These are the tunes among my Top 100 songs of the year that I returned to most often, or that struck a chord with me in 2021. You’ll notice a few mainstream tunes as well. Though I primarily stick to faith-based music, I always find a few that are excellent in other genres. Top albums list/post coming next week!
Here we go!
25. “I Drink Wine” – Adele
Not a Christian song at all in the traditional sense, but I believe it to contain great truth. Adele captures longing as well as anyone.
24. “Shy Away” – Twenty One Pilots
A fun one that implores the listener to not shrink back or “shy away” but chase the dream. Catchy to boot.
23. “Jireh” – Maverick City
The one congregational worship song that I couldn’t get enough of this year.
22. “Colortura” – Coldplay
It’s the epic song of the year (my year anyway) easily in the Top 10 of their storied career.
21. “Christians Aren’t Cool” – Paul Arend
In-your-face lyrics in a good way.
20. “Good God Almighty” – Crowder
Fun and catchy. My favorite (only?) radio play song.
19. “Love Never Fails” – Andy Squyres
“All are atoned for the wicked made whole/The world’s scarlet letter washed white as snow/When the albatross curse all the wind from our sails/We have no damns to give love never fails”
18. “Automatic” – Colony House
This one works it’s way into your brain and won’t leave. Gentle and reassuring.
17. “Couldn’t See It” – Smalltown Poets
I could have also gone with “Love is the Ocean” but this is a cool song. Different from anything else they’ve done in the past. Glad they’re still making new music over 25 years later.
16. “The Fix” – Glowing Moses
Muse-like rock n roll. Blistering and perfect. Bring back the rock fellas!
15. “Range Rover” – Ben Rector
A family car ride favorite. Ben certainly knows how to craft a catchy tune.
14. “The Lord Ain’t Let Me Down Lately” – Dave Barnes
Funny-man singer songwriter unleashes a joyous ode to God’s faithfulness. You’ll be singing it all day.
13. “Slow Down” – Zeal House
I’ve loved it since he first wrote it years ago, so glad there is finally a recorded version to listen over and over when I need to be reminded to “be still and know.”
12. “Psalm 90 (Satisfy Us With Your Love) ” – Shane & Shane
A great anthem. Soaring and inspiring.
11. “Can’t Look Back” – Mat Kearney
From an album heavy on legacy and nostalgia, this is my favorite little pop ditty.
10. “Lemonade Stand” – Kid Ambient Arcade
9. “What’s Wrong” – half*alive
It’s a bop and it makes me happy.
8. “Madison” – Chase Tremaine
My favorite song from this up-and-coming indie pop/rock artist to keep an eye on.
7. “Better Country” – Benjamin Daniel
He released one of my favorite albums (spoiler!) of the year, and this rousing closer and the stirring opener “Green Again” are among my two favorites.
6. “Beloved” – Switchfoot
Longtime favorite band dropped a few of their best songs on their newest album Interrobang. “Beloved” was the perfect opener.
5. “Been About It” – Andy Mineo
There were a few weeks where I probably annoyed my family with how often I was cranking this one up. Helps get you moving.
4. “Paradise” – The Gray Havens
The longing for heaven is palpable on this one. I e returned to it often when I feel the ache.
3. “Hold Still” – Taylor Leonhardt
The whole album is gold, but I kept returning to tbjs one most. “You wanna be held/you gotta hold still.” Simple yet profound.
2. “The Day That I Moved Out” – Make Sure
This hit the nostalgia and backward looking sweet-spot for me.
1. “Jesus I Have My Doubts” – Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman continues to play a big part in soundtracking my life, voicing my doubts, providing reminders or hope. It’s an open-ended song of questioning and doubt. Raw. Authentic. Excellent.
There you have it!
Here are 75 other additional songs that I found arresting in some way to round out my Top 100. Hope you find something to love!
Thank you for putting out these lists, as always there are a few artists here that I’ve not gotten around to listening to but I’ll need to give them a try.
There aren’t that many songs this year that I’ve absolutely loved… “The Fix” is great, listening to Glowing Moses made me realise how much I’ve missed that kind of rock.
My favourite song of the year is also by Jon Foreman – for me it’s the Eric Owyoung-assisted “The Ocean Beyond the Sea”, so haunting and atmospheric. (Having spent much of my life by the ocean, there’s something about Jon Foreman and ocean-themed songs – according to spotify my most-listened-to song of BOTH 2020 AND 2021 was Switchfoot’s “Swim Good” cover!)
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Yeah the fix and glowing Moses ended up doing it for me too. I don’t wanna rock often but they’re one of the few that connect for me. Ocean Beyond the Sea is another great song as well. Great pick!
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