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Top 40 Christian Songs of 2011

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10. "You Are More" - Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North - The Light Meets The Dark
Reunion Records

"You Are More" hit the charts, hit the top and then hung around for a good, long while. The song comes from The Light Meets The Dark. My favorite song on the release, it touches on a topic that I speak on frequently ... not being defined by the choices that we've made or the mistakes that we've survived. Our experiences help shape us, but they do not define us. God defines us and we are more than a laundry list of actions.

9. "Hold Me" - Jamie Grace f/ tobyMac

Jamie Grace - One Song At A Time
Gotee Records

Our next song for 2011 comes from newcomer and tobyMac find, Jamie Grace. If you've ever wondered what would happen if you threw pop, R&B and hip hop into a blender and served it up with charm and an acoustic guitar, you've found it with this fun tune.

8. "I Lift My Hands" - Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin - And If Our God Is For Us
EMI
The 8th most popular song of 2011 also carries the distinction of being a 2012 Grammy Awards nominee for "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance" and "Best Contemporary Christian Music Song." The second single release from And If Our God Is For Us... is slow, easy and purely Chris Tomlin.

7. "Stronger" - Mandisa

Mandisa - What If We Were Real
Sparrow Records

"Stronger," which sat at the top for 12 weeks, is from Mandisa's totally amazing release, What If We Were Real. Fans love this one as it is one of those "good to the last drop" kind of tunes that reminds us that it is from the bad that we get stronger.

6. "You Love Me Anyway" - Sidewalk Prophets

Sidewalk Prophets - These Simple Truths
Word Records

"You Love Me Anyway" was another summer hit that shot straight to the top of the charts. From the band's debut album, These Simple Truths, the country sounding ballad is a little slice of different from their pop sound.

5. "Strong Enough" - Matthew West

Matthew West - The Story Of Your Life
Sparrow Records

We starting hearing "Strong Enough" over the summer months and it carried us through fall. The popular radio single from Matthew West's The Story of Your Life gives us everything Matthew West has gotten us used to where his music is concerned ... great vocals, perfect timing and lyrics that resonate with our hearts.

4. "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" - Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns - Until The Whole World Hears
Beach Street Records

"Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)," is the third single release from Until The Whole World Hears. While some of the critics weren't impressed by the song (or the release), it certainly proved them wrong after spending 14 weeks in the Top 10. Personally, I have to wonder how anyone could say that lyrics like Living, He loved me / Dying, He saved me / Buried, He carried my sins far away are a cliche (yet one reviewer did) because truth is never a cliche!

3. "Blessings" - Laura Story

Laura Story - Blessings
Provident

One of my personal favorite songs of 2011, the title track from Laura's album is tender, yet as powerful as a freight train. The piano-based ballad shares that we shouldn't look at blessings as a wish list that God checks off for us. Rather, we should see the blessings in the little miracles around us.

2. "Move" - MercyMe

MercyMe - The Generous Mr. Lovewell
INO Records

After 18 weeks in the Top 10, the fun "Move" comes from The Generous Mr. Lovewell. This tune has a very Sgt. Pepper (Bee Gees version) sound, taking listeners back to the 80s.

1. "The Way" - Jeremy Camp

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

After a total of 19 weeks in the chart, Jeremy Camp's "The Way" is hands down, the most popular song in Christian music for 2011. The tune comes from his 2010 release, We Cry Out: The Worship Project. The song was co-written with his brother-in-law, Brad Peens, and it has a real anthem feel to it.

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