CCM Magazine's "The 25 Best Contemporary Christian Albums of All Time"
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. (http://www.listsofbests.com/list/2614)