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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1992

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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 21ST 1992:

  1. “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” – Sophie B. Hawkins
  2. “Under The Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” – En Vogue
  4. “Good For Me” – Amy Grant
  5. “Everything About You” – Ugly Kid Joe

I was not the biggest #RHCP fan during their breakthrough era (1990s), but they put out some good songs. “Under The Bridge” was their debut smash at U.S. Pop Radio in 1992. It told the story of Anthony Kiedis’s life in the form of a poem that he wrote on his own during a dark period in his life. With reluctance – he eventually shared the poem with his bandmates, and with additional lyrics and music – it became the track that we’ve known for the past 30 years.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of June 1987. It’s the week that a guy – who has the same first name as me – scored one of the biggest hits (worldwide) of his career with a track that you could not sit still to. You had to get up and dance to it. It was that fast !

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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1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1992

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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 24TH 1992:

  1. “Jump” – Kris Kross
  2. “Live And Learn” – Joe Public
  3. “Good For Me” – Amy Grant
  4. “To Be With You” – Mr. Big
  5. “Tears In Heaven” – Eric Clapton

Amy Grant was on a hot streak for a couple of years at the start of the 1990s. Her “Heart In Motion” album dropped in March 1991, and it went on to become a quintuple-platinum seller. It spawned 7 singles (out of 11 on the album). 6 of the 7 were hits at U.S. Christian Radio, and 5 of the 7 were hits at U.S. Mainstream Pop Radio.

The one single that failed to make an impact at U.S. Christian Radio was perhaps her hardest-sounding track – “Good For Me”. There were several versions / mixes of “Good For Me” at the time – a slower version for U.S. Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary radio stations, and an edgier and more rock-sounding “Good For You” mix that was perfect for U.S. Top 40 radio stations. There were even dance remixes for weekend radio mix shows after dark and even dance clubs.

“Good For Me” was a bit over the edge for U.S. Christian Radio, but secular radio ran with it with excellent results through much of 1992. It was not a hit anywhere else in the world – just stateside.

On a final note – Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven” continues in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace. Every time it plays I sing along – and my eyes get wet.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of May 1987. It’s the week that a U.K. # 1 smash / U.S. Top 10 smash from 1965 – hit # 1 on my chart. How unusual.

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) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1992

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 4TH Friday of the month, and usually I go back 35 years ago on this Friday, but due to #GoodFriday last week #RetroFriday was preempted. So this week I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 26TH 1992:

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  2. “Jump” – Kris Kross
  3. “Live And Learn” – Joe Public
  4. “Everything About You” – Ugly Kid Joe
  5. “Too Blind To See It” – Kym Sims

Everyone had a debut smash in my Top 5 that week except for Queen. Their 1976 Top 10 smash enjoyed a 1992 resurgence after Freddie Mercury’s death and its inclusion in the box office smash “Wayne’s World”. Some people consider “Bohemian Rhapsody” to be among one of the greatest pop songs of all-time.

I consider “Everything About You” from Ugly Kid Joe to be one of the greatest hard rock songs ever made. I know it’s campy. It’s corny. It’s even laughable, and I think that even the band were laughing when they wrote this song. I know they had a fun time recording the very low-budget music video for it on the cold beach near Santa Barbara California. Picture the era. It’s early-1992. The late-1980s hair metal / party time era had faded away. The Seattle grunge scene was in full effect depressing everyone. And yet this happy-sounding hard rock song with crazy lyrics bucked the trend and became a Top 10 smash at not just hard rock radio, but also pop radio. And it was a worldwide pop smash. And it was also in the box office smash “Wayne’s World”.

… Shave and a haircut – two bits.

You know I memorized the lyrics of that song 30 years ago, and I obviously remember them to this day as I sang along to the music video in perfect harmony.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to May 1987. It’s the week that an Australian band scored their 2ND-consecutive # 1 smash on my chart with a song that flopped on the U.K. pop chart (where I lived at the time); yet, it was a hit in the dance clubs here in the U.S.

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) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1992

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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 22ND 1992:

  1. “Justified & Ancient (Stand By The JAMs)” – The KLF Ft. Tammy Wynette
  2. “I’m Too Sexy” – Right Said Fred
  3. “Black Or White” – Michael Jackson
  4. “Good For Me” – Amy Grant
  5. “I’ll Get By” – Eddie Money

Released late in 1991 – “Justified & Ancient (Stand By The JAMs)” was a worldwide pop and dance smash featuring the lead vocals of Country Music Legend Tammy Wynette (recorded and produced in Nashville). And The KLF went out on top. It was their final single ever.

That right there is one of the greatest dance songs ever made. Period.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to March 1987. It’s the week that a charity song hit # 1 on my chart. It was inspired by a horrific disaster on the North Sea.

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) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp