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The Second Decade (1993 -2003) (2003)

Updated: Oct 8, 2023


The Second Decade (1993 - 2003) is the second compilation album by Christian singer -songwriter Michael W. Smith, released on October 7, 2003 by Reunion Records.


This is Smith's second greatest hits compilation album, picking up where his first greatest hits compilation, The First Decade (1983-1993), left off. The Second Decade contains two new songs: "Signs" and "Raging Sea" and an 2003 recording of Smith's signature song "Friends" featuring Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Avalon, Point of Grace, Michael Tait of DC Talk, Mac Powell of Third Day and Joy Williams taken from the 2003 various artists compilation album Dove Awards 2003. A Limited Edition version of the album was also released, which included The Second Decade DVD. This disc contained the following music videos: "Live the Life," "Love Me Good," "There She Stands" and "Secret Ambition." The DVD extras include a discography and a look back at Smith's 20 years in two chapters: "The Second Decade...A Look Back" and "20 Years of Changing Your World."


The Second Decade topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 38 on the Top 200 Albums chart.


Track listing

1. Signs (Michael W. Smith, Wes King, Ryan Smith) (new recording) -4:37

2. Missing Person (radio edit) (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Live the Life) -5:08

3. Cry for Love (Michael W. Smith, Brent Bourgeois) (from I'll Lead You Home) -5:11

4. This Is Your Time (Michael W. Smith, Wes King) (from This Is Your Time) -4:29

5. Live the Life (Michael W. Smith Brent Bourgeois) (from Live the Life) -4:40

6. Never Been Unloved (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Live the Life) -4:43

7. Love Me Good (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Live the Life) -4:41

8. Breakdown (RrrrB Remix) (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from I'll Lead You Home) -5:27

9. Straight to the Heart (Michael W. Smith, Brent Bourgeois) (from I'll Lead You Home) -2:47

10. I'll Lead You Home (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from I'll Lead You Home) -5:21

11. Above All (live recording) (Paul Baloche, Lenny LeBlanc) (from Worship) -4:34

12. You are Holy (Prince of Peace) (Marc Imboden, Tammi Rhoton) (from Worship Again) -5:21

13. Friends 2003 (featuring Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Avalon, Point of Grace, Michael Tait, Mac Powell and Joy Williams) (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) (from Dove Awards 2003) -4:57

14. Freedom (instrumental) (Michael W. Smith) (from Freedom) -3:39

15. Raging Sea (Michael W. Smith, Paul Baloche) (new recording) -3:16


Production credits


Michael W. Smith -producer (tracks 1, 2, 4-7, 11, 12, 14 and 15)

Mark Heimermann -producer (tracks 2, 5, 6 and 7)

Patrick Leonard -producer (tracks 3, 8, 9 and 10)

Bryan Lenox -producer (tracks 4 and 14)

Tom Laune -producer (track 11)

Brown Bannister -producer (track 13)


Radio singles

2003 "Friends 2003" -#39 Billboard Christian Songs, #39 Billboard Christian Airplay, #33 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

2003 "Signs" -#12 Billboard Christian Songs, #12 Billboard Christian Airplay,

#15 Billboard Christian AC Airplay


Previous release: Worship Again (2002)

Next release: Healing Rain (2004)


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