Hello music listening friends! We are fast approaching the end of 2021, and anyone who knows me knows that’s one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Year-end music lists of course! Now, I realize the sheer amount of music to try and keep up with is overwhelming to say the least. Here’s my attempt to help if you’ve fallen behind or need a kickstart. These suggestions are simply that—my take on what the best of the year in Christian music has to offer. Just my opinion, though I do work hard to keep up from week to week with running list all year long.

Also, I know we’re still shy of the true end of the year at the time of this posting (Nov. 5) with a few notable albums still to come, but by and large I think this list will help you get started or give you a few albums/songs you may have missed along the way. So—happy listening!

Also, I’d love to hear from you if you find a new favorites so please come back and let me know! Nothing gives me greater joy than to introduce a new favorite artist/song. I’ll post my Spotify list of favorites songs as well if you’d like to see the 125+ songs I’ll need to whittle down to a Top 100 or 50 by years end. These 50 albums 50 songs and 10 eps are what I’ll ne sifting through for my Top 10 and Top 20 year-end lists to come in December.

So—without further ado, here are ten albums in five different genre categories (plus a bonus category for Top 10 EPs) and ten songs from each category that I submit to you as possibilities for you year-end list!

Indie Artists

Taylor LeonhardtHold Still

The Gray HavensBlue Flower

Young Oceans You Are Fullness

Benjamin DanielShelterheart

Andy SquyresPoet Priest

Future of ForestryRemember

Glowing MosesEvent Horizon

Jess RayBaby Hold My Hand

Chase TremaineDevelopment & Compromise

Holden DaysPeregrine

Indie Honorable Mentions:

J LindLand of Canaan

Bethany BarnardAll My Questions

Aaron TateMidlife

Panther City Riots You Gotta Say Something

The Chairman Dances The Strength of Your Arm


Judah – 3+7

Shane & ShanePsalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs Vol 1.


Zeal HouseVol. 1

CrowderMilk & Honey

Maverick City/Elevation ChurchOld Church Basement

Influence Music Ages

Phil WickhamHymn of Heaven

Fuzzy Robes Night Prayers

Antoine BradfordLight Will Find You

Pop/Singer Songwriter

Jon ForemanDepartures

The Gray Havens Blue Flower

Sara GrovesWhat Makes it Through

Ellie HolcombCanyon

Mat KearneyJanuary Flower

Chris RenzemaGet Out of the Way…

Carolyn ArendsRecognition

Charlie Peacocock Skin and wind

Natalie BergmanMercy

Andrew RippEvergreen

Rock/Alt Rock


Twenty One PilotsScaled & Icy

Smalltown PoetsNWxSE

Glowing MosesEvent Horizon (Indie)

Idle Threat Blurred Visions

NeedtobreatheInto the Mystery

Make Sure Ninjutsu

DensTamed Tongues

Starflyer 59 Vanity

The ChoirDeep Cuts


Indie Tribe Upperhand

Andy MineoNeverland II

NFClouds Mixtape

PropagandaTerraform: The People




Aaron Cole2 Up, 2 Down




Colony House Rotten Tomato’s EP

Gable Price & Friends50MG EP

The Arcadian Wild Principium EP

Tenielle NedaWhat is My Hope EP

Phil JoelBetter Than I Found It EP

John Mark McMillanHas it Been You EP

Andrew Bloom987 EP

TerrianGenesis of Terrian EP

Coby James EPMixtape Side A

Natalie BergmanKeep those Teardrops From Falling Ep

10 Worship Songs:

“Child of Love” – We the Kingdom (Feat. Bear Rineheart)

“Irresponsible” – JUDAH.

“Jireh” – Maverick City

“Psalm 90 (Satisfy Us With Your Love)” – Shane & Shane

“Yours” – Gas Street Music (Feat. Leeland)

“Wherever You Lead” – Bethel Music

“Stronger Love” – Chris Renzema (Feat. Leeland)

“Hey Jesus” – Elyssa Smith (Feat. Steffanie Gretzinger)

“Slow Down” – Zeal House

“Sure Thing” – Hillsong United

10 Pop Songs:

“The Day That I Moved Out” – Make Sure

“I Need You (to be wrong)” – Switchfoot

“Range Rover” – Ben Rector

“Lord Ain’t Let Me Down Lately” – Dave Barnes

“Into the Mystery” – NEEDTOBREATHE

“Can’t Look Back” – Mat Kearney

“Good God Almighty” – Crowder

“Wonder Working” – All Creatures

“Promised Land” – Tobymac

“Sweet Ever After” – Ellie Holcomb (Feat. Bear Rineheart)

10 Singer Songwriter Songs:

“Wait” – Josh Garrels

“Jesus I Have My Doubts” – Jon Foreman

“Hold Still” – Taylor Leonhardt

“Jericho” – Andrew Ripp

“Green Again” – Benjamin Daniel

“Old Friend” – Chris Renzema

“Momento Mori” – Carolyn Arends

“The Day That You You’ve Been Waiting For” – J Lind

“Broken Harvest” – Madison Cunningham

“Love Never Fails” – Andy Squyres

10 Alt Rock Song:

“Two Graves” – Anberlin

“For God is With Us” – For King & Country

“The Fix” – Glowing Moses

“Beloved” – Switchfoot

“Home” – Last Years Model

“No Turning Back” – Idle Threat

“Automatic” – Colony House (Feat. Fleurie)

“Stay” – Army of Bones

“I Don’t” – Chase Tremaine

“The Beginning, The End” – Meadows (Feat. Kevin Klein)

10 Hip Hop Songs:

“Been About It” – Andy Mineo (Feat. Lecrae)

“Holy Smoke” – Indie Tribe

“All In the Wrist” – Derek Minor (Feat. Parris Chariz, Foggieraw)

“Lemonade Stand” – Kid Ambient Arcade

“Favorite Part” – Peabod

“Is That Okay” – Social Club Misfits

“Don’t Worry Bout It” – Wande (Feat. Porsche Love)

“Reasons” – Hulvey (Feat. Lecrae, SVRCINA)

“Worship in the Moshpit” – KB

“Story” – NF

Here’s the playlist as promised! Lastly, if you found this post helpful or think others would benefit from it please share it!


Also check out my Top 20 Albums of 2021