My Top 21 Hits – 2021

59 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 21 hits of 2021:

1 1 27 Fires Jordan St. Cyr
2 1 23 Yes He Can Cain
3 1 21 Every Step Of The Way Cade Thompson
4 1 20 What If Matthew West
5 1 27 Gospel Song Rhett Walker
6 1 18 Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight) TobyMac
7 1 15 When We Fall Apart Ryan Stevenson Ft. Vince Gill & Amy Grant
8 1 14 Say I Won’t MercyMe
9 1 14 Good God Almighty Crowder
10 1 12 Into The Wild Josh Baldwin
11 2 13 House Of The Lord Phil Wickham
12 2 14 Truth Be Told Matthew West
13 2 14 Child Of Love We The Kingdom Ft. Bear Rinehart
14 2 11 Out Of My Hands Jeremy Camp
15 1 9 On Our Way MercyMe Ft. Sam Wesley
16 2 11 Thank You Lord Chris Tomlin Ft. Thomas Rhett & FGL
17 1 9 Promised Land TobyMac
18 1 11 Be Alright Evan Craft X Danny Gokey X Redimi2
19 2 13 God Who Listens Chris Tomlin Ft. Thomas Rhett
20 2 12 Come What May We Are Messengers
21 2 9 In The House Crowder

# 1 For The Year In:
2020 – “Almost Home” – MercyMe
2019 – “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West 
2018 – “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship
2017 – “Broken Things” – Matthew West

JORDAN ST. CYR – An unknown in 2020 – he became known in 2021 with his sleeper smash of the year – “Fires”. It entered my chart on the 4TH week of 2021 in January, and it slowly reached the top in its 14TH week. But its chart run was only half-done. After 3 weeks at # 1 its slow descent began, and it finally slipped-off my chart after 27 weeks at the start of August. “Fires” is (by far) my # 1 smash of 2021, and Jordan’s future is bright. His “Weary Traveler” is my current # 1 smash.

RHETT WALKER – Another long-running sleeper smash in 2021 was Rhett Walker’s “Gospel Song”. It tied with “Fires” for most weeks on my chart in 2021 at 27. It was on from April to October. Rhett is no debut artist. His “Believer” was a # 4 hit in December 2019, and a couple of his early radio hits from 2012 and 2013 – “When Mercy Found Me” and “Come To The River” – still receive occasional radio airplay. But “Gospel Song” dominated the airwaves in 2021.

MERCYME – My # 2 artist of the past 254 weeks – MercyMe – scored my # 1 smash of 2020 with “Almost Home”. Its follow-up – “Say I Won’t” – and its follow-up – “On Our Way” – both hit # 1 in 2021 (for a combined 11 weeks) and appear on my year-end chart. MercyMe have appeared on every year-end chart – aside from 2019. (“Even If” was my # 2 hit of 2017, and “Grace Got You” was my # 2 hit of 2018.)

MATTHEW WEST – My # 1 artist of the past 254 weeks – Matthew West – makes it 5 years in a row on my year-end chart, and this year (like last year) he places 2 hits on it – including “Truth Be Told”. Its 26 weeks on my chart straddled both 2020 (12 weeks) and 2021 (14 weeks). It was my # 18 hit of 2020 and my # 12 hit of 2021.

CONCLUSION – My Top 21 Of 2021 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 were then added, and the hits were ranked. There were 14 # 1 hits in 2021, and all but the current one (Jordan St. Cyr’s “Weary Traveler”) made it onto my chart above. It was a great year for positive and encouraging music on the radio that told the story of God and gave Him all of the glory. What a great chart to represent His music. Let’s continue to praise and worship Him as we go forth into 2022.

This concludes my month-long series of special blog posts on Wednesdays. Starting in January weekends return to starting on Thursdays with 4 blog posts each weekend. #TravelThursday and #RetroFriday close-out 2021 this week.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 254

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here’s this week’s chart:

1 1 7 Weary Traveler
[2ND week @ # 1]
Jordan St. Cyr
2 2 4 Heart Of The Father Ryan Ellis
3 3 4 God Turn It Around Jon Reddick
4 4 9 In The House Crowder
5 6 12 Come What May We Are Messengers
6 5 9 On Our Way MercyMe Ft. Sam Wesley
7 7 7 Rejoice Andrew Ripp
8 8 4 For The Good Riley Clemmons
9 10 3 Jesus Is Coming Back Jordan Feliz Ft. Mandisa & Jonathan Traylor
10 9 4 Heaven Help Me Zach Williams

# 1 This Week In:
2020 – “Every Step Of The Way” – Cade Thompson
2019 – “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real
2018 – “Well Done” – The Afters
2017 – “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” – Tenth Avenue North

CHRISTMAS # 1 – Jordan St. Cyr’s “Weary Traveler” is my Christmas # 1, and it seems like the most appropriate song for a Christmas # 1 since this current era began in 2017. Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ is born. He saves. Weary traveler – you won’t be weary long.

2021 – This is my final weekly chart of 2021. In a couple of days on my 5TH and final special Wednesday blog post I’ll present “My Top 21 Hits – 2021”. Spoiler Alert: 3 of my current Top 10 hits are on my Top 21 for the year.

This blog is # 33 worldwide on the Top 80 Christian Music Blogs and Websites in 2021 chart. Thank You for including us Feedspot !

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

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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.

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday December 26TH 2021, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

A couple of Sundays ago I preached a full sermon to my church family. I preached on being “Holy & Redeemed”. It’s based on 1 Peter 1:13-23. Last #SundayScripture I presented an excerpt of that sermon. Let’s continue on:

So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. (1 Peter 1:14)

I can not imagine slipping-back into my old ways of living after 15 years of living for God. My old ways of living were nearly my death sentence. Like many of us in here – I shouldn’t be here. I’m a miracle from God. And I see many miracles sitting here before me today. And our God continues to perform endless miracles.

He’s the Way maker. Miracle worker. Promise keeper. Light in the darkness. My God. That is who You are. That is what He does.

O God – Your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as You ?  You are the God who performs miracles. You display Your power among the peoples. With Your mighty arm – You redeemed Your people – the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. (Psalm 77:13-15)

Our God is the holy and powerful redeemer. That’s something that you can tell God every day when you talk to Him. Tell Him what He does for you. Thank Him for it. Tell Him what you need from Him. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you. Pray about everything.

You know because of everything that God did for me – I want to do more for Him. I want to obey Him. I want to learn more about Him. I want to be more like Him. And I know that you do too.

But now you must be holy in everything you do – just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

I love when reading Scripture in the New Testament – it refers to the Scriptures of the Old Testament. What’s promised in the Old – is fulfilled in the New.

For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Let’s go back to the Scriptures – specifically – Pastor Bob’s favorite book of the Old Testament – Leviticus. Near the end of Chapter 11 God’s Word reads:

For I am the LORD your God. You must consecrate (or dedicate) yourselves and be holy – because I am holy. So do not defile yourselves with any of these small animals that scurry along the ground. For I – the LORD – am the One who brought you up from the land of Egypt – that I might be your God. Therefore you must be holy because I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44-45)

I think that the Book of Leviticus is difficult reading – for me anyway. It can be very confusing at times. And then there’s other parts of Leviticus that make perfect sense to me. I understand God’s Word in it. I hear His voice in it.

I’ll continue this sermon next #SundayScripture. As we approach the end of 2021 my hope for you is to close-out this year strong with a hope from our God above for a greater 2022. May you have a safe, healthy, and happy new year !

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. Tomorrow it’s #Top10Monday, as I present my personal Top 10 hits this week that honor our God Almighty on the radio.

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

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