The Best Christian Albums of the 2010s

What had been the perfect Christian music albums launched within the 2010s? I posed this query to a number of dozen Christian musicians, writers, critics, and music lovers a number of months in the past. I requested them to appoint albums they felt had been each theologically and artistically wealthy; albums of any style that had been clearly, unapologetically Christian; albums that pushed Christian music ahead within the final decade, redefining what it may very well be. From their nominations and my very own, I compiled the record under.

Definitely there have been many different nice Christian albums launched over the past 10 years, and many who include wealthy theological themes however wouldn’t fairly match the Christian album label (e.g., Likelihood the Rappers Coloring Ebook or Sufjan StevenssCarrie and Lowell). Any record of 25 albums from the span of a decade essentially solely scratches the floor. This record is on no account exhaustive or definitive. Its merely a grateful celebration of the attractive artistry, variety, and devotion on show in Christ-exalting music this final decade.

This record is on no account exhaustive or definitive. Its merely a grateful celebration of the attractive artistry, variety, and devotion on show in Christ-exalting music this final decade.

The record contains acquainted and unfamiliar names, new artists this decade and veterans who hold churning out distinctive work. The descriptions belowcontributed by 11 Christian music makers, critics, or appreciatorsinclude alternatives of 4 standout tracks for every listed album. All of the songs are compiled in a 100-song playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

Benefit from the songs and reward God for the maturing inventive excellence of latest Christian music over the past decade. Could the 2020s carry a fair higher array of recent high quality artists and masterful albums.

1. Josh Garrels, Love and Struggle and the Sea In Between (2011)

Embracing the neo-folk motion of the early 2010s whereas injecting his songs with elaborately crafted soundscapes, hypnotic hip-hop beats, and deep theological truths, Josh Garrels took the Christian music scene by storm along with his sixth report. An album made attainable by early crowdsourcing, Garrels gave your entire work away without spending a dime on Noisetrade in 2013, with any suggestions going to World Aid. The publicity led to the documentaryThe Sea in Betweenand interviews with NPR and Huffington Submit. Standout tracks: Farther Alongside, Slip Away, The Resistance, Bread & Wine. (iTunes|Amazon)

Chris Davidson

2. Sandra McCracken, Psalms (2015)

Along with her distinct people voice, Sandra McCracken created an album of clear songs in each sound and material. The album invitations us right into a journey of lament, craving, and reward. On this, McCracken is doing nothing new traditionally. But this album fantastically represents the total vary of the human expertise in a manner solely the Psalms can. Standout tracks: We Will Feast within the Home of Zion, My Assist, My God (Psalm 42), Candy Consolation, Have Mercy. (iTunes|Amazon)

Tim Briggs

3.Andrew Peterson, Counting Stars (2010)

Crisp, melodic sounds, mixed with fantastically clear and poetic lyricism, made Counting Stars a memorable and enduring album within the 2010s. Andrew Peterson weaves vulnerability, hope, vivid imagery, and evocative worship all through the albums songs, together with the basic Dancing within the Minefields, a music in regards to the hardships of marriage but additionally the great thing about Gods guarantees that meet us within the chaos, the storms, the minefields of life. Different standout tracks: Many Roads, World Traveler, and Planting Timber. (iTunes|Amazon)

Antoine Bradford

4. John Van Deusen, Each Energy Wide Awake (2017)

At instances corresponding to a noisier Sufjan Stevens, John Van Deusens totally unique report just isn’t your typical worship album. With songs that really feel like psalms (All Shall Be Properly), confessions (Be Merciful to Me), childlike reward (No Restrict to Your Love), and a title monitor that packs an 11-minute emotional wallop, EPWA leaves the listener in utter awe earlier than God. In the phrases of Van Deusen himself: So, right here is that this album; stuffed with songs: some loud, some quiet. Usually hectic and immature; similar to my prayers within the morning. Standout tracks: All Shall Be Properly, None Different, Each Energy Large Awake, Be Merciful to Me. (iTunes|Amazon)

