Top 40 Christian Songs of 2014

In 2014, worship, rock, pop, urban gospel and rap all made the airwaves sing. We heard fantastic new music from several of our old favorites and we met some talented new artists that truly glorified God through their music.

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"Proof of Life" - Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp - Proof of Life
Scott Stapp - Proof of Life. Wind-Up Records

The title track from Scott's November 2013 release was the second single from the project to go to radio. With an acoustic beginning, listeners may think they're in for a softer/gentler side of Stapp and then the intense guitars kick in and they know he's still rockin'.

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"Only One" - Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp 2013. Wind Up Records

"Only One" was the third single from Proof of Life. A great song, it reminds us that no matter what the world has us running from, Jesus is the first hand reaching out to us and the very last one to give up on us.

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"Nuthin'" - Lecrae

Lecrae - Anomaly
Lecrae - Anomaly. Reach Records

'Nuthin'" calls out every mainstream rapper that talks about absolutely nothing more than garbage! 

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"Love Take Me Over" - Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman - The Glorious Unfolding
Steven Curtis Chapman - The Glorious Unfolding. Provident

"Love Take Me Over" came to us from Steven's September release, The Glorious Unfolding. This is a joyful tune with a sense of merriment. In other words, pure Steven Curtis Chapman!

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"Shake" - MercyMe

MercyMe - Welcome to the New
MercyMe - Welcome to the New. Fair Trade Services

"Shake" was the first single from MercyMe's April release, Welcome to the New. A fun song with a 50s vibe, the song goes a long way towards showing that being a Christian doesn't mean leaving all things fun on the curb.

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"Fear" - Lecrae

Lecrae - Anomaly
Lecrae - Anomaly. Reach Records

In the 10+ years that I've been writing about the music industry, I've seen a lot of albums with two songs in the charts simultaneously, but I've never seen an album that hasn't even dropped yet have two singles debut the same week. That is exactly what Lecrae did last summer both here and on Billboard with "Fear" and "Nuthin'." "Fear" points the finger at all of the things that he (and we) can be scared of and reminds us that no matter what the world says, we have nothing to fear in Christ.

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"No Man is an Island" - Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North - Cathedrals
Tenth Avenue North - Cathedrals. Provident

"No Man is an Island" was first released on the Islands EP and then on the Cathedrals album. The song, which is about no one living in solitude, debuted in the Top 20 on the National Audience Chart.

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"Press On" - Building 429 f/ Blanca

Building 429 - We Won't Be Shaken
Building 429 - We Won't Be Shaken. Essential Records

"Press On" came to us from Building 429's We Won't Be Shaken. With a little help from Blanca (formerly of Group 1 Crew), this tune is pure pop goodness.

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"Thrive" - Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns - Thrive
Casting Crowns - Thrive. Reunion / Beachstreet Records

The title track from Casting Crowns' January CD has a touch of folk in there along side a challenge - don't just survive - thrive!

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"Multiplied" - NEEDTOBREATHE

NEEDTOBREATHE - Rivers in the Wasteland
NEEDTOBREATHE - Rivers in the Wasteland. Atlantic Records

"Multiplied" came from Rivers in the Wasteland. A total praise song, this isn't your typical NEEDTOBREATHE tune, but it's completely a winner.

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"Jesus Loves Me" - Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin - Love Ran Red
Chris Tomlin - Love Ran Red. sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

The second single from Chris Tomlin's Love Ran Red has a light rock touch. The touching ballad has an innocence that stuns.

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"Better Things" - JJ Heller

JJ Heller - Loved
JJ Heller - Loved. Stone Table Records

The week that it debuted here in the U.S., "Better Things" was already at #1 on the U.K. charts. A song about tomorrow rather than yesterday, this is a tune that will remind you that God always has better things in your future.

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"Second Horizon" - Fight the Fade

Fight the Fade - Second Horizon
Fight the Fade - Second Horizon. Fight the Fade

The title track from Fight the Fade's May album delivers the message that no matter how dark it gets or how much pain you're in, you have to move towards the light of the Son, not fade into the background.

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"I Can Only Imagine" - Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann - Best Days Deluxe
Tamela Mann - Best Days Deluxe. TillyMann Music Group

Tamela Mann's version of "I Can Only Imagine," which debuted on April 20th of last year, stretches a full 6 minutes long. As always, she totally nails every note.

