As a style, Christian Inspirational music really isn't a defined style that stands on its own. Inspo blends pop, contemporary, AC, hymns and even praise and worship
, with or without the corporate worship elements and bands from several genres have released Inspirational songs or albums.
If you're new to the Inspo genre, you may be wondering where to start. The Starter Songs List is a great jumping off point, combining some of the best inspirational songs from today as well as timeless classics.
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Coming from the 2001 Dove Inspirational Album of the Year
, "Beyond The Sky" is delivered simply, without any bells or whistles. The song and the artist both create a sense of intimacy that bypasses the outside and goes straight to your heart and soul.
This poignant song examines God's love and how huge and unending it is. We may not always understand it, but no matter how trying the times are, we know that it's there.
Brian Littrell is only one of the artists who have released the Andrew Shawn Craig and Donald A. Koch version of this popular song, but he delivered it with a passion that will stand the test of time.
The 1999 Dove Inspirational Song of the Year
came from A Maze of Grace
. This amazingly powerful worship song is an Avalon classic that will continue to live on for years to come.
Amy Grant's voice practically sparkles with life and love on "Anywhere With Jesus," making this a starter song you don't want to leave out.
From the 1997 Dove Inspirational Album of the Year
, Quiet Prayers (My Utmost For His Highest)
, "Bryan's Hymn (When I Turn To You)" may be over ten years old, but the sentiment is as true today as it was then and his delivery is flawless. This is one tune that will never go out of style.
Something To Say brought us "The Motions" and with it a plea to stop being complacent (going through the motions) and do something.
Bart Millard gives this classic tune new life with a pure Dixieland jazz type of sound. If you're thinking Bart Millard as a solo act automatically equals MercyMe revisited, think again.
In 1998, "A Baby's Prayer" was the Dove Inspirational Song of the Year
. Over a decade later, this song still carries a big punch. The heartfelt, emotional lyrics will stir your soul.