Let me just start by saying how difficult it was to narrow down this list. Just between you and me, I rather rank almost anything else. Favorite presidents? Sure. Best Disney movies? OK. What’s socially acceptable? Fine. But to rank these songs is like picking my favorite pet. Or my favorite episode of Friends. It’s nearly impossible. However, now I will say the words. I will say the words that consume me all day long. I won’t sugarcoat it at all, so help me God. Without further ado, let’s dive in with songs 10 through 6.
Note: Click the song title to listen via YouTube, and album titles are in parentheses.
10. Time Is… (Free At Last)
I remember listening to this song as a young high schooler in Miami, Florida. Maybe it’s the heavy drum beat or the weighty guitar riffs reminiscent of 80s hair bands, but it became a favorite about as fast as it takes to perm a mullet.
Favorite lyric: “The signs of the times are dropping like flies. The cries of the people around us imply, they’re lookin’ for an answer that we already know. But time is definitely on the go.”
9. Colored People (Jesus Freak)
I was in 11th grade, and remember laying on my bed and listening to this entire album soon after it came out. We were living on Governors Island, adjacent to Manhattan, at the time. This song was one of my favorites off that album. Funny how the message is still so very, very relevant almost 20 years later.
Favorite lyric: “Ignorance has wronged some races, and vengeance is the Lord’s. If we aspire to share this space, repentance is the cure.”
8. My Will (Exodus – compilation album)
I first heard this song when my sister lent me her CD as I was leaving the Davis family beach cottage at St. Teresa one afternoon. I listened to the whole album all the way to Tallahassee. Every song is good, but this one is why I remember that day so well.
Favorite lyric: “Complexity haunts me for I am two men, entrenched in a battle that I’ll never win.”
7. Supernatural (Supernatural)
My college friend Brandon managed to get an early copy of this CD. I remember him, myself, Scott, and another friend or two listening to it in a men’s bathroom in Panama City Beach, Florida. That’s not weird at all. Maybe we needed a urinal because we were excited enough to pee our pants? You don’t know! But hey, go find a public bathroom and check it out for yourself, this is a great song from a great album.
Favorite lyric: I need an intervention, A touch of providence. It goes beyond religion, to my very circumstance.”
6. Lean On Me (Free At Last)
DC Talk’s take on one of my all-time favorite songs doesn’t disappoint. They add a southern gospel sound while infusing their rap/rock style to make it a win/win kind of situation in my book.
Favorite lyric: “Brother to brother we need to learn to love each other, so lean on me when you’re in trouble. I cast my cares on Christ ’cause He cares for me, so when you need a shoulder to cry on, just lean.”
Phew! That was tough. So many songs to choose from. Well, there are still the top 5 to go, so check back tomorrow for my top 5 DC Talk songs of all time. In the meantime, feel free to comment below with your favorites or any stories you have of the band.
-Out of the Wilderness