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. 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

    2. 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 🙂

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

      • 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. 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.

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