Tenielle Neda

5. Liz Vice, Theres a Gentle (2015)

Soul singer Liz Vice serves up some retro magic on this debut album, which is Gospel with somewhat little bit of R&B and ’60s-style funk. All however two songs had been written for her by her pastor, Josh White, who was impressed by her wealthy, super-passionate voiceone that has earned her comparability to Aretha Franklin. All of those songs are prayersevery single one, Vice stated. Standout tracks: Theres a Gentle, Abide, Empty Me Out, All Should Be Properly. (iTunes|Amazon)

Victoria Emily Jones

6. Rivers & Robots, All Issues New (2014)

Rivers & Robots reside out all that it means to be indie worshippers. As self-proclaimed inventive missionaries, they maintain quick to their core worth of utilizing 100 % of their earnings for missions work. This album captures their coronary heart for exalting Christ in inventive and expressive methods. It has an harmless appeal to it, uniquely British in sound, but the musical maturity of a band assured in pushing the expectations of company worship. Standout tracks: We Have Overcome, Fall Down, Shepherd Of My Soul, Voice That Stills the Raging Seas.(iTunes|Amazon)

Stephen Bradley

7. Sho Baraka, The Narrative (2016)

The most effective albums reward repeated listens, consistently revealing new layers of which means or magnificence. Such is the case with Sho Barakas The Narrative. United by Shos pure present of efficiency, the album spans varied hip-hop types, themes, and tones. Laid-back jazz, entice, and weary piano melodies play below Shos confessional rhymes, punch traces, and energetic choruses. Maybe probably the most pleasing high quality of The Narrative comes from Shos unapologetic iconoclasm. Regardless of the topic (religion, fathering, race, politics), Sho wittily challenges simplistic considering. Standout tracks:Right here, 2016, Street to Humble, 1979, Phrases, 2006, Fathers, 2004. (iTunes|Amazon)

Alan Noble

8. Kings Kaleidoscope, Changing into Who We Are (2014)

Most definitely your favourite artists favourite artist, Kings Kaleidoscope provided a glimpse of their inventive future on this eclectic, wild, extra is extra debut. Influenced by indie rock noises, hip-hop samples, orchestral compositions, and Disney-style musical marvel, frontman Chad Gardner crafts his songs with emotional vulnerability and the kind of inventive intricacy that takes the work of many trusted mates to drag collectively. The result’s a worship album that performs like a victorious, kingdom-bringing anthem. Standout tracks: I Know, 139, Repair My Eyes, Defender. (iTunes|Amazon)

Stephen Bradley

9. The Porters Gate, Work Songs (2017)

The Porters Gate debut is a visionary endeavor, bringing collectively a wide range of artists (Josh Garrels, Liz Vice, Audrey Assad, Aaron Keyes, Madison Cunningham, and plenty of extra) to construct up the church for the six days of the week past Sunday. Whereas Works Songs has a stripped-down really feel (there aren’t any drums), theres an amazing sense of energy evident as every monitor was recorded reside in a single take. Standout tracks: Little Issues With Nice Love, Wooden and Nails, We Labor Unto Glory, Set up the Work of Our Palms. (iTunes|Amazon)

Tyler Braun

10. Strahan, Posters (2012)

At instances evoking Bob Dylan, Fleet Foxes, or Christian people pioneers like Love Tune, New Zealands Strahan Coleman strums his technique to quiet transcendence in his beautiful 2012 debut album. The songs are sometimes hushed and minimalistcreating a stripped-down atmosphere the place the great thing about the lyrics and melodies, constructed on a Psalms-like spectrum of emotion, actually shine. If David had a harmonica and a 12-string guitar, he may write songs like these. Standout tracks: Deliverance, Winery, Hey New Wine! Youre the Daybreak. (iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

11. The Grey Havens, Ghost of a King (2016)

The Grey Havens are a narrative-pop-folk duo identified for catchy melodies, insightful songwriting, and complicated instrumentation. Ghost of a King was a welcome addition to the Christian music sphere, including a novel mix of depth, magnificence, and excellence in each sound and writing. Their 2018 album She Waits presents extra of the identical. Standout tracks: Ghost of a King, Band of Gold, Diamonds and Gold, This My Soul. (iTunes|Amazon)

