My Top 10 Hits – Week 172

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 31ST 2020:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 19 I Will Fear No More The Afters
2 3 7 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
3 2 12 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
4 5 5 Love We Are Messengers
5 4 24 Almost Home MercyMe
6 6 6 Great Things Phil Wickham
7 7 3 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
8 8 3 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
9 9 3 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
10 1 See The Light TobyMac

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Born Again” – Austin French
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Live Like You’re Loved” – Hawk Nelson

Welcome to June. It’s one of my favorite months of the year – mostly because it’s my birthday month. I turn 53 this Friday, and I’ll celebrate with a special edition of my Friday blog series RETRO.

This past week marked 13 years of this blog. It started on Myspace during the final week of May of 2007. After 6 months and 310+ blog posts I moved it here to WordPress. It was also on Facebook from 2013 to 2017. As I enter my 14TH year of blogging my commitment remains the same – to maintain a positive Bible-based and Christ-centered blog with a music theme – and new material posted 4 times per weekend on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays. Occasionally I’ll post a 5TH entry during a week on a Tuesday.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 171

Every Monday (except this week on Tuesday) I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 24TH 2020:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 18 I Will Fear No More The Afters
2 2 11 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
3 4 6 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
4 3 23 Almost Home MercyMe
5 5 4 Love We Are Messengers
6 6 5 Great Things Phil Wickham
7 8 2 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
8 9 2 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
9 10 2 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
10 7 9 (I’ll) Never Let You Down Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Born Again” – Austin French
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Live Like You’re Loved” – Hawk Nelson

Welcome to the first week of Summer, and with the new season comes an upgrade to my chart. It’s displayed in an actual chart now !  It’s easier to read, and it’s actually easier to update now each weekend. “TW” is this week’s chart position, ‘LW” is last week’s, and “WKS” is total number of weeks on my chart.

Earlier this weekend I quietly uploaded a brand new chart to my blog. It’s a compilation chart (in an actual chart) of every single # 1 hit during this current era – all 47 to date since February 2017. This chart will be updated each week with each new weekly chart. You can track to it via the “CHART-TOPPERS SINCE 2017” menu item near the top of this page.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1990

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month 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, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 20TH 1990:

  1. “Room At The Top” – Adam Ant
  2. “The Price Of Love” – Bad English
  3. “Peace In Our Time” – Eddie Money
  4. “This Old Heart Of Mine” – Rod Stewart & Ronald Isley
  5. “Club At The End Of The Street” – Elton John

30 years ago – back when I had more spare time on my hands – I compiled and published a Top 40 hit music chart every week. As a special treat this week I present to you a list of the artists that appeared from chart positions 6 to 40 in alphabetical order:

Aaron Neville
Aerosmith
Alannah Myles
The B-52s
Babyface
Belinda Carlisle
Bell Biv Devoe
Billy Joel
Calloway
Deborah Harry
Don Henley
Expose
Gloria Estefan And The Miami Sound Machine
Heart
Jane Child
Linda Ronstadt
Luther Vandross
Madonna
Marcia Griffiths
M.C. Hammer
Michael Bolton
Motley Crue
Phil Collins
Poco
Richard Marx
Roxette
Sinead O’Connor
Sydney Youngblood
Taylor Dayne
Warrant
Wilson Phillips

WOW !  What a line-up. It’s a who’s who list of the biggest pop stars in the U.S.A. as the Summer of 1990 was just getting started. It’s what I was listening to in my dorm room, at the workplace, and on the road in my 1989 red Geo Spectrum.

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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 170

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 17TH 2020:

  1. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [# 2 last week / 17TH week on chart]
  2. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [3 / 10TH]
  3. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 / 22ND]
  4. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [6 / 5TH]
  5. “Love” – We Are Messengers [5 / 3RD]
  6. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [7 / 4TH]
  7. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 8TH]
  8. “Amadeo (Still My God)” – Ryan Stevenson [- / 1ST]
  9. “No Impossible With You” – I AM THEY [- / 1ST]
  10. “The Father’s House” – Cory Asbury [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns

I have a new # 1 smash this week, as MercyMe pull back from the top spot after 12 weeks. The Afters score with their 2ND consecutive # 1 smash in the timely “I Will Fear No More”. It’s their follow-up to “Well Done” – which was my Christmas # 1 in 2018. Going back even further The Afters scored a # 4 hit on my chart in January 2008 with “Never Going Back To OK”. While that song was tracking Hawk Nelson were spending 10 weeks in a row at # 1 with “Friend Like That”. #RETRO

Currently # 1 on Christian Top 40 radio from coast to coast is Cory Asbury’s “The Father’s House”. It finally reaches my chart after hovering just below my Top 10 for the past several weeks.

