DC Talk – Top 12 Songs

Posted: July 21, 2008 in music, my experiences

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.  I’m a HUGE DC Talk Fan.  Have been ever since a week of church camp in 1991, when a summer travel team from Cincinnatti Bible College spent the week at our camp.  One of their team members, Kevin Comp, would play the song “Heavenbound” over the sound system in chapel every evening before the service would start.  It was sort of the “get all the campers pumped up” song of the week.  I had never heard Christian rap before.  Ever.  And, much like the first time Barry took the ‘roids, I was hooked. 


Went out that summer and bought the first DC Talk tape.  Wore it out.  Memorized every song.  Less than two years later, after installing a cd player in my first car, one of the very first cd’s I ever bought was the “Free At Last” cd.  Still have it to this day. 


Then, it was Jesus Freak.  Went to the christian bookstore in Lexington on the day Jesus Freak was released.  To this day, Jesus Freak has sold more copies in it’s first week of sale than any Christian album in history…and I helped make that happen.  3 years later, Supernatural.  Same thing.  Opening day of release.  Christian bookstore.  Me.  Money.  Smiling. 


I’ve seen them 5 times in concert.  In fact, the very first concert I attending in my life was Audio Adrenaline & DC Talk in Louisville, Ky, in the fall of 1993 on the Free At Last tour.  Saw them at Kings Island.  Saw them at a concert Festival at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.  Saw them in 1996, again with Audio Adrenaline, in Columbus Ohio.  Finally, saw the Supernatural tour when it came to Knoxville in early 1999. 


My old friend Lee and I co-deaned a week of Intermediate/Jr High camp at Camp Calvary back in 1996.  We called it “Jesus Freak Week.”  To this day, I’m pretty sure it’s the largest week of camp in Camp Calvary’s history.  It was ridiculous.  To open the chapel service each evening, we would play the Jesus Freak music video over the sound system and project it on a screen and all the kids would mosh around and dance like freaks.  A good way to get them to burn some energy before a message, you know? 


For the last 8 years, I’ve been hoping and praying for a DC Talk reunion.  I don’t know, man, there are mixed messages out there.  Maybe they will, maybe they won’t.  Their solo stuff has all been pretty good, but it hasn’t matched the quality of what they did as a group. 


So, with a lot of hard thinking, tears, sweat, and apologies for the songs that didn’t make the list, I’ve come up with my Top 12 Favorite DC Talk songs of all time.  There are another 4-5 songs that could have easily made this list, but I had to cut it down to 12.  12 is just a good number.  God says so. 


And Toby, Kevin, Michael….if any of you guys happen to be Googling your own names, or the name of DC Talk, and you happen to stumble upon this blog, and read this post, and hear this heartful plea….please, please, please get back together.  Write new stuff.  Let the creativity flow.  With the exception of “Nu Thang”, everything you guys did was money.  Swallow your pride.  Do what’s right.  Millions of fans like me will thank you for it. 


 12.  Heavenbound  (DC Talk)

11.  It’s Killing Me  (Supernatural)

10.  In the Light  (Jesus Freak)

9.  Socially Acceptable  (Free at Last)

8.  Sugarcoat It  (Intermission)

7.  What If I Stumble  (Jesus Freak)

6.  Just Between You & Me  (Jesus Freak)

5.  Like It, Love It, Need It  (Jesus Freak)

4.  Consume Me  (Supernatural)

3.  Jesus Freak  (Jesus Freak)

2.  What Have We Become  (Jesus Freak)

1.  Dive  (Supernatural)


  1. greg says:

    Wow… I think I’ve heard like 3 of these… must have missed the boat. I will point out that “In the Light” is a Charlie Peacock song and I agree that it is awesome and I do like the DC Talk version.

    And I might have rocked out a few times to “Jesus Freak” in the car but don’t expect me to blog about it.

    My only good DC Talk story is that I saw Tait with his new band at Cornerstone Festival the year after DC Talk broke up and they opened with “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine and did a bunch of secular covers (at the end of the show, Kevin Max showed up and they did some DC Talk stuff) and then after the show we saw a festival coordinator just going off on Tait for doing so much secular stuff. It was surreal… he was totally trashing him and was very, very annoyed.

  2. Jason says:

    Well, they’re no Bob Dylan. In fact, they’re like 3 Bob Dylans, all combined into one greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts entity, destined to have created the greatest, most far reaching Christian music in history. Take that, Amy Grant.

  3. Betsy says:

    You should know that Bill was at their show and Kevin held the microphone to his mouth and he actually sang in it. So you could say that one time Bill sang with DC Talk, but that would be stretching the truth a little bit. I could listen to the whole Free at Last album all day long.

  4. Jason says:

    Wow. That makes me want to hug Bill. And Free at Last does rock.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am saddened that only one song from your top twelve list was from Free at Last. That was my favorite album. I can recite all those from memory. I’ll never forget Joy Jam at Cardinal Stadium when we were right up at the stage. That was the best concert I ever went to.

    Kari Jo

  6. Jason says:

    Yeah, kind of saddens me too, sis. Actually, the last two songs that got cut from the list were from Free at Last…”The Hardway” and “Say The Words”. “Time is Tickin” and “Lean On Me” were also on the original short list.

    Joy Jam – I absolutely could not remember the name of that event! I just knew it was in Cardinal Stadium. And I remember that’s where I heard the song “Jesus Freak” for the very first time, they did it live before the album came out. That was an awesome concert.

    But also, I think the list is a testament to the fact they just kept getting better, because Free At Last was an awesome album. But Jesus Freak was an amazing album from the first to the last song. Supernatural, although there are a couple of songs on there I don’t like (Fearless, The Truth), has a few songs that are definitely as good or better than any on Jesus Freak.

  7. Jeph says:

    you’re my friend…but that will not stop me from harassing you for this shameless promotion of DC Talk. you should be embarrassed. i’ll give you enjoying these things in their prime…briefly…but now you’re grown up with a family no less and you STILL brag on DC Talk??? it’s not the same as my mom telling me that music isn’t the same since elvis, cash, and hank sr. that’s classy and respectable…

    you are something entirely shameful and need to repent. 🙂

  8. Jason says:

    Jeph…to quote the great DC Talk song “Walls” from the Nu Thang album…

    Man against man just ain’t the plan
    It’s time for God’s people to take a stand
    I mean brother to brother, black to white
    Stand up to the problem and begin to fight
    Not against each other, you’re wastin’ time
    Yo, I’m referring to a battle of minds
    Not through debate or writin’ on the walls
    This kinda action is delayin’ the cause
    An eye for an eye, fight fire with fire
    It’s our turn to take it one step higher
    Gotta live by example, show brotherly love
    We’re together on Earth, we’ll be together above”


  9. David says:

    Hey I am still the same about DC Talk as well. The three were awesome. I do like some of Toby’s new stuff and even less of Kevin’s and Tate’s. I do wish they would get back together – I mean hey they could still do the Solo stints! I love the song they got together and recorded for 911 – “Let’s Roll” My daughter who is in high school likes dc talk and loves TOBY MAC!

    Also a couple of years ago I won on ebay an actual real not photo-stat copy of their first promo pic promoting HEAVENBOUND and each have signed it. It is so awesome!

    David M

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