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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 August 23RD 1992:

  1. “Restless Heart” – Peter Cetera
  2. “Steel Bars” – Michael Bolton
  3. “Lift Me Up” – Howard Jones
  4. “Too Funky” – George Michael
  5. “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” – En Vogue

2 weeks prior to Sunday August 23RD 1992 I compiled one last Top 40 hit music chart on notebook paper, but I didn’t really know that it would be the final one.

Hurricane Andrew destroyed my home, my workplace, and my entire region on the morning of Monday August 24TH 1992. It was the most frightening night of my life. By the end of that week I was driving northward away from the death and destruction of Homestead Florida to continue my life and military employment up in the Washington D.C. area (my original home-of-record).

I actually tried twice to restart my weekly hit music chart in late-September and early-November of 1992, but both attempts fizzled. I was no longer interested in writing down my favorite songs each week. That hobby came to a temporary close. 3 years later in late-1995 – back in a partially-rebuilt Homestead Florida – I tried again by bringing it back electronically (via spreadsheet), and that 2ND era was a success – lasting over 14 years !

This is my final look-back at 30 years ago in 1992. Starting in September I’ll look-back at 20 years ago in 2002.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of August 1987. It’s when my # 1 smash was a # 2 smash all across the British Isles.

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 July 19TH 1992:

  1. “Restless Heart” – Peter Cetera
  2. “The One” – Elton John
  3. “Steel Bars” – Michael Bolton
  4. “Lift Me Up” – Howard Jones
  5. “Under The Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Peter Cetera climbed to the top of my chart with what would be a long-running # 1 smash with “Restless Heart”. It was also a # 1 smash at U.S. Adult Contemporary Radio. But it underperformed at U.S. Mainstream Top 40 Radio.

Last #RetroFriday I teased that my # 1 smash in July 1992 was a song that I’ve performed lead vocals on more than any other – on #RockBand. I fell in love with its modern psychedelic sound, and I’ve been singing it for the past 30 years. That was certainly not Peter Cetera’s “Restless Heart”. It was actually Siouxsie And The Banshees “Kiss Them For Me” – which was actually # 1 on my chart during the 2 weeks prior to my chart above from exactly 30 years ago.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to the end of July 1987. It’s when Shakin’ Stevens took an old Gary Glitter song and turned it into a HI-NRG # 1 smash on my chart (and Top 15 hit nationwide in the U.K.).

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 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 !

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 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