Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #34

Continuing the countdown of Southern Gospel music’s best radio songs of the 1980’s.  Landing at #34 is one of the best live album opening songs in the history of the genre.

The kings of live recordings in the 1980’s was the Kingsmen.  They recorded five major live albums during the decade,one of which was Stand Up At Opryland USA (1986).

The song ranked 34th among the best radio song of the 1980’s is the Ronny Hinson, Mike Payne collab; “Meet Me At The Table’.

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VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Round 2b

Today begins voting in round two of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open through Friday (03/23/18).  Be sure to look for (2) posts today to account for each bracket in round two.

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Round 2a

Today begins voting in round two of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open through Friday (03/23/18).  Be sure to look for (2) posts today to account for each bracket in round two.

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Bracket 4; Round 1

Today begins voting in round one of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open for one week.  Be sure to look for (4) posts today to account for each bracket in round one.

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Bracket 3; Round 1

Today begins voting in round one of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open for one week.  Be sure to look for (4) posts today to account for each bracket in round one.

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Bracket 1; Round 1

Today begins voting in round one of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open for one week.  Be sure to look for (4) posts today to account for each bracket in round one.

The Symphony Killed Southern Gospel Music

Not to rehash the downside to artists using tracks instead of live musicians; I’m gonna go ahead and do it anyway.

I listen to Enlighten on SiriusXM in the car, during my morning and evening commutes to work.  With the lack of music from the 70s/80s/90s on the network, the listener is treated to a lot of the over orchestrated, over produced Southern Gospel sounds of the last 15 years.

Today’s Southern Gospel music is one of the few musical genres that doesn’t translate well from recording to the live concert setting.  For artists to capture the sound from their recording, they would have to tour with an orchestra every performance.

Since they can’t afford that, listeners have to sit through the group sing to tracks, not knowing exactly how many additional vocals are built into the track.  Those additional vocals prop up the singer from being able to pull off the performance of the over produced track.

Even Southern Gospel artists that tour with musicians are wasting their money, because they mix tracks with the instruments and the audience member is left to wonder where one starts and the other ends.

I also don’t get quartets who hire a piano player to sit there most of the program and push a button while they clang on the keys a few times during the performance, to supplement the track.  And even when the piano player is finally given a chance to show off with a solo, they perform along with a track.

For me, the use of tracks has ruined the Southern Gospel music concert experience.

This is the concert experience I grew up with and boy is it sorely missed.

Best Recorded Songs Of 2017

Now that we’ve wrapped up the annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best albums, I will now list what I consider to be the 20 best recorded songs in Southern Gospel music for 2017.

What did you consider the top recorded songs of the year?

  1. Here He Comes” – Chris Cohn, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
  2. “It Was Finished On The Cross” – Kristie Braselton, Regi Stone; recorded by Sisters (Simply)
  3. Dying To Be With You” – Nick Akin; recorded by Akins (Eyes On The Road)
  4. I Will Pray” – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by the Perrys (Testament)
  5. Victory Is Mine” – Lee Black, Gerald Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch; recorded by Karen Peck and New River (Hope For All Nations)
  6. “Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
  7. “He Heals” – Jennifer Layne, Don Poythress; recorded by the Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven)
  8. “It Still Takes The Blood” – Gerald Crabb; recorded by the Freemans (Tower Of Song)
  9. “He Saw Me” – Phil Cross, Tony Jarman; recorded by Master’s Voice (Walk Worthy)
  10. “Telling The Story” – Kyla Rowland, Jessica Thomas; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (The Last Big Thing)
  11. “At The Name Of Jesus” – Pamela Hall; recorded by Mercy’s Well (Questions & Answers)
  12. Thankful, So Thankful” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
  13. “Long Live The King” – Joseph Habedank, Krissy Nordhoff, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
  14. “Rolled Back Stone” – Lee Black, Dianne Wilkinson; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
  15. Chain Breaker” – Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
  16. “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace” – Sandy Knight; recorded by the Kingsmen (They Don’t Know)
  17. “Grace Divine” – Lee Black, Gina Boe; recorded by the Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven)
  18. “Never Made A Promise” – Lee Black, Sue C Smith, Kenna West; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (Something Good)
  19. “God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
  20. Another World” – Jeffrey Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Lindsay Reith; recorded by Southern Raised (Another World)