Special Menu: Critics’ Picks (JAN-FEB 2020)


Each year, now for the 11th consecutive year, we assemble a panel of music critics with quite varied musical tastes, but all with an ear bent toward finding and celebrating the most well-crafted music being made today.  This year, their efforts resulted in our list of the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2019.  They also helped us develop a list of the Top Gourmet Songs of 2019 (coming 1/27/20).  We took several of the picks from our panel to create this 49-song specially-themed playlist.  If you are someone who has a difficult time navigating the endless array of new releases to find the best of the best, then this playlist is perfect for you.  Enjoy these 3.5 hours of gourmet song and “rediscover your soul-connection to music.”




It was a delight to put together this playlist.  I should note that the first 11 tracks come from the Top 11 Gourmet Albums list (#1-#11), and the next 5 tracks after that were from our official Honorable Mentions.  The rest reflect (in no particular order) a variety of some of the other Top Album and Top Individual Song choices from our critics panel.  I’m really grateful for the amazing work this panel puts in to serve our music platform and YOU our listeners.  If any of these selections touched your soul, tell us in the comments below. Enjoy!  — Dave


Dig New Streams – Switchfoot
Trouble Found Me – Who Are You Now
I Miss The Days – NF
Everybody is Broken – Martin Smith
West of Nod – Cindy Morgan
Deeper Well – Christopher Williams
Autumn in Kingston Springs – Jeremy Casella
Give Thanks – Zach Winters
I Will Hold On – Russ Mohr (ft. Liz Vice)
Civil War – The Arcadian Wild
Did Not Our Hearts Burn – Jess Ray
Spiritual – Kirk Franklin
Glory Hallelujah – Chris Taylor
Cheyenne River – Jesse Jack Murray
Someday Soon – Wilder Woods
Here’s To The One (Acoustic) – Hillsong United
Around The Corner – Mike Mains & The Branches
Second Chance – Tina Boonstra
Scheduling a Revival – Arthur Alligood
Out of Sight – Citizens
For the Joy Set Before Him – Latifa Makuyi
Quarter-Life Crisis – Judah & The Lion
I Thought I Could Do Better than You – Make Sure
Front Porch – Joy Williams
Into The Darkness – Drew M iller
No One – Dia
Tomorrow Morning – Wild Harbors
Don’t Hold Back – Phil Keaggy & Rex Paul
Lights Gone Out – Taylor Leonhardt
Make it Look So Easy – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Letter to the Editor – J Lind
May God Love You – Over The Rhine
In Troubled Times – John Lyzenga
Stay – Strahan
He Won’t Let Go – Gloria Gaynor (ft. Bart Millard)
Steal from Myself (It’s All About Me!) – John Van Deusen
“Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness” – Hallowell
Permanent – Caroline Cobb
Sight – The Eagle and Child
Your Peace Will Make Us One – Audrey Assad (ft. Urban Doxology)
DNA – Apollo LTD
Everyday Problems – Royce Lovett
Good Old Days – Bradford Loomis
Never See the End – Mission House
Slow Down – Jonathan Ogden
Love with a Little Love – Eric Lee Brumley
Valley – Civilized Creature
Pieces – Sarah Kroger (ft. Audrey Assad
Wild Things – John Tibbs

One Comment

  1. […] CONTENT:  On the JAN-FEB 2020 Special Menu Playlist (available on Spotify and Apple Prime Music), we feature many of these “Top Songs” as […]

Leave A Comment