This is my final weekly chart prior to summertime. As I’ve done for many years now I’ll be tracking in greater detail every song that’s on my chart during the 16 weeks of summer starting on Memorial Day Weekend and ending on Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S. (Normally it’s 15 weeks, but Memorial Day occurs on its earliest possible date this year while Labor Day occurs on its latest possible date. That gives us an extra week of summer.) On the Tuesday after Labor Day I’ll publish a special chart featuring my Top 10 hits of the entire summer.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and a special post 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 169

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 10TH 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 21ST week on chart]
  2. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [2 / 16TH]
  3. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [4 / 9TH]
  4. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [3 / 7TH]
  5. “Love” – We Are Messengers [10 / 2ND]
  6. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [9 / 4TH]
  7. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [6 / 3RD]
  8. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [5 / 18TH]
  9. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 25TH]
  10. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [8 / 16TH]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Forgiven” – Crowder

MercyMe’s “Almost Home” is my # 1 smash for the 12TH week in a row. It’s currently my # 5 hit of this current era (now in its 39TH month) – just behind another hit of theirs at # 4 – “Grace Got You”.

2 big movers this week – “Love” and “Keep Me In The Moment”. I love their unique sounds. “Love” sort of reminds me of a 1970s urban sitcom theme song. “Keep Me In The Moment” sounds very country to me. I expect both of these emerging hits to continue their climbs towards the top next week.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2005

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month 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, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 08TH 2005:

  1. “Somebody Told Me” – The Killers
  2. “Candy Shop” – 50 Cent
  3. “Sugar (Gimme Some)” – Trick Daddy Ft. CeeLo & Ludacris
  4. “Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani
  5. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson

A couple of weeks later in May I saw Gwen Stefani LIVE in concert. She was part of a 4½-hour multi-act Top 40 radio station concert.

And now – from my original web site – my original review of the concert:

Y-100.7’S SUMMER SPLASH 2005
TUESDAY MAY 24TH 2005 – 7 PM – 11:30 PM
OFFICE DEPOT CENTER, SUNRISE FLORIDA


1. The Pussycat Dolls – There were 7 of them, and they performed for about 7 minutes. Their official web site shows them as a group of 6, so I’m not sure who the extra Pussycat Doll was LIVE on stage. I also don’t know if it’s the same 6 from the web site, or if anyone was different. I think that Pussycat Dolls are added, removed, and substituted as needed. Sometimes even big-time Hollywood celebrities take their turn as a Pussycat Doll. They kicked things off at precisely 7 PM with their version of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”, and that led into an extended version of their big hit right now “Don’t Cha”. The hit music radio version sort of morphed into a HI-NRG club version. They sounded pretty good, and they were a pretty decent opening act for the big show tonight !


2. Gavin DeGraw – Gavin was up next, and he performed a handful of soulful rock tunes including his former # 2 smash (on our chart) “I Don’t Want To Be” and his current hit “Chariot”. It’s hard to believe that his “Chariot” CD has been out for nearly two years now. He’s waited awhile for success to catch up with him. Gavin’s got a great LIVE performance voice, as it sounded about as close as possible to his radio voice.


3. The Backstreet Boys were next in line. They just recently celebrated their 12TH anniversary together as a group. Once upon a time they sold out MASSIVE arenas – even sports stadiums – as the headlining act. It seems so long ago, but it’s only been about 5 to 6 years since they were the biggest act in the business. Deafening screams greeted them as they arrived on stage. They plowed through hits past – “The Call”, “I Want It That Way”, and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – present – “Incomplete” – and future – “Weird World” – during their 25-minute comeback performance. Aside from more years and more wrinkles they pretty much look the same today as they did back during their heyday. (Nick Carter has gotten noticeably heavier.) They promoted (a few times) their fresh new CD “Never Gone” which drops at retail on Tuesday June 14th. After their performance a few fans actually left the arena for good. I personally overheard one fan (as he walked past me) proudly exclaim that he can now state that he’s finally seen The Backstreet Boys LIVE in concert !


4. Jesse McCartney – 18-year-old Jesse followed The Backstreet Boys. He was also greeted by deafening cheers – obviously from the thousands of young girls in the arena within about 6 years of Jesse’s age. I think that probably half of the nearly sellout crowd was comprised of the young 12 to 24-year-old female demographic that Y-100.7 loves so much. It’s just my personal opinion here, but Jesse sounds wonderful on the radio; however, LIVE on stage he didn’t sound too good tonight. He sounded almost like a strained chipmunk. But it’s not all his fault. The sound quality of a large portion of the show early on was subpar. There were frequent squeals coming out of the microphones, and there was a lot of static coming out of the sound system. It seems like there was way too much treble and not enough bass during the early part of the night. The camera work and editing displayed on the two large overhead video monitors was pretty remarkable throughout the show. It actually had the feel of a TV taping in-progress. I had pretty good seats with the revolving stage at my 10:00 clock position. I found myself glancing up at the video monitors frequently during the show. There were some great audience shots included in the footage.


