The Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda List

Here is the famous (infamous) list of albums that in hindsight should have been included. Some were left off by pure and simple oversight while others were left off and, after further consideration, should have been included. Some were even missed because of being lost while cutting and pasting from several different compiling lists. Some will just be listed; others will receive more detailed explanation.I will also list where the album may have appeared.

The list is longer then anticipated originally.

100% PROOF – 100% Proof (1981) – Recorded in the late 70’s and finally making it’s way to record shelves (or at least the bands trunks at concerts), this debut rocked with a Southern groove that few other bands touched. More Molly Hatchet and Lynard Skynard than AC/DC (the band they are most often compared to), this debut was just really cool and actually had guitar solos. A real highlight is the rock ballad about the life of AC/DC’s late lead singer, Bon Scott. (High 400’s)

2ND CHAPTER OF ACTS – IN the Volume of the Book (1975) – One the groups best and most “rockin'” albums with Yaweh, Now That I Belong To You and hey Watcha Say. A young Phil Keaggy sounds really nice on many of these tracks. (Mid 200’s)

THE 77’s – Drowning with Land In Sight (1994) – As if Mike Roe was not represented enough, the hardest and most blistering rock record of the bands history was left off. The Zeppelin cover that kicks off the album should have been enough to force inclusion. For me, though, the real treat is Snowblind. Roe’s penchant for hooks can be found on the beautiful Film at 11. (Low 200’s)

ADRIAN SNELL – Firelake (1975) – How I missed this is totally a blow it on my part. Britain’s biggest selling CCM artist had two albums that easily should have made the list. His debut here is wonderful and fans of jesus Music will find much to enjoy. (Mid 300’s)

ADRIAN SNELL – The Passion (1980) – Combining classical, Jesus Music, Church Music and CCM, this musical look at the final week of christ’s life was a predecessor to many that would follow. (Low 400’s)

AGAPE – Gospel hard Rock (1971) – As one of the very first “hard rock” albums in CCM history, the album deserved inclusion for that fact alone. WAY ahead of the curve here. But the record itself is also quite good and combines a soulful jazz with the late 60’s blues rock. (High 400’s)

THE ALARM – Eye of the Hurricane (1987) – The bands most pop oriented release is still filled with enough great songs that I should have included it. Oddly enough, it is the album I listen to the most over 20 years later. (Mid 400’s)

ALBRECHT, ROLEY & MOORE – Take it to the People (1981) – The supergroup of sorts released a few albums and this one was leaps and bounds above most of the straight ahead pop music in CCM at the time. (High 300’s)

ANDRAE CROUCH – Soulfully (1972) – Should have been included. Period! (High 100’s)

ANDRAE CROUCH – Keep on Singin’ (1975) – A Gospel classic that also contains one of the Top 50 greatest songs of the CCM era with My Tribute. (Low 100’s – maybe higher)

ANDRUS BLACKWOOD & CO. – Following You (1978) – One of the truly first CCM albums. Very current for the day with touches of Chicago, the Commodores and Earth, Wind and Fire. The title track is awesome. (High 300’s)

ASHLEY CLEVELAND – God Don’t Never Change (2009) – Shawn is right. This should have been included. perhaps when i started the list it was just too fresh. No excuse, though. (Mid 200’s)

BJ THOMAS – Home Where I Belong (1976) – The first real crossover (at least from mainstream to CCM) album. It is filled with several songs that were just as good and memorable as any Thomas had as a megastar in pop music. The silky, soulful tones of Thomas’ voice is pure gold. The Pat Terry penned title track is a real classic.(Mid 300’s)

BARRATT BAND – Playing in the City (1981) – I had lost this album while doing the list and completely missed it. I have since tracked down a copy and believe it deserved to be there. Barratt is one the finest guitarists in CCM history. He passed away last year. (High 400’s)

BE BE & CE CE WINANS – Heaven (1988) – The brother-sister combo released more than a handful of very successful records. This was their best. It has Keith Thomas production written all over it. The album reached number one on the Billboard albums chart. (Mid 200’s)

