My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

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 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 06TH 2009:

  1. “Where To Start” – Philmont
  2. “Forget And Not Slow Down” – Relient K
  3. “Open Season” – Air Five
  4. “We Can Try” – Between The Trees
  5. “Code Name: Raven” – House Of Heroes

What can I say about Relient K. They were one of my favorite bands during the Salvation Era of my chart from 2006 to 2010. They scored with 8 hits on my chart, and the first one – “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” – actually broke onto my chart before I was rescued and saved by Christ !  You may remember back towards the end of 2005 when it crossed-over onto Mainstream Top 40 radio and became a Top 25 hit. It was also a U.S. Gold smash – having sold over 500,000 copies.

Relient K wouldn’t cross-over much more onto the Mainstream Top 40 radio scene; however, “Forget And Not Slow Down” – # 2 exactly 10 years ago on my chart – did manage significant radio airplay on some pop stations particularly in the center of the nation and some southern markets.

Of course the lyrics of every Relient K song meant a lot to me once my salvation in Christ had started – even (and especially) their debut smash – “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been”.

I’m sorry for – the person I became
I’m sorry that – it took so long for me to change
I’m ready to – try and never become that way again
‘Cause who I am hates who I’ve been
Who I am hates who I’ve been

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

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 02ND 2009:

  1. “Code Name: Raven” – House Of Heroes
  2. “Run From Yesterday” – High Flight Society
  3. “Be Alive In Me” – Abandon
  4. “Open Season” – Air Five
  5. “Control” – Clemency

Good music there from exactly a decade ago this weekend. Two of those songs – “Code Name: Raven” and “Be Alive In Me” – are currently in heavy rotation at the workplace via my iPod Shuffles that I listen to at my desk. “Open Season” has been a constant favorite over the past 10 years. “Control” has generated over 1,050 plays since I added it to my iTunes library in March 2009. That’s music that was part of the soundtrack of my fantastic journey in 2009, and it’s aged gracefully.

10 years ago this month I was approaching the 3RD anniversary of the start of my salvation in Christ. God used rock music on the radio to rescue me and save me. He lifted me out of the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and He steadied me as I walked along. He gave me a new song to sing – a hymn of praise to our God.

He can do that for you too. Up until the age of 39 I was far from God with no intention of getting to know Him. I was fine with following the ways of the world. But the world left me behind. The world left me for dead. Then God came and gave me a lifeline, and I took it. I’ve been holding on tight ever since.

If you do not yet know Christ then I invite you to walk with me. I’d like to tell you all about the God I know. He’s got a fantastic journey for you too !

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 05TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “Control” – Clemency
  3. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  4. “Best Night Of Our Lives” – Everyday Sunday
  5. “Code Name: Raven” – House Of Heroes

House Of Heroes from Hilliard / Columbus Ohio scored their 3RD big hit in a row 10 years ago this month. “Code Name: Raven” was the follow-up to “In The Valley Of The Dying Sun” (#9 in July 2008) and “Lose Control” (# 2 in January 2009). This one hit # 1. It replaced “Open Season” (later in July 2009).

It was a unique song with a different sound for Christian Rock radio at the time with complicated historical lyrics about war. Check out this “making of the song” video from AJ Babcock (guitarist) and Tim Skipper (lead singer) of the band.

♫ You’re the only reason I stayed
In this coward’s melee
I’d rather die than live without mercy and love
Sing while the city decays
We’d rather go up in flames
Lest we betray thy names of dignity and love ♫

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 07TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “Mock The Music” – Children 18:3
  3. “The Difference” – Philmont
  4. “Control” – Clemency
  5. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static

4 of the 5 songs above were actually the Top 4 songs of all of 2009 on my personal hit music chart. The one lone song that wasn’t was Children 18:3’s “Mock The Music” – which was the # 19 song of the year. 62 songs made my chart in 2009, and that was the final full year of the “Salvation Era” of my chart. It was also the final full year that I listened to Christian music on the radio. Starting in 2010 I “flipped” to classic pop hits of the ’60s and ’70s. That “flip” also ended this personal hit music chart, and it began a 7-year hiatus.

