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.

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."

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!

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.

"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.

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?

"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.

"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.

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.

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

"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.

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.

"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!

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

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.

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!

"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

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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

"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?

"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.

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.

"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.

"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.

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?"

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.

"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.

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.

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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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.

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

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

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.

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.

"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.

"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.