Before we get too deep into 2017,  a lot of us here at JesusWired reflected on 2016 and upon what a good solid year for Christian music it turned out to be. Looking ahead, 2017 looks set to be a mightily strong year of releases but before we properly begin all of that excitement, a number of our contributors have picked their Top 10 releases of 2016. A few tough decisions had to be made and there were some great albums which had to be left off our lists but we’ve all settled upon a final top 10, eventually! Do you agree or disagree with our selections? What are you favorite 10 albums of 2016? Please feel free to comment below with your views and with your own top 10 lists, we’d love to see how they compare!

Iain Moss’ Top 10

1. LZ7 – Home
2. 1GN – Unite
3. Matthew Parker – Adventure
4. AON – Though The Heavens Fall
5. NF – Therapy Session
6. GAWVI – Lost In Hue EP
7. Loso – Valley Of Visions
8. Thousand Foot Krutch – Exhale
9. Skillet – Unleashed
10. The Lasting Hope – Vandals EP
Honorable Mention:  Alter Bridge’s The Last Hero (would have been No.2 but wanted to highlight more Christian releases)

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Billy Praise’s Top 10

1. Bethel Music – Have It All
2. Relient K – Air For Free
3. Skillet – Unleashed
4. Switchfoot – Where The Light Shines Through
5. William Murphy – Demonstrate
6. Fit For A King – Deathgrip
7. Rival Choir – I Believe, Help My Unbelief
8. Lacey Sturm – Life Screams
9. NF – Therapy Session
10. Rend Collective – Campfire II: Simplicity

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Craig Banister’s Top 10

1. Switchfoot – Where The Light Shines Through
2. Relient K – Air For Free
3. NF – Therapy Session
4. Jordan Feliz – The River
5. Fit For A King – Deathgrip
6. Disciple – Long Live The Rebels
7. Consumed By Fire – Giving Over
8. Marty – Marty For President
9. Tauren Wells – Undefeated EP
10. Chris Quilala – Split The Sky
Honorable Mention: His own band The Lasting Hope’s Vandals EP!

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Courtney Simpson’s Top 5

1. Disciple – Long Live The Rebels
2. Theocracy – Ghost Ship
3. Decyfer Down – The Other Side of Darkness
4. Drive Thru Society – Soteria EP
5. In The Verse – Transformer

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Daniel Lawrence’s Top 10

1. Sevin – Purple Heart
2. Bizzle – Crowns & Crosses
3. Young Noah – Slick Depression
4. GS – Committed
5. Datin – The R.O.A.R.
6. Eshon Burgundy – The Passover
7. Davis Absolute – Absolutes
8. Plain James – Trap Theology
9. Gil Gatsby – The California Slim EP
10. Lecrae – Church Clothes 3

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J-Blake White’s Top 10

1. Tim Bowman Jr – Listen
2. Tamela Mann – One Way
3. Myron Butler – Live on Purpose
4. Jekayln Carr – The Life Project
5. Todd Dulaney – A Worshipper’s Heart
6. Marc Jay – I Am God – EP
7. Kj Scriven – Chasing the Wind
8. Todd Galberth – Lord You Are Good -single
9. Ziel – Pronounced Zy-el
10. Sir The Baptist – What We Got – single
Honorable Mention: Anthony Brown – Everyday Jesus (technically 2015 but it was strong enough to carry through 2016 so shh!)

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Jessica Morris’ Top 10

1. Switchfoot – Where the Light Shines Through
2. Relient K – Air for Free
3. NEEDTOBREATHE – H A R D L O V E
4. Lauren Daigle – How can it be
5. Bethel – We Will Not Be Shaken
6. Guy Sebastian – Part 1 EP
7. Hillsong UNITED – Of Dirt and Grace
8. Brooke Fraser – A Sides
9. Hillsong United – Let Hope Rise movie soundtrack
10. Hillsong Young and Free – Where you Are

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Josephine Amoako’s Top 10

1. Hillsong – Let There Be Light
2. Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be (Deluxe Edition)
3. Casting Crowns – The Very Next Thing
4. NEEDTOBREATHE – H A R D L O V E
5. Switchfoot – Where The Light Shines Through
6. Crowder – American Prodigal
7. Skillet – Unleashed
8. Chris Tomlin – Never Lose Sight
9. Elevation Worship – Here As In Heaven
10. Various – Wow Hits 2017

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Lauren Burrows’ Top 5

1. Hillsong UNITED – Of Dirt and Grace: Live from the Land
2. Hillsong WORSHIP – Let there be Light
3. Elevation Worship – Here as in Heaven
4. Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be (Deluxe Edition)
5. Bethel – Have it All-Live at Bethel church

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Nick Burrows’ Top 10

1. Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
2. Disciple – Long Live The Rebels
3. Beartooth – Aggressive
4. Alter Bridge – The Last Hero
5. Memphis May Fire – This Light I Hold
6. Wolves At The Gate – Types & Shadows
7. Artifex Pereo – Passengers
8. Fit For A King – Deathgrip
9. Silent Planet – Everything Was Sound
10. The Color Morale – Desolate Divine
Honorable Mention: Everything In Slow Motion – Laid Low EP

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Sam Carothers’ Top 4

1. Fit For A King – Deathgrip
2. Forevermore – Integral
3. Norma Jean – Polar Similar
4. Silent Planet – Everything Was Sound

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Stephanie Crail’s Top 10

1. Disciple – Long Live the Rebels
2. Decyfer Down – The Other Side of Darkness
3. Lacey Sturm – Life Screams
4. Consumed By Fire – Giving Over
5. Egypt – Heroes and Villains
6. Thousand Foot Krutch – Exhale
7. In the Verse – Transformer
8. Skillet – Unleashed
9. David Crowder – American Prodigal
10. Switchfoot – Where the Light Shines Through

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Taylor Hohulin’s Top 10

1. House of Heroes – Colors
2. My Epic – Viscera
3. Relient K – Air For Free
4. Kings Kaleidoscope – Beyond Control
5. Branches – White Flag
6. NEEDTOBREATHE – H A R D L O V E
7. Citizens and Saints – A Mirror Dimly
8. Heath McNease – Who Knows? Who Cares?
9. Benjamin James – Penumbra
10. Jameson McGregor – Wild One

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Vanessa Cohn’s Top 10

1. Switchfoot – Where the Light Shines Through
2. Leeland – Invisible
3. NF – Therapy Session
4. Jason Gray – Where The Light Gets In
5. The Afters – Live on Forever
6. Castings Crowns – The Very Next Thing
7. Anchor and Braille – Songs for the Late Night Drive Home
8. NEEDTOBREATHE – H A R D L O V E
9. Love and the Outcome – These Are The Days
10. Tenth Avenue North – Followers

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