While not every successful country singer releases Christian songs, those who've ignored Christian values haven't gotten very far. Some, like Josh Turner and Randy Travis , are able to weave their faith into the music a little more comfortably than others. Country listeners know when a performance lacks sincerity, and more than a few songs have been written that were swatted away like a mosquito.
When done right, nothing sticks to one's soul stronger than a song that inspires. Chances are one has caused you tear up.
Stanley's weathered voice forces one to do a double take at the stereo every time. Turner has won numerous Dove Awards for his inspirational music, and is never shy about discussing his family's strong faith. This No. Jesus comes down from the cross to protect the little girl from her parents' abuse and violence. Years later, when she is with a family who loves her, she becomes aware of the miracle. The song works as an inspirational Christian song, but it's also capable of touching those of other faiths. It's just a dang good story. Craig Morgan 's music is full of themes of God, family and country.
The Army veteran often espouses those basic, good old-fashioned values in his music, and "God Must Really Love Me" is a prime example. The second single from Morgan's That's Why album is a rumination about the nature of God's mercy and forgiveness.
Sara Evans and Brad Paisley are both very open about their Christian faith, and they've both recorded various gospel-themed songs over the years. Evans and Paisley voice the roles of Mary and Jesus in the emotionally-charged song. What a fantastic combination of a classic hymn and a classic voice. Johnny Cash was never afraid to share his faith in song, and he loved "The Old Rugged Cross" so much that he included it on three different albums over the course of his career.
Keith Urban doesn't talk about faith in public much, but he sure knows how to sing about it. Hillary Scott says "Thy Will" was inspired by a personal, private heartbreak that she will eventually share with her fans.
The song is about keeping faith even in times of struggle, a message that no doubt resonates with Christians everywhere. The moving ballad is from a family gospel project she recorded outside of Lady Antebellum , and it's about "letting go and letting God. Faith Hill scored one of the biggest hits of her career with her Breathe album in , and among secular hits like the title song and "The Way You Love Me," she chose to close out the album with a contemporary gospel song.
Carrie Underwood is one of the most open stars in country music when it comes to sharing her faith. She took it to a new level with "Something in the Water," a song that exalts the benefits of getting saved through being baptized. Underwood even included a passage from "Amazing Grace" at the end to help drive the song's Christian message home. Like Johnny Cash, George Jones struggled with his own private demons both publicly and privately throughout most of his life. The lyrics talk about the everyday miracles we all see each day and don't notice, like a flower growing, the colors of the sunset or a couple expecting a baby, using each as an example of God's presence in our lives even when we don't always realize.
The song reached No. This song was originally released as a Christmas single in , but the overwhelming response makes it possible to hear it at any time of year. Alabama 's Randy Owen says it's one fans ask him about most often. One could argue it's a precursor to Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel. Some of the best Christian songs in country music lead families through tragedy. Steve Wariner's hit would bring a stone to tears. Anyone who's ever lost a spouse, parent or child can relate to this hopeful song about what awaits us all after we pass.
This award-winning No. Parton provides the angel wings that this song rides upon. Paisley often includes Christian themed songs on his albums, but this is the only one that's ever been released as a single. The lyrics talks about the series of ups and downs and disappointments that we all face as part of the cost of living, with a twist that shows how all of those trials are simply part of God's plan. Their recording also won a Grammy for Best Country Song. The hook at the end of the song takes your breath away.
There's no doubt this Christian song changed lives when it was released in , and continues to inspire listeners today. There is not a more popular song for funerals than Vince Gill's somber yet uplifting afterlife ballad. Gill began writing this song after Keith Whitley's death in , but didn't finish it until the death of his brother four years later. The debut single from Josh Turner makes our list of the Top 10 Christian Songs and sets the tone for a career that would rack up Dove Awards faster than dollars in the offering dish.
Some may remember this song's controversial video, which had some parental groups arguing that it encouraged suicide. That all seems silly now. To be honest, it did then, too. Turner's metaphor for temptation is sharp and effective. He has never used his music as a conversion club. This is the song that launched Carrie Underwood's country career, as there was a lukewarm response to "Inside Your Heaven" on non-pop stations.
Underwood has since proven herself to be a very strong Christian capable of carrying a song of faith, including "Temporary Home" and "Something in the Water. The song that lands at No. Ronnie Dunn builds up the final chorus like a movie director working toward a film's climax; it's a goosebump moment at live shows. Dunn hadn't written or performed a great Christian song prior to or after this hit.
It's as if he spent himself on this one song. It wouldn't take long to come up with more country songs that could have made this list of the top Christian songs. Did we leave out your favorite? Leave a comment below, and check back to see which other songs Taste of Country readers are passionate about. Home News. Listen to the Top 20 Christian Country Songs.
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