My Top 10 Hits – Week 154

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 26TH 2020:

  1. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [# 2 last week / 16TH week on chart]
  2. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [3 / 10TH]
  3. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [4 / 6TH]
  4. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [1 / 9TH]
  5. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [- / 1ST]
  6. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [6 / 3RD]
  7. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 8TH]
  8. “Like You Love Me” – Tauren Wells [9 / 2ND]
  9. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [- / 1ST]
  10. “One Day” – Cochren & Co. [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Zach Williams sings my new favorite song on the radio this week, as his “Rescue Story” becomes my 44TH # 1 smash in the nearly 3 years of this current era of my chart. It’s Zach’s 4TH Top 5 hit in a row (since “Old Church Choir”), and this is his 46TH week on my chart (combined). I love Zach’s personal “Rescue Story”. I’ve seen him in concert a couple of times, and he shares his testimony with the audience in-between his songs about his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Michael W. Smith is back with his 5TH hit on my chart over the past 29 years. He hit with a trio of songs that crossed-over onto many secular Top 40 radio stations back in 1991 and 1992 with “Place In This World”, “For You”, and “I Will Be Here For You”. He also hit with “Surrounded” in September 2018. I really like this song a lot !  K-LOVE added it to their active playlist a couple of weeks ago, and I think that it’s caught-on quickly with us – their listeners – because they are playing it often throughout the day and night.

With 3 new entries this week we lost 3 songs including a pair of # 1s – “Unstoppable God” (Sanctus Real) and “Nobody (But Jesus)” (Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West). The latter returns in 3 weeks and a day when I present my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years on a special Tuesday blog post on the day after Presidents’ Day here in the U.S. (That marks the 3RD anniversary of the resurrection of my weekly hit music chart.)

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 153

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. This week I’m doing it on Tuesday due to the U.S. holiday yesterday. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 19TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [2 / 15TH]
  3. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [3 / 9TH]
  4. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 7TH]
  6. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [8 / 2ND]
  7. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [6 / 11TH]
  8. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [7 / 25TH]
  9. “Like You Love Me” – Tauren Wells [- / 1ST]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

“Holy Water” holds at # 1 for a 3RD week in a row, but this could be its final week at the top of my chart. Zach, Matthew, and the MercyMe crew are heating-up in the next 3 chart positions, and any 1 of them could take over the top spot next week.

Yesterday afternoon I returned home from a 3-day / 3-county / 360-mile Florida road-trip to and from Fort Myers. I listened to a lot of K-LOVE on the radio in my car and even some WAY-FM. Next week’s chart should be very active. I’ll write all about my road-trip in just 48 hours as I begin a new weekend of blogging this upcoming Thursday morning.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 152

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 12TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 14TH]
  3. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 8TH]
  4. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 6TH]
  6. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [2 / 10TH]
  7. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 24TH]
  8. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [- / 1ST]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [8 / 14TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

“Holy Water” remains at # 1, as I sing along to it every time I hear it on the radio. I especially love these lyrics:

♫ Dead man walking – slave to sin
I wanna know about being born again
I need You
O God I need You ♫

Christ said, “I assure you. No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit … You must be born again.”
(John 3:5,7b)

There’s significant chart movement below # 1. That includes the current hit from Zach Williams. His “Rescue Story” rises to # 2 this week – tying the # 2 peak of his debut smash from the Summer of 2017 – “Old Church Choir”. (“Chain Breaker” was a 2016 smash for Zach – a year before this chart was resurrected.)

Rend Collective from the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) are back on my chart for the first time in 18 months with their current radio song “Your Name Is Power”.

Coming up in 5 weeks this current era of my chart celebrates its 3RD anniversary. To mark the occasion I’ll present my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years representing 157 weekly music charts. I’ll do so on a special Tuesday blog post on that Presidents’ Day holiday weekend here in the U.S.

Next weekend is a holiday weekend as well – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday January 20TH. I’ll post a special blog on that day. That pushes my next Top 10 music chart to next Tuesday.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 151

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 05TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 2 last week / 6TH week on chart]
  2. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [1 / 9TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 23RD]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 13TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 7TH]
  8. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [9 / 13TH]
  9. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [5 / 25TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s the start of a brand new year for my personal hit music chart. It’s technically the start of my 35TH year of writing down / typing in my favorite songs of the week, as I’ve been doing this since 1985. This radio music hobby predates my chart by another 10 years, so this is essentially a lifelong thing for me. And now it’s based on the music that tells the Glorious story of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

We start the new year with a new # 1 smash from We The Kingdom. The man behind the band is Mr. Ed Cash – a longtime producer and songwriter who’s been behind many of Chris Tomlin’s hits including his most recent – “Home”, “Resurrection Power”, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You”. He also wrote “Forgiven”, “All My Hope”, “Red Letters”, and “Let It Rain” with Crowder.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this first full week of 2020 my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 19 Hits – 2019

55 hits created 52 weeks of Top 10 Christian hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – my Top 19 hits of 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [peaked at # 1 for 7 weeks]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  3. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 1 for 6 weeks]
  4. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  6. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 for 5 weeks]
  7. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  8. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [# 1 for 1 week]
  9. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  10. “Red Letters” – Crowder [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  11. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [# 3 for 4 weeks]
  12. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  13. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [# 3 for 2 weeks]
  14. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [# 2 for 1 week]
  15. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  16. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [# 2 for 2 weeks]
  17. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  18. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [# 2 for 3 weeks]
  19. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I AM THEY [# 2 for 1 week]

# 1 Of 2018:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Of 2017:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

What a great year for positive and encouraging music that tells the story of God. What a great chart to represent His music.

