CCM Magazine's "The 25 Best Contemporary Christian Albums of All Time"

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Compiled by CCM’s contributing editors and "a few people we know" (in the words of the site) who have extensive knowledge of contemporary Christian music to list their 15 favorite Christian albums of all time. We then compiled all the lists on the computer much in the same way we do the music charts.

In preparing their lists, contributors were asked to consider several key questions. Did the album make an impact? Was it a trendsetter musically? Spiritually? Does it make a clear Christian statement? Has it held up over time? No restraints were given regarding Christian vs. secular labels or whether the album is still available.

Glaring omissions from the final list include Andrae Crouch, Petra, Stryper, and Sandi Patti, whose contributions are vast but not focused on a single album. Also missing: Malcolm & Alwyn, whose Fool’s Wisdom album usually makes such lists, and Richie Furay, whose landmark album I’ve Got A Reason set new production standards.

GREG’S EDITORIALNOTE: Because as they mention Christian CDs go in and out of print frequently, many of these are hard to find and some available only on 2-for-1 CDs. For #4 it was "White Horse" specifically being honored. In the case of #6 it is "With Footnotes" being singled out. Also, in case you’re wondering, this list predates the other list of the "Top 100 Christian Albums of All-Time" that’s elsewhere on the site. (

  1. 1.
    Only Visiting This Planet

  2. 2.
    Slow Train Coming
    by Bob Dylan

  3. 3.
    Welcome to Paradise

  4. 4.
    White Horse / Adam Again

  5. 5.
    Age to Age
    by Amy Grant

  6. 6.
    With Footnotes / In the Volume of the Book
    by 2nd Chapter of Acts

  7. 7.
    Love Song

  8. 8.
    For Him Who Has Ears to Hear
    by Keith Green

  9. 9.
    by Amy Grant

  10. 10.
    by Russ Taff

  11. 11.
    Love Broke Thru

  12. 12.
    Victims Of the Age
    by Mark Heard

  13. 13.
    The Turning

  14. 14.
    Romeo Unchained

  15. 15.
    by U2

  16. 16.
    Truth Decay
    by T-Bone Burnett

  17. 17.
    The Joshua Tree
    by U2

  18. 18.
    Humans (Dlx)
    by Bruce Cockburn

  19. 19.
    Shotgun Angel (25th Anniversary Issue)
    by Daniel Amos

  20. 20.
    Horrendous Disc
    by Daniel Amos

  21. 21.
    Straight On

  22. 22.

  23. 23.
    by Steve Taylor

  24. 24.
    Awaiting Your Reply & Rainbow's End
    by Resurrection Band

  25. 25.
    Matters of the Heart
    by Bob Bennett

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Created by Robot Co-op on Nov 30, 2005.


Needs an UPDATE! — 2 years ago

While I have most of these albums, and rather assume the reviewer(s) are about my age, there are some glaring omissions and a clear lack of anything from the last 15 years.

It feels a little like this list was about what sold well, not great work, great messages…


Matthew Ward – Toward Eternity

Michael W. Smith – The Big Picture

Phil Keaggy & Sunday’s Child

DC Talk – Jesus Freak

The Alarm – Declaration


Switchfoot – Nothing is Sound (or maybe Beautiful Letdown)

Relient K – (pick one!)

Toby Mac – DiverseCity

Good albums — 3 years ago

I think there’s some great albums in that list. The number one is of course the right one. Still, I like more Leslie Phillips’s “Turning” than Larry Norman’s “Only Visiting This Planet”. Don’t get me wrong I love both albums but Leslie is something for me. I appreciate Larry Norman so much! Without him the CCM wouldn’t have been the same. I just ordered Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming”. It will be my first from him. I hope it is great. Still I wonder number 23 “I Want to Be a Clone” by Steve Taylor. I have understood it is an EP not an album. Well anyway, it might be funny music, at least what I’ve heard.


Yay — 7 years ago

Sam Phillips.

As complete as I'll get my listening for awhile — 7 years ago

I still need to hear 4,6,8,12,16,20,24, and 25..all of which are out of print and none of them owned by our library.

I think a friend of mine has HORRENDOUSDISC so I might be able to hear that one at least…

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