Tim Briggs

12. CityAlight, Yours Alone (2015)

Primarily based at Sydneys St. Pauls Citadel Hill, Australias CityAlight emerged within the 2010s as one of many a long time most refreshing new worship bands. Combining theologically wealthy lyrics with uptempo, joy-filled, emotionally rousing music, CityAlights songs are lovely and singable anthems readymade for congregational worship. Along with this stellar debut album, dont miss their 2016 album,Solely a Holy God,and 2018 EP,But Not I. Standout tracks: Jerusalem, House, The Love of the Father, Yours Alone. (iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

13. Lecrae, Anomaly (2014)

Lecrae has lengthy dominated the Christian hip-hop scene, and with Anomaly he additionally conquered the secular charts, turning into the primary artist to debut atop each the Billboard 200 and Prime Gospel Albums charts. His lyrical prowess is on full show on Anomaly, as he tackles the challenges any Christianor any humanfaces in on a regular basis life. Via his intricate wordplay, he captures the sensation of being an outsider as a Christian within the music business and the world. Standout tracks: Welcome to America, Nuthin, All I Want is You, Good, Dangerous, Ugly. (iTunes|Amazon)

Eugene Park

14. Psallos, Hebrews (2017)

This adaptation of Hebrews for folks rock band and chamber orchestra displays the unbelievable versatility of the composer, Cody Curtis, and the musicians, who transfer by way of the books varied moods and themes in types that vary from bluegrass and Irish dance to scorching jazz and sluggish hip-hop. Recurring musical motives and reprises kind a connective tissue all through. Psallos excels at creating artistically wonderful music that illuminates the intricate great thing about Scripture. Standout tracks: Ex Paradiso, The Outdated, The New, Two Mountains. (iTunes|Amazon)

Victoria Emily Jones

15. Stunning Eulogy, Worthy (2017)

Stunning Eulogys third album appears like an inventive and religious maturation for a bunch whose type has been referred to as hip-hop worship. As its title would recommend, Worthybasks within the glory of God in a heart-pumping, full-throttle manner. Drawing from a various musical palate and a formidable array of company (Residents, Kings Kaleidoscope, Aaron Strumpel, and so forth) the album channels a loopy quantity of Godward power into an expertise Owen Strachan referred to as one of the vital elegant, highly effective, faith-building albums Ive heard. Standout tracks: If, Sovereign, Messiah, Doxology. (iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

16. Journey Lee, The Good Life (2012)

Top-of-the-line Christian rappers of the 2010s, Journey Lee has launched a number of wonderful albums within the final decade. However with its exact lyrical theology, dialed-in manufacturing, spectacular guestlist (Sho Baraka, Jimmy Needham, KB, Lecrae, Andy Mineo and extra), and joyfully subversive themes, The Good Life stands out. The album represents a milestone in a decade when Christian hip hop continued to mature, turning into a go-to style for exposing audiences to Scripture and doctrine. Standout tracks: Im Good, One Sixteen, Take Me There, For My Good. (iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

17. Greg LaFollette, Songs of Widespread Prayer (2018)

The Ebook of Widespread Prayer is a set of prayers, orders, and readings that has served the church nicely for hundreds of years. On this album, Greg LaFollette places the BCP to music. The album accommodates historic phrases and practices and pairs them fantastically with contemporary music and singable melodies. On this work, LaFollette has created an unusual mixing of the traditional and trendy. Standout tracks: Most Merciful God, Thriller of Religion, Hosanna within the Highest, We Cry Mercy.(iTunes|Amazon)

Tim Briggs

18. Aaron Strumpel, Mighty Refuge (2018)

Aaron Strumpel has been a noteworthy, avant-garde, unbiased worship musician because the early 2000s, and Im at all times intrigued by what he creates. True to kind, his assortment of up to date hymns on Mighty Refuge is at instances musically daring (even jarring), however at different instances radically easy, foregrounding the acquainted melodies and devotional tones of beloved hymns (from Be Thou My Imaginative and prescient to Simply as I Am). Standout tracks: My Hope Is Constructed (On You Alone), Spark My Coronary heart, Simply as I Am (You Can Have All of Me), How Nice Thou Artwork (Recent Lower Flowers).(iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

