My Top 10 Hits – Week 205

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 January 17TH 2021:

1 1 8 Every Step Of The Way Cade Thompson
2 2 15 Truth Be Told Matthew West
3 3 10 Out Of My Hands Jeremy Camp
4 7 8 Sparrows Cory Asbury
5 8 4 Another In The Fire Hillsong United
6 6 6 Man Of Your Word Maverick City Music
7 5 21 Rise Up (Lazarus) Cain
8 4 10 Image Of God We Are Messengers
9 1 Say I Won’t MercyMe
10 1 Who Can Cochren & Co.

# 1 This Week In:
2020 – “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom 
2019 – “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin
2018 – “Lions” – Skillet

On this 3RD weekend of January I’ve got my first 2 new entries of 2021. MercyMe is back with their 5TH hit “Say I Won’t”. They’ve been very consistent since my chart was resurrected in 2017:

– “Even If” spent 19 weeks on my chart and 2 weeks at # 1 in 2017
– “Grace Got You” spent 24 weeks on my chart and 2 weeks at # 1 in 2018
– “Best News Ever” spent 12 weeks on my chart and 2 weeks at # 2 in 2019
– “Almost Home” spent 24 weeks on my chart and 12 weeks at # 1 in 2020

Now they’ve got their emerging hit in 2021. Here’s the official music video for their new hit “Say I Won’t”. It’s one of the most added new songs this week at U.S. Christian radio. Check it out below or here.

Exactly 3 years ago this blog was resurrected here on WordPress after a 7-year hiatus. 3 years ago I presented Week 48 of my chart. It was just a simple no-frills chart back then. It’s evolved and been enhanced over these past 3 years to become the Monday feature that it is today. I’ll keep enhancing it to highlight and promote what’s popular at Christian music radio. It’s how I share God’s Good News through His music.

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) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1991

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 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. That would be for the week ending Sunday January 13TH 1991, but on that week I was serving my country in Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield & Storm. It was the start of my 2ND week in the desert.

Life was very different in “Tent City” in the middle of the desert. We had limited access to hit music on the radio. We only had a few stations to listen to via AFRTS (American Forces Radio & Television Service). “Eagle Radio 103 / 105 / 107” was picked-up out of Riyadh – about 65 miles away.

At our BX (Base Exchange) – think small military department store – they sold cassettes. Most of them could be considered as “bootleg” off the local economy, but I bought a bunch of them for a couple of dollars each despite diminished quality. I also bought myself a Walkman (or equivalent) so that I could listen to them in my tent and not disturb anyone.

Don Henley’s “The End Of The Innocence” was one of those cassettes – the album not the title-track alone. Songs like the title-track, “The Heart Of The Matter”, “How Bad Do You Want It ?”, “The Last Worthless Evening”, and “New York Minute” represent the soundtrack of my war experience. I wore-out that cassette over there.

One of my tentmates loved “Hard To Handle” from The Black Crowes. I mean he really loved it, and he loved to play it often – many times per day – loud and proud. I ended-up liking the song as well (since I heard it so many times). 

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 35 years ago to January 1986.

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