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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 December 08TH 1996:

  1. “Love Rollercoaster” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. “Head Over Feet” – Alanis Morissette
  3. “I’ve Finally Found Someone” – Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams
  4. “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” – Bryan Adams
  5. “Please Don’t Go” – No Mercy

That was the Top 5 of my Top 30 chart of the 50TH week of 1996.

Red Hot Chili Peppers scored a surprise # 1 smash with their wild cover of “Love Rollercoaster” (from the “Beavis And Butt-Head” movie). It was my favorite #RHCP track. It was the perfect song for U.S. Top 40 radio late in 1996 during the afternoon and evening hours. I also liked the original (and funkier) late-1975 / early-1976 version from Ohio Players.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to December 1991. The King Of Pop was on top.

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) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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1990s Blogging Music Radio

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 November 10TH 1996:

  1. “Head Over Feet” – Alanis Morissette
  2. “One And One” – Robert Miles
  3. “Do You Miss Me ?” – Jocelyn Enriquez
  4. “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” – Bryan Adams
  5. “If It Makes You Happy” – Sheryl Crow

I’m gonna do this “Mini-Thoughts” style. Longtime readers of my blog know what that means:

  • Alanis was HUGE back in the mid-to-late-1990s.
  • She scored with 9 hits on my chart through 1999.
  • “Head Over Feet” was her 3RD (and final) # 1 smash (for me).
  • Everyone remembers “Children” from Robert Miles.
  • It was a European dance smash that broke-through the U.S. market.
  • But “One And One” was less successful.
  • It did break-through here in Miami; hence, it’s # 2 peak on my chart.
  • British Trance singer Maria Nayler performed the vocals on “One And One”.
  • “Children” could be considered as one of the first trance hits on my chart.
  • “One And One” – the 2ND trance hit.
  • Trance music would later explode and take over my chart in 2002. #EDM
  • “Do You Miss Me” was a regional hit in dance-favored U.S. radio markets.
  • It was a long-lasting smash here in dance-friendly Miami.
  • I think Y-100 played it 10 times a day for more than half-a-year.
  • It spent 21 weeks on my chart – including its first 19 in my Top 10.
  • Like myself – Jocelyn Enriquez is part Filipino.
  • She was only 21 when “Do You Miss Me ?” was a hit on the radio.
  • Nowadays Jocelyn is a born-again Christian !
  • In fact she’s a Worship Pastor alongside her husband of 22 years.
  • They serve at Calvary Chapel Of San Antonio (Texas).
  • It’s awesome to discover that a mainstream pop artist follows Christ now.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to November 1991. “I’m so glad you’re my girl. I’ll do anything for you. Call you every night, and give you flowers too. I thank the Lord for you, and think about you all the time. I ask Him everyday that you’ll forever be mine.” That Top 5 hit will be featured next week. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

This is the end of an abbreviated blog weekend, as #SundayScripture and #Top10Monday are on hiatus for the rest of this month of November. They will both return during the 1ST weekend of December. I’ll be back next Thursday and Friday with 2 more blog posts.

All rights reserved (c) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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1990s Blogging Music Radio

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 October 13TH 1996:

  1. “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” – Bryan Adams
  2. “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” – John Mellencamp
  3. “If It Makes You Happy” – Sheryl Crow
  4. “Counting Blue Cars” – Dishwalla
  5. “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJs

I’m gonna do this “Mini-Thoughts” style. Longtime readers of my blog know what that means:

  • Bryan Adams will be 62 next month.
  • He released his first single – a disco song – at age 19.
  • His breakthrough hit here in the U.S. – “Straight From The Heart” – early in 1983.
  • He’s still touring and performing today. I’d like to see him LIVE.
  • “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” is one of my favorites from him.
  • I like John Mellencamp’s music more today than I did back in the day.
  • 25 years later I forgot how “Key West Intermezzo” sounded like.
  • So I went to YouTube of course to play the video.
  • Good song. Good beat too. I was actually singing along to it.
  • It was his 22ND and final Top 40 hit here in the U.S.
  • When Sheryl Crow debuted in Spring of 1994 I said she’ll be around for awhile.
  • “If It Makes You Happy” rocked my face off in 1996.
  • It won a Grammy in 1997.
  • I wrote about Dishwalla’s “Counting Blue Cars” last month.
  • Fun Fact:  Quad City DJs are not from the Quad Cities. They are from the #JAX.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to October 1991. “There’s a hole in my heart that can only be filled by you – and this hole in my heart can’t be filled with the things I do.” That Top 5 hit will be featured next week.

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) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries