The Top 40 Christian Songs of 2010

The year 2010 gave us plenty of great Christian music. Some came from old favorites while new faces delivered just as well. The Top 40 Christian Hits of 2010 comes from charts like R&R, Billboard and is based on how many weeks any given song stayed in the Top 10.

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"Get Back Up" - tobyMac

tobyMac - Tonight
tobyMac - Tonight. Forefront

The second single to hit the Top 10 from tobyMac's Tonight stayed on the chart for 22 weeks, making it the #1 song of 2010! This tune epitomizes the fact that as sinners, we will fall, so the question isn't will we fall or will we walk without stumbling. The question is "What will you do after you fall?" The answer should always be "Get Back Up."

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"Born Again" - Newsboys

Newsboys - Born Again
Newsboys - Born Again. Inpop Records

The 2nd most popular song of the year is the title track from Born Again, which hit shelves on July 13th. The first original Newsboys song with Michael Tait on the mic lets us know that this band still has plenty to say and a great way to say it!

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"All of Creation" - MercyMe

MercyMe - The Generous Mr. Lovewell
MercyMe - The Generous Mr. Lovewell. INO Records

From The Generous Mr. Lovewell, which hits stores on May 4th, "All of Creation" sat in the Top 10 for 19 weeks. This powerful worship song gained amazing momentum at radio and will probably be another MercyMe classic.

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"Lead Me" - Sanctus Real

Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real Heart
Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real Heart. Sparrow Records

"Lead Me" comes from Pieces of a Real Heart and we spent 17 weeks seeing it in the Top 10. Written by Matt in response to his wife's plea that he become a stronger spiritual leader of their household, this song is powerful stuff.

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"Our God" - Chris Tomlin

Passion: Awakening
Passion: Awakening. Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords

One of Chris Tomlin's many contributions on Passion: Awakening, "Our God" could easily be named one of the anthems for the 2010 church. What do you think?

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"What Faith Can Do" - Kutless

Kutless - It Is Well
Kutless - It Is Well. BEC Recordings

"What Faith Can Do" debuted in 2009 with a bang that took it to number one on iTunes’ top Christian songs and saw it spending a total of 34 weeks in the Top 10 between 2009 and 2010. The original song from It Is Well, the band's second worship album, reminds us that our faith is the one thing that can get us through when we can't find the answers on our own.

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"If We've Ever Needed You" - Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns - Until The Whole World Hears
Casting Crowns - Until The Whole World Hears. Beach Street Records

"If We've Ever Needed You" was the second single release from Until The Whole World Hears. Musically, this is the same Casting Crowns we've come to know and love. Lyrically it is too --- and that is the saving grace here for me.

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"Light Up The Sky" - The Afters

The Afters - Light Up The Sky
The Afters - Light Up The Sky. INO Records

We first heard "Light Up The Sky" on the popular MTV show “The Hills” last summer. It then appeared on the band's EP as well as on the full-length CD, Light Up The Sky, which hit stores last September.

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"They That Wait" - Fred Hammond f/ John P. Kee

Fred Hammond - Love Unstoppable
Fred Hammond - Love Unstoppable. Verity Records

The 9th most popular song of 2010, "They That Wait" is pure bounce in your seat, wiggle your feet music.

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"Before the Morning" - Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson - Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson - Josh Wilson. Sparrow Records

"Before the Morning" first came to our attention in 2009 from the Life Is Not A Snapshot EP. This hope-filled tune reminds us that life is bigger than our here and now.

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"Until The Whole World Hears" - Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns - Until The Whole World Hears
Casting Crowns - Until The Whole World Hears. Beach Street Records

The second Casting Crowns song to make the Most Popular Songs of 2010 list is pure Casting Crowns gold. With their trademark harmonies and a message that goes well beyond that of a "Jesus pep rally," this tune quickly became another Casting Crowns hit.

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"Jesus Saves" - Jeremy Camp

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

"Jesus Saves," which comes from Jeremy's release, We Cry Out: The Worship Project, comes in at #12. An original rather than a remake of the classic, this pop/rock tune reminds us that the bottom line in life, no matter who you are, is that Jesus saves!