“Nobody (But Jesus)” is no surprise at # 1. It’s been in my Top 3 for the past 20 weeks in a row, and that’s # 1 for 7 weeks, # 2 for 9 weeks, and # 3 for 4 weeks. This week it also becomes the # 1 smash in the entire 150-week history of this current era of my chart.

There were some surprises further down the chart. I forgot how big “Church (Take Me Back)” was from February to July. I loved that song, and then K-LOVE all but abandoned it after that. We haven’t heard from Cochren since then.

“Alive” from Big Daddy Weave should have been a bigger hit than it was. It spent 12 weeks on my chart – 4 of them at # 1 in April and May – but again K-LOVE stopped playing it after that. As this chart is influenced by radio airplay it quickly dropped off of my chart after its run at # 1. A few months later K-LOVE started playing it again – perhaps more so than they did originally when it was actually a hit nationally on Christian radio.

Finally my # 19 hit of 2019 is actually one of my favorite songs of the year. I still get excited with joy whenever I hear “My Feet Are On The Rock” on the radio and on my iPod Shuffles. Nationally it was a Top 15 hit on Christian radio during the Summer of 2018, but K-LOVE didn’t start playing it until February of 2019, and they played it for a couple of months as if it were new. (Well it was new to me.)

It sounds like I’m a little bit critical of K-LOVE after 150 weeks of listening, but really it’s still the greatest radio station of my lifetime. It’s not perfect. If I could change one thing about it I’d tweak the currents-to-recurrents ratio to be closer to 50-50. In other words play a few more current hits (expand the playlist a bit), and play a few less recurrent hits (of the past 10 years) in a typical hour. Also don’t suddenly abandon your hits. Keep playing them, but gradually play them less often over a period of time as they evolve into recurrents.

Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Austin French, Elevation Worship, and Chris Tomlin appear in my Top 19 of 2019, and they also appeared in my Top 18 of 2018. Casting Crowns, Matthew West, and Chris Tomlin also appeared in my Top 17 of 2017 (which was never published online).

An interesting tidbit for Chris Tomlin’s # 1 smash “Nobody Loves Me Like You”:  It was my # 17 hit of 2019, and it just barely missed my Top 18 of 2018. (It was # 19.) It straddled both years almost evenly.

My Top 19 Of 2019 chart was compiled by awarding 10 points for each week at # 1, 9 points for # 2, and so forth and so on down to 1 point for # 10. The points are then added, and the hits are ranked.

There were 15 # 1 hits in 2019, and 2 of them failed to make my Top 19 – “Well Done” (The Afters) and “Unstoppable God” (Sanctus Real). They were the first and last # 1 hits of the year respectively.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Happy New Year my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 150

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 29TH 2019:

  1. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [2 / 5TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 22ND]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [4 / 24TH]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [8 / 12TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [9 / 6TH]
  8. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [10 / 2ND]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [7 / 12TH]
  10. “Believer” – Rhett Walker [6 / 7TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s my 150TH weekly hit music chart since its resurrection during Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017. When the previous era of my chart ended almost 10 years ago at the end of January 2010 I thought that it was probably the anticlimactic ending of a hobby that dated back to my elementary school years – back when I would seek out and study the brand new edition of Billboard Magazine at my local public library. A 7-year hiatus began almost a decade ago, and then I discovered K-LOVE. This chart was reborn.

May God Bless this hobby, chart, blog, and ministry for another 150 weeks.

It’s my 52ND and final weekly hit music chart of 2019. I’ve got my Top 19 of 2019 queued up and ready to go for a special New Year’s Eve Tuesday blog post. I’ll have it online at 3 AM U.S. East Coast Time.

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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 149

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 22ND 2019:

  1. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [# 3 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [4 / 4TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [2 / 21ST]
  4. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [1 / 23RD]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [9 / 3RD]
  6. “Believer” – Rhett Walker [5 / 6TH]
  7. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [6 / 11TH]
  8. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [8 / 11TH]
  9. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 5TH]
  10. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Control (Somehow You Want Me)” – Tenth Avenue North

Veteran Christian band Sanctus Real score their 2ND # 1 smash in a row with “Unstoppable God”. It’s my 42ND # 1 smash during this current era of my chart – now in its 149TH week. It’s their follow-up to “Confidence” – which was my 32ND # 1 smash this past March and April. Sanctus Real are one of only a few acts during this current era that also appeared during the 3½-year Salvation Era of my chart. They had a Top 5 hit during the Summer of 2008 titled “Turn On The Lights”.

Sidewalk Prophets from Nashville move from 9 to 5 this week as they “Smile” along the way. It’s their follow-up to “Come To The Table” – a # 4 hit almost 2 years ago.

MercyMe are back with their 4TH hit on my chart – “Almost Home”. I know I’ll be singing it loud and proud with 7,000+ brothers and sisters in a couple of months at their Southwest Florida concert.

Well we have one more Top 10 chart to go for 2019 (next Monday), and then the very next day – New Year’s Eve – I’ll reveal my Top 19 Of 2019.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and the bonus on Tuesday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Merry Christmas my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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

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