburgh Scotland stands-out for me as the northern-most point I’ve ever set foot on in my life. It straddles the 56TH parallel north. For 2 years (1985-1987) I lived just below the 52ND parallel north in Gloucestershire England. Other than those 2 years I’ve never ventured too far above the 43RD parallel (Milwaukee, Niagara Falls, and Syracuse – all future ideas for #TravelThursday).

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, but it’s not the largest city of Scotland. (That’s Glasgow.) Both cities include over a half-million residents. They are the two population centers of the “Central Belt” of Scotland near both coasts – about 45 miles away from each other along the M8.

Scotland’s population is near 5.5 million, and more than half of the residents live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or near or in-between the two cities.

On a future trip back to the United Kingdom – it won’t be complete without a visit to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

One of the greatest music acts to come out of Edinburgh Scotland are none other than The Bay City Rollers. They were one of the hottest teeny-bopper acts of the 1970s – not just in Scotland and the United Kingdom, but all around the world. Here in the U.S. they scored with 8 hits at Top 40 radio – including their biggest of them all – “Saturday Night” – the first # 1 smash of 1976. It remains in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles. It’s one of my favorite songs of all-time !

Join me next #TravelThursday as we visit another location on the face of this earth.

They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear. You will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. (Proverbs 3:23-26 NLT)

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