I agree with classical musician Johann Sebastian Bach when he says, “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” God-honoring music is more than just piano and organ hymnals that you would hear in your grandparents’ church. Christian music is a general term that encompasses myriads of genres with the single commonality of an inspirational theme in the lyrics. This is the style of music that ToastPop Girl enjoys the most. So, she has compiled a listening guide based on the top ten most popular Christian songs as rated by Billboard charts (as of last week) to help find an inspirational musician or band that suits your musical tastes if you’re interested.
- Topping the list is Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”. His style is worshipful and emulates pop. He has collaborated with many of the leading names in worship in the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry, like Michael W. Smith, Matt Maher, Hillsong United, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, and Louis Giglio.
- Then there’s TobyMac with his wildly popular and successful summer single, “Me Without You”. He’s one of the first rap artists for CCM, and found his professional beginnings in the 90’s with a group called DC Talk. Since the new millennium, TobyMac has been on a solo career, releasing five studio albums—the fifth one having just dropped contains this track. Toby doesn’t stray far from his hip-hop beginnings, and he mixes it with rock and pop elements.
- Tenth Avenue North with their song, “Losing” takes third. They’re a unique, modern blending of pop-rock, power pop, acoustic and indie. They take their name from a road in their hometown, West Palm Springs, Florida.
- At the number four spot lives “Where I belong” by Building 429, an upbeat, pop-rock band. As of this writing, this song has spent a year on this chart! Their name comes from the Christian Bible, in Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (New International Version)
- “The Hurt and the Healer” from MercyMe is at number six. This group, considered to be in the pop-rock genre, is best known for the song, “I Can Only Imagine”.
- Newsboys, my all-time favorite band, holds the seventh position on the list with “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)”. Newsboys began in the eighties, so they have a long career with many great hits that have embraced many different musical flavors, but they’re best stuff is generally of the pop, rock, and worship style.
- Number eight goes to Christ August and “Center of It”. He’s been playing music since he was young, and produced records for Brian McKnight and Jessica Simpson before he went into the Christian music business. August writes songs of faith, hope, and love and merges them with a catchy pop-rock sound meant to draw listeners in from all walks of life.
- Holding the ninth spot is “Live Like That” by Sidewalk Prophets. This band started when they were leading worship music at their alma mater Anderson University. They have a light country sound.
- Last but not least is “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”from Casting Crowns, a soft-rock band that is quite popular in the industry. Their songs are featured on the movies “Facing the Giants” and “Courageous”. Currently living in Georgia, some of
the band members are ministers in their church.
These are just some of the many great CCM musicians, writing great songs, and serving an even greater purpose: to honor God through music that can be enjoyed by all. Even if it’s not on the list, there should certainly be out there an inspirational equivalent to your kind of music! If you know of a great Christian musician or band, leave ToastPop Girl a comment describing their style. She would also be happy to help you find some Christian music that you might like if you tell her what you’re looking for.