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WOW Hits 2013
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WOW Hits 2013



Album length: 2 CDs: 33 tracks / 39 tracks (Deluxe)
Street Date: September 25, 2012


The WOW Hits albums are a great way to recap the best Christian hits of the current year of their release. They tend to have high points and low points, with this album being a prime example.

What tends to be annoying with these albums is that some of the songs feel too outdated to be considered "today's top... hits." The outdated songs on WOW Hits 2013 (as of late 2012 when it was released) are "Courageous," "Blessings," "I Lift My Hands," "Fall Apart," "Do Everything," "Someone Worth Dying For," "Lift Me Up," "Hold Me," "The Redeemer" and "The Light in Me," with some of these being VERY old.

Another con are the songs by a particular artist that could be replaced by a more popular or newer song by that same artist. Two examples of this are "Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)" (which could have been replaced by "The Proof of Your Love") from for KING & COUNTRY and "Strong Enough to Save" (which should have been replaced with "Losing") from Tenth Avenue North.

Despite these flaws, there are some good things about this WOW Hits album. One pro is the selection of solid tracks that did make it on the album. Some examples of this are "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)," The Hurt and the Healer," "Live Like That," "God's Not Dead," "Me Without You" and "Where I Belong."

There is also a bit of variety in the way of genres on this WOW Hits album (although more would be nice). Songs that showcase this are "One Day Too Late," "Make a Move," and "Feel It in Your Heart" (exclusively on the Deluxe Edition of WOW Hits 2013).

This is definitely not a bad collection, but there are some very obvious changes that could have been made to make it a better WOW Hits album.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 2/2/19, written by Gavin Rodgers for Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: EMI CMG/Word/Provident
. Album length: 2 CDs: 33 tracks / 39 tracks (Deluxe)
. Street Date: September 25, 2012
. Buy It: iTunes (Deluxe)
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. Buy It: AmazonMP3 (Deluxe)
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. Buy It: Amazon.com (Deluxe CD)
. Buy It: Amazon.com (CD)

Disc One:

  1. Courageous - Casting Crowns (4:00)
  2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) - Matt Redman (5:43)
  3. Overcome (Radio Version) - Jeremy Camp (4:31)
  4. Blessings - Laura Story (4:56)
  5. My Hope Is In You - Aaron Shust (4:14)
  6. I Lift My Hands - Chris Tomlin (4:37)
  7. The Hurt & the Healer - MercyMe (4:49)
  8. Forgiveness - Matthew West (4:00)
  9. We Are - Kari Jobe (3:41)
  10. Live Like That - Sidewalk Prophets (3:56)
  11. Fall Apart - Josh Wilson (3:28)
  12. Angel By Your Side - Francesca Battistelli (3:28)
  13. Trust in Jesus - Third Day (4:08)
  14. Do Everything - Steven Curtis Chapman (3:52)
  15. Someone Worth Dying For - Mikeschair (4:09)
  16. Only a Mountain (Bonus Track) - Jason Castro (3:02)

    Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
  17. Love Come to Life - Big Daddy Weave (3:46)
  18. Carry Me to the Cross - Kutless (3:30)
  19. Free - Dara Maclean (3:09)

Disc Two:

  1. God's Not Dead (Like a Lion) - Newsboys (4:18)
  2. Me Without You - TobyMac (3:34)
  3. Where I Belong - Building 429 (3:20)
  4. All This Time - Britt Nicole (3:23)
  5. Lift Me Up - The Afters (3:33)
  6. Busted Heart (Hold On to Me) - For King & Country (3:18)
  7. Hold Me (feat. TobyMac) - Jamie Grace (3:33)
  8. Strong Enough to Save - Tenth Avenue North (3:13)
  9. He Said (feat. Chris August) - Group 1 Crew (2:47)
  10. Center of It - Chris August (3:03)
  11. Good Morning (feat. TobyMac) - Mandisa (3:23)
  12. One Day Too Late - Skillet (3:40)
  13. The Redeemer - Sanctus Real (3:43)
  14. The Light in Me - Brandon Heath (4:24)
  15. Make a Move - Royal Tailor (3:23)
  16. Banner of Love (Bonus Track) - Luminate (3:42)
  17. When Mercy Found Me (Bonus Track) - Rhett Walker Band (3:58

    Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
  18. Let Me Feel You Shine - David Crowder*Band (4:36)
  19. Down - Mat Kearney (4:01)
  20. Feel It in Your Heart - Abandon (3:12)



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