19. Residents, Residents (2013)

Rooted within the theological richness of the hymns that impressed the bands inception and the musical heritage of their hometown, Seattle, Residents created this loud, joyful, and triumphant debut report. Six years on, it nonetheless feels contemporary. Its an albumfilled with impassioned shouts of the gospel, heavy guitars, and playful riffsthat has you nudging the quantity ever greater as you yell alongside from beginning to finish. Standout tracks: In Tenderness, Made Alive, I Am Residing In A Land Of Demise, Oh God.(iTunes|Amazon)

Stephen Bradley

20. Caroline Cobb, A House and a Starvation (2017)

One of many welcome tendencies of Christian music within the 2010s was plenty of nice artists writing songs that roughly pull instantly from Scripture. Singer-songwriter Caroline Cobbs A House and a Starvation is a very pretty instance. The album journeys from Genesis to Revelation andlike the Bible itselfalternates usually between wrestle and hope, restlessness and relaxation, starvation and residential. Standout tracks: Fullness of Pleasure (Psalm 16), Emmanuel (Each Promise Sure in Him), Solely the Sick Want a Doctor, There Is a Mountain.(iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

21. Poor Bishop Hooper, Overseas Made (2014)

Married couple Jesse and Leah Roberts are Poor Bishop Hooper, a two-piece indie-folk band primarily based in Kansas Metropolis. Equal elements energetic and contemplative, the songs on their debut album are constructed round an acoustic guitar and upright bass, with many primarily based on the lesser-sung parables from Matthews Gospel. Varied voicesthat of Jesus, the disciples, parable characters, Zebedee, a wounded saintare deftly interwoven, making a multifaceted image of the Christian life. Standout tracks: Treasure, Saints, Lamplight, Closing Hearth.(iTunes|Amazon)

Victoria Emily Jones

22. Jess Ray,Sentimental Creatures (2015)

Top-of-the-line Christian singer-songwriters to emerge this decade was Jess Ray, and her 2015 debut pleasant people album is attractive in each manner. The North Carolina artist writes songs that really feel like quiet embers from a Smoky Mountain campfire, with lyrics that affirm Gods love and gospel reality. That is an album for wet days, depleted souls, and runaways of each type. Let it sing over you. Standout tracks: Runaway, Too Good, Within the Meantime, Headed for the Hills.(iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken

23. Shai Linne, The Attributes of God (2011)

Within the basic phrases of A. W. Tozer, What comes into our minds after we take into consideration God is an important factor about us. Eight years in the past, hip-hop artist Shai Linne dropped a whole report dedicated to serving to us assume greater ideas about our most holy God. Shai stands out as the most proficient Christian lyricist Ive ever heard. For deep pedagogy and hovering doxologya soundtrack on your theological journeylook no additional than The Attributes of God. Every music celebrates a unique side of our Lords multifaceted character. Standout tracks: Our God Is within the Heavens, The Glory of God (To not Us), Style and See, Choose of All of the Earth.(iTunes|Amazon)

Matt Smethurst

24. John Mark McMillan,The Drugs (2010)

Whereas many know of this album due to the music How He Loves, this debut launch from John Mark McMillan represents a brand new commonplace for the way an artist can write singable songs for the church whereas nonetheless embracing their distinctive artistry. Having launched many different albums since, The Drugs stands out as establishing McMillan as an artist others look to as a voice of heartfelt honesty and worshipful reverence. Standout tracks: Demise In His Grave, Carbon Ribs, Skeleton Bones, Reckoning Day. (iTunes|Amazon)

Tyler Braun

25. Younger Oceans, I Should Discover You (2014)

Brooklyns Younger Oceans was among the finest issues to occur to worship music within the 2010s. Minimalist, atmospheric, Brian Eno-esque in sound, the band (affiliated with New Yorks Trinity Grace Church) creates beautiful sacred music through layers of distortion and sluggish burn reverb epics. By some means sounding each historic and futuristic, their sophomore album pushed the style ahead considerably, displaying that worship music could be concurrently trustworthy and daring. Standout tracks: Lead Me, Solely You, Till These Tears Are Gone, Reward the Lord, Ye Heavens.(iTunes|Amazon)

Brett McCracken


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