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"Healing Begins" - Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North - The Light Meets The Dark
Tenth Avenue North - The Light Meets The Dark. Reunion Records

At #13, the very personal "Healing Begins" reminds us to confess our sins because we can't be our own Savior.

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"Hold Us Together" - Matt Maher

Matt Maher - Alive Again
Matt Maher - Alive Again. Essential Records

Matt Maher's "Hold Us Together" is a song asking God to help us keep it on the road. No, he may not give us everything that we think we want, but what is important, his love, is always there.

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"There Is A Way" - Newworldson

Newworldson - Newworldson
Newworldson - Newworldson. Inpop

Coming from Newworldson's self-titled sophomore album, this slower song sounds a great deal like something Jimmy Needham would release, making it a sweet winner in my book. When you add the crazy amount of talent that the Newworldson guys have to the Needham, bluesy sound, you simply can't lose. I can't wait to see what these guys are going to do in 2011!

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"Starry Night" - Chris August

Chris August - No Far Away
Chris August - No Far Away. Fervent Records

"Starry Night" came to us from Chris August, who we met last August when his debut album, No Far Away, hit stores. "Starry Night" has an almost poetic flow to it, as Chris sings of the beauty of God's creation and how he has given his life to the one that made it all

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"City On Our Knees" - tobyMac

tobyMac - Tonight
tobyMac - Tonight. Forefront

The second tobyMac song in the end of the year countdown also comes from Tonight. This tune debuted in '09 and sold more than 17,000 units the first week it was available for download.

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"Beautiful Beautiful" - Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli - My Paper Heart
Francesca Battistelli - My Paper Heart. Fervent Records

Franny Battistelli, our first lady in the Top Songs of 2010, gave us "Beautiful Beautiful" on her debut release. Her unique vocals soar over a minor key, making this ballad a powerful winner.

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"Awake and Alive" - Skillet

Skillet - Awake
Skillet - Awake. INO Records / Atlantic

This serious rocker comes from 2009's Awake. "Awake and Alive" combines strings, serious rock and a sweet blend of vocals from John Cooper and Jen Ledger.

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"I Want To Say Thank You" - Lisa Page Brooks f/ Royal Priesthood

Lisa Page Brooks - Strong
Lisa Page Brooks - Strong. Habakkuk Music

"I Want To Say Thank You" is from Lisa's debut solo release, Strong. It's been eight years since we heard from her when she was a member of Witness, and this beautiful song of gratitude shows us that she hasn't lost a step.

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"Forgiven" - Sanctus Real

Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real Heart
Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real Heart. Sparrow Records

The second Sanctus Real tune is another one from Pieces of a Real Heart. An older, more contemporary sound comes into play but don't worry, the big rockin' guitars are still hanging in there.

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"Walk On Water" - Britt Nicole

Britt Nicole - The Lost Get Found
Britt Nicole - The Lost Get Found. Sparrow Records

"Walk On Water" is a beautiful tune that starts out nice and easy and builds from there to resonate deep within you.

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"The Words I Would Say" - Sidewalk Prophets

Sidewalk Prophets - These Simple Truths
Sidewalk Prophets - These Simple Truths. Word Records

"The Words I Would Say" makes you really think about what you would say to a friend in a late-night letter when being your most open and honest. Would you speak life or would you let hidden nastiness fly knowing that the letter would never be read?

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"Save A Place For Me" - Matthew West

Matthew West - Something To Say
Matthew West - Something To Say. Sparrow

"Save a Place for Me" comes from Matthew West's Something to Say. This tearful goodbye song is as slow and emotional as a final goodbye.

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"Love Has Come" - Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz - Come Aive
Mark Schultz - Come Aive. Word

From 2009's Come Alive, "Love Has Come" comes in at #25. With a big choir in the background, this song has a wonderful gospel feel to it.

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"Safe" - Phil Wickham f/ Bart Millard

Phil Wickham - Heaven & Earth
Phil Wickham - Heaven & Earth. INO

"Safe" comes from the 2009 release, Heaven & Earth. With Bart Millard helping out on vocals and touches of electronica thrown in the mix, the reminder that we are always safe with our Savior stands out.

