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Hopefully, this will be the first of many blogs on what I consider to be the absolute essentials of contemporary Christian music.  My intention is to list the ten essential songs from each year.  Many songs fall into the "classic" category, while others, for a variety of reasons, have faded into oblivion.  

It has become clear to me that many of today's Christian music listeners are unfamiliar with the Christian oldies.  And that is sad.  Though the musical styles may be dated, the truth remains the truth. Many of these songs are just as powerful today as they were when they were being played on the radio.  Without further ado, here are my picks for 1980...

Vinyl records1. I'm Forgiven - Imperials 

I don't know if it's just me, but this song has always reminded me of "What A Fool Believes".  It has a fun, floppy sound to it.  The tune is undeniably catchy and the message is something I need to be reminded of daily...I'm forgiven!

2.  All You Need - Farrell & Farrell

Unlike anything else on Christian radio that year.  This husband & wife duo produced some of the freshest sounding music of the early 80's. 

3.  We Are Persuaded - Bill Gaither Trio

 Bill Gaither + disco = We Are Persuaded!  Unlike any other song he released.  Romans 8:37-38 never sounded so good!

4. I'll Be Thinking Of You - Andrae' Crouch

Another "Crouch classic".  Nothing more needs to be said.

5.  Walking On A Cloud - BJ Thomas

Light, feel good pop song performed like only BJ Thomas could.  Catchy tune that will stick in your head for days on end.

6.  Do Right - Paul Davis

Crossover hit that reached the top 30 on the mainstream pop charts. 

7.  Hold On - Matthew Ward

2nd Chapter of Acts member shines on this solo effort.  This song offer hope for the tough times in life.

8.  Headin' Home - B.W. Stevenson

A country rock classic reminding us that we are just pilgrims passing through this world.

9.  Follow You - David Meece

Uptempo tune of committment to follow Christ.  Vintage David Meece.

10.  One Step Closer - Scott Wesley Brown

Melodic, easy listening song about walking daily with Christ.  

  

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Top 30 Christian AC
Hits Of 1980

RankTitleArtist
1Got To Tell SomebodyDon Francisco
2I'm ForgivenImperials
3All You NeedFarrell & Farrell
4We Are PersuadedBill Gaither Trio
5I'll Be Thinking Of YouAndrae Crouch
6Jesus You're So WonderfulAndrus, Blackwood & Company
7A Broken HeartDallas Holm & Praise
8Walking On A CloudBJ Thomas
9One Step CloserScott Wesley Brown
10Do RightPaul Davis
11Hold OnMatthew Ward
12If There Were Only Time For LoveDogwood
13Headin' HomeBW Stevenson
14What I Can Do For YouImperials
15Everything Works Out For The BestBJ Thomas
16Advent SuiteJohn Michael Talbot & Terry Talbot
17Bullfrogs & ButterfliesBarry McGuire
18Follow YouDavid Meece
19One More Song For YouImperials
20Maranatha MarathonHoneytree
21So You Want To Go To EgyptKeith Green
22PowerCruse Family
23Gentle Touch Of Your LoveGerry Limpic
24Never Turning BackBruce Hibbard
25Take A StandGlad
26Heavenly LoveThe Boones
27Jesus Is Coming Back To StayBarry McGuire
28The Grand ArrivalCraig Smith
29Steeple SongDon Francisco
30Nothing Can Be BetterBJ Thomas

Rankings are based on a comprehensive calculation using information obtained from CCM airplay charts.  

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