5. Simple PlanThis is why I bought a ticket to this show. I love Simple Plan. I would’ve gone to see them LIVE in concert even if they were the only act on the bill. Simple Plan rocked this show. After a short light show introduction they slammed it hard with a few rockers including their early hit “Addicted”. The hit power ballads “Welcome To My Life”, “Perfect”, and even the current “Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me ?)” were all fan-favourite singalongs. I was among thousands who were mouthing the words to all of their hits in unison. I was hoping they’d do “I’d Do Anything”, but they didn’t. Last Saturday night (May 28th) at about 8:10 PM I went to Simple Plan’s web site to see when they would be returning to Florida on tour with Good Charlotte (another favourite band of mine). What a coincidence. It just happened to be that they were performing at that very moment LIVE at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Downtown Jacksonville. I was also in the Jacksonville area all last weekend. Had I known about the concert a few months ago when tickets obviously went on sale I would’ve probably been at the concert instead of finding out about it on the web some 45 minutes after it started !


6. Mario – From the act that I most wanted to see to the act that I could’ve done without. I’m not a big fan of Mario, but he needn’t worry about me for he’s got plenty of fans who support him and love him. He obviously performed his MASSIVE hit “Let Me Love You” for all of the girls in the house. Unlike the preceding 4 acts before him he had no band to back him up – just pre-recorded backing tracks and a couple of dancers.


7. Tyler Hilton – This was sort of a surprise. We knew that Tyler was co-hosting the entire show tonight (along with Lindsay Lohan), but it was kept rather hush-hush that Tyler would also perform LIVE tonight. I just wished that he would’ve performed his previous hit “When It Comes” instead of or in addition to his current hit “How Love Should Be”. Tyler only got in one hit, and then he went on to introduce our next big star …


8. Gwen Stefani – Gwen was billed in all of the radio promotions leading up to the big show as the main headliner – the star of the show – and deservedly so. She’s gone from little-known lead singer of No Doubt to its breakout star to a star on her own. She’s proven over and over again that she can secure top hits with No Doubt as well as on her own. She’s got the # 1 smash in the entire nation right now, and everyone knew what was getting ready to go down when Gwen was joined on stage tonight by a marching band and cheerleaders. It was time to “Hollaback Girl”, and when it came time for Gwen to spell out B-A-N-A-N-A-S you had 15,000+ fans helping her out. Gwen stuck to her “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” solo material for this performance including “What You Waiting For ?”, “Rich Girl”, and a couple of new hits.


9. Ryan Cabrera – More fans left the arena following Gwen’s performance, but we were probably still above the 10,000 mark. Ryan performed all of his big hits (and a few new ones) from “Take It All Away”, and then he did a drum solo to prove that not only is he a great singer and guitarist, but he could also be the drummer of a rock band if he wanted to.


10. Ciara – It was getting late. Ryan finished up close to 11 PM (4 hours after the big show started), and I fully expected the arena to empty out following his performance. But it didn’t happen. Thousands of fans hadn’t gotten their Crunk yet. They were eagerly anticipating Ciara’s arrival on stage to deliver the “Goodies”, get in her “1, 2, Step”, and add in a final “Oh”. They weren’t disappointed. Ciara was there for her fans with all that and a little bit more. And once it was all done and over with the 4½-hour Summer Splash at the Office Depot Center was history !


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) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 168

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 03RD 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 20TH week on chart]
  2. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [3 / 15TH]
  3. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 6TH]
  4. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [2 / 8TH]
  5. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [5 / 17TH]
  6. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [10 / 2ND]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 24TH]
  8. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [8 / 15TH]
  9. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [9 / 3RD]
  10. “Love” – We Are Messengers [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “What A Friend” – Matt Maher
2017 – “Forgiven” – Crowder

It’s May now, and MercyMe is still there at # 1. They’ve been there since February. This is the 11TH week in a row at # 1 for “Almost Home”. That makes it the longest-running # 1 smash on my chart of the current era which began 3 years and 3 months ago. Going back even further it’s the longest-running # 1 smash since 2009 when “Open Season” from Air Five spent 11 weeks at # 1.

At the other end of my chart We Are Messengers are back with some “Love” for us. It’s their 5TH hit on my chart over the past 3 years and 3 months. Their “Magnify” was one of the earliest hits I heard on the radio back in 2017 when I returned to Christian radio after more than 7 years away. I saw We Are Messengers LIVE in concert last year while their 3RD hit – “Maybe It’s OK” – was # 1 on my chart. They put on a great set !

Here’s the official video with lyrics for “Love”. You can’t sit down for this one. You need to get up out of your chair or couch, and sing and dance along to these fun people in the video. After that share the video with someone you love. Support positive and encouraging Christian music on the radio and at retail.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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