Some Great Christian Music Part I
October 15, 2013 35 Comments
Even though I’m a Christian, I don’t particularly enjoy Christian music that much – especially its contemporary contributions. I do like a lot of hymns, but even those can get quite repetitive, depending on how they’re led by certain worship leaders. The Psalms implores us to sing a new song to God, and often, I feel like many Christian songs are just copycats of previous Christian songs from the 90s, both in lyrics and in tune.
I’ve provided a partial list of Christian songs (and singers) whom I’ve really come to enjoy and respect. Even if you’re not a Christian, I invite you to listen in to some genuine Christian music that I believe is real, authentic, and different from other shallower songs you might have encountered in this genre.
What Do I know of Holy by Addison Road
This song was particularly meaningful for me at a turning point in my life a few years ago when I was confronted with some big sin issues I was trapped in. The song here reminded me that there is a God who is much bigger than me and my issues and even my sin. And yes, that He is mighty to save, but even that thought, those words, don’t even scratch the surface of the magnitude of God’s saving power.
Other recommended songs by Addison Road - “Hope Now”, “Run”, “Fight Another Day”, “Need You Now”.
Canaan Bound by Andrew Peterson
I wrote about Andrew Peterson in a previous blog post which you should check out here. If his lyrics don’t move you and send shivers down your spine and cause you to just thank the Lord for the beauty of words and language, then I just don’t know what to tell you. Peterson is one of the few Christian artists who breaks free from the “contemporary Christian mold” and offers the most refreshing Christian music out there.
Other recommended songs by Andrew Peterson - “Dancing in the Minefields”, “Little Boy Heart Alive”, the entire “Love and Thunder” album.
There is a Higher Throne – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Sarabeth and I saw this Irish couple in concert last Christmas which I wrote about here. They’re known as the modern-day hymn writers. You’ve probably sung their most notorious song, ”In Christ Alone” in church – one of the select few I haven’t gotten burnt out on. I’m thankful for their music, because every now and then, their songs really do take me to a higher, better place if I’m just still and quiet enough.
Other recommended songs by Keith and Kristyn Getty - “Creation Sings the Father’s Song”, “When Trials Come”, “The Power of the Cross”, and their entire “Joy – An Irish Christmas” album.
Your Love by Brandon Heath
This is the most contemporary song in this list, but for some reason it resonates with me. The lyrics say it all: that all we need in this life is God’s love, and really, it’s all we have to give back to him, though it may not be much – He’ll take it anyway.
Also, check out “Jesus in Disguise” by Brandon Heath.
Share with us some of your favorite Christian music.