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"Something in the Water" - Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser - Flags
Brooke Fraser - Flags. Wood and Bone

"Something in the Water" was released as a single in August of 2009 and then was included on the October 12th release, Flags. Co-written with Brooke's hubby, this fun tune shows just how in love she is.

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"Desperate" - Fireflight

Fireflight - For Those Who Wait
Fireflight - For Those Who Wait. Flicker

This rocker came to us from the February release, For Those Who Wait. The in-your-face music meets with lyrics that will rock you to your core and you'll find yourself asking, "Am I desperate for a sign or is my faith enough?"

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"I Will Follow" - Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin - And If Our God Is For Us
Chris Tomlin - And If Our God Is For Us. EMI

Our second Chris Tomlin song comes from his solo release, And If Our God Is For Us... and it is pure Tomlin, delivering heartfelt worship from a place deep within.

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"Dear X (You Don't Own Me)" - Disciple

Disciple - Horseshoes & Handgrenades
Disciple - Horseshoes & Handgrenades. INO Records

"Dear X (You Don't Own Me)" comes from the September release, Horseshoes & Handgrenades. A song written to those "bad" emotions like hate, pain, and shame, this tune is more radio-friendly than their usual fare, but it still rocks.

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"We Are One" - 12 Stones

12 Stones - We Are One
12 Stones - We Are One. Wind-up Records

This rocker, which is also a WWE remix, reminds us that we all carry scars - they are a part of our journey and a part of our story.

32
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"I Believe" - James Fortune & FIYA f/ Zacardi Cortez & Shawn McLemore

Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix IV
Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix IV. Worldwide Music

The song at #32 hit the #1 slot on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart, which means about 4 million listeners heard it across the country on their favorite radio station. A tune that reminds us that no matter how bad our economy is or how messed up our politics may be, God is still in control, this song is as timely as it is good.

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"Healing Hand of God" - Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp - Speaking Louder Than Before
Jeremy Camp - Speaking Louder Than Before. BEC Recordings

Reminding us that God can heal anything, "Healing Hand of God" also brings home the fact that God is a loving and understanding God who actually wants to heal us instead of an angry father who wants to punish us.

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"Way Beyond Myself" - Newsboys

Newsboys - Born Again
Newsboys - Born Again. Inpop Records

With a synth sound that is reminiscent of the early Newsboys, this is pop fun with a strong message.

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"Rain On Us" - Earnest Pugh

Earnest Pugh Live: Rain On Us
Earnest Pugh Live: Rain On Us. Worldwide Music

"Rain On Us," which went all the way to #2, is passion rolled up in prayer and music. Earnest Pugh brings it in a big way and this is one song that you will feel to your very core.

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36
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"Creation Sings" - Steve Green

Steve Green - Love Will Find A Way
Steve Green - Love Will Find A Way. Steve Green Ministries, Inc.

"Creation Sings" came to us from veteran artist Steve Green off of his 2010 release, Love Will Find A Way.

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"Something Beautiful" - Needtobreathe

Needtobreathe - The Outsiders
Needtobreathe - The Outsiders. Atlantic

The #37 song hails from The Outsiders. Bear’s voice really stands out on this one and it is a perfect fit for radio, making this song have a shot at being a "biggie" for the band.

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"Chasm" - Flyleaf

Flyleaf - Memento Mori
Flyleaf - Memento Mori. A&M / Octone Records

From Memento Mori, "Chasm" is thumping from beginning to end, but some folks don't like what seems like start/stop issues in the song. However, those issues of separation really highlight the subject matter of the song - the uncrossable chasm between Heaven and Hell.

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"Your Love" - Brandon Heath

Brandon Heath - Your Love
Brandon Heath - Your Love. Provident

"Your Love" is from Brandon's upcoming 2011 release. The song, co-written with James Ingram, is a testament to God's love for us.

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"Stay With Me" - BarlowGirl

BarlowGirl - Love and War
BarlowGirl - Love and War. Fervent

"Stay With Me" comes to us from 2009's Love and War. As vulnerable as it is powerful, this song serves as a reminder that God will stay with us through the rough times.