March Gladness: Greatest CCM Songs of the 90s Sweet 16

Unlike March Madness, the high seeds in March Gladness avoided the potential upsets.

A few lower seeded songs managed to win, but the top two seeds in every region all won —some closer than others, but it’s all about “survive and advance.”

Here’s how the bracket looks now in Sweet 16.

March Gladness Sweet 16

Now let’s breakdown each region and vote on the next round. Voting ends Friday night, March 24.


No. 1 seed Michael W. Smith’s Friends Are Friends Forever won its opening round game 59-26. Now it moves on to face Testify to Love, a 52-25 winner.

Point of Grace’s Keep the Candle Burning advances with 53-27 victory and now faces no. 2 seed The Great Adventure, which had the largest victory in the Pop Region: 62-20.


It’s two matchups of VeggieTale and non-VeggieTale silly songs. Top seed The Hairbrush Song had a convincing 64-17 win. It faces Newsboys’ Breakfast, which had a surprisingly comfortable 51-24 opening round win.

Mr. Lunt’s His Cheeseburger crushed Audio Adrenaline 65-14, but now it squares off against Chris Rice’s Cartoon Song, which sneak by with a 43-36 win.


The ska songs lasted about as long in the bracket as ska did as a “thing” in the 90s. DC Talk’s Jesus Freak cruised to an easy 78-5 victory and now faces Shine from Newsboys. No matter which song wins, Tait wins.

Audio Adrenaline’s Get Down. pulled off the biggest upset, taking out the 3 seed with a convincing 55-21 win. But now it faces Jars of Clay juggernaut Flood, which won 66-13.


This was definitely the most competitive region, except for no. 1 seed Awesome God. It won 64-18 and now sees Shout to the Lord, which won 44-36.

In a back-and-forth battle, Agnus Dei pulled out a 42-37 win. Now it sees no. 2 seed Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine, which led the whole time, but had to hold on for similar 42-37 victory.

Voting lasts until Friday, March 24, so share and let your friends know.

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