BELIEVER – Extraction from Morality (1989) – Of all of the hard core, speed metal albums left off this list…this is one of them. Actually quite good and displays better musicianship than most. (Low 400’s)

BILLY CROCKETT – Carrier (1984) – As mentioned in a response elsewhere this album was one of two Crockett albums I had on the original list. the lead track is just a monster hit. (Low 400’s)

BILLY CROCKETT – Watermarks (1998) – Released as Crockett’s career was waning, it was his best. Wonderfully crafted, brilliantly and passionately performed. these are the best songs in Crockett’s repertoire. (High 200’s)

BOB AYALA – Joy By Surprise (1976) – better than most CCM for the time. Very well produced and finely crafted songs. In the style of John Denver, Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg. Ayala was one of the bridge artists from Jesus Music to CCM and his music was superior than most. (High 300’s)

BOB DYLAN – Modern Times (2006) – Was on my original list. Not sure where it went. A collection of 6 minutes tunes that are the most obvious expressions of faith since Infidels. (Late 200’s)

BRUCE COCKBURN – Salt, Sun & Time, The Trouble With Normal, Night Vision, Inner City Front, Joy Will Find a Way – Let’s be honest, pretty much everything Cockburn has done could have been included.

BRYN HAWORTH – The Gap (1980) – This is one of a few that should have been included. But this one was DEFINITELY on the original list. Best slide guitarist in CCM and a brilliant singer-songwriter. The Gap was the one album that truly made it across the pond. (High 100’s)

DANIEL AMOS, TERRY SCOTT TAYLOR, LOST DOGS & SWIRLING EDDIES – Everything Ever Recorded! (Will that satisfy everyone?) OK…if anything should have been added it would be Bibland and the self-titled debut.

DAVID CROWDER BAND – Church Music (2009) – My penchant for hating nearly everything called “modern worship” music kept this masterpiece off the list. It deserves inclusion. (Mid 200’s)

DAVID MARTIN – Stronger Than the Weight (1985) – This great pop album was on the list until the very last cut. In hindsight this fine songwriter deserves to be recognized. (Late 300’s)

DAVID MEECE – 7 (1985) David Meece deserved more than one album on the countdown. Not being a fan of his Gino Vanelli oriented later material it is clear that “7” is one of his best and should have been included. (Late 300’s)

DEGARMO & KEY – No Turning Back (1989) – In hindsight i should have blown off my “no live album” rule for this album. Not only one of the best Christian rock live albums, simply one of the best live albums ever. the extended jams on Jericho, Long Distance Runner and Emmuel make this a real treat. The band proved they were a collection of some of the finest musicians assembled in CCM. (50-100)

DEITIPHOBIA – Clean (1994) – One of my rules is that I had to own the album and have it in my possession to honestly review and include it. I had lost my copy and, therefore it did not make the list. It would now. (Low 300’s)

DENNY CORRELL – How Will They Know (1980) – One of CCM’s best voices deserved more than one album included. This title would be the best shot at making it. (Low 400’s)

ELI – Second Hand Clothes (1999) – Now the News could just have easily been included as well. What a great songwriter. this is one of those examples of losing a title in the cut and paste world. (High 200’s)

FARRELL & FARRELL – Portrait of Us All (1979) – This MUST have been a cut and paste loss. I had this ranked quite high. It is one of the best examples of taking Jesus Music into the CCM world with VERY current music, great production and songwriting that was not trite or silly. Several real classics can be found here. Possibly one of the 10 most important albums of the time. (Mid 100’s)

THE FRAY – How To Save a Life (2005) – I went back and forth about whether to include this album or not. I should have. Though not as blatant as other “mainstream” releases that were included, the faith of the band members is rather common knowledge and their content is smart and creative. (High 100’s)

GEOFF MOORE & THE DISTANCE – Foundations (1994) – Uh…duh! Should have been there. The cover of Lone Justice’s “I Found Love” is great and the whole albums Springsteenesque rock and roll was spot on for the times and still sounds good today. (Mid 200’s)

GLAD – Captured in Time (1982) – A group as original and ground breaking as Glad deserved more recognition. They did tend to suffer from having several good song on average albums. This album, though, was solid throughout. It also closes with one of the most beautiful songs of the CCM era, Be Ye Glad. (Low 300’s)

GLENN KAISER & DARRELL MANSFIELD – Trimmed and Burning (1990) – Another victim of cut and paste. Should be a top 100 contender, but most likely would have fallen somewhere in the mid 100’s. The first of several great acoustic blues album from both artists.

