Up From The Grave is a great song to prayerfully consider adding to your Easter Sunday Setlist this year! It comes from the Jesus EP released in 2012 by Gary Durbin. [Read more...]
A common question we receive here at The Worship Community and a very highly searched term in general is: What are the top upbeat praise and worship songs? It seems there are times when we just struggle to find that perfect “top of the setlist” opener that will not only break the ice but also sincerely call people to worship effectively. If you’re like me sometimes it can be a struggle to find those songs.
Well, we scoured the the top 25 lists from October 2011 through Sept 2012 and came up with this list of upbeat songs. We’ve included songs that could also be considered “moderate tempo” because with enough energy and the proper arrangement they will work just as well.
Keep in mind these are songs that are reported through CCLI and might not include the newest, greatest, “hot” worship songs out today, but is a list of what churches from all over are reporting as being used regularly.
We know this list goes back to a year and a half ago, but if you’ve not introduced these songs to your congregation yet, they are great options and have proven well, as reflected by their rankings in the CCLI charts. These include new songs and older songs as well.
Included is the name of the song (linked to the ccli song page which includes lyrics, lead sheets, chord sheets, audio, vocal sheets, and copyright info); the author(s); and the ccli number (also linked to ccli song page).
Top Upbeat Worship Songs of 2012:
- Our God (Redman, Tomlin, Myrin, Reeves) – ccli# 5677416
- Everlasting God (Brown, Riley) – ccli# 4556538
- Your Grace Is Enough (Maher) – ccli# 4477026
- Happy Day (Cantelon, Hughes) – ccli# 4847027
- Forever (Tomlin) – ccli# 3148428
- Open The Eyes of My Heart (Baloche) – ccli# 2298355
- Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) (Baloche, Brown) – ccli# 4662491
- Glory To God Forever (Fee, Beeching) – ccli# 5384338
Notable Songs in the Top 100 SongSelect & Top 100 CCLI charts (as of February 2013):
- You Are Good (Johnson, Riddle) – ccli# 5191806
- Here For You (Reeves, Maher, Redman, Wanstall) – ccli# 5925649
- My Savior Lives (Packiam) – ccli# 4882965
- Sing Sing Sing (Tomlin, Carson, Reeves, Gilder, Nunn) – ccli# 5114065
- Like A Lion (Bashta) – ccli# 5675274
- Marvelous Light (Hall) – ccli# 4491002
- I Am Free (Egan) – ccli# 4220974
- Friend of God (Houghton, Gungor) – ccli# 3991651
- Sing To The King (Foote, Horne) – ccli# 4010902
- Christ Is Risen (Maher, Fieldes) – ccli# 5242683
- I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever (Martin Smith) – ccli# 1043199
- You Are Good (Houghton) – ccli# 3383788
- My Redeemer Lives (Morgan) – ccli# 2397964
- Beautiful One (Hughes) – ccli# 3915912
Notable NEW songs that aren’t yet listed in the top 100:
After a two-year wait for the next original UNITED project, the band has announced the February 26, 2013 release of Zion, which will be the 12th full-length album and third studio recording from the band. This new studio album follows the highly impactful 2011 release Aftermath, which topped the charts internationally and was their highest selling album to date.
On first listen, one might be taken back by the almost retro, throwback sound of the first song Relentless – it sounds like a 1908s pop song. The whole project is noticeably different than past projects but still retains that familiar energy that we’ve grown to love and expect from UNITED. [Read more...]
It may seem strange that something that comes as naturally to most people as singing requires tutoring. People often make excuses, or don’t have all the facts in front of them to make a decision as to whether or not to embark on a series of classes. Here I have answered some of the questions that people ask when considering vocal coaching.
If you’ve thought about taking lessons, you probably fall into one of three categories. [Read more...]
Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, February 24, 2012
Welcome to the 240th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!”
Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend?
What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs?
Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists!
Tree Hill Collective, the worship project started by Mark Snyder and Jeff McCullough in 2012, enters an exciting new chapter in ministry with its forthcoming full-length CD release, Shelter In the Wind, featuring Phoenix based artist Mia Koehne. This album combines some familiar standards such as Blessed Be Your Name with some brand new tracks written in the biblically-rich Tree Hill Collective style featured on its earlier EP release.
Time for some interaction! When it comes to transitions between songs in your Sunday Setlists, do prefer to bring each song to a hard close with a second or two of silence between each? Or do you prefer to have some instrument continue to “pad” the space between the songs? [Read more...]
Elevation Worship just released their album “Nothing is Wasted.” This is a two disc set and shows a different concept than previous work. The first disc is a live edition recorded right there in the sanctuary with the congregation worshiping, and singing along. The second disc is a studio album, with the exact same songs, but recorded in the studio with more of the production and radio feel.
This has long been a debate in music, which is better, live music or studio recordings. Each have their merits and this album lets you decide for yourself which is the better concept. For the purposes of the review I will focus on the live album, and highlight some of the standouts from the album. [Read more...]
Elevation Worship is releasing a new album “Nothing Is Wasted” today, February 19, 2013. It is a double album and includes 12 brand new congregational worship songs recorded live, as well as studio versions of the same songs with a completely new expression, instrumentation, and arrangement. This project also Includes a new recorded version of “Give Me Faith” as a bonus track. [Read more...]
Jon & Shea Althoff offer this new EP from Bridge Music (released 1.29.13).
From their website:
“Connecting the truth of God’s Word to the hearts of His people through song. We believe songs can act like a bridge to accomplish that. There is something very special about the people of God gathered to sing back to God their response of gratefulness to His grace and love. Our desire is to write songs that are filled with the truth of scripture. Colossians 3:16 tells us to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” It is our desire that these songs would help that to happen.” [Read more...]