10. Drops In the Ocean – Hawk Nelson
Coming in at number ten is “Drops in the Ocean” by Hawk Nelson. From start to finish, the lyrics beautifully describe the everlasting love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. As Jonathan Steingard sings, “If you want to see how much you mean to me, look at my hands, look at my side. If you could count the times I'd say you are forgiven, it's more than the drops in the ocean.”
9. Bethlehem – Children 18:3
Throughout their career, the Hostetter siblings have been known for their hard hitting melodies and fist pumping anthems. Children 18:3 know how to rock, and “Bethlehem” is no exception. At least to me, nothing sounds better than Biblical truths mixed with punk rhythms and noisy guitar solos.
8. Praise Him – Aaron Gillespie
After enjoying a large amount of success with Underoath and The Almost, Aaron Gillespie has been slowly branching out into the area of worship. Earlier this year, Gillespie released his second solo record, which featured a string of pop worship anthems. In the album’s first single, Gillepsie encourages his listeners to boldly worship the one, true Lord.
7. Metanoia – For All Eternity
“Metanoia” includes some of my favorite lyrics of the year. Proudly declaring the changing power of Christ, Michael Buckley passionately sings, “You should know, hope found its way to me. You too can be changed forever.” “Metanoia” is a forceful burst of screamo that brilliantly combines the hope of Scripture with high energy screams.
6. Falling Apart – Spoken
Featuring aggressive vocals and a mixture of hard rock riffs, “Falling Apart” is another huge single from Spoken. Like many of their previous hits, this piece of hardcore rock will have you pushing the repeat button over and over again.
5. The Anticipation – Fearless BND
This past summer, Worth Dying For made a splash in the Christian music scene. Not only did they officially change their name to Fearless BND, but they also announced the release of brand new music. Their latest single, “The Anticipation,” is a catchy, loud, and wildly entertaining ride. Before you know it, you might just find yourself dancing and moving along to the hip hop beats and electronic melodies.
4. Say It Again – XXI
“Say It Again” requires the listener to turn up the volume and blast the speakers away. With hard hitting lyrics and some perfectly timed screams, this is another headbanging hit from these young rockers.
3. Ghosts – August Burns Red
According to guitarist, Brent Rambler, the lyrics for “Ghosts” were inspired by the hardships and difficulties that homeless individuals face every single day. The official music video serves as a wake-up call for people to look beyond themselves and lovingly support those who are less fortunate.
2. Darkest Part – Red
Wild and thematically intense, this eight minute video proves that Red is more than just your average hard rock group. Not only is this the best music video of 2015, but this is also Red’s strongest musical creation to date.
1. Memories – XXI
Earlier this year, XXI released this single in honor of their previous vocalist, who tragically passed away in 2014. From the emotional lyrics to the visual story to even the actors that are used, every element of “Memories” functions as a moving tribute to their friend and former bandmate.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at my top 10 songs of 2015. 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.
Say A Prayer – Veridia
Bring It On – Seventh Day Slumber
Time and Tide – For Today
God is On the Move – 7eventh Time Down
Tear It Up – Kutless
Wake Up – NF
Take – Haste the Day
Snooze – Disciple
Disconnect – Pillar
Supernova – The Devil Wears Prada