130 Reasons to Ride with Me

About a week ago Luke and one of his friends decided to make a list of their top 100 songs. I thought I’d do the same…and then didn’t have the heart to round out the last few dozen. So…130. It’s in the Rolling Stone’s top 500 format, sectioned off and ascending (the best are at the bottom).

I’ve hyperlinked songs throughout (the blue/underlined ones) that maybe you haven’t heard and mabye you should.

* = favorite song at some point.


[130 – 108]

  • Superman – Five for Fighting
  • Better Days – The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Africa – Toto
  • Give It All Away – Aaron Shust
  • Moving All the While – Sidewalk Prophets
  • All of God’s Children – Jon Foreman
  • Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher
  • The Man in Black – Johnny Cash
  • Roam With You – Ross King
  • To Find my Way to You – Bebo Norman
  • Come Back Soon – Andrew Peterson
  • Nuisance – Jon Ruben ( ft. Matt Thiessen)
  • A New Law – Derek Webb
  • Head Over Heels – Switchfoot
  • Lucky Denver Mint – Jimmy Eat World
  • Everything’ll Be Alright – Time for Three
  • Timshel – Mumford and Sons
  • Vice Verses – Switchfoot
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain – John Fogerty
  • Ghost Machine – Jon Foreman
  • Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band

[107 – 84]

  • All Things New – Andrew Peterson
  • The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
  • Betrayal – Fiction Family
  • That’s How I Got to Memphis – Tom T. Hall
  • Now We Are Free – The Lyndhurst Orchestra
  • My Saviour My God – Aaron Shust
  • All I Need – Caedmon’s Call
  • You and Me – Lifehouse
  • More Like Love – Ben Rector
  • Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn
  • Learning to Breathe – Switchfoot
  • Bloodshot Eyes – The Choir
  • Gone – Switchfoot
  • Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
  • Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
  • In My Arms – Jon Foreman
  • In the Hands of God – Newsboys
  • Brother – Needtobreathe
  • The Reckoning – Andrew Peterson
  • What’s a Boy to Do – Mat Kearney
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Funny the Way It Is – The Dave Matthews Band
  • 100 Years – Five for Fighting
  • Hard to Get – Rich Mullins

[83 – 54]

  • Old Girl – Fernando Ortega
  • She Must and Shall Go Free – Derek Webb
  • From the Heart – (Air Bud’s Theme)
  • Equally Skilled – Jon Foreman
  • Rainbow Connection – The Muppets*
  • Rochester – Mat Kearney
  • Sometimes by Step – Rich Mullins
  • Mother India – Caedmon’s Call
  • Might as Well Have a Good Time – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Walking the Wire – Imagine Dragons
  • Love Is Different – Caedmon’s Call
  • All Along – Remedy Drive
  • Eyes on the Prize – Sara Groves
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles
  • Take Me to Church – Sinead O’Connor
  • This Is Your Life – Switchfoot
  • After the Last Tear Falls – Andrew Peterson
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • California Stars – Wilco (Woody Guthrie)
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
  • Shasta – Mat Kearney
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Faithfully – Journey
  • Army of One – Coldplay
  • The Fields Of Athenry – Paddy Reilly & the Dubliners
  • The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
  • I Won’t Back Down – Johnny Cash (Tom Petty)

[53 – 23]

  • More Heart Less Attack – Needtobreathe
  • The High School Band – Andrew Osenga
  • Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – U2
  • Dance – Caedmon’s Call
  • Where the Streets Have no Name – U2
  • Shots – Imagine Dragons
  • Twenty-four – Switchfoot
  • Down – Mat Kearney
  • Life’s for the Living – Passenger
  • Winning Streak – Glen Hansard
  • Lucky Stars – Beverly Staunton
  • Someday We’ll Know – Mandy Moore (Jon Foreman)
  • Only Hope (Switchfoot)
  • Get Out of Your Own Way – U2
  • Hell of a Ride – Marc Jordan
  • Against the Voices – Switchfoot*
  • Blowin’ in the Wind – Peter, Paul, and Mary (Bob Dylan)
  • Where I Belong – Switchfoot
  • My Love Is my Love – Peter Bradley Adams
  • Hold the Light – Caedmon’s Call*
  • Enough to Let Me Go – Switchfoot
  • Fields of Gold – Sting
  • In the Middle – Mat Kearney
  • Dare You to Move – Switchfoot
  • Something Beautiful – Newsboys
  • Rosa Dear – Ruth*
  • Your Love Is a Song – Switchfoot
  • The Blues – Switchfoot
  • My Deliverer – Rich Mullins
  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  • Titles – Vangelis (Chariots of Fire)

[22 – 2 ]

  • Love Isn’t Made – Jon Foreman*
  • The Shadow Proves the Sunshine – Switchfoot
  • Tears of Hercules – Marc Jordan
  • Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
  • On Fire – Switchfoot
  • Racing in the Street – Bruce Springsteen*
  • Marigold – Relient K
  • She Said – Jon Foreman
  • Son of Man – Phil Collins*
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen
  • Lover – Derek Webb*
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen (Theory of a Deadman)
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Song for Someone – U2
  • Fix You – Coldplay
  • If I Had a Dollar – Tattletale Saints*
  • In the Blood – John Mayer*
  • The Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Up&Up – Coldplay
  • Ames – A Firm Handshake*
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down – Kris Kristofferson*

#1. Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Someday you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn to be
Brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I’ve witnessed your suffering
As the battle raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms
There’s so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones
Now the sun’s gone to hell and
The moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line in your palm
We are fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

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