The numbers are close but it is clear which songs listeners wanted to hear. Below are the Top 20 songs that were played on CJGY-FM in 2022.
20. TAUREN WELL - UNTIL GRACE
As the third single from his second studio album, Citizen of Heaven, Wells released on February 14. The song serves as a reminder to believe in Christ as our lives become messy and stormy.
Number of plays (NOP): 541
19. JORDAN FELIZ - NEXT TO ME
The song reflects on a constant struggle Feliz feels that he's been dealing with his entire life, thinking that he can do anything with his own strength. 'Next to me' is a reminder that God is there to help on your journey.
18. NORTHVIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH - WON'T BE MOVED & EVAN CRAFT (FT. DANNY GOEKY AND REDIMI2) - BE ALRIGHT
Canadian music group Northview Community Church tied with American singer Evan Craft for spot No. 18 on our Top 20 songs of the year.
'Won't be Moved' is a soulful song that brings the reminder that God is constant, while Craft's song talks about anxiety and depression and how everything will "be alright" with God as the guide.
17. WE ARE MESSENGERS - IMAGE OF GOD
The message portrayed in this song is that we are made in God's image and that God is the author, creator and originator.
16. DANNY GOKEY - NEW DAY
What better way to start off the new year than with a song that talks about the hope of a new day? Our problems won't magically disappear, but God makes them seem not so big.
15. JEREMY CAMP - OUT OF MY HANDS
Being one of the two artists that made the Top 20 Songs Played list, Camp's powerful lyrics of this song are an incredible reminder that God can take away things that are dwelling on our minds, or anything that we can't handle.
14. CAIN - YES HE CAN
The sibling trio Christian music group wanted to look to God's faithfulness in the past and believe and know that it will carry over into the future.
13. MERCYME - SAY I WON'T
With the number of plays being extremely close, MercyMe took a bit of a jump in plays from No. 14. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the song was inspired by the story of Gary Miracle, who worked with the band for many years but lost both arms and legs after falling into septic shock.
12. ZACH WILLIAMS - LESS LIKE ME
Earning one more play time than MercyMe at No. 13, Zach Williams captured the twelfth spot with his song about knowing there's a God who is perfect and loves His people just the way they are.
11. ANNE WILSON - MY JESUS
This song easily found a place in listeners' hearts as Wilson shared her personal journey with Christ through this song, hoping to inspire her community to pursue a personal relationship with God too.
10. UNSPOKEN - YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN
To start off the Top 10 Songs of this year is the American Christian band, Unspoken. Their song, 'You've Always Been,' is a story of the realization that Chad Mattson (vocals) had when he remembered that God listens to prayer, but He doesn't always answer each one...in the way that we think.
9. JOSH BALDWIN - EVIDENCE
Yet another song of personal experiences with the Lord, Baldwin wanted to let people know that even though it's easy to let fear creep in (especially when this song was released in 2020), we need to remember there is so much evidence that God will care for and protect His people.
8. RHETT WALKER - GOSPEL SONG
'Gospel Song' is a reminder that God is still in the business of redeeming stories and changing lives, and that pure joy can be found only in Jesus.
7. TOBYMAC - HELP IS ON THE WAY
The past few years have been quite difficult for the artist, ever since he lost his son to an accidental overdose. 'Help is on the way' is the turning point, when TobyMac transitioned from a pit of sad songs to the Psalms.
6. NEEDTOBREATHE - WHO AM I
Just shy of making the Top 5 is NEEDTOBREATHE, an American Rock Band. 'Who am I' is a song that shares how God loves us, despite our mistakes, struggles and weaknesses.
5. PHIL WICKHAM - BATTLE BELONGS
The first of the Top 5 songs is the first song in Wickham's album, Hymn of Heaven. It encourages listeners to stay strong in their beliefs, and have over their worries to God for He will fight our battles for us.
4. JEREMY CAMP - KEEP ME IN THE MOMENT
Showing up for the second time in the Top 20 is one of Jeremy Camp's songs from 2020. This contemporary song is a tribute to his kids who he says are suddenly growing up in the blink of an eye, he wants to encourage people to be present and appreciate every moment that is happening in life.
3. CROWDER - GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY
Written during the thick of the pandemic, David Crowder wanted to centre a song around the phrase "good God almighty," so he did. The American singer wanted the message to be clear that no matter what happens or will happen, God is still God.
2. PHIL WICKHAM - GREAT THINGS
Capturing not only his second spot on the list but in the Top 5 nonetheless is Mr. Wickham with a song he released back in 2018. While being written with the intention of having more upbeat worship songs at his church, it quickly grew in popularity and reached No. 11 on Billboard's Top 100 U.S. Christian songs
1. MATTHEW WEST - TRUTH BE TOLD
Capturing the No. 1 spot is American musician, Matthew West with his song that was written to remind himself that he is a fallen human being and perfection is unattainable. It's better to be honest and authentic rather than trying to be someone he isn't and can't be.