DJ VERSUS CRITIC

ChristianityToday.com, perhaps the critic of Christian music with the largest audience, says these are the best “Christian” albums of 2005:

1. Switchfoot – Nothing Is Sound

2. Over The Rhine – Drunkard’s Prayer

3. David Crowder Band – A Collision or (3+4=7)

4. Mae – The Everglow

5. Sara Groves – Add To The Beauty (No relation)

6. 4th Avenue Jones – Stereo: The Evolution of HipRockSoul

7. Jars of Clay – Redemption Songs

8. Andrew Peterson – The Far Country

9. Bart Millard – Hymned No.1

10. Eisley – Room Noises

(Go to ChristianityToday.com for the complete list and “near misses.”

ThePDAdvisor.com (A website for those in the radio industry) polled its many reporting stations and compiled its radio play data to determine that these are the DJs’ favorite artists (or his/her boss, Mr. Program Director) for 2005:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Casting Crowns

Jeremy Camp

Chris Tomlin

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Jeremy Camp

Chris Tomlin

Bebo Norman

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Nichole Nordeman

Natalie Grant

Joy Williams

GROUP OF THE YEAR:

Casting Crowns

MercyMe

Kutless

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

The Afters

Jadon Lavik

Joel Engle

So who impacted album sales the most in 2005?  Do people buy records because they hear it on the radio or read about it in print or on-line?  That list is coming soon.  For now, which CD collection would you want for Christmas: The DJs’ or the Critic’s?

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