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Top 40 Christian Songs of 2011

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30. "Jesus Saves" - Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp - We Cry Out: The Worship Project
BEC Recordings

"Jesus Saves," our first song in the year end chart by Jeremy, debuted in the Top 10 in 2010. It comes to us from Jeremy Camp's worship album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project. An original rather than a remake of the classic, this pop/rock tune reminds us that the bottom line in life, no matter who you are, is that Jesus saves!

29. "I Need Your Glory" - Earnest Pugh

Earnest Pugh - Earnestly Yours
Worldwide Music

Our September hit, "I Need Your Glory," came from Earnestly Yours. Words like smooth, beautiful and powerful don't even come close to describing the majesty of this one.

28. "Starry Night" - Chris August

Chris August - No Far Away
Fervent Records
Our second Chris August song, "Starry Night," came to us in August when his debut album, No Far Away, hit stores. "Starry Night" has an almost poetic flow to it, as Chris sings of the beauty of God's creation and how he has given his life to the one that made it all.

27. "I Smile" - Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin - Hello Fear
Fo Yo Soul/Gospo Centric

"I Smile," which made it all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart, came from Kirk Franklin's March release, Hello Fear. This is one of those songs that you can not possibly frown through. It's a mid-tempo tune that serves as a fun reminder to smile through the hard times because God is still in control.

26. "Children Of God" - Third Day

Third Day - Move
Essential Records

We first saw "Children of God," from Move, in February. Southern rock meets the New Hope Academy Children's Choir in this rockin' anthem.

25. "Turn Around" - Matt Maher

Matt Maher - The Love In Between
Essential Records

"Turn Around," which hit the charts in October, came from Matt Maher's The Love In Between. The song reminds us that finding Jesus isn't a hard thing to do - it's not a journey filled with pitfalls and trap doors. Finding Jesus is as simple as turning around.

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24. "Light Up The Sky" - The Afters

The Afters - Light Up The Sky
INO Records

"Light Up The Sky" is the title track from The Afters EP release. We first heard this tune on the popular MTV show “The Hills” in the summer of that year. It was also on the new CD, Light Up The Sky, which hit stores in September 2010.

23. "Listen to the Sound" - Building 429

Building 429 - Listen to the Sound
Provident

"Listen to the Sound" is the title track from Building 429's May release. The pop/rock song tells listeners to listen to the sound of hope - something we can all relate to, while sounding (to my ears anyway), a bit like Newsboys.

22. "My Hope Is In You" - Aaron Shust

Aaron Shust - This Is What We Believe
Centricity Music
"My Hope Is In You" came to us from This Is What We Believe. The piano-driven song was written while Aaron and his wife were holding onto the only hope that they could - the hope that comes from Christ - as their son battled a severe medical condition.

21. "Your Great Name" - Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant - Love Revolution
Curb Records
"Your Great Name" came to us from Natalie Grant's 2010 Love Revolution. She covered this worship song in a way that only she can - giving it life that practically takes you to the throne room.

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