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YOUR 2012 Year-End Top Album Picks

Saturday, December 29, 2012

YOUR 2012 Year-End Top Album Picks

Hey guys! Each year, the JFH staff like to choose their favorite albums of the year and post them for all to read, and we know everyone's thoughts and opinions differ, so we - once again - want to give you, the reader, the opportunity to share YOUR top 10 albums in the Christian market of 2012!

So, please feel free to post a top 10 album list of 2012 in a format similar to below. I'll post my 2012 album picks as an example...

  1. Wait for the Siren, Project 86
  2. The Peace of Wild Things, Paper Route
  3. Vital, Anberlin
  4. Cold Hard Want, House of Heroes
  5. O God Save Us All, Disciple
  6. New Horizons, Flyleaf
  7. Lost in Transition, Sixpence None the Richer
  8. The Quiet Life, Anchor & Braille
  9. Resuscitate, Remedy Drive
  10. The End Is Where We Begin, Thousand Foot Krutch

Thanks for sharing! We look forward to reading your picks of 2012 -- and happy new year!

~ John DiBiase

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1. Sean said...

I gotta say...
1. Vital - Anberlin
2. Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes
3. Give Us Rest - David Crowder*Band

...and that's all. Apparently I haven't listened to any other records from this year.

2. James said...

1. Now- Fireflight
2. Believer- Kutless
3. Captors- Wolves at the Gate
4. Scarlet White- Scarlet White
5. The End Is Where We Begin- Thousand Foot Krutch
6. New Horizons- Flyleaf
7. Vital- Anberlin
8. Stand- Relentless Flood
9. Fearless- Group1 Crew
10. Redemption- Before Their Eyes

3. Stan said...

2012 was a great year for music! Here's my top 10 with one runner-up:

R-U. Heart - Audrey Assad
10. The Struggle - Tenth Avenue North
9. Blue Mountain - Brandon Heath
8. O God Save Us All - Disciple
7. Gravity - Lecrae
6. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End is Where We Begin
5. Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes
4. Mean What You Say - Sent By Ravens
3. Light for the Lost Boy - Andrew Peterson
2. Lights of Distant Cities - Bebo Norman
1. Vital - Anberlin

4. Lucas said...

1. Give Us Rest - David Crowder*Band
2. Keep Quiet - SONS
3. Vital - Anberlin
4. Light for the Lost Boy - Andrew Peterson
5. One Wing - The Chariot
6. Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes
7. Ten Stories - mewithoutYou
8. Find Your Worth, Come Home - To Speak of Wolves
9. Wait for the Siren - Project 86
10. New Horizons - Flyleaf / Sublime Currency - Abandoned Pools

5. Ben said...

1. Wait For The Siren - Project 86
2. Phoenix - The Classic Crime
3. One Wing - The Chariot
4. Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes
5. Cancer - Showbread
6. Lost Weekend - Write This Down
7. Ten Stories - mewithoutYou
8. True Defiance - Demon Hunter
9. Murdered Love - POD
10.Excellent - Propaganda

6. Marc said...

This list is a little different from the one I posted in the comments of the JFH year-end, but it has the same ten albums...

1. Propaganda - Excellent
2. Heath McNease - The Weight of Glory (Songs Inspired by the Works of C.S. Lewis)
3. David Crowder*Band - Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])
4. Andrew Peterson - Light for the Lost Boy
5. Beautiful Eulogy - Satellite Kite
6. Anberlin - Vital
7. House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want
8. Project 86 - Wait for the Siren
9. All Sons & Daughters - Season One
10. Brandon Heath - Blue Mountain

7. Matthew said...

1. Cancer, by Showbread
2. Ten Stories, by mewithoutYou
3. Vital, by Anberlin
4. Wait For The Siren, by Project 86
5. Cold Hard Want, by House Of Heroes
6. The Peace Of Wild Things, by Paper Route
7. The Quiet Life, by Anchor & Braille
8. Phoenix, by The Classic Crime
9. Matt & Toby, by Matt & Toby
10.Payola, by Ruth

8. Logan said...

1. *TIE* Cold Hard Want, House of Heroes; New Horizons, Flyleaf
3. Lost in Transition, Sixpence None The Richer
4. First Fruits, Judah & The Lion
5. Give Us Rest, David Crowder* Band
6. On The Run, Children 18:3
7. Vital, Anberlin
8. The Struggle, Tenth Avenue North
9. A Creation Liturgy (Live), Gungor
10. Crave, For King & Country

