Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Top Ten Music Videos
With this blog, I want to do a variety of posts about Christian rock. Not all of them will be serious, in depth looks at Christian music. For a few of my posts, I want to incorporate some top ten lists. This is my first top ten list featuring my top ten favorite Christian music videos. Some videos are serious, passionate worship songs unto God, while others are simply all about having a good time. One video shares about how we have a monster inside of us, while another video is a concept song about World War II. Overall, this list features a vast variety of different themes and messages. I hope you enjoy my first top ten list.
10. Switchfoot - Dare You to Move
This song was featured on the Beautiful Letdown album in 2003. Most people don’t know that this song was first featured on their album Learning to Breathe, 3 years earlier in 2000. First off, I love this song. This song is an anthem for us as Christians, to live our lives to the fullest. Great song, great video.
9. Relient K - Must Have Done Something Right
This song was released in 2007 on their Five Score and Seven Years Ago album. In my opinion, this is one of Relient K’s all time catchiest songs. Must Have Done Something Right is a light-hearted and fun look at a relationship between an extraordinary girl and an ordinary guy. The music video features a really cool concept about a boy, a girl, and a soccer ball. Plus, the video is directed by none other than Marc Webb. Sadly, it was the famous Marc Webb, not me.
8. Flyleaf - All Around Me
All Around Me was released in 2005 on Flyleaf’s self titled debut album on Octone Records. Lacey Mosley has one of the strongest female voices in Christian music today. This is one of my all time favorite worship songs. This is a stripped down song that features heavy and heartfelt lyrics to God. Just like the song, this video is very simple as well. No flashy lights, big productions, paid actors, or lots of special effects. This is a simple video of Flyleaf worshiping God through the song All Around Me.
7. Hawk Nelson - Zero
This song appeared on Hawk Nelson’s sophomore album in 2006 called Smile It’s the End of the World. Zero is about a person who has committed suicide. The song is told from the perspective of friends and family left behind after their death. It talks about the shock, sadness, anger, and grief over having their friend leave this world at a young age. The music video is a visual interpretation of the song. The video features many people and their testimonies on how they were changed after someone they knew committed suicide. This is a very powerful video and song.
6. Philmont - The Difference
The Difference was featured on Philmont’s debut album released in 2009. This is one of my all time favorite punk/pop rock songs. This song is an anthem to Christians about how Jesus Christ should be very evident in our lives. The Difference was filmed on a budget of less than $300. This video is proof that you don’t have to have huge budgets to make a great video.
5. House of Heroes - In the Valley of the Dying Sun
This song was featured on the 2009 album The End Is Not The End. This album was a loose concept album about World War II. This is definitely one of the most unique and interesting records in Christian music today. In the Valley of the Dying Sun specifically deals with a man wrestling with God, after he has killed a man in war. The video is a very moving and amazing rendition of the song.
4. Family Force 5 - Dance Or Die
Dance or Die is the title track on their sophomore album, which was released in 2008. This song is definitely the least serious song on my top ten list. This song is all about dancing and having a good time. The members of the band love to dance, and believe there is going to be a party in heaven. This music video is simply a fun video featuring the members of Family Force 5 dancing.
3. Anberlin - Paperthin Hymn
Paperthin Hymn is the second track on Anberlin’s sophomore album, Never Take Friendship Personal. This song has many different interpretations, so I will let you decide your own personal interpretation of the song. The concept of the video is a boyfriend visiting his girlfriend in the hospital. The video features a very surprising ending, but I won’t tell you what it is. Watch it, and find out for yourself!
2. DC Talk - Consume Me
This song was released in 1998 on their album Supernatural. This album is arguably one of their most underrated albums, and this song proved to be one of the highlights on the record. This song serves as anthem/worship song unto God. It is about how Jesus Christ consumes us and invades our space after we have invited him into our heart. The concept of the video is about how freeing it is to break away from social conformity.
1. Skillet - Monster
This song was featured on Skillet’s latest album entitled Awake. The song is about how we, as humans, are sinners. Skillet calls sin: a monster. Whether we are Christians or non-Christians, we are all sinners, we have a monster inside of us, and we are in need of a Savior. The video features a concept that is a little different than the song. John and Korey Cooper, of Skillet, are trying to escape a hospital where they are running tests on them. This video is very well done, and it even features a SWAT team.