Now in its 10th year, the WoW Hits series has served a few purposes. For new Christian music fans, it's been a two-disc introduction to the genre with a variety of the industry's biggest players. For longtime fans, it's a yearbook of sorts with their favorite songs from the past year in one place. And for record labels, it's been a way to showcase new artists and to encourage fans to buy the full-length album of established musicians.
With more than 15 million albums sold, it's clearly working. This latest collection includes a dozen No. 1 singles and fourteen Top 10 songs from usual suspects Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, MercyMe, and more. But it also captures the other success stories of 2005 by featuring Natalie Grant's "Live for Today" from her breakthrough album, Awaken, Relient K's crossover hit "Be My Escape," and Chris Tomlin's already classic modern worship track "Holy Is the Lord."
While I'm not exactly sure why an album of hits from 2005 would be labeled WoW Hits 2006, it's still one of the better installments of the series to date, save the fact that Switchfoot, arguably the biggest Christian music success story of 2005, is nowhere to be found"though that likely has more to do with the band's mainstream ties than anything else. Minor quibbles aside, this WoW is ultimately a great value that demonstrates how diverse Christian music is in the pop, rock and worship arenas.
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Cool| Posted July 04, 2009
I liked all the tracks except 9 and 16. "Brave", "Voice of Truth", and "Holy is The Lord" were already favorites of mine before I got this CD. I love reading the artist's story behind the song notes in the booklets.
wow again!| Posted October 07, 2008
i usually don't like the first discs of wow cds, but this one is amazing. i love the song "healing rain" by michael w. smith! it is powerful! i also like the song by casting crowns.
Wow Hits is a great 'various artists' album| Posted November 28, 2007
Wow Hits has been in my blood since I was little. Wow 2006 has something special to it. The first cd is great with a very mellow tune. My fave songs are 'Voice of Truth' by Casting Crowns, 'Holy Is The Lord' by Chris Tomlin, 'You Are Mine' by Third Day, 'Healing Rain' by Michael W. Smith, 'He Will Carry Me' by Mark Shultz, 'King' by Audio Adrenaline, and 'Better Days' by Robbie Seay Band.