GREG AND REBECCA SPARKS – Field of Your Soul (1994) – This is one of the most embarrassing oversights. There is not a single tune not worthy of repeated listens. Though not a fan of Rebecca’s voice in the pop world of Bash-n-the-Code, this is real, stark and honest rock and roll, and the voice works…perfectly. Carve a Tunnel alone is worth including this album. That song will appear quite high in the Top 1,000 songs countdown. If this song does not send chills up and down your spine…you are dead! (Low 100’s)

GREG X VOLZ – The River is Rising (1986) – The omission of this album was based solely on my dislike of Volz’s vocals and some personal run-ins over the years. that should not have been enough to have the album excluded. (Low 400’s)

HARVEST – Only the Overcomers (1986) – The best album from a group that put out consistently really good releases. (Low 400’s)

IMPERIALS – Let the Wind Blow (1985) – The best of the later, more pop releases from the group that has had more personnel changes than any other CCM group. But there was no missing of stride here. Paul Smith took a more front and center position on this album, giving a much more contemporary sound. The title track was musically quite a stretch for the group and it worked quite well. (Late 300’s)

JOE ENGLISH – Held Accountable (1982) – For several years Joe English was the toast of the CCM world. Former drummer of Paul McCartney & Wings, any artist with mainstream success was given red carpet treatment in the CCM market. he did make several very good and one great album. He know claims to have not been a Christian at the time and an alcoholic and drug user during this era. Many people have refuted this part of his current testimony and believe he has been brainwashed by a cult. Seriously. It’s very odd. (High 400’s)

JOHN FISCHER – Johnny’s Cafe (1978) – In all honesty about 5 John Fischer albums probably deserved placement on the list. I did not own all of them until recently. One I did own that should have been included was this one. (Mid 300’s)

LIFEHOUSE – No Name Face (2000) – The proof that cutting and pasting can be dangerous is that no Lifehouse album made the list. Uh…not only would this album chart, so would Lifehouse (Mid 300’s) and Who We Are (Mid 200’s). This would be a Top 100 release without a doubt.

M. WARD – Hold Time (2009) – Probably would have caused a little stir if included, so i left it off. In retrospect it deserves inclusion if similar releases like Mercy Seat also made the list. (Mid 200’s)

MAD AT THE WORLD – Boomerang (1991) – serving as the transitional album from the Euro synth first two releases, Boomerang rocked with a pretty ferocious attitude. Isn’t Sex a Wonderful Thing along should have been enough to have the album included. (Low 400’s)

MALCOLM & ALWYN – Wildwall (1974) – Should have been included no doubt. (Mid 400’s)

MATTHEW WARD – Armed and Dangerous (1987) – Released nearly a decade after his debut the wait was clearly worth it. The album’s closing track, Love, is just stunning. (Mid 400’s)

MERCY ME – Almost There (2001) – I Can Only Imagine is probably enough to have included this album. Not a great record as much as a strong selection of individual songs. (High 400’s)

MICHAEL ANDERSON – Love is the Hardest Part & Saints and Sinners – Clearly both should have been included. the first in the low 400’s and the second in the high 100’s. Cut and Paste victim…had to be.

MICHELE PILLAR – Michele Pillar (1982) – Pillar’s CCM solo debut (after her masterpiece release with Erick Nelson) proved to be a real gem. Filled with great pop and smart lyrics. (Mid 300’s)

MO LEVERETT – For the Benefit of Desire (1993) – One of the first Storyville releases and one of the best. Edgy and challenging acoustic rock. For a bluesy Bruce Cockburn fan. (High 300’s)

PAUL FIELD – Restless Heart (1982) Easily one of the best pop rock releases of the early 80’s and was only not included because I had lost it. I recently found a copy and have no doubt it would rank amongst the best of its era. Field has written several hits for Cliff Richard and Rebecca St. James. A clear AYSO! (Low 100’s)

PHIL & JOHN – Pick one…doesn’t matter. Actually I originally had two albums included on the list. Carnival of Clowns was in the 200’s and Don’t Look Now was in the low 300’s.

