The Year’s Best Music

Since the end of the year is fast approaching, I thought I’d make a list of my personal favorite albums of 2005.  All of these were released this year, and even though there are many more that I could list, these are the cream of the crop, in my opinion.  Obviously, since they’re my favorites I think you all should own each of them.  (And by “own” I mean “purchase with money,” not “download for free”.)  In case you want to download some individual songs on iTunes or a comparable service, I’ve taken the liberty of listing my favorite songs from each of the albums to get you started.  Here they are, beginning with my favorite of the year:

1.  Bethany Dillon, Imagination: I can’t get enough of Bethany Dillon.  She’s quickly becoming my favorite artist.  I can listen to this whole CD straight through and then start all over again and not even mind.  Personal favorites: “Hallelujah,” “My Love Hasn’t Grown Cold,” and “Be Near Me.”
2.  Nichole Nordeman, Brave:  Nichole’s one of my heroes: she’s a fabulous singer who writes with passion, conviction, and honesty.  My personal favorites from the album: “Lay It Down,” “Brave,” and “Hold On.”
3.  Jason Mraz, Mr. A-Z:  He’s just such a witty songwriter, and all of his songs are so different.  Personal favorites: “Life is Wonderful” (probably one of my favorite songs EVER), “Geek in the Pink,” and “Song for a Friend.”
4.  Coldplay, X&Y: While not my favorite Coldplay album (I think the second one will always be my favorite), this one is still praiseworthy, if not all that groundbreaking.  Personal favorites: “Fix You,” “What If?” and “Swallowed in the Sea.”
5.  David Crowder Band, A Collision:  DCB is so innovative, so fresh, and so fun.  I just love this CD.  Personal favorites:  “Here is our King,” “Foreverandever etc.” and “Beautiful Collision.”
6.  Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound:  Another album I can listen to straight through and then start it again.  Personal favorites: “Lonely Nation,” “The Shadow Proves the Sunshine,” and “The Blues.”
7.  The Afters, I Wish We All Could Win:  This new group has a tight, polished sound and excellent lyrics.  I hope they continue making a name for themselves.  Personal favorites: “Beautiful Love,” “Someday,” and “Wait.”
8.  Jack Johnson, In Between Dreams:  This was my intro to Jack Johnson, and I must say, I love him.  He’s great for mellow, rainy afternoons or just about any other time.  Personal favorites:  “Banana Pancakes, “Better Together,” and “Sitting Waiting Wishing.”
9.  Lifehouse, Lifehouse:  Seeing Lifehouse live only increased my appreciation for them.  Personal favorites: “Blind” (the music video interprets the song in a way I hadn’t even considered), “You and Me,” and “Undone.”
10.  Todd Agnew, Reflection of Something:  I have to say that this isn’t my favorite album of Agnew’s, but it has some of my favorite songs on it, so it makes the cut.  Personal favorites:  “My Jesus” (these lyrics are incredible), “Isaiah 6,” and “Something Beautiful.”


What are your favorites?

Advertisements

Tell me your thoughts! I'd love to read them.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s