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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Take You Back - Jeremy Camp
Mirror - BarlowGirl
Hide - Joy Williams
Atmosphere (Remix) - Tobymac
God Will Lift Up Your Head - Jars Of Clay
About You - Zoegirl
Be My Escape - Relient K
Strong Tower - Kutless
Here Is Our King - David Crowder Band
All That I Can Do - Bethany Dillon
The Space In Between Us - Building 429
Pure - Superchick
Beautiful Love - The Afters
The Way To Begin - Krystal Meyers
You're Worthy Of My Praise - Big Daddy Weave with BarlowGirl
Still Burnable| Posted September 18, 2007
Yes they added Relient K, but they didn't even select the best in radio CCM this year, in fact, everysong is a second-single or, the tracks that weren't good enough to be the first single. And their bonus tracks (Which were the redeeming feature with the other CD's), choke the CD. Inhabited? Josh Bates? Sure Inhabited is a good group, but this song was hardly the best single they put out. As a primer, the series isn't even that. I don't even know is some of these songs were on radio. Plus they put these songs on the album so late, it's ridiculous. Some of the songs are 2/3 years old. If you're looking for a primer, this isn't it, anymore. For the rest, add this to the burn pile.
Awesome songs!!| Posted July 04, 2009
This is a great selection of songs! I found so many new artists to love off this CD. I can't speak on whether the songs were the best the artist put out in that time period, but I love all of them for some reason, except maybe "Atmosphere" (hardly listened to that one)
Wow Series| Posted November 29, 2007
This second cd of Wow Hits 2006 has the great band songs on it. My favorite song off the album are 'Mirror' by BarlowGirl,'Be My Escape' by Relient K, 'Open My Eyes' by Inhabited, 'Beautiful Love' by The Afters, 'Strong Tower' by Kutless, and 'Here Is Our King' by David Crowder* Band.