Steeped in rebellion and fuelled by sex and drugs, it has often been the soundtrack to all kinds of evil deeds, done dirt cheap.
Nevertheless, it was a new-found artistic expression. An art form with amplification. A sound box with lots of volume and loads of room for experimentation.
And along the way, in the wake left by Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Zombies, The Kinks and The Chocolate Watch Band, some found an outlet to express their faith. They called it Christian Rock, the oft-demonized music made by believers who embraced the new language of sonic expression that had transformed popular music and popular culture.
From Larry Norman to P.O.D., faith-based rock has found an audience with rock ‘n’ roll music lovers of all ages and genres. And ever since the birth of Christian rock, there have been some definitive, if not scene-altering records that have made the faithful proud.
For that, we have The One Hundred, a blog that features 100 recordings you should get to know regardless of church affiliation or spiritual beliefs because, after all, good music deserves to be heard.
These may not be the greatest 100 records in the history of Christian Rock — there are other blogs for that — but they are albums that influenced me, and that’s really all any artist could ask of from a listener. To allow their music to get into your ears and into your brain, and resonate somewhere deep inside.