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"Let Them See You" - JJ Weeks Band

JJ Weeks Band - All Over the World
JJ Weeks Band - All Over the World. Inpop Records

Although Colton Dixon covered this song on A Messenger, the JJ Weeks Band was the first. With a piano and a ton of passion, they did an amazing job. This song helped ring April in in a big way.

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"Beautiful" - Mali Music

Mali Music - Beautiful
Mali Music - Beautiful. ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records

"Beautiful" came to us on the June release, Mali Is… The single exploded onto the charts after Mali sang it on American Idol as Jennifer Lopez's handpicked special musical guest.

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"More Of You" - Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon - Anchor
Colton Dixon - Anchor. Sparrow

"More of You" is the energetic second single from Anchor to go to radio. (Remember, "Scars" went to radio in the U.K. in August) A song that cries out to Jesus, wanting more of him in your life, this is a tune that we can all fall in love with. 

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"A Million Miles Away" - Hawk Nelson

Hawk Nelson - Made
Hawk Nelson - Made. Fair Trade/Columbia

The second single from Hawk Nelson's Made started climbing the Australian charts before it even hit radio in the U.S.. A song that was perfect for summer and dancing, it deals with the serious subject of how far our sin and our old lives are from us now, in Christ. 

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"It's Working" - William Murphy

William Murphy - God Chaser
William Murphy - God Chaser. RCA Inspiration

Found on God Chaser, "It's Working" debuted in January. Murphy's well-known sound is heard over a jazzy background and listeners will feel empowered as they listen to the words.

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"Do Something" - Matthew West

Matthew West - Into the Light
Matthew West - Into the Light. Sparrow Records

"Do Something," the hit single from Into the Light, is about stepping out to make a change rather than raving at God for not doing everything to make our lives better and evil go away. This song should be the anthem for all of us.

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"Keep Making Me" - Sidewalk Prophets

Sidewalk Prophets - Live Like That
Sidewalk Prophets - Live Like That. Fervent Records/Word

Another single to love that came from the 2012 hit, Live Like That, "Keep Making Me" quickly became a fan favorite. Like poetry in motion, the song is about asking God to break you so you can be healed and made new.

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"Say Yes" - Michelle Williams f/ Beyonce And Kelly Rowland

Michelle Williams - Journey to Freedom
Michelle Williams - Journey to Freedom. Light Records

The dance/reggae tune from Michelle Williams' September release, Journey to Freedom, gets a little help from two of her former partners, Beyonce And Kelly Rowland. Listening to this reminds us how amazing the three ladies were as Destiny's Child.

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"I Am" - Crowder

Crowder - Neon Steeple
Crowder - Neon Steeple. SixSteps/EMI

"I Am" was the lead single from Crowder's May release, Neon Steeple. Folk meets country then rolls around in electronica and you've got Crowder's new sound.

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"Overcomer" - Mandisa

Mandisa - Overcomer
Mandisa - Overcomer. Sparrow Records

The 13th most popular Christian song of 2013 started off 2014 sitting on top, but by March, it was slowly sliding down the charts. In the beginning, it only took one month for "Overcomer" to make it to #1 and it stayed there for weeks! The title track from Mandisa's album isn't just the story of her life, it's the story of our lives as well. We are all overcomers (according to the Bible) - we just forget that sometimes in the midst of the storms of life.

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"The Only Name (Yours Will Be)" - Big Daddy Weave

Big Daddy Weave - Love Come To Life
Big Daddy Weave - Love Come To Life. Fervent Records/Word

"The Only Name (Yours Will Be)" is from the 2012 release,  Love Come to Life, and it's a wonderful song that points us towards trying to please Jesus rather than the world. Extremely popular for the second year running, this song was the 34th most popular song of 2013.

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"He Knows My Name" - Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli - If We're Honest
Francesca Battistelli - If We're Honest. Word

Franny's second single from If We're Honest is all about value and knowing what your worth is in Christ so you don't get confused and believe what the world says.