9. Brandon said...

1.Cold Hard Want-House of Heroes
2.Lex Hives- The Hives (mainstream)
3.Eye on It- tobyMac
4.10 Stories- mewithoutYou
5.On the Run-Children 18:3
6.Fighter-Manafest
7.For the Glory- the O.C Supertones
8.Now-Fireflight/Finding our Way- Hyland
9.The Upside of Down-Chris August
10.Cancer-Showbread

10. Taylor said...

1. Satellite Kite, Beautiful Eulogy
2. The Peace of Wild Things, Paper Route
3. Wake Up, Swoope
4. Vital, Anberlin
5. Cold Hard Want, House of Heroes
6. Weight and Glory, KB
7. On the Run, Children 18:3
8. The Good Life, Trip Lee
9. Give Us Rest..., David Crowder Band
10. The End is Where We Begin, Thousand Foot Krutch

11. Kevin said...

1. O God Save Us All - Disciple
2. The End Is Where We Begin - TFK
3. Wait for the Siren - Project 86
4. Gravity - Lecrae
5. Murdered Love - P.O.D.
6. Believer - Kutless
7. Game Changer - The Protest
8. Beneath the Scars - 12 Stones
9. New Horizons - Flyleaf
10. Now - Firefight

12. Samuel D. said...

1) Mean What You Say, Sent By Ravens
2) Captors, Wolves at the Gate
3) O God Save Us All, Disciple
4) Resuscitate, Remedy Drive
5) The Good Life, Trip Lee
6) Better: Fan, Chris Lee
7) No Direction, The Wedding
8) End is Where We Begin, TFK
9) Cold Hard Want, House of Heroes
10) The Kingdom, Starfield

13. Kenneth said...

1-5.Ten Stories, mewithoutYou
6-8.Keep Quiet, SONS
9.For The Glory, O.C. Supertones
10.The Longing, All Sons and Daughters
(Wasn't really intrested this year.)

14. Anthony said...

1. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
2. Falling Up - Hours
3. Showbread - Cancer
4. The Chariot - One Wing
5. David Crowder Band - Give Us Rest...
6. House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want
7. Falling Up - Midnight On Earthship
8. Rend Collective Experiment - Homemade Worship by Handmade People
9. Future of Forestry - Young Man Follow
10. SONS - Keep Quiet

*Honorable Mention*
Paper Route - The Peace of Wild Things

15. foxrock66 said...

Tough. Here goes, in no particular order

Anchor and Braille - The Quiet Life

Anberlin - Vital

Flyleaf - New Horizons

Project 86 - Wait For The Siren

TFK - The End Is Where We Begin

Heath McNease - The Weight Of Glory

Matt And Toby

Showbread - Cancer

August Burns Red - Sleddin Hill

16. Sean said...

1. House of Heroes- Cold Hard Want
2. Children 18:3- On the Run
3. The Class Crime- Phoenix
4. Heath McNease- The Weight of Glory
5. Anberlin- Vital
6. David Crowder Band- Give Us Rest
7. Heath McNease- Thrift Store Jesus
8. Lecrae- Gravity
9. Andrew Peterson- Light for the Lost Boy
10. My Heart to Fear- Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity EP

17. AntonioKeith said...

1. Cornerstone- Hillsong Live
2. The Struggle- Tenth Avenue North
3. Cold Hard Want- House of Heroes
4.Crave- For King & Country
5. The End Is Where We Begin- Thousand Foot Krutch
6. Clear The Stage- Jimmy Needham
7. Realign- Samestate
8. Believer- Kutless
9. Give Us Rest- David Crowder Band
10. Everything In Color- Ben Cantelon

18. Brett said...

1. House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want
2. Isaac Gill - Meanwhile
3. Abel - Make It Right
4. The Rocket Summer - Life Will Write the Words
5. The O.C. Supertones - For The Glory
6. The Insyderz - The Sinner's Songbook
7. SONS - Keep Quiet
8. Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
9. The Chariot - One Wing
10. Flatfoot 56 - Toil