RANDY STONEHILL – The Sky is Falling (1980) – I clearly let my general dislike for the album impact the fact that it probably deserves being listed. But my general dislike would not let me rate it higher than the low 400’s. The good songs are really quite good, but songs like bad Fruit and the seemingly never ending Through the Glass Darkly and Venezuela make it rough to listen to regularly. Someone could have used a little editing in the studio.

REBECCA ST JAMES – God (1996) – St. James most likely deserved to have some representation on the list. this would be her best effort. (High 300’s…maybe?)

RICHIE FURAY – I’ve Got a Reason (1976) – Seriously? I left this off? Moron! Former Poco front man put together a legitimate country driven progressive rock album for the ages. It was originally released on a secular label and featured Love Song members Truax and Mehler as well as help from Michael Omartian. Not a single “miss” on this. Deserved high placement. (Low 100’s)

SAM PHILLIPS – Martinis and Bikinis (1994) – Possibly the best “Sam” album (High 100’s)

SEAWIND – Light the Light (1979) – One of the last albums to be excluded from the list. My bad. In retrospect the sheer musical presence is overwhelming and deserves a placement on the list. (Low 300’s)

SEPTEMBER – SEPTEMBER FIRST (1981) – Would have easily made the list if I still owned a copy at the time of compiling the list. I lost it over the years (I’m guessing Shawn has it). I have tracked down a digital copy and it is even better than I remember it. Imagine Servant as an AOR and borderline progressive rock back in the vein of Styx with much more melody and more ballads. It is progressive for its musical diversity and changes within a single song. the opening track is a great example. An AYSO. (High 200’s)

SHADES OF BLUE – Shades of Blue (1994) This acoustic jazz project headed up by guitar god Lanny Cordola slipped through the cracks to most CCM fans. But it is really delicious. Cool and soulful. (High 400’s)

STEVE SCOTT – Lost Horizon (1989) – Possibly the most discussed omission. I really struggled with whether to include the album given just how much of the album appears on other projects. probably should have been listed. (High 100’s)

TONIO K. – Ole (1997) – What was I thinking? (High 200’s)

TWILA PARIS – Kingdom Seekers (1985) – In 20 years when someone decides to actually make hymnals again, there will be several songs from this album included. Lamb of God and he is Exalted are truly classics in the most authentic use of the word.

VIGILANTES OF LOVE – Blister Soul (1995) & Welcome to Struggleville (1994). Another artist that many complained was not represented enough (4 releases). If other albums were to be included I would say both of these easily qualify. Blister would be in the mid-300’s and Welcome in the high 200’s.

WES KING – The Robe (1998) – Should have been Top 100. Total cut and paste loss…my bad big time!


Have fun!

  1. April 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Including a list with this many worthy albums surely would displace some worthy albums already in place. Perhaps the list needs to be the 600 best albums of all time?

    • low5point
      April 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      666? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. harvey_d
    April 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I agree with you on the ones I’m most familiar with… The 77s, The Alarm, Bruce Cockburn, DA/etc. (Let’s Spin!), Steve Scott, VOL.

    There’s also only one album by The Violet Burning listed, Strength… although there is mention of the epic 2011 (too new) release The Story of Our Lives. The other albums are great, too, but not as memorable as these. Personally, I’d consider Demonstrates Plastic and Elastic.

    Thanks for mentioning Deitiphobia’s Clean. I sorely missed them in the list. That would have made my list for sure. Better still, however, I like Vivid’s self-titled EP (or Massivivid’s Brightblur for the arguably watered-down version).

    Another one that would be high on my list. would be Ric Alba’s Holes in the Floor of Heaven. In my opinion it’s a beautiful, real album.