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"Overwhelmed" - Big Daddy Weave

Big Daddy Weave - Love Come To Life
Big Daddy Weave - Love Come To Life. Fervent Records/Word

In "Overwhelmed," Mike Weaver and a children's choir softly remind us how overwhelming God's love for us and His majesty are. The closer on Love Come to Life, this song was the perfect choice as it leaves listeners smiling in thanks long after the last notes have faded.

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"Speak Life" - tobyMac

tobymac - Eye On It
tobymac - Eye On It. Forefront Records

Another hit song from tobyMac, "Speak Life" came from Eye on It. Reminding us that our words can be used to change lives, he sings of speaking life to the broken-hearted and those lost in the dark.

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"Just Say Jesus" - 7eventh Time Down

7eventh Time Down - Just Say Jesus
7eventh Time Down - Just Say Jesus. bec Recordings

We first heard "Just Say Jesus" in September of 2013. With the music video telling the story of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is being held in prison in Iran, the longer he stays incarcerated, the more popular this song becomes.

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"Hope in Front of Me" - Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey - Hope in Front of Me
Danny Gokey - Hope in Front of Me. Provident

The title track from Danny's summer release is a heart wrenching tune about the passing of his wife Sophia and his journey back to hope.

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"How Sweet the Sound" - Citizen Way

Citizen Way - Love is the Evidence
Citizen Way - Love is the Evidence. Fair Trade Services

"How Sweet the Sound" is the second single from Love Is The Evidence. A stunning ballad with strings and bits and pieces of lyrics from "Amazing Grace," this is a song that will take you to the Throne room.

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"Greater" - MercyMe

MercyMe - Welcome to the New
MercyMe - Welcome to the New. Fair Trade Services

"Greater" comes from Welcome to the New and after debuting at #4, it went to the top 10 on a total of seven Christian Music Charts. The song kicks off with a cappella harmony and goes full into a psuedo-country sound. With lyrics that remind us that no matter what we're facing, God is greater than our problems, this is a winner all the way around.

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"Write Your Story" - Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli - If We're Honest
Francesca Battistelli - If We're Honest. Word

"Write Your Story" was the first single to go to radio from Francesca Battestilli's April release, If We're Honest. The song is one that we can all find comfort in as it asks God to write His story on our hearts.

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"Every Praise" - Hezekiah Walker

Hezekiah Walker - Azusa The Next Generation
Hezekiah Walker - Azusa The Next Generation. RCA Records

"Every Praise" came to us from the June 2013 release, Azusa The Next Generation. Be prepared - this song will have you getting your praise on and you'll be on your feet long before the last notes. The tune ended last year as the #9 most popular song of the year.

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"Start A Fire" - Unspoken

Unspoken - Unspoken
Unspoken - Unspoken. Centricity Music

"Start a Fire" calls us to all be the light of the world that the bible says we are to be. Fans of Newworldson will love this one!

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"Beautiful Day" - Jamie Grace

Jamie Grace - Ready to Fly
Jamie Grace - Ready to Fly. Gotee

"Beautiful Day" comes from the January release, Ready to Fly. Upbeat and fun, the song serves as a timely reminder that each day in the Lord is beautiful.

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"Fix My Eyes" - for KING & COUNTRY

for KING & COUNTRY - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.
for KING & COUNTRY - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. Word

"Fix My Eyes" is the first single from for KING & COUNTRY's latest (September) release, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

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"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" - Hillsong UNITED

Hillsong United - Zion
Hillsong United - Zion. Hillsong Church T/A Hillsong Music Australia

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," which comes from last year's hit, Zion, cleaned house at the 2014 Dove Awards. Delivering music that will catch you off guard and draw you in paired with lyrics that will take your breath away, this song is sure to become another Hillsong classic.

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"We Believe" - Newsboys

Newsboys - Restart
Newsboys - Restart. Sparrow Records

This unforgettable tune offers a chant of triumphant in our faith and our Lord.

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"This Is Amazing Grace" - Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham - The Ascension. Fair Trade Services

After only four weeks in the Top Christian Songs Chart, "This Is Amazing Grace" took over the #1 spot and it stayed there for 18 weeks, making it the most popular Christian song of 2014. The tune comes from the September release, The Ascension. It may be synth-driven, but this is no dance party tune. This is 110% worship!