The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1985

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

This week I’m going back a little further, as I continue my multiple anniversary weekend. It was exactly 33 years ago (to the date) that I wrote down (via loose-leaf paper, pen and pencil) my very first personal hit music chart in my military dorm room at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire England.

Here’s what the first page of it looked like – chart songs # 20 to # 6:

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Nice variety there, and so here it is – the Top 5 – for the week ending Saturday November 30TH 1985:

  1. “We Built This City” – Starship
  2. “Separate Lives” – Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
  3. “Part Time Lover” – Stevie Wonder
  4. “Say You, Say Me” – Lionel Richie
  5. “Never” – Heart

I was 18½ years old and a brand new resident in a foreign country when I penned that chart above. It was really the next step in a hobby that began about a dozen years earlier during the mid-1970s when I first discovered and fell in love with Top 40 radio and especially “American Top 40” on Sundays with my idol (at the time) Casey Kasem. I wanted to grow up and be just like him. The Billboard Hot 100 was my bible back then. I began reading and studying it at my local public library.

This paper edition of my personal hit music chart lasted nearly 7 years. Starship’s “We Built This City” was the first of 174 # 1 hits during that time-span. After a 3-year hiatus I began a second edition of this hobby, and it was all-electronic (via Excel spreadsheet) and eventually online and worldwide. That edition lasted for over 14 years. During the Summer of 2006 my chart flipped from Secular pop music to Christian pop music to coincide with the start of my salvation.

So Happy 33RD Anniversary to my very first personal hit music chart. What a hobby of a lifetime !

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blog posts for this weekend. I’ll be celebrating another anniversary come Sunday. Enjoy your Saturday. Thank You for your time.

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Happy Anniversary Weekend !

This is a huge anniversary weekend for me. I’ll observe one in this blog post, and then I’ll observe another one in tomorrow’s blog post, and then I’ll observe yet another one in Sunday’s blog post.

On November 30TH 1987 – the Monday after Thanksgiving that year – I boarded a plane in the Washington D.C. area (my original hometown) – for Miami Florida. I had never been there before, and I knew very little about it other than the fact that the weather would be much sunnier and warmer than the Washington D.C. area. I arrived in Miami that night, and I awaited my military transportation from Miami to Homestead AFB. It eventually arrived, and I arrived on the base during the wee early morning hours of December 01ST 1987. I was Active Duty in the USAF back then – an A1C / E3.

Hurricane Andrew destroyed Homestead AFB on August 24TH 1992, but then it was partially rebuilt. (Its geographic location ultimately saved it.) I returned to the base almost 19 months later upon its grand reopening as Homestead ARS (and then Homestead ARB). I still work on the base today. Nowadays (and for the past 11 years) I crunch numbers and count money.

So Happy 31ST Anniversary to me at the airbase near Homestead Florida. I arrived when I was 20½, and now I’m 51½. I wasn’t expecting to spend most of my life working there, but that’s what’s happened. I thought that I had seen the last of the airbase after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, but here I am 26 years later. I think I have another 5 good years in me before it’ll be time to pack it up, retire, and move away from this Homestead.

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 93

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 25TH 2018:

  1. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [# 2 last week / 15TH week on chart]
  2. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [1 / 13TH]
  3. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 4TH]
  4. “Known” – Tauren Wells [5 / 16TH]
  5. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 6TH]
  6. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [6 / 18TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 10TH]
  8. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [8 / 13TH]
  9. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [9 / 8TH]
  10. “joy” – for King & Country [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Different” – Micah Tyler

Micah Tyler scores his 2ND consecutive # 1 smash here on my chart, as “Even Then” rises to the top spot. It’s the follow-up to his long-running “Different” which was # 1 exactly one year ago.

In a somewhat surprising debut – for King & Country enters my chart at # 10 with their long-running # 1 smash on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart – “joy”. It’s slowly descending the national chart (currently at # 7) in its 27TH week. It also crossed-over onto mainstream (secular) Top 40 radio stations – particularly those that lean more adult. I’ll be seeing them LIVE in concert in 2½ weeks !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. Next weekend it’s back to 4 blog posts 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – always and forever.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

I have returned home from vacation up north. In one of my longest vacations ever (14 days) I visited my mom, brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and dog up north of Cincinnati Ohio. I flew up there on Saturday November 10TH (Veterans Day holiday weekend), and I flew back home to South Florida on (Black) Friday November 23RD. It was probably my final trip to Ohio for awhile, as in about 5 months my family will very likely move SW back to north of Dallas Texas – where they lived previously from 2006 to 2013.