19. Travis Huffman said...

1. Lost Weekend - Write This Down
2. O God Save Us All - Disciple
3. The End Is Where We Begin - TFK
4. True Defiance - Demon Hunter
5. New Horizons - Flyleaf
6. Sleddin' Hill - August Burns Red
7. Wait For The Siren - Project 86
8. One Wing - The Chariot
9. Beneath The Scars - 12 Stones
10. No Direction - The Wedding

No doubt that Lost Weekend was my top album of 2012. I was lucky to find it a few weeks early in stock at my local Life Way. I bought it pretty much because I thought it'd be cool to have before it was released, but it ended up being my summer soundtrack, playing constantly in my car and on my iPod. I didn't expect it to top Disciple, but it really did in my opinion.

6,7 and 8 are pretty much interchangeable.

20. jon said...

1. Give Us Rest- David Crowder Band
2. Gravity- Lecrae
3. The Longing- All Sons And Daughters
4. The Struggle- Tenth Ave North
5. Eye On It- Tobymac

21. Sam said...

1. O.C. Supertones - For The Glory (because it's so great to see them back!)
2. Tobymac - Eye On It
3. House Of Heroes - Cold Hard Want
4. TFK - The End Is Where We Begin
5. Project 86 - Wait For The Siren
6. Manafest - Fighter
7. Anberlin - Vital
8. Britt Nicole - Gold
9. David Crowder Band - Give Us Rest
10. Thrift Store Jesus - Heath McNease

22. Dakota said...

1.One Wing-The Chariot
2.Southern Air-Yellowcard
3.Anberlin-Vital
4.Memphis May Fire-Challenger
5.Phoenix-The Classic Crime
6.Penny Black-Further Seems Forever
7.Gravity-Lecrae
8.Night Visions-Imagine Dragons
9.The Peace Of Wild Things-Paper Route
10.S/T-Matt and Toby

23. Caleb said...

1. House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want
2. As I Lay Dying - Awakened
3. Wolves at the Gates - Captors
4. Anberlin - Vital
5. Lecrae - Gravity
6. The Overseer - We Search, We Dig
7. August Burns Red - Sleddin' Hill
8. Children 18:3 - On the Run
9. Flyleaf - New Horizons
10. Sent By Ravens - Mean What You Say

24. Scott said...

1. Eye on It- TobyMac
2. Kings & Queens (single)- Audio Adrenaline
3. Rehearsals- The Digital Age
4. Crowder iTunes Sessions- Crowder
5. TFK Remixes- Thousand Foot Krutch
6. On the Run- Children 18:3
7. The Side Effect- Deas Vail
8. Who We Are While We Wait- Lyndsay Taylor
9. Live in Concer: God's Not Dead- Newsboys
10. Shooting Star (EP)- Owl City

25. Dr. Ambiguous said...

Gotta say, Christian music was kinda disappointing this year (mainstream metal however had a really good year). Anyway:

1. Antiseptic Bloodbath - Tourniquet

Others I liked, but wouldn't be Top 10 if we included mainstream music:

2. Cancer - Showbread
3. Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes

The Chariot's One Wing looks pretty good too, but I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet.

Is JFH still going to do a reader's poll this year?

26. Phil Hawkins said...

01. Project 86: Wait for the Siren
02. Anberlin: Vital
03. Abel: Make It Right
04. House of Heroes: Cold Hard Want
05. The Classic Crime: Phoenix
06. Paper Route: The Peace of Wild Things
07. Demon Hunter: True Defiance
08. Further Seems Forever: Penny Black
09. Sent By Ravens: Mean What You Say
10. To Speak of Wolves: Find Your Worth, Come Home

27. Gabe said...

My top seven albums of the year:

1. The End is Where We Being - Thousand Foot Krutch / Gravity - Lecrae (TIE)
3. Church Clothes - Lecrae
4. Give Us Rest - The David Crowder*Band
5. Excellent - Propaganda
6. The Struggle - Tenth Avenue North
7. O God Save Us All - Disciple

28. Jordan said...

01. House of Heroes- Cold Hard Want
02. The Classic Crime- Phoenix
03. Anberlin- Vital
04. Showbread- Cancer
05. The Chariot- One Wing
06. Project 86- Wait for the Siren
07. Blessed By A Broken Heart- Feel the Power
08. David Crowder Band- Give Us Rest
09. Mychildren Mybride- Mychildren Mybride
10. Abandoned Pools- Sublime Currency

