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by Wendy Lee Nentwig

December 29, 2013

Top 50 Christian Tracks of 2013

by Wendy Lee Nentwig  |  December 29, 2013

Often a year's best singles align fairly closely with its best albums, but as music continues to be more singles-driven (for better or worse), standout tracks are able to rise to the top without the help of a hit album. Unfortunately, not every song that should get recognition actually does.

A perfect example of this is "Better Not to Know." Amy Grant's first album in 10 years was snubbed by the Grammys, but this understated gem shows a depth that can be found only after decades of making music. New music by Jars of Clay also didn't get the attention we believe it merited. Thankfully, we have a chance to try to rectify that, highlighting music from their Inland and Grant's How Mercy Looks from Here, as well as other personal favorites from 2013.

Tracks by artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, TobyMac, Mandisa and Chris Tomlin were obvious choices. Others are pleasant surprises, like gems from Matt Maher, All Sons & Daughters, and Citizen Way. In all, we picked 50 tracks that we believe represent the best of 2013 from across the Christian/gospel genre. Give them a listen and see if you agree.

  1. Amy Grant, "Better Not to Know (Feat. Vince Gill)"
  2. Jars of Clay, "Fall Asleep"
  3. Derek Webb, "Eye of the Hurricane"
  4. TobyMac, "Steal My Show"
  5. Steven Curtis Chapman, "Love Take Me Over"
  6. Mandisa, "Overcomer"
  7. Audio Adrenaline, "Kings & Queens"
  8. Martin Smith, "God's Great Dance Floor"
  9. Matt Redman, "Your Grace Finds Me (live)"
  10. Tye Tribbett, "He Turned It"
  11. Switchfoot, "Love Alone Is Worth the Fight"
  12. Laura Story, "I Can Just Be Me"
  13. Third Day, "I Need a Miracle"
  14. TobyMac, "Speak Life"
  15. Matt Maher, "Lord, I Need You"
  16. Gungor, "I Am Mountain"
  17. Audrey Assad, "I Shall Not Want"
  18. Tasha Cobbs, "Grace (live)"
  19. All Sons & Daughters, "Great Are You Lord (live)"
  20. Elevation Worship, "Open Up Our Eyes"
  21. Lecrae, "Co-Sign, Pt. 2"
  22. Chris Tomlin, "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)"
  23. Skillet, "Rise"
  24. The Afters, "Every Good Thing"
  25. Aaron Shust, "God of Brilliant Lights"
  26. Jason Crabb, "What the Blood Is For"
  27. Newsboys, "Live With Abandon"
  28. Kristian Stanfill, "Children of Light"
  29. Josh Wilson, "I See God In You"
  30. Vertical Church Band, "The Rock Won't Move"
  31. Phil Wickham, "This Is Amazing Grace"
  32. Hillsong UNITED, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fall)"
  33. Rend Collective Experiment, "Build Your Kingdom Here"
  34. Jamie Grace, "Beautiful Day"
  35. Big Daddy Weave, "Redeemed"
  36. Tenth Avenue North, "Worn"
  37. Sidewalk Prophets, "Help Me Find It"
  38. Hawk Nelson, "Words (feat. Bart Millard)"
  39. Matthew West, "Hello, My Name Is"
  40. Natalie Grant, "Hurricane"
  41. Chris August, "Restore"
  42. Jeremy Camp, "My God"
  43. Citizen Way, "Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)"
  44. For King & Country, "Middle of Your Heart"
  45. Rhett Walker Band, "Come to the River"
  46. Colton Dixon, "Never Gone"
  47. Brandon Heath, "Love Does"
  48. Carlos Whittaker, "In the Arms"
  49. Charlie Hall Band, "Revive Us Again"
  50. Unspoken, "Who You Are"

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