Christian Music's Best: Pop

Performers Various Artists

EMI Music Distribution | October 5, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Christian Music's Best: Pop is a complement to another various-artists album called Christian Music's Best: Worship, and the distinction between the two CCM collections reflects their subject matter, at least to some extent. This disc opens and closes with what could be called "worship" songs, Matthew West's "You Are Everything" and Phillips, Craig & Dean's "Your Grace Still Amazes Me," but in between, some of the sentiments are not as focused on praise of God, or express that praise only by implication. Britt Nicole's "You" is one of those CCM songs that are understood to be about God in context, even though the lyrics as written and emotively sung might be about a really great boyfriend. Newsboys' typically anthemic, typically U2-ish "Something Beautiful" is clearly spiritually intended, even though it praises "love" rather than God per se. Elsewhere, God is part of the story, but not the center of attention, notably in Hawk Nelson's lament for the loss of romantic love, "Everything You Ever Wanted," in which "Jesus" is rhymed with "pieces," in the sense that things are falling to pieces emotionally, religious faith notwithstanding. And in the rap/rock-tinged "Gone" by tobyMac, the singer remonstrates with a friend whose inappropriate behavior has cost him his girlfriend, who takes comfort in her faith in God. The collection is thus a reminder that there are many ways for religion to come into everyday life, not just in prayerful worship of the deity. ~ William Ruhlmann

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Contemp. Christian

Style: Gospel

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: EMI Music Distribution

UPC: 5099960967428

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Christian Music's Best: Pop

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Contemp. Christian

Style: Gospel

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: EMI Music Distribution

UPC: 5099960967428


Title Track Time
1.You Are Everything - Matthew West --
2.Take You Back - Jeremy Camp --
3.You - Britt Nicole --
4.Little is Much - Downhere/Steven Curtis Chapman --
5.Everything You Ever Wanted - Downhere/Hawk Nelson --
6.Holy - Nichole Nordeman/Hawk Nelson --
7.Gone - tobyMac --
8.Only the World - Mandisa --
9.Something Beautiful - Newsboys --
10.Testify To Love - Nichole Nordeman/Avalon --
11.Your Grace Still Amazes Me - Phillips, Craig & Dean/Avalon --

Editorial Notes

Christian Music's Best: Pop is a complement to another various-artists album called Christian Music's Best: Worship, and the distinction between the two CCM collections reflects their subject matter, at least to some extent. This disc opens and closes with what could be called "worship" songs, Matthew West's "You Are Everything" and Phillips, Craig & Dean's "Your Grace Still Amazes Me," but in between, some of the sentiments are not as focused on praise of God, or express that praise only by implication. Britt Nicole's "You" is one of those CCM songs that are understood to be about God in context, even though the lyrics as written and emotively sung might be about a really great boyfriend. Newsboys' typically anthemic, typically U2-ish "Something Beautiful" is clearly spiritually intended, even though it praises "love" rather than God per se. Elsewhere, God is part of the story, but not the center of attention, notably in Hawk Nelson's lament for the loss of romantic love, "Everything You Ever Wanted," in which "Jesus" is rhymed with "pieces," in the sense that things are falling to pieces emotionally, religious faith notwithstanding. And in the rap/rock-tinged "Gone" by tobyMac, the singer remonstrates with a friend whose inappropriate behavior has cost him his girlfriend, who takes comfort in her faith in God. The collection is thus a reminder that there are many ways for religion to come into everyday life, not just in prayerful worship of the deity. ~ William Ruhlmann
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