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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1997

Hello again retro music fans. 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, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 21ST 1997:

  1. “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
  2. “(I Just Wanna) Fly” – Sugar Ray Ft. Super Cat
  3. “Semi-Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind
  4. “Push” – Matchbox 20
  5. “All For You” – Sister Hazel

What a cool rock chart that was a quarter of a century ago – back when I was the BIG 3-0. Not too hard. Not too light. Just right. All 5 artists in my Top 5 were debut artists – on with their very first hit. Those are some big artists from the late-1990s !

Chumbawamba’s raucous pub-crawling anthem “Tubthumping” was at # 1 for the 2ND week in a row 25 years ago this weekend. It would go on to spend the rest of the year (1997) at # 1 and stay there for 18 weeks in a row into January 1998. It’s the longest-running # 1 smash (by far) in the entire history of my chart.

But how about that Sister Hazel song ? It was a hit on my chart, a U.S. hit, a Canadian hit, and strangely – a Top 10 hit in Iceland !

Now if you read the lyrics to the song – you could think that it’s all about God. And that’s the way that I’m looking at it – 25 years later as a born-again Christian. I can sing this song, and every verse to me leads straight to my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ – even though the song is essentially about relationships in general.

Sister Hazel are still together – almost entirely intact since 1993 – touring and performing in their 30TH year !

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 35 years ago to September 1987. It’s when a Eurythmic and a Rolling Stone wrote and produced what would become a # 1 smash on my chart. There’s also a #TOTP anomaly associated with this song. If you know then you know. I’ll explain next weekend.

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 – 1997

Hello again retro music fans. 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 August 10TH 1997:

  1. “Where’s The Love ?” – Hanson
  2. “Semi-Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind
  3. “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” – Backstreet Boys
  4. “How Bizarre” – OMC
  5. “Bitch” – Meredith Brooks

Hanson were huge 25 years ago in 1997. They spent 8 weeks at # 1 on my chart – 4 with “MMMBop” – and 4 with “Where’s The Love ?”. Both overlapping songs were fun to listen to on Y-100 here in South Florida in my shiny green 1997 Saturn SL1. In case you were wondering Hanson are still very active – touring and performing worldwide in support of their new album “RGB”. Isaac is 41, Taylor is 39, and Zac is 36. Feel old now ?

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to August 1992. It’ll be my last “look-back” at 1992, and I’ll explain why next week. Starting in September I’ll be adding 20 years ago to the rotation, so I’ll be remembering 2002 – back when I was heavily into the #EDM realm.

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 – 1997

Hello again retro music fans. 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 July 13TH 1997:

  1. “Barbie Girl” – Aqua
  2. “I’ll Be Missing You” – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Ft. 112
  3. “Semi-Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind
  4. “Call Me” – Le Click
  5. “ESPN Presents The Jock Jam” – Various Artists

Aqua – the dance band from Copenhagen Denmark that brought us “Barbie Girl” a quarter of a century ago – is still around and active. In fact they’ve been together (off-and-on) for some 33 years, and they are the biggest Danish band of all-time. They are currently on-tour performing their catalogue of hits (most of which are unknown here in the U.S.)

But “Barbie Girl” was quite MASSIVE. It shot straight-in to # 1 on my chart at the start of July of 1997, and it stayed there for the entire month. It was my # 23 hit of 1997.

Here’s its music video – with over a BILLION views on YouTube:

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to July 1992. It’s when the song that I’ve performed lead vocals on more than any other – on #RockBand – was at # 1 on my chart. I fell in love with its modern psychedelic sound, and I’ve been singing it for the past 30 years.

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 – 1997

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 June 15TH 1997:

  1. “Call Me” – Le Click
  2. “Bitch” – Meredith Brooks
  3. “Your Woman” – White Town
  4. “I Want You” – Savage Garden
  5. “MMMBop” – Hanson

“Call Me” was my # 1 smash of all of 1997, and “I Want You” was my # 2 smash of the entire year. Both hits spent 30+ weeks on my chart.

Coming in at # 3 for all of 1997 was the debut smash from Third Eye Blind. Their “Semi-Charmed Life” entered my chart at # 16 on this weekend 25 years ago, and just 2 weeks later it was my # 1 smash. It spent 32 weeks on my chart. They followed it up with other great memorable songs – “How’s It Going To Be” (another # 1 smash on my chart), and the very long-running “Jumper” which spent 43 weeks on my chart. All 3 tracks were from their self-titled debut album that has been certified platinum 6 times.

Third Eye Blind dominated the Top 40 airwaves for a short period of time. They were an integral part of the soundtrack of late-’90s U.S. pop music. They are currently on tour this summer celebrating “25 Years In The Blind”.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to June 1992. It’s when Red Hot Chili Peppers were at # 2 with a song in which Anthony Kiedis shared some dark parts of his life with the world.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going retro with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp