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Top 40 Christian Songs of 2012


2012 gave us a lot of great music to listen to. Popular hits came from Christian rock, contemporary pop and traditional urban gospel (to name a few). We heard from several of our old favorites and met some talented new faces while glorifying God through amazing music.

40. "Afterlife" - Switchfoot

Switchfoot - Vice Verses

Kicking off at #40, the third single to chart from Switchfoot's Vice Verses is filled with impassioned guitar runs, roaring drums and fervent lyrics about living today fully while keeping your eyes on the afterlife. Popular in Australia, "Afterlife" made it to #41 on TRAA's Year End Chart.

39. "Remind Me Who I Am" - Jason Gray

Jason Gray - A Way To See In The Dark
Centricity Music

With 20,503 spins in 2012 and a spot at #36 on Billboard, "Remind Me Who I Am" was the first single from A Way To See In The Dark. While Jason doesn't dress up his songs with a bunch of bells and whistles, his lyrics, while seemingly simple, pack a big wallop!

38. "You Lead" - Jamie Grace

Jamie Grace - One Song At A Time
Gotee Records

Newcomer Jamie Grace's "You Lead" was the second radio single from One Song At A Time and it ended 2012 sitting at #24 on Billboard. This one will get you on your feet while reminding you that you need to follow God's lead in all things.

37. "True Intimacy" - Rend Collective Experiment

Rend Collective Experiment - Homemade Worship By Handmade People

"True Intimacy" came to us last January on Homemade Worship By Handmade People. With Ali Gilkeson singing, pop-lite meets semi-folk and worship is born.

36. "Waiting For Tomorrow" - Mandisa

Mandisa - What If We Were Real
Sparrow Records

"Waiting For Tomorrow" is the single from powerhouse Mandisa that we first heard last September. The song asks the question, why wait for tomorrow since tomorrow can become yesterday in a blink and if we don't pick a starting point, we will spend a lifetime waiting to make a change or take a step. With 17,497 spins this year, this tune comes in at #35 here and at #31 on Billboard.

35. "Let the Church Say Amen" - Andrae Crouch f/ Marvin Winans

Andrae Crouch - The Journey
Riverphlo Entertainment

With 38,453 spins, "Let the Church Say Amen," which features the incomparable Pastor Marvin Winans, spends close to five minutes bringing you some serious church. This magnificent song was named Billboard's #1 song on the Year End Gospel Chart.

34. "Worlds Collide" - 12 Stones

12 Stones - Worlds Collide
Executive Music Group

Coming to us from Beneath the Scars, "Worlds Collide," first charted in April. Originally scheduled to hit stores last September, the band wanted more time to mix the best possible project. After hearing this single, I would say that they got it!

33. "Need You Now (How Many Times)" - Plumb

Need You Now (How Many Times) - Plumb
Curb Records

The single "Need You Now (How Many Times)" is off of Plumb's upcoming release Faster Than A Bullet, which will hit stores later this month. Reminding us that when we can't mend what is broken in our lives and cry out to God, He is there, this song will minister to your spirit. This beautiful song made it to #46 on Billboard's Year End Chart.

32. "War of Change" - Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin
Thousand Foot Krutch

"War of Change," which comes from The End Is Where We Begin, spent weeks making noise in the Christian music charts. Rock/rap with a Linkin Park like sound, this song prepares listeners for spiritual warfare in a big way.

31. "Strong Enough" - Matthew West

Matthew West - The Story Of Your Life
Sparrow Records

"Strong Enough," from Matthew West's The Story of Your Life, hit the charts in 2011 and continued to do well through 2012, grabbing 23,024 spins on radio and ending at #30 on Billboard. The song 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.

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