29. Julia said...

1. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin
2. Flyleaf - New Horizons
3. Disciple - O God Save Us All
4. Fireflight - Now
5. Britt Nicole - Gold
6. House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want
7. tobyMac - Eye On It
8. Demon Hunter - True Defiance
9. Lecrae - Gravity
10. Anberlin - Vital

30. Matt Meaux said...

1. Give Us Rest - David Crowder Band
2. Cold Hard Want - House Of Heroes
3. Homemade Worship By Handmade People - Rend Collective Experiment
4. One Wing - The Chariot
5. Wounded Healer - The Followers
6. Church Clothes - Lecrae
7. O God Save Us All - Disciple
8. In Three Persons - Lovelite
9. Live Riot - Worth Dying For
10. Sleddin' Hill - August Burns Red

31. Benjamin said...

1. Captors - Wolves at the Gate
2. Vital - Anberlin
3. The End is Where We Begin - Thousand Foot Krutch
4. Sleddin' Hill - August Burns Red
5. True Defiance - Demon Hunter
6. New Horizons - Flyleaf
7. O God Save Us All - Disciple
8. Eye On It - Tobymac
9. Immortal - For Today
10. Gravity - Lecrae

32. Jeremy said...

10.) Pioneer/At the Wayside (pop-punk tie that's too close to call)
9.) The Wedding - No Direction
8.) Sons - Keep Quiet
7.) Lovelite - In Three Persons
6.) Memphis May Fire - Challenger
5.) The Classic Crime - Phoenix
4.) Abel - Make it Right
3.) Atombender - Wait of the World
2.) Anberlin - Vital
1.) Further Seems Forever - Penny Black

33. Matt said...

1. HOH - Cold Hard Want
2. - 10. I can't decide. Some variation of what everyone else said. But it doesn't really matter. Nothing came close to Cold Hard Want IMO ;)

34. MikeFrost said...

in no particular order - too hard to compare them - all great music

True Defiance - Demon Hunter
Murdered Love - POD (not sure why they're not getting credit and love on these lists)
Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes
Wait for the Siren - Project 86
New Horizons - Flyleaf
Now - Fireflight
Eye on It - TobyMac
Gravity - Lecrae
O God Save Us All - Disciple
For the Glory - OC Supertones

35. James said...

1.) Wait for the Siren-Project 86
2.) True Defiance- Demon Hunter
3.) Vital- Anberlin
4.) O God Save Us All- Disciple
5.) The End Is Where We Begin- Thousand Foot Krutch
6.) World We View- Nine Lashes
7.) Eye On It- TobyMac
8.) New Horizons- Flyleaf
9.) The Greater Cause- John Schlitt
10.) Believer- Kutless

36. Josh+Balogh said...

1. The Fourth Wall - The Vespers
2. Gravity - Lecrae
3. Cold Hard Want - House of Heroes
4. Lost in transition - Sixpence None the Richer
5. Creation Liturgy live - Gungor
6. Phoenix - The Classic Crime
7. The Longing ep - All Sons & Daughters
8. Advent - Young Oceans
9. Lights of Distant Cities - Bebo Norman
10. The Upside of Down - Chris August

37. Kev said...

Arranged by the # of tracks on the album that I liked enough to put into my ipod

1. Project 86 - Wait for the Siren (13 tracks)
2. Becoming the Archetype - I AM (9 tracks)
3. August Burns Red - Sleddin Hill (9 tracks)
4. For Today - Immortal (6 tracks)
5. Wolves at the Gate - Captors (5 tracks)
6. Love and Death - Chemicals EP (5 tracks)
7. Fireflight - Now (4 tracks)
8. See the Light - Tepid (4 tracks)
9tie. As I Lay Dying - Awaken (3 tracks)
War of Ages - Return to Life (3 tracks)
KJ-52 - Dangerous (3 tracks)
POD - Murdered Love (3 tracks)
Andy Hunter - Glow (2 Lg tracks)

38. Evan S. said...

I just can't get beyond TCC's "Phoenix." I didn't buy as many albums this year but here's my list:

1. The Classic Crime - Phoenix
2. Demon Hunter- True Defiance
3. Impending Doom - Baptized in Filth
4. DC*B - Give us Rest
5.House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want

39. Grace said...

1. Flyleaf - New Horizons
2. Fireflight - Now
3. Remedy Drive - Resuscitate
4. Anberlin - Vital
5. O God Save Us All - Disciple
6. World We View - Nine Lashes
7. Tenth Avenue North - The Struggle
8. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin
9. Britt Nicole - Gold
10. Sent By Ravens - Mean What We Say

40. Josh said...

I need to catch up on a lot of stuff, but...

