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Blast From the Past: 5 Christian Songs That We Listened To

Nostalgia…for some reason we just love it. We started this fun new series as a way to pay homage to our roots in Christian culture. This week we explore five songs that we as Christians most likely talked about or listened to as kids. Whether you grew up in the 1990s or the 2000s, you probably heard these songs…or have them down pat!


DC Talk – “Jesus Freak”

Many of you probably weren’t even born yet when this album came out. However, no Christian nostalgia list can omit what the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music says concerning the band: “the most popular overtly Christian act of all time.” You may recognize a young Toby Mac in the video above, too!


MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine”

Remember this song? It was everywhere. The song came out in 2001, right around the time of the 9/11 attacks. It was a powerful song in a time of healing for our country. The song was so amazing it crept over to top 40 radio stations nationwide. It made it all the way to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts!


Switchfoot – “Meant to Live”

This song broke onto the scene in 2003. It was played on both Christian radio as well as alternative rock stations nationwide. Suddenly Switchfoot was the new rock band everyone was talking about. However, as Christians, we pulled the hipster card “we knew them before they were big.”


Casting Crowns – “Who Am I?”

To not place Casting Crowns on any Christian nostalgia list would be a disservice. In the early 2000s this band was serving up hit after hit. In fact, they served up 62 weeks as the #1 song on the Christian radio charts. We specifically remember singing this song in worship as well as rocking out to it on K-LOVE in our cars.


Stacie Orrico – “Stuck”

If it wasn’t this song, it was her other hit song, “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life.” Regardless, in the early 2000s Stacie was all over the place and a must on our Blast from the Past list.


Now it’s your turn! What songs from your childhood can you remember playing nonstop?

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  1. goatwrangler

    Posted by goatwrangler on April 17, 2015 at 21:54

    How in the world could you have left “Stand in the Rain” by Superchic(k) off? This was my favorite song when I was twelve. I’m pretty sure nearly everyone knows that one.

  2. Neaster

    Posted by Neaster on April 17, 2015 at 20:31

    My favorite was “My Redeemer Lives” by Nicole C. Mullen- I used to listen to it over and over on my cassette player when I was little

  3. ReginaJasmine

    Posted by ReginaJasmine on November 23, 2014 at 15:05

    I love “I can only imagine” and “Who Am I”. I listen to those songs often. I remember hearing “Awesome God” when I was little. The first time I heard it was on a commercial for a CD. I love all the Hillsong bands.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by ezee123 on November 21, 2014 at 20:34

    can any body finish it?
    Saw a man with a tat on his big fat belly it wiggled around like marmalade jelly…


      Posted by BFFofGOD4EVER on January 1, 2015 at 08:29

      It took me a while yo catch what it said
      Cuz I had to match the rhythm of his belly to my head
      Jesus Saves! Is what it raved
      In a typical tattoo green
      And stood on a box, in the middle of the city and he claimed he had a dream!
      Lol I love this song. My younger brother and I have epic rap battles to it!

  5. KateSonrisa

    Posted by KateSonrisa on November 18, 2014 at 20:33

    I was only in elementary school when most of these came out but I love them and still listen to them. Songs that I think should be mentioned: Beauty from pain by superchick, never alone by barlow girl, definitely newsboys probably shine, Get down or big house by audio adrenaline, and shackles by mary mary, I can’t think of any more right now. Although like the whole movie A Walk To Remember.

  6. redrachel11

    Posted by redrachel11 on November 18, 2014 at 18:58

    King of kings. It was always my favorite when I was little.

  7. KimIsRedeemed

    Posted by KimIsRedeemed on November 18, 2014 at 07:54

    Dare You To Move by Switchfoot!

  8. patientlywaitingforGodsplan

    Posted by patientlywaitingforGodsplan on November 14, 2014 at 17:02


  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Water_Angel on November 14, 2014 at 14:13

    I love that Stacie Orrico is on this list. I must add two though; Any classic 90’s Audio Adrenaline and Newsboys songs. Also, listen to Zoe Girl when you get a chance. They were not to big on radio sadly, but their music is beautiful and powerful. They are 2001(ish) group.

  10. Beautiful_You

    Posted by Beautiful_You on November 14, 2014 at 13:19

    I still listen to most of these! BarlowGirl is a big one for me too. Philips Craig and Dean is another good one. ZoeGirl, Plumb, Cademon’s Call, and Addison Road. I could go on for awhile, lol.

  11. caramel_99

    Posted by caramel_99 on November 14, 2014 at 12:39

    Ohmygoodness! I listened to all these songs (except for the Switchfoot one) constantly when I was little (not that I’m all grown up or anything). Oh the days!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Annie Fernandez on November 14, 2014 at 12:37


  13. cayenne.tisher

    Posted by cayenne.tisher on November 14, 2014 at 12:31

    Beautiful Let Down is by far Switchfoot’s best album. End of story. No question about it. I may or may not have had a huge cruch on the lead singer Jon Foreman till I found out he is my mom’s age… Oh well. I still love his solo albums 🙂

  14. cayenne.tisher

    Posted by cayenne.tisher on November 14, 2014 at 12:24

    LOL! I think I have 4 out of 5 on my ipod at the moment 🙂

  15. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on November 14, 2014 at 11:14

    ‘I Can Only Imagine’ was played at my uncle’s funeral a few years ago and now I cry every time I hear it.

  16. angelagrhodes

    Posted by angelagrhodes on November 13, 2014 at 13:48

    I absolutely loved these songs!! When I was younger, I ALWAYS listened to BarlowGirl! I was literally obsessed with their music and knew almost everything about them haha! I still listen to them sometimes. But right now, I listen to Skillet and Britt Nicole

  17. Hymnsinger99

    Posted by Hymnsinger99 on November 13, 2014 at 10:59

    I love so many of these songs and these are songs I’ve been listening to for a lot if not all of my childhood.

  18. StayAnchored

    Posted by StayAnchored on November 13, 2014 at 10:19

    I know all but the last one! My friend’s and I are obsessed with Jesus Freak and do the rap often! 😛

  19. Katiebug1999

    Posted by Katiebug1999 on November 13, 2014 at 05:32

    I love all of those songs 🙂

  20. Swimchickhg

    Posted by Swimchickhg on November 13, 2014 at 05:28

    Looking through this list and then Meant To Live comes onto my pandora…

  21. sarahrosegallagher

    Posted by sarahrosegallagher on November 13, 2014 at 05:27

    I listened to a lot of BarlowGirl! I’m still sad they broke up!

  22. kittenlover13

    Posted by kittenlover13 on November 13, 2014 at 04:57

    I have Jesus Freak and I Can Only Imagine on my iPod!

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on November 12, 2014 at 17:24

    Stacie !!! Yes I love her songs !

  24. psitsjen

    Posted by psitsjen on November 12, 2014 at 15:16

    Who Am I was my favorite song when I was younger! I also love I Can Only Imagine and Meant to Live. I don’t know the other ones though.