It’s been another big year in Christian music! As 2010 comes to a close, here are my picks for the Top 10 Albums of the Year:
1. Matthew West, The Story of Your Life (Sparrow)
Inspired by 10,000 real-life stories, these songs speak of tragedy, triumph, and above all, hope. This is a career album for Matthew, and the stories of these songs will outlive the songwriter. West tells the stories most of us are afraid to share. Honest, gritty, incredible.
2. Sanctus Real, Pieces of a Real Heart (Sparrow)
These songs grabbed pieces of listeners’ hearts this year. It’s hard to believe “Lead Me” was the band’s first No. 1 at AC radio. Their music just keeps getting better and more honest with every album. We love the men these rockers have become!
3. Audrey Assad, The House You’re Building (Sparrow)
Audrey is one of the best new artists to surface in years. Her poetic lyrics are diamonds in the rough, and her lilting vocals provide a beautiful backdrop for her thought-provoking content.
5. Bebo Norman, Ocean (BEC)
A songwriter’s songwriter, Ocean finds Bebo at his best. There’s some pop, but it’s the raw, organic tracks that put this album on the list. He knows how to turn a phrase better than just about anyone.
7. Chris Tomlin, And If Our God Is For Us… (sixsteps)
The popular worship leader added some major beats on his latest effort, and while he didn’t stray too far from his core audience, he breathed fresh life into this batch of songs. Greater things are still to come for this worship leader.
What were your favorite albums of 2010?