- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Integrity Publishers (February 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591452104
- ISBN-13: 978-1591452102
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music: The Stories Behind the Music that Changed Our Lives Forever Paperback – Illustrated, February 27, 2006
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It was a pleasure to read this volume and compare my personal list of the top 100 to those by the authors. In many, if not most, cases, I tend to agree with the selections here. There are also several that I think should be included that are not. Part of that is undoubtedly a matter of preferring certain genres to others. In some cases, I have a hard time understanding why a few of the songs would make this top 100 list, but I'm sure that others would question my list as well.
The authors faced a formidable task in trying to come up with the top 100. There are so many great songs in Contemporary Christian Music that perhaps they should have compiled the top 250 or so.
Just coming up with the criteria for such a list is undoubtedly a great challenge. After debating possible approaches, Tori Taff and her collaborators came up with these requirements: The song had to originate with CCM 'songwriters/artists and initially (or simultaneously) be nationally distributed to the Christian market', and the song had to 'be distinctly faith-evident.' These guidelines prevented the inclusion of Christian leaning songs by primarily secular artists such as U2 and also songs by CCM artists that were not clearly 'faith-evident'. I think the guidelines are very sound for such a project.
After coming up with the guidelines, Ms. Taff and her helpers had to come up with a weighting method. They settled on basing it on 50% from Christian music industry professionals and 50% from a random sampling of 2500 subscribers to CCM Magazine.Read more ›
The top 20 songs get the full multi-page treatment. Then songs 21 to 60 each get two pages, and the remainder just get one page each. Most of the older songs are left for the end, so some of the truly classic Christian hits only receive a couple paragraphs, while newer artists that will probably have little impact 40 years from now are given the full-blown treatment.
And there is way, way too much Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith in this book--Amy has the most songs on the list. The problem is she didn't write all of the great songs she is known for--and instead of focusing on the songwriter they focus on the performer, which decreases the credibility of the book. At one point the author states disbelief that even though Grant won four Dove Awards for Artist of the Year, "Oddly enough, Grant has never won the lesser title of Female Vocalist of the Year." It's not that odd, considering Grant is not known as a great singer. The entire book weaves Grant, Smith and Rich Mullins throughout, even in sections where they don't need to be mentioned.
There are some errors in the book, with a big one being that Barbra Streisand sang Bill Gaither's song "He Touched Me." (She sang a different song by that title.)
The voting system for the songs was also flawed, by giving half the weight to consumers (which will favor the more recent songs).Read more ›