This site is meant to be fun!
I have been involved in Christian music since the early 1970’s as a fan, retailer, record rep, radio guy and promotions support. I have nearly 4,000 Christian albums (CD, cassette, LP, digital and even 8-track) and have been involved exclusively in the Christian Music industry for 24 of my 26 years in the work force.
The site is dedicated to the best Christian albums of all time, including many that the reader may have never heard of. Many of the greatest we overlooked by a biased retail and radio industry, especially in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Despite limited budgets many artists created impressive and lasting projects.
But what makes the lists that are to follow the best?
I have decided to use an obviously very subjective system to determine this…me! But I do have my reasons. Records that stand the test of time musically and lyrically are the most prevalent. But other releases are listed because of their sheer impact on the industry. Many records of the 70’s and 80’s broke molds, both musically and lyrically, and they are to be celebrated here.
I plan on starting the site with a “must own” Top 50. This will not be the collection of necessarily the greatest, most famous or most popular albums in the history of Christian Music, but rather a fine selection of ground breaking, important and unique projects that deserve to be included in anyone’s collection that seriously wants to understand the Christian Music industry.
But this list ans the lists to follow will exclude some amazing records. Why? I was never much into rap, hip hop or Black Gospel and feel completely unqualified to promote, review or critique those formats. I hate country music and so a very limited number (possibly zero) will be represented. There is also a higher number of rock, new wave, alternative and folk releases then others simply because of the innate bias of the author. But it should be noted that those styles broke barriers, made strides musically, sonically and lyrically that pop and inspirational music was never able to follow.
Finally, there is a limited number of releases from the current decade as many albums released over the last several years have not yet proven to last the test of time and have not been able to break down barriers as so many, if not all of, the barriers have already been destroyed. This is especially true of the Top 50, but the following posts will contain many more recent releases that are worth discovering and owning.
So, let the Top 50 begin!