Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #6

Today, we take a look at the song ranked 6th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

The Greenes started their singing career in 1979.  Siblings Tim, Kim, Tony and father Everette Greene wowed crowds from the beginning.  Early chart hits included “Gloryland”, “It Sure Sounds Like Angels To Me”, “Miracle In Me”, “Restless Hearts”, “Ride On The Clouds” and “When He Sees Me”.

But it was 1989, at the close of the decade, when the Greenes would garner their first #1 song and create a signature song for the group; “When I Knelt, The Blood Fell”.  Penned by Tim Greene, the song would ultimately spend three months at #1 between November 1989 and January 1990.

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Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #7

Lets continue the countdown of Southern Gospel’s best radio songs of the 1980’s with the song ranked 7th.

The Hemphills were at their peak in the early 1980’s garnering (4) #1 songs from the years 1980 to 1984.  Joel Hemphill was already recognized as one of Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriters by this point.

The biggest song of the group’s career came from the 1980 album, Workin’.  By December 1980, “He’s Still Working On Me” claimed the top spot on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart.  It would go on to spend eight months at #1.

Penned by Joel, “He’s Still Working On Me” is still sung in many children’s Sunday school classes every Sunday morning.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #8

Marching ever closer to the #1 Southern Gospel radio song of the 1980’s.  Today, we take a look at the song ranked 8th.

With Rex Nelon’s popularity, as a result of the years spent with the LeFevres, the Rex Nelon Singers immediately found success in Southern Gospel music. By June 1980, the Rex Nelon Singers would garner their first #1 song with “Come Morning”.

Dee Gaskin penned this now classic that was recorded on the group’s 1979 album, Feelings.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #9

Today we look at the song ranked 9th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

The Hinsons had their greatest chart success in the 1980’s with four #1 songs on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart.  In July 1984 the group would garner their second #1 song from the same album, Hinsongs.

“Call Me Gone” would ultimately become a signature song for Kenny Hinson, who also penned this chart topper.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #10

We have finally made it to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

At #10 is a song that dates back so far, it is now in the public domain.  The songwriting credits are given to sisters, EM Cantwell and Nettie Washington.  The earliest Southern Gospel recording of “I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy” was the Blackwood Brothers in 1956 (Hymn Sing).

The song didn’t become a huge Southern Gospel hit until the mid 1980’s when the Singing Americans recorded it on their 1984 album, Live And Alive.  By January 1985, the song went #1 and became a signature song for the Singing Americans and most notably Michael English.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #11

Just about to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s, but first lets take a look at the song ranked 11th.

It was 1981 when Heaven Bound released a song that not only became the signature song for the group but is now counted among the best Southern Gospel classics.

“Canaanland Is Just In Sight”, penned by group member Jeff Gibson, never got to #1 but its lasting impact far outweighs where it landed on the chart.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #12

Getting ever closer to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.  Today, we take a look at the song ranked 12th.

The Nelons were at their prime during the 1980’s.  The vocal line-up of Rex Nelon, Kelly Nelon, Karen Peck and Jerry Thompson were unmatched in what was provided to listeners in the mid to late 1980’s.

Jerry penned the song ranked 12th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s, “Bring My Children Home”.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #13

Let’s get back to counting down the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.  The goal is to have the countdown complete before the month ends.

Ranked 13th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s is the only song to make the list from the Spencers.  This Ohio based family was at their peak during the decade racking up quite a few top ten hits.

It wasn’t until the decade was closing (1989) that the Spencers finally got their first #1 song with the Gene and Val Johnson penned, “Coming Soon”.