Monday, January 3, 2011

My Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2010

Happy 2011 you guys! Hope everyone had a very happy new year! Mine was spent with my family, we made a delish Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Drizzle (I know…as if we haven’t had enough sweets already over holidays! Hello diet Monday ;), watched the ball drop, and prayed in the new year like we do every year. It was really nice and I’m looking forward to all the many blessings 2011 will bring. :)

There were a lot of lovely tunes that kept me company through 2010! A few of my favorite artists released some great new music, as well as newer artists that have become fast favorites. This is a list of my top 10 favorite songs of 2010. I added the videos to these songs so you can listen along with me, these videos are also pretty incredible, so be sure to check ‘em out! Can’t wait to see what new music will come out of 2011! Also, would love to know what songs, or artists were your favorites last year! Hope your new year is off to a great start! :)

1. Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

(If you haven’t heard of The Civil Wars yet… I think it’s about time you did! The indie/folk collaboration of two very talented singer/songwriters, Joy Williams and John Paul White. This song is amazing, seriously! Definitely the #1 song I had on repeat in 2010!)

2. Something Beautiful by Needtobreathe

(These guys have gotten so much attention over the last year, and it is very well deserved! This song is one of my Needtobreathe favorites. It’s definitely the song I found myself randomly humming to the most in 2010. “Hey now this is my desire, consume me like a fire, cause I just want something beautiful”.)

3. For Those Who Wait by Fireflight

(Title track, “For Those Who Wait”, is my favorite song off Fireflight’s newest cd. It’s so full of truth and encouragement.The powerful lyrics sung lead singer, Dawn Richardson’s rock vocal is the highlight of this album to me. “The struggle makes us hunger. The hard lessons make the difference and the difference makes it worth it“. I had the chance to see Fireflight in concert back in ‘09 (which was an incredible show by the way!), before this cd released. Definitely looking forward to seeing them in concert again to hear all these new songs live!)

4. New Fire by Sent By Ravens

(These guys have become one of my favorite bands over the last year! This was the first song I heard by them. The powerful lyrics sung with so much passion by this talented rock band caught my attention instantly, “A new fire lit you. A new fire circles this room. May you never be afraid of your father.”)

5. God Save The Foolish Kings by House of Heroes

(House of Heroes has been one of my favorite bands for years now, and it seems they just get better and better with each album. This song is the first single from their new cd. It’s a fun tune to rock out to; the guys sound killer on it! Singer, Stephanie Smith, even makes an appearance on this rock track.)

6. Trinity by Paper Tongues

(I first discovered these guys when I saw the video for this song on TVU last year. An infectious rock track from an incredible band.)

7. Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful by Seabird

(This is, in my opinion, the best Seabird song and music video! I love the sound of this song as well as the message in it.)

8. Beautiful, Beautiful by Francesca Battistelli

(The first time I heard this song was live in concert at the Rock & Worship Roadshow in Dallas last April. It was such a beautiful & worshipful moment, you could feel the presence of God in that stadium. I’ve loved this song ever since!)

9. Flags by Brooke Fraser

(Just bought the new Brooke Fraser cd a couple months ago and have been savoring every bit of it! The title track “Flags” is the song that currently has my heart...chill inducing! The lyrics are so heartfelt and powerful, “You who mourn will be comforted. You who hunger will hunger no more. Oh the last shall be first, of this I am sure. You who weep now will laugh again. Oh you lonely be lonely no more. Yes the last will be first, of this I am sure.” I would definitely recommend this whole cd, Brooke is one of my all time favorite artists!)

10. Lover, Find Your Cover by  Joy Williams

Couldn’t find a video for this song but you can Click Here to download the song as well as the whole ep!


(From her incredible ep, “We Mapped The World”, this delicate piano tune gave me goose bumps the first time I heard it. A highlight for me last year was doing an interview with Joy for The Waking, where she let us in on the story of writing this song and what it means to her.)

Honorable Mentions ~

Yes, I did honorable mentions because I couldn’t choose just 10….I know, I have a problem….  I just couldn’t help myself. :P

*Back To Innocence by Stephanie Smith

(Stephanie has become one of my favorite artists! This song caught my attention instantly with it’s powerful rock declaration of regaining lost innocence. An important message set to a great rock tune! “Man I’m ready for change I want to regain every bit of innocence. This is out of control I’ve gotta let you know I’m getting back to innocence”. )

*Close Your Eyes by Abandon Kansas

(Great new band that I’ve become such a fan of! I love the lyrics and the way the guitar sounds in the beginning. And not to mention the awesome dance moves of the guitarist in the video! :) 

*You Are For Me by Kari  Jobe

(One of the most beautiful and worshipful songs of 2010, sung by the lovely vocals of new artist, Kari Jobe.)

*Lead Me by Sanctus Real

(In my opinion, this is the most impactful song I think Sanctus Real has ever written. A song every husband and father…and family actually, should hear. Written by lead singer, Matt Hammit, after his wife challenged him to be more of a Godly leader in their family. “To lead them with strong hands / To stand up when they can’t / Don’t want to leave them hungry for love / Chasing things that I could give up / I’ll show them I’m willing to fight / And give them the best of my life / So we can call this a home / Lead me, ‘cause I can’t do this alone“)


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