I recently had a couple of friends do a couple of lists of their 100 favorite songs and 100 favorite albums of all time, so I thought I’d give it a shot. These are the albums that I’ve gone back to more than any others over the years. They have been a source of comfort through the good and bad of my life. They have shaped my taste in music and me as a person. If you’ve ever spent much time with me when I’ve been in charge of a playlist, you’ve no doubt heard many songs from these and can probably already guess more than a few of them that found themselves on the list. I didn’t really put any set rules on it, because I didn’t want to eliminate anything that truly was and still is on repeat. I have a couple of newer albums that have recently made it into constant rotation, but most everything is 90s or early 2000s. So now that you have a little bit of the background, let’s get into my 100 favorite albums of all time.

Let’s start with 10 that just missed the list

The Normals Coming to Life

Delirious? Cutting Edge

Charlie Peacock Everything That’s on My Mind

Fastball All the Pain That Money Can Buy

Augustana Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt

Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down

DC Talk Jesus Freak

Audio Adrenaline Underdog

The Fray Self Titled

Newsboys Going Public

Top 100

100. Coopertheband Kingdoms

99. The Lone Bellow Self Titled

98. Rick Elias Blink

97. Rich Mullins The Jesus Record

96. Owl City Ocean Eyes

95. Gregory Alan Isokav The Weatherman

94. Lord Huron Strange Trails

93. Jimmy Eat World Bleed American

92. Radiant We Hope You Win

91. The National Parks Wildflower

90. Paul Colman Trio New Map of the World

89. Fono Goesaroundcomesaround

88. Reality Check Self Titled

87. Starfield Self Titled

86. Mike Mains and the Branches Calm Down, Everything is Fine

85. Handsome and Gretyl Twelve

84. Weezer Blue Album

83. Third Day Time

82. Handsome and Gretyl Miles and Miles

81. Johnnyswim Diamonds

80. Dawes Nothing is Wrong

79. Snow Patrol Final Straw

78. Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent

77. Jason Scott Brighter Shining Still

76. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors Good Light

75. Michael W Smith The Big Picture

74. Jars of Clay Much Afraid

73. Michelle Tumes Listen

72. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind

71. Mindy Smith One Moment More

70. Jars of Clay Self Titled

69. Judah and the Lion First Fruits

68. The Vespers The Fourth Wall

67. The Oh Hellos Through the Deep, Dark Valley

66. Michael W Smith Live the Life

65. Smalltown Poets It’s Later Than It’s Ever Been

64. The Lumineers Cleopatra

63. Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal

62. I’m With Her See You Around

61. Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up the Girl

60. Nickel Creek A Dotted Line

59. Downhere Self Titled

58. The Head and the Heart Self Titled

57. Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown

56. The Waiting Unfazed

55. Delirious? Glo

54. Plumb Candycoatedwaterdrops

53. Audio Adrenaline Bloom

52. Joseph Native Dreamer Kin

51. Wild Rivers Self Titled

50. Ben Folds Songs for Silverman

49. Kendall Payne Grown

48. Coldplay Parachutes

47. U2 October

46. The Killers Hot Fuss

45. Mindy Smith Long Island Shores

44. Lifehouse Stanley Climbfall

43. Dawson Hollow Even When It Doesn’t Rhyme

42. Arbour Season All My Friends

41. Gin Blossoms Outside Looking in (the best of)

40. Out of the Grey Diamond Days

39. Garth Brooks Live from Central Park

38. Colony House When I was Younger

37. Knox Hamilton The Heights

36. Ashton Becker Dente’ Along the Road

35. Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism

34. The Avett Brothers I and Love and You

33. The Vespers Sisters and Brothers

32. Various Artists Streams

31. Rosie Thomas A Very Rosie Christmas

30. The National Parks Young

29. Jimmy Eat World Futures

28. Steven Curtis Chapman The Great Adventure

27. MuteMath Self Titled

26. The Killers Sam’s Town

25. Judah and the Lion Folk Hop N Roll (Deluxe)

24. U2 Joshua Tree

23. Foo Fighters Colour and the Shape

22. The Lone Bellow Walk into the Storm

21. Joseph Good Luck Kid

20. Switchfoot New Way to be Human

19. Delirious? Mezzamorphis

18. Third Day Conspiracy No. 5

17. Mae Destination Beautiful

16. Relient K The Anatomy of Tongue and Cheek

15. Mumford and Sons Sigh No More

14. Smalltown Poets Listen Closely

13. All Star United Self Titled

12. Colony House Leave What’s Lost Behind

11. PFR Great Lengths

10. The Waiting Self Titled

09. Mae The Everglow

08. Lifehouse No Name Face

07. The Postal Service Give Up

06. Rich Mullins A Liturgy, A Legacy, and A Ragamuffin Band

05. Judah and the Lion Pep Talks

04. Joseph I’m Alone No You’re Not

03. The National Parks Until I Live

02. The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse

01. Smalltown Poets Self Titled