Most Played Christian Songs of 2008 Honored

U.S. performing rights organization BMI has revealed the most performed songs on Christian radio of 2008 and honored this year's Christian Songwriter of the Year.

Topping the list of songs was "Never Would Have Made It," written by Matthew Brownie and Marvin Sapp for Sapp's critically acclaimed album Thirsty.

Other songs on the list of 26 included highly praised hits such as Casting Crowns's "East to West," MercyMe's "You Reign," Jars of Clay's "Love Song for a Savior," and Matt Maher's "Your Grace is Enough."

On Saturday, BMI saluted the writers and publishers of the past year's most performed songs, presenting awards at the company's Music Row offices in Nashville.

Aside from Song of the Year, other top honors of the night included Publisher of the Year, which for the second consecutive year went to Universal Music Publish Group, and Songwriter of the Year, which went to choir director and songwriter Donald Lawrence.

As a copyright organization, BMI represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years.

2009 Christian Music Awards Song List
The Most Performed Songs on Christian Radio during 2008

ALL BECAUSE OF JESUS Steve Fee LeviBear Music Worship Together Music Fee INO Records

BE STILL Ron McClelland Jordan Mohilowski Lucio "Lu" Rubino EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. Everything and More Music Miracle In My Hand Music Publishing Ronbasix Publishing StorySide: B Gotee

BELIEVE Scott Campbell River Oaks Music Company Mainstay BEC Recordings/Tooth & Nail Records

EAST TO WEST Mark Hall Club Zoo Music, Inc. My Refuge Music SWECS Music Casting Crowns Provident

EVERY MAN Mark Hall Club Zoo Music, Inc. My Refuge Music SWECS Music Casting Crowns Provident

GIANTS Donald Lawrence Q W Publishing Universal Music-Z Songs Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers EMI Gospel

GIVE ME WORDS TO SPEAK Aaron Shust Bridge Building Music White Spot Publishing Aaron Shust Brash Music

HE'S DONE ENOUGH Tim "Bishop" Brown J Robersongs Music Tim Brownz Music Beverly Crawford Diamante Music Group

I CAN PRAY Nathan Markee Asheville Music Publishing Chris White Music Dove Brothers Sonlite Records

I'M FOR YOU Toby McKeehan Achtober Songs tobyMac CMG/ForeFront

I'VE BEEN CHANGED Earl Galloway Jeff Steele Christian Taylor Music OSMR Songs Sunset Gallery Music Legacy Five Daywind Records/Daywind Music Group

IN BETTER HANDS Jim Daddario Thom Hardwell Jim Daddario Music Thom Hardwell Music Natalie Grant Curb Records

LAST NIGHT Marcia Henry Christian Taylor Music Marcia Henry Music Karen Peck Gooch & New River Daywind Records/Daywind Music Group

THE LAST NIGHT John Cooper Brian Howes (SOCAN) EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. Photon Music Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Skillet Atlantic/INO/Ardent

LIVIN' Donald Lawrence Q W Publishing Universal Music-Z Songs The Clark Sisters EMI Gospel

LOVE IS HERE Drew Middleton DMiddleton Publishing Tenth Avenue North Provident

LOVE SONG FOR A SAVIOR Matt Bronleewe Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell Steve Mason Bridge Building Music Pogostick Music Jars of Clay Essential/Legacy

NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT Matthew Brownie Marvin Sapp Marvin L. Sapp Music Minstrel Melodies Marvin Sapp Zomba

NO DOUBT SALVATION Jeff Weeks Pisgah Ridge Music Palmetto State Quartet Sonlite Records

THE OLDER I GET John Cooper Brian Howes (SOCAN) EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. Photon Music Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Skillet Atlantic/INO/Ardent

RIGHT NOW PRAISE Jonathan Nelson Justin Savage Integrity's Praise Music Jules 4 U Music Must Hear Music Community Choir featuring John P. Kee Zomba

THE ROCK'S BETWEEN A HARD PLACE AND YOU Dianne Wilkinson Niles Borop Music Kingdom Heirs Sonlite Records

WASHED BY THE WATER Bo Rinehart Needtobreathe Music Needtobreathe Word Entertainment

WE NEED EACH OTHER Dan Gartley Chris Stevens Olde Irish Publishing Regisfunk Music River Oaks Music Company Sanctus Real Sparrow Records

YOU REIGN Steven Curtis Chapman Peach Hill Songs Sparrow Song MercyMe INO Records

YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH Matt Maher River Oaks Music Company Publishing Matt Maher Provident