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Australia's National Christian Music Charts Name The Top Songs Of 2012


The Rock Across Australia (TRAA), Australia’s official national Christian music chart, has named the top Christian songs of 2012 and tobyMac, the #1 spot holder, is definitely a national favorite. Chart researcher Wes Jay said, "tobyMac stood out on the chart with multiple entries over the year - four as a soloist, and two as a featured act with other performers. No other artist came close to achieving the same level of airplay on Australian Christian radio in the past year. He’s a phenomenon."

While the majority of the bands we love in the US are equally as popular in Australia, sometimes different singles are released to radio in the two countries.

10. "Live It Out" - Abandon

Abandon - Control
ForeFront Records

Living your faith out in an honest and open way is the theme of the single from Control.

9. "Jesus In Disguise" - Brandon Heath

Brandon Heath - Blue Mountain

"Jesus In Disguise," which debuted on US radio in November, hit Australia radio and became a fan favorite a little earlier. The song comes to us from October's Blue Mountain. With a touch of country, Heath reminds us that while there are times we may not see God in our busy lives, He is always there, sometimes as if He is in disguise, because we see what we expect to see.

8. "Banner of Love" - Luminate

Luminate – Welcome to Daylight
Sparrow Records

"Banner of Love" is the lead single from the August release, Welcome To Daylight. We first heard this song in 2011 on the Jesus Calling compilation and the new recording is even better.

7. "Love Is Making A Way" - Sixteen Cities

Sixteen Cities - Love Is Making A Way
Centricity Music

The title track from the 2012 album reminds us that God and His love make changes to us and we come out better people because of it.

6. "I'm Alive" - Peter Furler

Peter Furler - On Fire Bonus Tracks Edition
Sparrow Records

Peter Furler's first release after leaving Newsboys came out in June of 2011. The bonus tracks/remix version released six months later in January. "I'm Alive" was on the bonus album twice, the second time being a remix by Andy Hunter. Regardless of which version you listen to, the message is the same - through Jesus, we have new life.

5. "Ships In The Night" - Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney - Young Love
Universal Republic Records

"Ships In The Night," the second radio single from Young Love, hit radio last spring. Reminding us that arguments with the people that we love can make us feel like random ships that do no more than pass in the night, it also shares how we can overcome those moments of heated words with love.

4. "The Hurt & The Healer" - MercyMe

MercyMe - The Hurt & The Healer

Finishing the year at on #4 on TRAA and at #5 on Billboard, the title track from MercyMe's May release spent six weeks at #1 here on About. This is a powerful song that reminds us that no matter what we are facing, God can heal it all.

3. "Forgiveness" - Matthew West

Matthew West - Into the Light
Sparrow Records

After weeks in the charts both in Australia and the US, "Forgiveness" ended the year on TRAA at #3 and on Billboard at #14. The gorgeous and profound song was an absolute hit for Matthew West.

2. "All This Time" - Britt Nicole

Britt Nicole - Gold
Sparrow Records

The 2nd most popular song of 2012 on TRAA (and at Billboard's #12), "All This Time" was from Britt Nicole's release, Gold. She says that the song is the story of how she met Jesus, and that is a story we can all relate to, no matter where we live.

1. "Me Without You" - tobyMac

tobymac - Eye On It
Forefront Records

From tobyMac's August release, Eye On It, "Me Without You" ended the year at #7 on Billboard. Wes Jay says the song spent a total of 30 weeks in the survey, dominating the top spot for 13 consecutive weeks, plus securing a position in the Top 10 of the weekly survey for 25 weeks.

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