Today, kicks off the countdown of Southern Gospel’s best radio songs of the 1990’s. The ’90’s were an interesting decade for Southern Gospel music. The popularity of the Gaither Homecoming videos brought a renaissance to the music and the industry.
The song kicking off the countdown is a song penned by Rodney Griffin, which is now known among listeners as a Greater Vision song only; “He’d Still Been God”.
Fun fact, fellow label mates at the time, the Freemans were the group to record and release the song to radio. It peaked in the top five in 1998.
The Freemans version did bring a bit more ‘fire’ to the song than that of Greater Vision. It was fitting the Freemans version was the version to garner chart success.
We’ve arrived at the place where its time to crown the best Southern Gospel radio song of the 1980’s.
“When He Was On The Cross” was a career song for the Florida Boys. Not only did it spend the last five months of 1985 at #1 but it went on to win song of the year, two years in a row (1985/1986).
That has only happened twice in the history of the fan awards and it just so happens it was the Florida Boys who did it the first time with “I’m Standing On The Solid Rock” (1978/1979).
Two of the biggest songwriters of the 1980’s, Ronny Hinson and Mike Payne, penned this now classic. A song that will forever be associated with the Florida Boys.
One of the most substantial songs in the history of the genre ranks 2nd among the best radio songs of the 1980’s.
Squire Parsons left the Kingsmen in 1978 and had his first solo album out by 1979; Sweet Beulah Land. The title track would go on to chart for Squire in 1980 but never reached #1.
The Kingsmen, among other artists, recorded the song. It would ultimately chart for the Kingsmen and their version won song of the year in 1981. It is hard to believe “Sweet Beulah Land” was never a #1 song. It goes to show that longevity and classic status is not rooted in chart success.
Alongside “The Lighthouse”, “Sweet Beulah Land” is the most recognized/recorded/sung Southern Gospel song in the history of the genre.
This week we’ll be wrapping up the countdown of Southern Gospel’s best radio songs of the 1980’s. Today, we take a look at the song ranked 3rd.
Much has already been written about the song, “God On The Mountain”. Tracy Dartt penned the song back in the mid 1970’s. Aside from Tracy, the only other artist to record the song that decade was the Song Masters out of Memphis Tennessee.
It was the McKameys who decided to record the song on their 1988 live recording, Gone To Meetin’. This song launched the McKameys in to the stratosphere of Southern Gospel’s biggest songs ever. A song that will forever be associated with Peg McKamey Bean.
Continuing on with the countdown of Southern Gospel’s best radio songs of the 1980’s, finds us at the song ranked 4th.
The Rex Nelon Singers (Nelons) were at the top of their game during the decade. In 1984 the group scored a top five song that ultimately won song of the year, “O For A Thousand Tongues”.
This David Binion penned song became the group’s signature song; one in which they still perform on the concert stage.
I want to start the year off by closing out a series from 2018; counting down the 40 best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.
The top five kicks off with Gold City and a song that went on to spend six months at #1, in 1988. “Midnight Cry” is one of the most recognizable songs of that decade. Southern Gospel audiences know it immediately upon hearing the first note.
Brothers, Chuck and Greg Day, came together to pen this now classic. The song even crossed genres and became a hit in the CCM world in the 1990s.
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.
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.