The weather up in Ohio was mostly cloudy, wet, and miserable with 20s, 30s, and some 40s. On my 9TH day there we actually crawled up above 50°F for the only time. I returned home with dry, flaky, cracked, white skin with isolated spots of blood. The healing process began immediately as I stepped foot in our moist tropical air. It was almost 80°F with relative humidity near 70%. No more cold weather for me aside from perhaps a dozen mornings between now and the end of March. We’ve actually got a powerful cold front in the forecast for this Tuesday. We’ll have a rather chilly 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning with afternoon highs in the low-70s and morning lows in the mid-50s. No complaints here. I survived 14 days of winter up north !

My last two Sundays felt a bit empty, as I was without my church family. I was definitely looking forward to this day – the day the LORD has made. We rejoiced, and we were glad in it. It was great to be back home with my church family celebrating our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lead Pastor Bob spoke on “Knowing God ” – our Creator. He began with this Scripture:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak. Night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word. Their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens, and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6 NLT)

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 92

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 18TH 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [2 / 14TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 5TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 3RD]
  5. “Known” – Tauren Wells [5 / 15TH]
  6. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [8 / 17TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 9TH]
  8. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [6 / 12TH]
  9. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [9 / 7TH]
  10. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [10 / 9TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Different” – Micah Tyler

Casting Crowns remain at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row in a rather quiet week on my chart. Nationally on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart Lauren Daigle remains at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row.

I’m currently on vacation in cold and cloudy and dark and gloomy Ohio. It’s one of the coldest Novembers of the past 100 years, and I just happen to be here for half of it. This is my 10TH day here, and I think I’ve seen the sun for a small portion on about 3 days. A few days ago we had fog, rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow – all in a matter of hours. We hit 52°F / 11°C yesterday. It was and will be the only day in the 50s while I’m here. I’m ready for the return of the 70s and 80s back home in South Florida this weekend !

Thanksgiving Day is just 3 days away. May you enjoy the day with family, friends, fellowship, food, and football.

I give thanks to you – O Lord my God – with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever. (Psalm 86:12, ESV)

Aside from this flagship Monday night post my blog remains on hiatus until Sunday November 25TH 2018. I’ll return with “Sunday Scripture” and my new chart next Monday. I’ll return to 4 blogs per weekend starting on Thursday November 29TH 2018.

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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – always and forever.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 91

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 11TH 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 11TH week on chart]
  2. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [2 / 13TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [4 / 4TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [10 / 2ND]
  5. “Known” – Tauren Wells [3 / 14TH]
  6. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [6 / 11TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 8TH]
  8. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [8 / 16TH]
  9. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [5 / 6TH]
  10. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [9 / 8TH]

“Only Jesus” still reigns – and the song is still at # 1 this week for the 9TH week in a row.

Looks like Chris Tomlin has another big hit on his hands. His “Home” spent 2 weeks at # 1 in June 2017, and his “Resurrection Power” spent 26 weeks on my chart – peaking in its 25TH week at # 3.

7 charts remain in 2018. On a special Tuesday January 01ST 2019 blog post I’ll countup my Top 18 of 2018 based on chart performance during the year.

You can check out all of my # 1 smash hits from October 1995 to January 2010 by clicking on “THE MAJOR’S CHART-TOPPERS” hyperlink atop the web edition of this blog.

This concludes my weekend of 3 blog posts. My blog is on hiatus until Sunday November 25TH 2018; however, my Top 10 chart and analysis will continue on every Monday night. 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – always and forever.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1998

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 08TH 1998:

  1. “Jump Jive An’ Wail” – Brian Setzer Orchestra
  2. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  3. “Tearin’ Up My Heart” – ‘N Sync
  4. “Real World” – Matchbox 20
  5. “Thank U” – Alanis Morissette

As I look back at these classic hit music charts from 10, 20, and 30 years ago – I remember my life, and what I was doing as those songs played on the radio every 3 hours or less.

I often wonder what my life will be like, and what I will be doing, and where I will be doing it – 10, 20, and 30 years from now.

I was living and working in Homestead Florida 10, 20, and 30 years ago. In fact I’m still living in the same home as I was 10 and 20 years ago. My workplace is the same today as it was 10, 20, and 30 years ago. Only the music on the radio has changed over the years.

I probably won’t be here in Homestead Florida in 10 years. I’ll probably be retired, and living in a smaller and quieter town further north in South Central Florida.

I wonder if I’ll be blogging on here in 10 years ?  I was 10 years ago.

“The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO” returns in 3 weeks on Friday November 30TH 2018.

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