    Michael Knott’s Strip Cycle also needs to be in the list. Classic.

    Anyway, thanks (again?) for the list. It’s fun and informative.

  3. April 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Can’t wait to see the post where you discuss what you should remove!

  4. Charles H
    April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Another great list. I had forgotten about Paul Field’s “Restless Heart”. I’m going to have to go home and see if I still have that cassette somewhere.

    • low5point
      April 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      i really like that album. It showed where Cliff Richard was getting inspiration from in his new musical direction at the time. Kind of like listening to Chris Eaton revealed just who Russ Taff had been listening to.

  5. Sam
    April 27, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Lots of classics on here. Favorite from this list has to be Andrus, Blackwood & Co’s “Following You.” Classic double LP, great cover art.

  6. shawnuel
    April 27, 2012 at 3:45 am

    SO glad to see Greg and Rebecca Sparks on here. I actually would have a devil of a time choosing between Field of Your Soul and Through Flood and Fire and probably lean to the latter a bit. In fact, they would end up in my top 50 most likely. Glad you agree with me on Ashley! I would probably include 2 other phenomenal blues albums from that year…..77’s Holy Ghost Building and Dave Perkins’ Pistol City Holiness.

    • harvey_d
      April 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Dave Perkins is gold. In my world, Passafist would have been on the list, too.

  7. shawnuel
    April 27, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Oh…….also was surprised there was no Billy Crocket and am glad to see you recognize him. From Any Starlight Night through Simple House this guy didn’t make a less than great album. I especially loved Red Bird, Blue Sky and Watermarks. Yeay for Phil and John. Now…..where are fellow Storyville artists, Mo Leverett and Nicholas Giaconia?

  8. Greenchil
    April 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Love Carrier.. Great song. First heard it on a compilation album.

    Funny.. I’ve been going thru the albums on my ipod (by year) after adding what I could from your list and also later adding more from groups/artist I found that I liked. Just to see how all the groups compared to eachother and the timeperiod in which the albums were released. Anyways.. at the time while listening to Farrell and Farrell “A Portrait Of Us All” I was thinking to myself how goo the album was from beginning to end and definitely a different style from their later synthesizer oriented stuff. I also can see that alot of christian music was a little behind the times compared to secular music. (A common complaint of alot of reviews I remember reading back in the day).

    Daniel Amos – After finally listening to them and getting used to Terry Taylor’s quirky style/voice I did start wondering about the lack of inclusion of a couple albums.

    David Crowder Band – I can kinda understand.. What is CCM’s fascination with this guy? I’ve heard a few worthy tunes from him.. but not a whole album. I’ll have to check out “Church Music”

    David Meece – Nice to see him get another entry. BTW “Learning to Trust” was produced by Brown Bannister. I think Gino only did one album “Candle In The Rain”.

    The Fray – I have to admit this is a pretty ok album. Never cared for their 2nd release.

    Geoff Moore & The Distance – Thank you! His work may have been uneven but that albums is still a good listen.

    Glad – Good to see that one. I felt it did a better job of capturing their overall “sound”.

    Greg And Rebecca Sparks – Man o man I need to relisten to this. Grabbed it on cassette years ago.

    Greg X. Volz – I’m almost afraid to ask. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Harvest – They always crossed my mind from time to time while reading thru the list. Only because I personally knew one of the members from that band. She used to always talk about an acoustic Guitar she got from Wayne Watson.

    Imperials – After the departure of Russ Taff and the entry of Paul Smith (A great voice in his own) it seemed to take them a while to really find their stride with him. Then he left after that album. lol

    Mercy Me – Never could get into them.. but I’ll give that album another spin.

    Michele Pillar – Listened to this recently in my latest listening project (see above). Not a half bad album. I still like the Mansfield of “Walk Across Heaven” better.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Twila Paris – one of the few albums by her I can stand to listen to.

    Looking forward to tracking down as many of the rest from the list that I can.

  9. shawnuel
    April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Wow….I’m blind. Did not see Mo……Also missed Wildwall the first time. That is my fave Malcom and Alwyn project!

