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FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: WEEK 33 (Hope In Front Of Me by Danny Gokey)- In the direst of situations, is there really hope? What’s the point about New Year’s resolutions?

Hands up who loved 2018? Like really loved it? Like ‘everything I set out to do, I did; and everyone I set out to talk to and be friends with, I accomplished that; and every movie/TV show I wanted to see, I saw’? Or how about ‘2018 was the best year ever, I want to relive this past year all over again, exactly how it was?’ All of us? None of us? Each one of us has a different definition of what a ‘successful year’ entails, and according to you, 2018 might have been a breakthrough year. You may have had the best year ever: you might have had a promotion, gotten married, had kids, moved out of home, or maybe finally got around to having that catch up with that friend you’ve been planning to for the past couple of years, and you hit it off again like no time had passed. Or you may have had worst year ever: you could have just split from your spouse, or maybe found out about a terminal illness in a family member or friend or even yourself, or maybe you were betrayed by someone close to you. Whatever the reason for how you are feeling at the end of 2018 and coming into 2019, there is one truth that is true across the board, and there is one thing that we can hold onto for the next 365 days at least.

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TOP 10 ___: 2018 ALBUMS WE NEVER REVIEWED!

Last year around this time, we delved into 10 2017 albums we never reviewed (due to life getting in the way), including albums from Lecrae (All Things Work Together), GAWVI (Like We Belong) and Jesus Culture (Love Has A Name) to name a few. Now, the time has arrived for us to list 10 albums we never reviewed, which released last year (even though we really wanted to)! A few albums may not make this list though, but that’s only because we still intend to review them this upcoming January and February 2019. So…check out these 10 albums- which did you wish we reviewed?

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BEST OF 2018- PART 12: TOP 30 SONGS OF THE ENTIRE YEAR

Yes, I know, this is just another best-of list. But, for those who have been following our best-of 2018 lists as a site, you’d know that we’ve posted four installments of best songs of 2018- one of each quarter. So do you know what this post is about? Yes, one that compiles all the previous best-of songs posts together, making this one the one that encompasses the rest. Below are our 30 favourite songs of the entire year of 2018, along with 10 honourable mentions as well. Read on to find out which song out of our list was the most impacting to you!

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BEST OF 2018- PART 11: TOP 20 MUSIC VIDEOS OF JULY – DECEMBER

It’s New Year’s Day everyone! And that only means one thing! Yep, it’s time for another Best Of list- and this time we’re unveiling our top 20 music videos of the second half of the year (the Jan-June list can be viewed here)! So, without further ado everyone, here’s 20 music videos that have resonated with us over the past 6 months! And Happy New Year everyone; i hope and pray that you all have a blessed, enjoyable, relaxing, satisfying and fulfilling 2019!

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BEST OF 2018- PART 10: TOP TWENTY ANTICIPATED ALBUMS/EP’S OF 2019

It’s been a while everyone, so as I come back and before I start my post, let me say Merry Christmas, and I hope you all had a relaxing time dwelling upon the birth of Jesus. Now that we all have sat and reflected and thanked God for sending his Son; what else is there to do before year’s end?

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BEST OF 2018- PART 9: TOP 25 EPs OF 2018

So here we are in December- what does that mean? End of year lists, of course. Over the last few years here, around Decembertime, we as a site collate our favourite EPs, albums, songs and music videos of the year, videos and music that have impacted us throughout said particular year. And while I was intentionally meaning to have a best of Jan-June EP list and a best of July-Dec EP list, the busyness of life intervened, and thus here we are now, unveiling a best of 2018 list in terms of EPs, just one list. And so if this year was any indication, what I said at the end of 2017 of how 2017 was the year of the EP, let me just precursor this- that statement is only partly true. Because 2018 was more of an EP year than 2017 ever was. And because of this, I’ve compiled my top 25 EPs of 2018 thus far, alongside 10 honourable mentions, that have impacted my life thus far this year. And many, if not all these EPs, are emotive and powerful, some even being some of my favourites from that particular artist throughout their whole career up until now. Yes, I’m dead serious. And so without further ado, here below are 25 EPs (and 10 honourable mentions) that have shaped our own lives within the last 12 months. Let us know in the comments about your own favourite EPs. Til then, have a great week!

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BEST OF 2018- PART 8: TOP 20 SONGS OF 2018 (OCTOBER – DECEMBER)

Is it December already? Seems like it. In about one and a half weeks, it’ll be Christmas time… so it’s time for a slew of ‘best of’ lists. But before we give our opinions on our favourite albums and EP’s of the year, as well as music videos for the second half of the year, it’s time for top 20 songs of the last quarter. So without further ado, here are 20 songs that are our most favourite of October-December 2018.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: WEEK 32 (How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle)- When Christian artists crossover, what should our response be?

A strange thing happened over this past year. Well not really strange, but something that hasn’t occurred for a very long time. A Christian artist topped the mainstream charts, in terms of album, and song, for a sustained period of time. Not that those events haven’t occurred before, but I reckon the only person that has had an impact on the charts of this magnitude would be Amy Grant way back in the 80’s and 90’s, and specifically for her song “Baby Baby” and her album Heart In Motion in 1991 (which ended that year at number 15 in the Billboard 200 charts, and at 24 in 1992). Sure there have been other artists and songs that have crossed over (dc Talk for “Jesus Freak”, Jars Of Clay for “Flood”, MercyMe for “I Can Only Imagine” and various others), not to mention Christian artists who have specifically entered into the mainstream industry to be an influence in that market (think of Skillet, Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, Relient K, and more recently Tori Kelly and for KING & COUNTRY)… yet this time around, a Christian artist has not really cared about the market, and has just written an album and a song from their own heart. The song and the album has blown up around the world, and surprisingly on mainstream- so much so that the track is present on the annual Now That’s What I Call Music (the mainstream version of WOW Hits), and that’s well deserving. By now you probably know what the song is, and the artist…but if you still are unaware, let me tell you all. It’s Lauren Daigle, and the song is called “You Say”, from her latest album Look Up Child.

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WOW HITS 2020: WHAT’S YOUR PREDICTION (PART 2)?

Hi everyone, how has your week been? Seeing that it’s December yet again, and it’s been about a couple of months since we posted our first WOW HITS 2020 predictions, it’s time for us to yet again predict the track list for WOW Hits 2020. So without further ado, here’s my second stab at the tracklist for WOW Hits 2020. Anyway, stay tuned to more predictions next year! Happy predicting!

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MY IDEAL WOW HITS TRACKLISTS: POST 8- WOW HITS 2012

If you have been an avid fan of this site, you probably would have noticed that we have posted many WOW Hits predictions at strategic points during the year for a particular installment. But the predictions were only ‘timely’ for WOW Hits 2015 onwards (basically from when this site was active four years ago until now!). So it’s time to once again revisit another older WOW Hits and be nostalgic, and see if the track listing is really the ‘year’s best’ or not (as we have done previously for other WOW Hits releases that you can view here!). So…you can view the official track list of WOW Hits 2012 on Wikipedia, and then my fantasy list below (which include some tracks the same as the official list, and some tracks different)! Enjoy reading, and coming up with your own ‘official lists’!

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