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Best New Christian Worship Songs

Best New Christian Worship Songs

Of course beauty is in the eye and hears of the beholder; yet, the following are some of the best modern or contemporary worship songs.  I have sought out great worship songs for more than three decades (since 1986).  What makes great music – or more importantly – an excellent worship song?  Elements include the sounds made up of voices, instruments, loudness and pitches; along with harmony, melody, and rhythmic pattern with beats and tempo.  But possibly more important are the words and the spirit of the song.  Does the song exalt the Lord and aid the worshiper in doing likewise?  When an exceptional song is heard in the midst of others, it is recognized for its quality, beauty and special significance.

Worship music should not only give honor and worthy exaltation to Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ, but it should lead us to a posture of worship – to bow before our Holy God and King.  It should lead us into: the highest praise, the most sincere prayers, humbleness and repentance, worthy and glorious proclamations – to worship (adoration, reverence, veneration) ‘Him who sits on the Throne and to the Lamb (Rev. 5:13).’

250+ Great Modern Worship Songs

(*not all years published are verified) last updated: May-July 2017

Note: most youtube view counts from May 2017 have not been updated.

(my Rating is based on a combination of views, song, word content and direction, and spirit; many songs may not have made this list, or received a lesser rating, because they fall more into Praise music.)  Looking for a new 2017 worship song, try Throne Room or You are on my Side by Jesus Culture and Kim Walker-Smith; or Yours (Glory and Praises); Starlight by Bethel Music and There is a Cloud by Elevation Worship.

*For example, many songs have been remade; Vineyard produced I love Your presence (live from a UK conference) in 2000 and it has been remade by Bethel, Jesus Culture and others; likewise, Hillsong and others have also sung Yahweh.  Note, many great songs such as from Vineyard’s Winds of Worship series; by Integrity Music; or by Darlene Zschech (Hillsong) are not included because they precede 2000.   Note, many artists produce under Bethel Music or Jesus Culture, so in most cases they are listed that way.  Forgive me if i left out some of your favorite artists and songs – The Lord God Almighty, El Roi knows all.

SONG ARTIST Year YouTube Views my Rating
Some of the following will refer to the LIVE or newer released versions.
Worship in Heaven Revelation 4:8; 5:9-; etc. eternal 10
Great are You Lord All Sons & Daughters 2013 4.6+ million 8
A little longer Bethel Music 2014 6.3+ million 9
Anchor Bethel Music 2014 2.5+ million 8
Be Enthroned

Extravagant

Bethel Music

Bethel Music

2016

2017

1.6+ million

585,000

8

8

Closer Bethel Music 2012 6.4+ million 8
Ever Be Bethel Music 2015 8.1+ million 8
Have it all Bethel Music 2016 2+ million 8
Heaven Come Bethel Music 2016 1.4+ million 9
Heaven’s Song Bethel Music 2014 110,000+ 9
Hope’s Anthem Bethel Music 2011 400,000+ 8
I love Your presence Bethel Music 2009 1.7+ million 8
I see Heaven Bethel Music 2014 1.2+ million 8
It is Well Bethel Music 2014 20+ million 8
Joy of the Lord Bethel Music 2014 2.9+ million 7
Mercy Bethel Music 2015 1.2+ million 7
No longer slaves Bethel Music 2015 21+ million 7
Pieces Bethel Music 2016 1.3+ million 7
There’s no other Name

Shepherd

Bethel Music

Bethel Music

2017

2014

240,000

2+ million

7

7

Spirit Move

Starlight

Bethel Music

Bethel Music

2016

2017

1.8+ million

700,000+ (new)