  10. Greenchili
    May 1, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Mo is hard to find info on.. Any suggestions, links, etc?

  11. Sam
    May 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    For anyone interested in what’s going on with Joe English, he attends, or at least has attended, the Word Of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, NC, not too far from where I live. And yes, it is considered a cult, and is listed on several “cult watch” web sites. Sad that he now considers all his great CCM albums to be the work of a “non-Christian.”

  12. Greenchili
    May 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    ok.. I got my songs mixed up it was “Love Waiting” that I was thinking of and not “Love Carrier”..

  13. shawnuel
    May 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    • Greenchili
      May 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

      ok thanks for those links. They are very helpful!

  14. shawnuel
    May 3, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I have a hard time with Crowder. I think his sophistication and intelligence are mostly cosmetic. However, A Collision was a BEAST of an album. Easily his best. For me, Church Music was smoke and mirrors…..another album that benefitted from the appearance of sophistication but underneath the trappings, just wasn’t very deep.

  15. Tim
    May 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Seems you forgot about some albums you had earlier stated should have made the top 500, including:

    Breakfast With Amy – Dad
    One Bad Pig – I Scream Sunday
    Ghoti Hook – Sumo Surprise
    WhiteHeart – Freedom
    The O.C. Supertones – Supertones Strike Back
    Code Of Ethics – s/t debut
    Carolyn Arends – I Can Hear You

    Did you rethink these albums and change your mind about them?

  16. Greenchili
    May 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    World’s most confusing reviews.. lol..

    • Greenchili
      May 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Forgot to mention.. read the review and then glance over to the left…. It get’s an AMG album pick..

  17. jay
    May 9, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I love that I found this blog. So many memories. I think The Crucified really deserves to be somewhere as well either the self-titled or “Pillars of Humanity.”

    • Sam
      May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I’d choose “Pillars.” Amazing disc.

      • low5point
        May 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm


    • low5point
      May 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Pillars made it – 269

  18. Bill B
    May 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Not to knit-pick, but Eli’s album is Second Hand CLOTHING and it is an excellent album. Should be in one’s collection if only for the priceless Hypocrite Song.

    Motivation and Sticks and Stones are the better Wes King albums IMO.

  19. Bill B
    May 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    LOVE Ashley Cleveland’s God Don’t Never Change, but consider album’s Second Skin and Before the Daylight’s Shot to be equally amazing albums.

    Don’t get why Lifehouse’s No Name Face is so popular? Two stellar songs sandwich 10 other mediocre tracks. Who We Are is the bands best album IMO

    • May 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Bill, have you ordered Ashley’s Beauty In the Curve, yet? Seriously….it might be her best yet. Plus, there are two newer releases out that might dominate a list like this in years to come. Leonard the Lonely Astronaut, by Andrew Osenga and Cymbal Crashing Clouds by Ben Shive. Both are lyrically brilliant and very creative sonically. Plus, The Choir has a terrific new record, as well. The Loudest Sound Ever Heard that I would put up there with Chase the Kangaroo, Circle Slide and Wide Eyed Wonder as their best. Excellent spring, so far.

  20. Jon
    May 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I have to say, I agree about Bruce Cockburn and The Alarm, although I do listen to Declaration a lot, as well as Eye Of The Hurricane. If you haven’t heard Mike Peters’ album “Breathe” yet, you should pick it up, it’s really good.

    It’s easy to sit back and nit pick a list like this, and we all could add or take an album or two from the list pretty easily, but taking on a list like this is a pretty daunting task, for sure.

  21. Alexander
    May 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Petra – Not Of This World
    Michael W. Smith – I 2 (Eye)
    After The Fire – Signs Of Change
    Andy Pratt – Motives
    Ed Raetzloff – It Took A Long Time To Get To You
    Fighter – Bang The Drum
    Larry Norman – Upon This Rock
    Mark Heard – Appalachian Melody
    Mastedon – It’s A Jungle Out There
    Neal Morse – Sola Scriptura
    Randy Stonehill – Wonderama
    Red Sea – Blood
    Rez Band – Between Heaven ‘n Hell
    Rich Mullins – The Jesus Record
    Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
    Tom Howard – View From The Bridge
    The Waiting – The Waiting
    Waterdeep – Live at the New Earth

  22. May 16, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Who care what albums you left off. I thought your list was good and it was from your point of view. I would have to say the 77’s being number was a great choice I still listen to it a lot. a long with The Alarm’s Eye of the Hurricane which is another one I listen a lot these days. Can’t wait to hear your top song list.

