These are the records that made me. The ones I’ve returned to again and again over the course of my life. The Top 100 Albums of All-Time. The ones that have soundtracked the various stages and seasons, the highs and lows. Each one represents my musical taste as it evolved from middle school to present day. I own every one of these in some physical form, (if it’s possible to be had) be it cd or vinyl, and I revisit them often. In fact, A conservative estimate would be I’ve heard a majority of these Top 100 Albums more than fifty times each with the Top 10 easily garnering more than 100 spins each.

You’ll notice pretty quickly a high volume of what has been marketed as Christian music, and the smaller percentage of mainstream that does make it falls more toward the end of the list. The reason for that is my music listening journey progressed from CCM (contemporary Christian music) toward other genres in late high school and college. I’m still catching up on the vast catalogue of iconic music out there, but I feel I have a handle on what I like and will always lean faith-based music because it’s what I’ve known longest, and still derive great encouragement from. So…without further bloviating , here it is…My Top 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time.

Honorable Mentions (Aka maybe one day):

SwitchfootInterrobang (2021)

The Gray HavensBlue Flower (2021)

Colony HouseLeave What’s Lost Behind (2020)

John Mark McMillanMercury & Lightning (2017)

Chris Renzema Let the Ground Rest (2020)

Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American (2001)

Half*aliveNow, Not Yet (2019)

PropagandaCrooked (2017)

Manchester Orchestra A Black Mile to the Surface (2017)

John Van DeusenI Am Origami: Marathon Daze (2022)

100. Third DayTime (1999)

99. ChicagoGreatest Hits 1982-1989 (1989)

98. Daniela AndradeCovers, Vol. 1 (2013)

97. TobymacWelcome to Diverse City (2004)

96. Burlap to CashmereAnybody Out There? (1998)

95. Boyz II MenLegacy: The Greatest Hits Collection (2001)

94. Phil KeaggyPhil Keaggy and Sunday’s Child (1988)

93. The Beach BoysEndless Summer (1974)

92. Billy JoelGreatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 (1985)

91. Beatles1 (2000)

90. Sandra McCrackenThe Builder and the Architect (2006)

89. AnberlinCities (2007)

88. Ben ShiveCymbal Crashing Clouds (2011)

87. The BeatlesA Hard Days Night (1964)

86. Young Oceans Self-Titled (2012)

85. Third Eye BlindSelf Titled (1997)

84. My EpicBehold (2013)

83. The KryYou (1994)

82. Michael W. SmithGo West Young Man (1990)

81. ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

80. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow (2011)

79. Future of ForestryUnion (2019)

78. Falling UpA House Full of Caverns (2015)

77. Kevin MaxStereotype Be (2001)

76. John MayerContinuum (2006)

75. The Gray HavensShe Waits (2018)

74. LifehouseNo Name Face (2000)

73. House of HeroesCold Hard Want (2012)

72. Relient KAir for Free (2016)

71. Jars of ClayGood Monsters (2006)

70. Audio Adrenaline Underdog (1999)

69. Jon GibsonForever Friends (1992)

68. Andrew PetersonResurrection Letters, Vol. 1 (2018)

67. O.C. SupertonesSupertones Strike Back (1997)

66. Steven Curtis ChapmanSigns of Life (1996)

65. Relient KTwo Lefts Don’t Make a Right…But Three Do (2003)

64. BlindsideSilence (2002)

63. Jars of ClayWho We Are Instead (2003)

62. NeedtobreatheThe Reckoning (2011)

61. PFRThem (1996)

60. Andrew BelleThe Ladder (2010)

59. ThriceVheissu (2005)

58. RadioheadOk Computer (1997)

57. Rich Mullins Jesus Record (1998)

56. Shane & ShanePages (2007)

55. Jars of ClayThe Eleventh Hour (2002)

54. Keith GreenFor Him Who Has Ears (1977)

53. Sixpence None the RicherDivine Discontent (2002)

52. SwitchfootNew Way to Be Human (1999)

51. Twenty One PilotsTrench (2018)

Top 50 albums

50. U2Joshua Tree (1987)

49. MewithoutyouBrother Sister (2006)

48. The Beach BoysPet Sounds (1966)

47. David Crowder BandChurch Music (2009)

46. Michael W SmithChange Your World (1992)

45. SwitchfootNothing is Sound (2005)

44. Sixpence None the RicherThis Beautiful Mess (1995)

43. Falling UpSelf Titled (2015)

42. PFRGoldie’s Last Day (1993)

41. NewsboysStep Up to the Microphone (1998)

40. Andrew PetersonCarried Along (2000)

39. Smalltown PoetsSelf Titled (1997)

38. House of HeroesSuburba (2010)

37. AttalusInto the Sea (2015)

36. David Crowder BandA Collision (2005)

35. Audio AdrenalineBloom (1996)

34. Brooke FraserAlbertine (2006)

33. DownhereSelf Titled (2001)

32. Relient KForget and Not Slow Down (2009)

31. Caedmon’s Call Self Titled (1997)

30. Andrew PetersonLight for the Lost Boy (2012)

29. ColdplayViva La Vida Prospekt March Edition (2008)

28. DctalkFree at Last (1992)

27. Caedmon’s CallLong Line of Leavers (2000)

26. Jars of Clay Much Afraid (1997)

Top 25

25. Josh GarrelsLove, War, & the Sea In-between (2011)

24. MuteMathSelf Titled (2006)

23. Jon GibsonBody & Soul (1989)

22. Taylor LeonhardtHold Still (2021)

21. Jon GuerraKeeper of Days (2020)

20. NeedtobreatheThe Outsiders (2009)

19. MaeEverglow (2005)

18. PFRGreat Lengths (1994)

17. NewsboysTake Me To Your Leader (1996)

16. House of HeroesThe End is Not the End (2008)

15. Susan AshtonWakened By the Wind (1991)

14. The WaitingBlue Belly Sky (1995)

13. Rich MullinsA Liturgy, A Legacy, A Ragamuffin Band (1992)

12. Various ArtistsGlory Revealed (2007)

11. DctalkJesus Freak (1995)

10. Allstar UnitedSelf Titled (1997)

9. ColdplayParachutes (2000)

8. Twenty One PilotsBlurryface (2015)

7. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)

6. Sixpence None the RicherSelf Titled (1997)

5. John Van DeusenI Am Origami Pt. 2: Every Power Wide Awake (2017)

4. Relient K MmHmm (2004)

3. Caedmon’s Call40 Acres (1999)

2. SwitchfootThe Beautiful Letdown (2003)

1. Jars of ClaySelf Titled (1995)

So how many albums do we share? Which ones are you unfamiliar with but your interest is piqued enough to give a shot? Let me know! And if you have a similar list, I’d love to see it, so please share!

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