Only 1 record a year brings you the biggest Christian artists & songs! Featuring your favorite artists and their best songs of the year, WOW Hits 2014 captures the songs impacting our world. With songs about finding strength, placing your hope in Jesus, and the promise of everlasting life, WOW Hits 2014 includes 2 CDs filled with 30 uplifting songs and 3 bonus tracks from up-and-coming artists.
We Won't Be Shaken - Building 429
02. Steal My Show - TobyMac
03. Gold - Britt Nicole
04. I Need A Miracle - Third Day
05. The Proof Of Your Love (The Monologue Mix) - for KING & COUNTRY
06. Need You Now (How Many Times) - Plumb
07. You Are - Colton Dixon
08. Overcomer - Mandisa
09. Worn - Tenth Avenue North
10. His Kind Of Love - Group 1 Crew
11. Kings & Queens - Audio Adrenaline
12. Live With Abandon - Newsboys
13. Keep Your Eyes Open - NEEDTOBREATHE
14. When Mercy Found Me - Rhett Walker Band
15. Even If - Kutless
16. Never Beyond Repair - Everfound (Bonus Song)
17. Every Good Thing - The Afters (Deluxe Edition Only)
18. Hurricane - Natalie Grant (Deluxe Edition Only)
19. Carry Me - Josh Wilson (Deluxe Edition Only)
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We Won't Be Shaken - Building 429
Steal My Show - TobyMac
Gold - Britt Nicole
I Need A Miracle - Third Day
The Proof Of Your Love (The Monologue Mix) - for KING & COUNTRY
Need You Now (How Many Times) - Plumb
You Are - Colton Dixon
Overcomer - Mandisa
Worn - Tenth Avenue North
His Kind Of Love - Group 1 Crew
Kings & Queens - Audio Adrenaline
Live With Abandon - Newsboys
Keep Your Eyes Open - NEEDTOBREATHE
When Mercy Found Me - Rhett Walker Band
Even If - Kutless
Never Beyond Repair - Everfound (Bonus Song)
Every Good Thing - The Afters (Deluxe Edition Only)
Hurricane - Natalie Grant (Deluxe Edition Only)
Serving a Solid Sampling| Posted September 30, 2013 For nearly two decades, the annual WOW Hits compilation has been one of the most substantial and best-selling digests that Christian music has to offer. Launching in late 1995, the two-disk collection highlights some of CCM's best and most influential songs over a period of the the last 12 months.
As someone who discovered many of my favorite artists through the WOW series as I began diving into Christian music as a teenager, I can very much attest to how big of an asset it is to the music buyer, both for casual listeners who enjoy some of the years biggest radio hits and for new fans of the genre who are itching to uncover some solid and uplifting new tunes.
This years WOW Hits 2014 collection continues the series' musical momentum. Through two disks full of 33 diverse tracks, this three hour ensemble of music provides something for everyone.
Disk one, normally geared toward fans of the Adult Contemporary format, starts us off with Chris Tomlin's smash "Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)" from his Burning Lights project. Other worshipful tunes included on the disk are MercyMe's "You Are I Am," Jeremy's Camp's "My God" and Kristian Stanfill's cover of Jesus Culture's "One Thing Remains," which quickly propelled both him and the song to national fame.
Amy Grant's duet with legend James Taylor, "Don't Try So Hard," and Francesca Battistelli's vulnerably bubbly tune "Strangely Dim" provide some input from some of CCM's top female voices, while "Come However You Are" by City Harbor and "Starts With Me" by Tim Timmons are two welcomed inclusions by newer artists who aren’t necessarily receiving a ton of airplay just yet.
The most timely inclusions on disk one are Matt Redman's "Your Grace Finds Me" and as Steven Curtis Chapman's latest single, "Love Take Me Over." As nice as it is to see some of 2013's biggest radio hits tacked onto this completion, seeing newer songs given some rightful attention is always a welcome plus.
After a stellar line-up of songs on disk one, we're introduced to another round of 16 songs on disk two, pulling hits from the CHR/Hot AC charts. "We Won't Be Shaken," the follow-up to Building 429's record-breaking "Where I Belong," is an all but necessary inclusion, and sets the stage for TobyMac's prayerful hit "Steal My Show."
Britt Nicole's crossover hit "Gold" (which also found its way onto the mainstream NOW compilation series earlier this year) as well as Plumb's "Need You Now (How Many Times)" are well deserved additions. Seeing Mandisa's latest single "Overcomer" earn a spot on this disk is also a nice surprise.
It would be borderline appalling if Tenth Avenue North's "Worn" and for KING & COUNTRY's "Proof Of Your Love" didn't land on this year's project, and I'm very pleased that the monologue mix of the latter is the one that found its way onto the album.
Perhaps the song I'm most thrilled to see on this compilation is Everfound's "Never Beyond Repair," providing one of Word Records' exceptional latest additions with a wide platform to reach a broad audience.
Closing Thoughts: Wow Hits 2014 does a great job of summing up some of Christian radio's biggest hits over the last year, and also throws a few pleasant surprises into the mix with the addition of both newer songs by well known artists and a few quiet gems from some of CCM's rising stars.
While I feel like 2014's compilation of songs is definitely stronger than the collections of years past, I can't help but feel that a number of these songs are a tad outdated at this point, and I would have rather seen the addition of a few newer singles that are making a splash over at radio. Regardless of the puzzling time-frame, this is a much deserving class of songs that are sure to please listeners of nearly all styles, and in turn, introduce new fans to some of the best that Christian music has to offer.
This is GREAT...I love all the songs on this CD. Such genuine heart feelings...wanting to be living like Jesus is living in me, as I know HE is even when I fall, but HE is there to pick us up! Praise the Lord :~)