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2016 was a great year, and I had the opportunity to listen to a ton of music that released this year. Let's take a look and see what I heard and what I liked!
The following is a list of the 15 projects I heard that released in 2016, not exactly my top 15 favorite albums of 2016. I just wanted to share all that I heard this year. (The top 10 is what to really look at.) I hope you enjoy this list, for it was a ton of fun for me to design this page. It took a lot of work, guys!!! Enjoy.
10 - Phil Keaggy - All At Once
I loved hearing "Fierce" on the radio and I have heard other great songs from this release, so I was very excited when I took a listen. This album is filled with great worship songs, but I do feel that the lyrical repetition through out many of these songs kinda made this album less enjoyable than it should have been. An occasional song like "Oceans" is great, but not the whole album. Other than that, great lyrics and moving worshipful music.
Fierce (Chris Quilala)
Set Me Ablaze (Katie Torwalt)
Never Gonna Stop Singing (Kim Walker-Smith)
8 - Passion - Salvation's Tide Is Rising
After releasing live albums annually, the brains behind the Passion movement decided to release the next set of songs as a studio project. And this project is full of wonderful songs of praise to the Lord featuring songs from names like Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman. Features Crowder's "My Victory," which a different mix appears on his "American Prodigal" album.
Simple Pursuit (Melodie Malone)
Salvation's Tide (Kristian Stanfill)
Remember (Brett Younker)
7 - Newsboys - Love Riot
After hearing the electronically infused "Restart," I'm sure all fans were wondering how the next standard release would turn out. We got a mix of rock, pop, and synth. (It makes me wonder what the next album would sound like . . .) It starts out with the banger of a "Crazy" awesome track and the album slows down with "Hero" and "Love Riot." And the worshipful "Guilty" would want to make you throw your hands in the air declaring your trust in God.
6 - ApologetiX - Only A Glorified Cover Band
This feels like a good rocky return for ApologetiX. While it really doesn't have any modern rock or heavy metal tracks, it is filled with a good mix of classic rock tracks. Things start with the lite beats of "Message In The Bible" and starts to throw a few guitar punches with "Cunning Is The Devil."
The Sound Of Sirens
The Bible Countdown
Blabbed Through The Phone
5 - ApologetiX - Quilt
I was so excited when ApologetiX said that they would be releasing a pop project. Though I can't wait for another album that would rock you from start to finish (I don't think "Only A Glorified Cover Band" fully accomplished that), there would finally be an album I'd be able to introduce ApologetiX to my friends who don't like rock. And there are so many good songs on this record!
Killing My Suffering With His Son
Garden My Heart
4 - Skillet - Unleashed
Even though it just released this year, this album has quite some nostalgia for me it being the first full-length Skillet I heard. It features songs ranging from metal ("The Resistance") to pop ("Stars" and "Lions") to electrona ("Saviors Of The World"), which makes it a very interesting listen. It does feature more upbeat songs than "Awake" and "Rise," which should please most Skillet fans.
Watching For Comets
3 - Lacey Sturm - Life Screams
Former Flyleaf frontlady released an amazing first solo release, featuring rockin' tunes and emotional ballads. "Impossible" starts the album hard, with a rockin' chorus and amazing screams. After "Rot," it does start to take a slower turn, but it doesn't destory the album. "Life Screams" is an amazing power ballad that makes you wanna sing along with her emotional voice.
You're Not Alone
2 - Sky Dixon - Enough (EP)
Colton Dixon's sister released a very impressive EP featuring six original tracks. "Let Me Down" features Colton in a very catchy song, appreciating the fact that God is solid as a rock and would never let us down. (So the track really should have been called "Won't Let Me Down.") Sky declare's God's never changing charater in "Who You Are" and recognizes that God is the only one who she needs in "Enough."
Who You Are
1 - Michael Sweet - One Sided War
Stryper's lead singer delivered a slammin' solo album! This album really reveals the heart of Michael Sweet, with songs like "Only You" that show that he believe's that Christ is the only one who can take a broken heart, while "I Am" is on the flip side with God reminding us that he's always with us. With Stryper-like tunes ("Golden Age") and crunching songs ("Can't Take This Life"), this is an amazing album from an amazing man with an amazing heart.
Can't Take This Life
One Sided War
Top Songs Of 2016
Please understand that one album appears once, so Skillet could have one song and one only, Michael Sweet could have one, GAWVI could have two (due to two EPs) and ApologetiX could have four (because they released four albums this year).
So many awesome songs I heard. Here we go!
24 - Britt Nicole - Pave
23 - Phil Keaggy - I Must Tell Jesus
22 - Jordan Feliz - The River
21 - V. Rose (ft. Trip Lee) - I Love You So Much (ILYSM)
20 - 1GN - Cinema
19 - Jason Gray - Sparrows
18 - Chris Tomlin - Jesus
17 - Julianna Zobrist - Shatterproof
16 - LoveCollide - Yahweh
15 - ApologetiX - Manifold
14 - AMP - The Master
13 - Tenth Avenue North - What You Want
12 - Lacey Sturm - Rot
11 - Jesus Culture / Chris Quilala - Fierce
10 - Michael Sweet - Golden Age
9 - Skillet - The Resistance
8 - Theocracy - Ghost Ship
7 - Sky Dixon - Enough
6 - Sparrows Rising - Father Help Me
5 - Newsboys - Guilty
4 - ApologetiX - Nightmare Waiting
3 - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family - Thy Will
I first heard this song on NRTRadio and I thought it absolutely was amazing. And it still is. Whenever times are tough, we just have to remember the one who is always in control. And to surrender our wants and desires to Him and let Him have his way. Powerful, powerful song. It still digs deep in my soul.
2 - Passion / Melodie Malone / Kristian Stanfill - Simple Pursuit
Oh my, I remember the first time I heard this song, it just stole my heart in the realization on how the church is falling away from God and our responsibilities. But I was soon aware on how it also applies to His people on an individual level. I am going through a devotional from Passion of the same name and it's a daily reminder to #JustChillAndTrustHim.
1 - ApologetiX - The Sound Of Sirens
THE SONG OF THE YEAR!!! I can not believe how absolutely amazing this song is! J. Jackson did an amazing job writing this song, which tackles the racism issue. It is beautifully written and reminds us where it all comes down to: our hearts. Are we confessing our sin to the Lord? While this song will tug on your heart, it is a very uplifting listen. YOU MUST TAKE A LISTEN!!!
Album Of The Year
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