1. Beautiful Eulogy - Satellite Kites
2. Propaganda - Excellent
3. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End is Where We Begin
4. War of Ages - Return to Life
5. Manafest - Fighter

It's interesting that my 1 & 2 are both available for free from Humble Beast Records (http://humblebeast.com/downloads/). I really got into "organic" sounding music this past year thanks to these particular records.

TFK's album I funded on Kickstarter (a big trend this year) and the first time I heard "Courtesy Call" (complete with Skyrim chants...wear headphones!) I knew the album would standout.

I've been a War of Ages fan ever since I heard "Pride of the Wicked" - still my favorite album from them. Return to Life took a couple listens but I really like it now. I love clean vocals in metal...the contrast just seems epic and makes the lyrics sing-along-able!

Also Manafest's latest is noteworthy to me because it sounds more mature than previous records and has some powerful songs.

I have many albums to catch up on including: Anberlin, House of Heroes, Project 86, P.O.D., Flyleaf, The Classic Crime, Demon Hunter...to name a few. I'm guessing that my 3-5 may change, but I'm sticking with my 1 & 2 no matter what.

41. Dylan said...

10. Eyes of Eli - Self Titled
9. Sent By Ravens - Mean What You Say
8. To Speak of Wolves - Find Your Worth...
7. My Heart To Fear - Into The Maelstrom
6. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is....
5. Write This Down - Lost Weekend
4. Demon Hunter - True Defiance
3. For Today - Immortal
2. As I Lay Dying - Awakened
1. Wolves At The Gate - Captors (my AOTY)

42. Tavi said...

1. O God Save Us All-Disciple
2.Eye On It-Tobymac
3.Give Us Rest-David Crowder*Band
4.Gold-Britt Nicole
5.The Good Life-Trip Lee
6.Captors-Wolves At The Gate
7.Now-Fireflight
8.Jesus At The Center-Israel and New Breed
9.Mean What You Say-Sent By Ravens
10.Dubbed and Freq'd: A Remix Project-Tobymac

43. Pauli said...

1. Write This Down - Lost Weekend
2. Anberlin - Vital
3. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin
4. Demon Hunter - True Defiance
5. Paper Route - The Peace Of Wild Things
6. Flyleaf - New Horizons
7. For King & Country - Crave
8. August Burns Red - Sleddin' Hill
9. P.O.D. - Murdered Love
10. Matt & Toby - Matt Toby

44. Karl said...

1. Anberlin - Vital
2. Project 86 - Wait for the Siren
3. Thousand Foot Krutch - The End is Where We Begin
4. Flyleaf - New Horizons
5. Demon Hunter - True Defiance

45. Raquel said...

1. The Peace of Wild Things - Paper Route

...and that's pretty much the only album from this year that needs to be mentioned (:

46. Isaac said...

This is based on all the albums that I bought from 2012:

9) MxPx Plans Within Plans [MRI/Rock City]

8) Third Day Miracle (CD, Vinyl) [Essential]

7)Remedy Drive Resuscitate [Centricity]

6)David Crowder*Band Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]) [SixSteps]

5)Disciple O God Save Us All [Fair Trade Services]

4)The O.C. Supertones For The Glory (CD, Vinyl) [BEC]

3)Rhett Walker Band Come To The River [Essential]

2)MercyMe The Hurt and The Healer [Fair Trade]

1)John Schlitt The Greater Cause [4K]

47. Tyler said...

1- The End is Where We Begin, TFK
2- No Direction, The Wedding
3- Cold Hard want, House Of Heroes
4- Pheonix, The Classic Crime
5- Sleddin Hill, August Burns Red
6- World We View, Nine Lashes
7- Children 18:3, On the Run
8- Vital, Anberlin
9- Captors, Wolves at the Gate
10- Sublime Currency, Abandoned Pools
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