  23. Dan
    June 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Forgive me I didn’t catch if some of these classics that I listen to regularly were on this “list”

    Darrell Mansfield – Revelation
    Vision – Vision (Billy Powell put out a powerful christian album)
    Joshua – Intense Defense
    Joshua Perahia – Something To Say
    Arkangel – Warrior
    Atomic Opera – Alpha and Oranges
    Starchild – Starchild

  24. St. Ralph
    June 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, Lost Horizon and Trimmed and Burnin’ are top 10 records. Maybe even #1 and #2. Yes, Lost Horizon is bits and pieces, but it’s the best collection of Scott’s material. In fact, of his non-poetry albums, the only one that doesn’t repeat material from earlier releases is … the first album.

  25. Ecron Muss
    June 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

    A bit of a typo, I think.
    BELIEVER โ€“ Extraction from Morality
    should probably read BELIEVER โ€“ Extraction from Mortality.

  26. Brent
    June 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    A lot of these releases are exceptional, but I find that I can only offer limited credibility to the person who prepared this list when an album as good as Whiteheart’s “Freedom” is nowhere to be found. That album is worthy of the top 10, and it is far better than “Redemption” and “Don’t Wait for the Movie” combined. To prevent it from appearing on this list is mind-boggling to me.

    • Tim
      June 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      I agree. Not a top 10 album, but at least somewhere in anyone’s top 500 if they listened to it.

  27. July 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thought of a BUNCH of Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda’s tonight but can only remember one. Swing, Swang, Swung by Guardian. Slippery Ground by Derek Lind is another. Oh, yeah…Storms by Fernando Ortega.Maybe Grver Levy’s self-titles debut. Thrifty Mr. Kickstar by Dryve, The Latest and the Greatest by Luxury and DEFINITELY Strange Language by Charlie Peacock, which I would personally put in the top 20.

    • harvey_d
      July 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Strangelanguage is one of my favourites from CP, probably because I overplayed The Secret of Time (and WCD #2).

  28. Brett C
    July 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Two big glaring omissions from the list in my opinion,
    John Davis’ self titled solo debut – simply brilliant album
    John Pantry’s Empty Handed – A classic if ever there was one

  29. July 3, 2012 at 2:55 am

    LOVE John Davis’ album. Not familiar with John Pantry.

    • Brett C
      July 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      John Pantry is from England and has had quite a few ccm albums, he also produced many pop albums in the early 70’s. His Empty Handed album is from 1978 if memory serves me. It has been one of my favorites since the early 80’s and is well worth seeking out if you like Jesus music before it morphed into CCM.

  30. Andy Basic
    July 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    What? No mention of The Crimson Bridge (the one from the 70’s not the more rent one) or of Revolutionalry Army of the Infant Jesus – is that because they were rejected or because they aren’t known because they are before / outside the regular CCM world? The first should definitely be in (unless the 70’s style dates it too much for your consideration), the second it perhaps a little less usual and may not fit.
    (And yes, John Pantry should definitely be considered (though not my personal preference) and Signs of Change by After the Fire (but that is definitely a dated style). Also, personally I think Michael Omartian’s White Horse is miles better than Adam Again, except, again, that it’s sound is more dated)

    • Andy Basic
      July 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Sorry, dreadful typing – that should be ‘not the more recent one’

  31. July 26, 2012 at 3:37 am

    So, Bill Mallonnee just released all the VOL albums (many of which are on this list) as a pay-what-you-want download in whatever format you desire. Go to: and rejoice. Buy some other albums there as well. You can also see him on tour this month

    This has been a public service announcement. Thank you.