I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic LIVE in concert at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale last night. The near sellout crowd of over 2,500 sang along and applauded as “Weird Al” plowed through over 20 of his hits over the past 36 years during his 90-minute show. He was backed by a full orchestra, and they were also his opening act for about 15 minutes.

Perhaps the most interesting (and longest) song he performed was an awesome track titled, “The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota”. It’s an original song – written by Al himself – but it sounds like a breezy ’70s pop song. (Think Gordon Lightfoot.) I had never heard it before. After the show (and back at the hotel) I went online, and I realized that the song was on his “UHF” movie soundtrack album from 1989 !  It also clocks-in at an amazing 6:50.

“Weird Al” always puts on a great show. I’ve been a fan of him since I was 16 years old in 1983, and WJOK-AM (“All Comedy Radio”) out of Gaithersburg Maryland stunted one night with his debut song “Ricky”. This was only my 2ND “Weird Al” concert. I saw him in 2015 too. I’ll keep seeing him as he keeps performing.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 10TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “The Difference” – Philmont
  3. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  4. “Black Sea” – The Contact
  5. “Set The Dial” – Run Kid Run

Air Five’s pop-punk song “Open Season” began an unprecedented 11-week run atop my chart on this weekend exactly 10 years ago. It was the longest-running # 1 smash of the 3½-year salvation era of my personal hit music chart, and it was my # 1 smash of all of 2009.

Sitting at # 4 was “Black Sea” from a Canadian band known as The Contact. They started together as a high school band in the late-1990s. I really liked this song back in the day (still do today), and it was played on my local Christian rock station a lot during the first-half of 2009.

It had an unusually dark and eerie feeling to it, but it delivered the Message that with God leading us through the darkness – the “Black Sea” – we will be just fine. It’ll be rough. It’ll be tough. We may think we’re drowning. We can’t do it by ourselves. We can’t rely on the world. The world will abandon us and leave us for dead. We need God to get us through it all. And He will. And He does. We will pass through alive !

♫ Outside
Out free
Marching through a black sea
We fight
In one direction

Inside
Liberty
Breathing in a black sea
Alive
With your infection ♫

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share God’s Good News with all who will listen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 05TH 2009:

  1. “The Difference” – Philmont
  2. “Back To The Five” – Ruth
  3. “Control” – Clemency
  4. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  5. “Set The Dial” – Run Kid Run


What a wonderful music chart that was exactly 10 years ago this weekend.

Ruth was one of my favorite bands back during the 3½-year “salvation era” of my hit music chart. They hit with “Cross The Line” (2007), “Who I Was And Who I Am” (2008), “Back To The Five” (2009), and “Rolling With The Punches” (2009).

♫ But I know I’m not out here alone
Yeah I gave it all up for You
Just to do the things You want me to do
I’m headed home

I’m just trying to find – my way back to the five
Got a lot on my mind – gonna figure it out ♫

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share the Good News with all who will listen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 08TH 2009:

  1. “Surrender Saved My Life” – This Beautiful Republic
  2. “Dead Man” – We As Human
  3. “Cross My Heart” – Nevertheless
  4. “Let’s Dance” – Hawk Nelson
  5. “The Last, The Lost, The Least” – Relient K

Nevertheless – what an awesome band that I grew up with as a baby Christian. They were very prominent on Christian radio, and as a result – the soundtrack of my life during those early years discovering and exploring who Jesus Christ was, is, and will be.

Nevertheless charted with 5 radio singles back then – “The Real” (peaked at # 24 in 2006), “Live Like We’re Alive” (# 2 for 4 weeks in 2007), “Time (To Let This Go)” (# 5 in 2007), “Sleeping In” (# 1 for 3 weeks in 2008), and “Cross My Heart” (# 3 in 2009). Hearing some of those early songs a dozen years later gives me goosebumps, and reminds me of just how far I’ve come since I first stumbled onto this fantastic journey.

Music has played an important role in my life of nearly 52 years. At the age of 39 God used music to lift me out of the slimy pit – out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on a rock – and gave me a firm place to stand. That’s why I share God’s Good News through His music.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share the Good News with all who will listen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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