Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #25

The countdown continues with the song ranked 25th among the best Southern Gospel radio singles of the 1980’s.

The Lesters already had one song in the top 40 with “Ain’t God Good” (#39), but their biggest chart song of the decade came in 1987.  “The Return Of El Shaddai” was from the group’s 1986 recording, Legacy.

It spent several months in the top 10 during the summer of 1987 and went on to become one of the top 20 songs of the entire year.  The song was penned by Bruce Haynes, who himself went on to perform with Jubilation (White River) and later recorded several albums as a solo artist.

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Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #26

We are climbing toward the halfway mark in the countdown of Southern Gospel’s best radio songs of the 1980’s.

Coming in at #26 is the biggest chart success for the Dixie Melody Boys.  Too this day, “Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse)”, remains the most popular song ever recorded by the group.

It is also the only song to reach #1 (in 1982) on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart for the Dixie Melody Boys.  This is also songwriter Darrell Holt’s only major chart song in Southern Gospel music.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #27

Happy summer!  Here’s hoping we all have some time to unwind over the next couple months.  Today, I want to continue counting down the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

The Florida Boys had their best chart success during the decade of the ’80s.  The song landing at #27 is the Carroll McGruder penned, “I Lean On You Lord”.

It was the song to finally dethrone “Midnight Cry” from the top of the charts, when it landed at #1 in July 1988.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #28

Happy Monday!  Lets continue with the countdown of the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

Ranked 28th among the best, is one of the most well-known songs by Rusty Goodman.  Rusty recorded “Leavin’ On My Mind” on his 1978 album, You Make It Rain For Me.

The song entered the charts in 1979 but would continue its success well into 1980, where it remained a top five hit.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #29

Counting down the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.  We’ve arrived at #29.

The Perry Sisters began their singing career in 1974 and released their first album in 1976.  It was the mid 1980’s when the group began getting recognized by a wider listening audience.

During this time, the Perry Sisters garnered hits such as “In The Ark Of Safety”, “I Wonder How Mary Felt” and “We Shall Stand”.  It was in 1988, the trio would finally become a household name in Southern Gospel music with the release of “There’ll Be A Payday”.

The song would go on to become the Perry Sisters biggest chart success of their career.  This Diana Gillette penned tune ranks 29th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #30

We’ve reached the song ranked 30th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s; “Master Of The Wind”.

The Hemphills were at their prime in the 1980’s releasing hit record after hit record.  It started with Workin’ in 1980 and continued until their final album release Celebration (1989).

From the 1984 album, Together, “Master Of The Wind” became a top ten hit for the Hemphills in early 1985.  While not a huge chart hit at the time, the song would go on to become one of the group’s most memorable songs.

“Master Of The Wind” was another in a long list of songs in Joel Hemphill’s songwriting catalog.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #31

Happy Monday.  Lets get the week started by continuing our countdown of the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

Landing at #31 is the Happy Goodmans, post Howard and Vestal Goodman.  In 1981 Rusty, Sam, Tanya and Johnny Cook joined forces to release Goin’ Higher.

The album garnered several top ten hits, including this top five song penned by Thomas Alexander; “I’ve Already Won The War”.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #32

The countdown in determining Southern Gospel music’s best radio songs of the 1980’s rolls on today with the song ranked 32nd.

The Cathedrals were at the top of their game in the 1980’s, releasing hit recording after hit recording.  Along with those recordings came chart topping hits, that have now become Southern Gospel classics.

Sally Goodwin is the composer that gave us “Who Can Do Anything”.  George Younce brought the song to life and ranks 32nd among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.