March Gladness: Greatest CCM Songs of the 90s Elite Elight

We were so close to seeing a no. 1 seed go down. So close. But Michael W. Smith pulled out the win and we are left with all upper seeds.

Every 1 and 2 seed has avoided all the upsets. Now we are in for some classic matchups in the Elite Eight of March Gladness.

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Now let’s breakdown each region and vote on the Elite Eight. Voting ends Monday night, March 27.


No. 1 seed Michael W. Smith’s Friends Are Friends Forever seems to be the most controversial song in the bracket. Let’s call it the Duke of the tournament (except it didn’t get upset in the second round).

As voting wound down, everything was tied up. But a last minute push, allowed Friends Are Friends Forever to pull out a 35-33, two vote victory.

No. 2 seed The Great Adventure had an easy 45-20 win, which brings us to a Michael W. Smith versus Steven Curtis Chapman contest. Three names, two songs and only one trip to the Final Four.


While it was tight early, top seed The Hairbrush Song pulled out a convincing win, giving Larry the Cucumber the opportunity to be the only non-human in the Final Four.

It will be a tough contest against Chris Rice’s Cartoon Song. The last two wins have been close, but it’s all about surviving and advancing. What if cartoons got saved and won March Gladness?


Two easy wins and it’s the matchup everyone was talking about when the bracket was unveiled: DC Talk versus Jars of Clay, Jesus Freak and Flood. Who makes it out of the Rock Region and into the Final Four?


No. 1 seed Awesome God has been dominated all tournament and that continued in the Sweet Sixteen. Now Rich Mullins’ classic faces off against one of the most popular CCM songs of all time: Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine.

Vote until Monday night, March 27. The 90s CCM Final Four will tip off next Tuesday.

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