Capitol Christian Music Group
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
WOW – WOW Hits 2015 (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
The series of WOW Hits, an annual compilation featuring the supposed best of songs in Christian music in a current year, have always been one of the most popular, criticised and publicised releases within Christian music. Always before a list releases of what songs would be on a WOW Hits of any given year, fans of the compilation franchise have always made their fantasy lists of what they would like to appear on a certain WOW disc, and this year is no different.
WOW Hits- the series released each year amongst the CCM circle since 1996 that is becoming more and more of a hot-topic and one that clearly divides avid Christian music fans (myself included) as debates about song choices and artist inclusions/exclusions reign from year to year. Regardless of my objective opinions on WOW Hits, these albums always hold dear to my heart, with the very first WOW album I listened to, WOW Hits 2004, being a catalyst in me branching out in my listening of CCM music, when I heard the compilation in 2003. Receiving this album in the mail as a competition from Word Bookstores, I would say this album is my favourite in a sentimental sense. From artists like Newsboys, ZoeGirl, Third Day, Jaci Velasquez, and Nichole Nordeman, to Avalon, Mark Schultz, FFH, MercyMe and Jeremy Camp; the 2003 edition to the ‘best songs in Christian music’ was able to show me a world of Christian music I hardly knew at that point in time. In 2006 I bought WOW Hits 2006 and WOW Hits 2005 from Koorong, and since then my love for WOW Hits hasn’t wavered.