10. Kings and Queens – Audio Adrenaline
Being very inspirational, the video for “Kings and Queens” showcases the beauty and wonder of the Haitian orphans, who are a part of the Hands and Feet Project. Just as Kevin Max sings, in the eyes of Christ, every child is a king or queen.
9. Criminals and Kings – Stellar Kart
On this song, Stellar Kart highlights the dichotomy and contrast within the heart of every follower of Christ. As Adam Agee says, there is a daily struggle of recognizing that we are sinners and have a criminal nature inside of us, while at the same time also being considered royal kings, welcomed into the family of God.
8. The Only One – The Letter Black
Strangely enough, The Letter Black decided to exclude this excellent single from their latest full length release. To me, “The Only One” is by far the best song that the group put together this year. This piece of melodic rock showcases The Letter Black’s true talent for creating memorable ballads.
7. Sick of It – Skillet
Brutally honest, “Sick of It” is a jarring statement about being tired of the current state of our world. Add in their usual hard hitting melodies and polished rock sound, and Skillet has created another headbanging hit. Here is the official music video for “Sick of It.”
6. Just Say Jesus – 7eventh Time Down
In recording this video, I commend the guys from 7eventh Time Down for using their music as a platform to play a role in freeing Saeed Abedini from an Iranian prison. If you want more information on how you can help this American pastor be released from an eight year prison sentence, please visit the Be Heard Project.
5. Take the Bullets Away – We As Human.
According to vocalist, Justin Cordle, the lyrics for “Take The Bullets Away” were inspired by a very emotional time in the life of his sister-in-law. Through this heartbreaking period, she was tormented by the decisions and actions of very wicked men. Dedicated to her, this song is filled with gut-wrenching moments of despair and honesty. But, to their credit, We As Human also find room to include beautiful glimpses of hope.
4. Fight the Silence – For Today
As the title suggests, “Fight the Silence” is all about attacking apathy. Specifically, For Today urges the world to take a stand and radically fight against the evils of sex trafficking and slavery.
3. Words – Hawk Nelson
Coming in at number three is “Words” by Hawk Nelson. Featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe, this song accurately describes the power of our words. As Jonathan Steingard sings, “Words can build you up. Words can break you down. Start a fire in your heart or put it out.”
2. Sooner or Later – Confide
Being filled with everything from metal riffs to hip hop beats, this song requires the listener to turn up the volume and blast the speakers away. Frenzied, loud, and wildly entertaining, “Sooner or Later” will have you pushing the repeat button over and over.
1. Not Gonna Die – Skillet
Inspired by the album artwork, this lyric video expertly highlights the themes of determination and perseverance. By depicting a small girl standing alongside her protector and friend, “Not Gonna Die” encourages all of us to courageously face our fears and inner demons.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at my top ten songs of 2013. As with every list, this blog post would not be complete without my honorable mentions. All of these songs are very solid, and would easily serve as worthy additions to any Christian rock playlist.
Searchlight – Thousand Foot Krutch
Noise – Colton Dixon
Sailor’s Prayer – The Devil Wears Prada
Rock and Roll Thugs – Icon For Hire
Calm the Storm – Spoken
Into the Veins – Five Iron Frenzy
Death From Above – Oh, Sleeper
Sing – I Am Empire
Glass House – Red
It’s Not Enough – Dustin Kensrue