10. More of You – Matty Mullins
After enjoying a large amount of success with Memphis May Fire, lead vocalist, Matty Mullins, decided to branch out into solo territory. Earlier this year, Mullins released his self-titled debut album, which featured a string of pop worship anthems. “More of You” is by far the strongest song on the record, as Mullins boldly declares his allegiance to the one, true Lord.
9. Molotov – For Today
A rock and roll onslaught, “Molotov” is all about ridding your life of sinful deceptions. The members of For Today use the violent imagery of riots, burning structures, and sending things back to hell, in order to show the radical nature of standing up for Christ and fleeing from the temptations of this world.
8. BZRK – Family Force 5
Being filled with everything from hip hop beats to electronic rhythms, this song requires the listener to turn up the volume and blast the speakers away. “BZRK” is a frenzied, loud, and wildly entertaining ride.
7. Hearing Voices – Anberlin
Within “Hearing Voices,” Stephen Christian openly sings about his personal faith in the Lord. As he says, “This song is about…the humbling experience that a God powerful enough to create the universe still has time to communicate to me through others, his Word, and (for me) signs & wonders.”
6. No Ordinary Love – Memphis May Fire
This is by far my favorite song on the new Memphis May Fire record. Told as a modern day story of the Prodigal Son, “No Ordinary Love” serves a powerful reminder of God’s unconditional love.
5. Dust to Dust – Wolves at the Gate
A swift punch to the gut, “Dust to Dust” is a jarring and honest look at how we should flee the selfish desires of the world. In the end, gold, fame, power, and wealth will only leave us empty and wanting more. The only true treasure is found in the life and death of Jesus Christ. As always, Wolves at the Gate do a masterful job of combining essential truths of Scripture with the energy of hardcore screamo.
4. Born This Way – Thousand Foot Krutch
Featuring aggressive vocals and a mixture of southern riffs, “Born This Way” is another huge hit from Thousand Foot Krutch. A powerful, rallying cry, Trevor McNevan urges people to be proud of who they are and to always be comfortable in their own skin.
3. My Allegiance – Ilia
At least to me, Ilia was probably the biggest surprise of 2014. Their Reborn EP was intensely catchy, and I still have every track from that release on continual repeat. However, the song, “My Allegiance,” has stuck out to me the most. From start to finish, Suzy Martinez’s wide vocal range is put on full display. Not only does she sing clean vocals, but “My Allegiance” also features her signature screams.
2. Unbroken – Disciple
What can I say; I’m a sucker for power ballads. In today’s music world, no one creates more memorable anthems than the guys of Disciple.
1. Relief – Wolves at the Gate
“Relief” includes my favorite lyrics of the year. Proudly declaring the mercy and grace of Christ, Stephen Cobucci passionately sings, “All who are burdened and seeking respite. All of the hopeless, wretched, and desperate. All who are worn out and feeling oppressed, come in and find your rest.” A forceful burst of screamo, “Relief” will have you pushing the repeat button over and over again.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at my top 10 songs of 2014. 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.
Thread – Flyleaf
The Structure/The Foundation – The Overseer
We Are the Brave – Veridia
Ambigram – Project 86
The High Road – Peter Furler Band
Satisfied – House of Heroes
Holding On – Seventh Day Slumber
Paradise – Manafest
It – Number One Gun
The Last One Alive – Demon Hunter