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