  32. July 26, 2012 at 3:38 am


  33. Greenchili
    August 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

    THE ALARM โ€“ Eye of the Hurricane …. Listening to this one right now and I’d have to say I agree. Good stuff.

  34. Biff
    August 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Geoff Moore’s version of I Found Love was dreadful – Maria McKee kicks his ass coming and going without effort. And should have literally done so for sullying her song.

    • y2daddy
      August 18, 2012 at 3:44 am

      Ooh, them’s fighting words. Not even close to dreadful.

    • August 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

      Well, without Little Steven’s ultra slick production, that might have been true, but I think Moore and his band catch a better vibe with their version.

  35. Greenchili
    • August 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks for the link Mr. Chili! I have been in a HUGE Heard mood lately. May have actually moved him just a bit ahead of Terry Taylor as my favorite artist/songwriter. They are both ridiculously talented.

  36. Eric
    October 2, 2012 at 6:02 am

    4 things…
    1 very nice list thanks for the time and effort.
    2 branded is a top 5 in my list its top 3 this album just cant be beat much like 77’s and meltdown
    3 where is violet burning i didnt see that group and they deserve a very high ranking
    4 bourgeois tagg is an incredible album but it is not christian… it is the opposite of christian in many ways. i always feel amiss after listening to it but its hard to put away for good

    • Harvey_d
      October 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      The Violet Burning has Strength listed, with an additional note included regarding The Story of Our Lives which was too new for the 500. Personally, I’d add Demonstrates Plastic and Elastic for sure, and possibly more.

  37. November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Late to the party here, but then again, I’m usually late for most parties. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Impressive list. A lot of my favorites, but I did notice that Delirious? is missing from both lists. Their first album, King of Fools (1998), is still the best album they’ve done. Deeper and August 30th are my personal favorites from that album. I figured it might be a case of personal preference, but I can’t imagine this group not being on anybody’s list.

  38. Greenchili
    March 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    If anyone is interested.. here is a link to the top 100 albums made by CCM magazine..

  39. J Hanson
    April 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Wondered about Bryn Haworth and Norman Barratt….

  40. Tim
    August 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    You know, Andrae Crouch’s Keep On Singin’ appears in both the overlooked list and at #85 in the official list. One is shown as being released in 1975, and the other in 1971. Maybe that’s why you thought you overlooked it. I believe 1975 is the accurate release year.

  41. boojidad
    November 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Keith Thomas – Kaleidoscope. The original source for BeBe Winans’ “It’s Only Natural” and a host of other incredible performances. As I said in an Amazon review, it’s like a Qunicy Jones album, with instrumentals mixed with guests like Donna McElroy and BeBe doing the singing on vocal tunes. Long out of print – bring it back! And step out from the control booth and bring us more, Keith!

  42. Brent Johnson
    May 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Saint! Pick one, they deserve recognition especially in light of them continuing with their sound when so many others, cave….ahem adapted to the 90’s sound.

  43. Brent Johnson
    May 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    The Normals is another one I bet many here would be into. Sort of a U2 sound with great lyrics.

  44. David Beck
    May 18, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Surprised to see that the Mike Roe-produced Language of Fools by Love Coma is not on here. A hard-driving rock album that features well-crafted guitar licks, unique vocals from Chris Taylor and introspective lyrics. It is one of my favorites from the late 90’s.
    Other omissions:
    Anything else from Waterdeep, esp. Pink and Blue
    NeedtoBreathe: The Reckoning
    Glen Kaiser Band: Winter Sun
    Smalltown Poets: self-titled

  45. Greenchili
    May 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    David Huff did the lead guitar work on David Meece’s 7 album. Just thought I’d mention that.

  46. May 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I agree on the Alarm’s “Eye of the Hurricane.” Although Strength is a better Album, I find Eye much more listenable for some reason.

  47. September 7, 2015 at 10:22 am

    FWIW, “Boomerang” was not the transitional album for Mad at the World, that was “Seasons of Love”

  48. tim w
    May 16, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Late to the game here but no Phil Keaggy Emerging? There was nothing like it back in the mid 70s in CCM

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