U2 and Larry Norman recordings immortalized as part of the the Library of Congress

U2s “Joshua Tree” (1987) and Larry Norman’s “Only Visiting this Planet” were included in a group of 25 albums to be part of the Library of Congress as quintessentially representative of the aural history of the 70s and 80s.

Bono’s album is a no brainer, but many will wonder who Larry Norman is. His “Only Visiting this Planet” from 1972 remains only one my all time favorite albums still today. It belongs not just because of the content but because of it’s significance.

Larry Norman pioneered a whole new genre of music, Christian Rock, and was not allowed to play in churches, labeled an apostate by many, but a hero to those like me, who identified with his music.

What a cool honor to have his 1972 album inducted into the Library of Congress. To bad he’s not here any longer… He was only visiting after all, and went to be with Jesus in 2008.

If I had the privilege of choosing a list of my Top 10 Christian albums from yesteryear for their significance in my life, I would have to include:

  • Randy Stonehill’s “Welcome to Paradise” (1976),
  • Keith Green’s “So you Wanna go back to Egypt,” (1980), because he gave it out free through the mail for any donation.
  • Petra’s “Never Say Die” (1981),
  • Benny Hester’s “Nobody Knows Me Like You” (1981),
  • Steve Taylor’s “I Want to be a Clone” (1982),
  • Amy Grant’s “Age to Age” (1982),
  • the 77s “All Fall Down” (1984),
  • DC Talk’s “Jesus Freak” (1995)
  • and Audio Adrenaline’s “Bloom” (1996).

What’s album did I leave out? What did you absolutely wear out as a new believer?

Read the ABC News Article here.

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