220px-heart_in_motionAmy Grant – “Baby Baby” – (1991)

Amy Grant’s career has mostly been spent in the Christian music realm but in the early 1990s she released a pop-tinged album, and this (the first single) went to #1 on the Hot 100. And because it was 1991, it naturally knocked Wilson Phillips out of the top spot. Oh, and this song is catchy as hell.

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220px-Home_For_Christmas_-_Amy_GrantAmy Grant feat. The Children’s Choir & The London Studio Orchestras – “The Night Before Christmas” – (1992)

This song, written by Carly Simon, isn’t exactly one you hear on the radio but it’s one I’ve heard a thousand times. The choirs in the background add a nice effect – even though it’s all kids… whose parents probably spent any royalties that came their way. Yay, exploit children for Christmas.

Amy Grant – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – (1992)

This song, originally recorded by Judy Garland for Meet Me in St. Louis, has been covered by numerous artists, some quite successfully. It’s a Christmas standard and Amy Grant’s version from her hugely-selling Christmas album is pretty well done.

Peter Cetera & Amy Grant – “The Next Time I Fall” – (1986)

This was a #1 hit for Peter Cetera and Amy Grant and it comes off of Peter Cetera’s most successful solo album. This was Amy Grant’s first hit in mainstream music and the song that marked her shift away from Christian music. I like Peter Cetera’s voice and the weird twang or whatever it is that he has when he sings. Whenever I hear Amy Grant’s voice, I can only think of Christmas music. This is solid 80s.

Amy Grant – “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” – (1992)

Amy Grant, whose career began in Christian music eventually found herself atop the Adult Contemporary scene in the early-1990s. In 1992, she released this Christmas album, Home for Christmas. Strangely, this song was actually a #1 hit on the very popular Christian Radio-Adult Contemporary chart. It’s an original, written by Grant and songwriter Chris Eaton. This album was massively successful, selling over 2.5 million copies as of December 2012. Oh, and yes, I completely realize how strange it is to follow a Godsmack song with a Christian Christmas hit from Amy Grant. But we’re into Christmas music season at least through Christmas.