6

8

We Dance Bethel Music 2014 4+ million 7
Wonder Bethel Music 2014 2.8+ million 8
You are my One Thing Bethel Music 2015 2.5+ million 7
You make me brave Bethel Music 2014 13.7+ million 7
Christ in me Jeremy Camp 2016 3.7+ million 8
Give me Jesus Jeremy Camp 2007 1.2+ million 8
He knows Jeremy Camp 2014 4.5+ million 7
I still believe Jeremy Camp 2009 1.5+ million 8
Same Power Jeremy Camp 2015 3.6+ million 7
There will be a day Jeremy Camp 2015 1+ million 8
When You are near Jeremy Camp 2007 150,000+ 8
At Your feet Casting Crowns 2009 1.3+ million 8
Blessed Redeemer Casting Crowns 2009 320,000+ 8
Praise You in this Storm Casting Crowns 2009 5.4+ million 9
Who am i Casting Crowns 2010 52+ million 8
Be our Strength Citipointe Live 2016 2,000+ 7
Captivated Citipointe Live 2010 133,000+ 7
Commission my Soul Citipointe Live 2010 490,000+ 7
Desperate for Your Heart Citipointe Live 2010 32,000+ 6
Devoted Citipointe Live 2008 250,000+ 8
Dominion Citipointe Live 2011 700,000+ 8
El Shaddai Citipointe Live 2013 264,000+ 8
Heart Open Wide Citipointe Live 2011 146,000+ 7
Higher + Wider + Deeper Citipointe Live 2011 1.2+ million 9
I bow Citipointe Live 2016 34,000+ 7
In the Highest Citipointe Live 2011 420,000+ 9
Surrender Citipointe Live 2013 200,000+ 8
You are my Freedom Citipointe Live 2012 490,000+ 8
You Reign Citipointe Live 2010 100,000+ 7
Manifesto

My Jesus, I Love Thee

The City Harmonic

The City Harmonic

2010

2013

3.3 million

< 5,000

7

7

For Your Glory

Fill Me Up

Tasha Cobbs

Tasha Cobbs

2014

2014

15.5+ million

16+ million

8

8

Let the Church say Amen Andrae Crouch 2012 12.4+ million 7
Alleluia Sing David Crowder Band 2009 280,000+ 7
Eastern Hymn David Crowder Band 2009 100,000+ 8
God Almighty… David Crowder Band 2009 100,000+ 7
How He Loves David Crowder Band 2009 9.4+ million 8
O Come Emmanuel David Crowder Band 2011 100,000+ 9
O Praise Him David Crowder Band 2006 3+ million 9
Only You David Crowder Band 2008 800,000+ 9
First

How can it be

Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle

2015

2014

16+ million

24+ million

8

7

I am Yours Lauren Daigle 2015 7.2+ million 7
Trust in You Lauren Daigle 2015 25+ million 8
O’Lord Lauren Daigle 2014 5.1+ million 7
Once and for All Lauren Daigle 2014 4.4+ million 8
Cornerstone Day of Fire 2006 348,000+ 8
Break Open Desperation Band 2014 60,000+ 7
Make a way Desperation Band 2014 237,000+ 8
With all my heart Desperation Band 2014 52,000+ 8
The Earth waits Eden’s Bridge 2007 1,000+ 8
Always on His mind Misty Edwards 2012 50,000+ 9
Baptize my Heart Misty Edwards 2012 100,000+ 7
Garden Misty Edwards 2014 45,000+ 9
Let me love You more Misty Edwards 2010 65,000+ 8
Light of Your Face Misty Edwards 2014 10,000+ 8
Call Upon the Lord Elevation Worship 2016 1.6+ million 8
Come to the Altar

Do it again

Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship

2016

2017

5.6+ million

500,000+

8

8

First and Only Elevation Worship 2016 76,000+ 8
Give my life to You Elevation Worship 2011 2.6+ million 8
Grace Like a Wave Elevation Worship 2016 1.5+ million 7
Here as in Heaven Elevation Worship 2016 5.6+ million 9
Jesus I Come Elevation Worship 2014 4+ million 8
Resurrecting

There is a Cloud

Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship

2016

2017

4.9+ million

1.6+ million

7

9

Unstoppable God Elevation Worship 2014 2.8+ million 7
Yahweh Elevation Worship 2016 2.4+ million 8
Yours (Glory and Praises)

Your Promises

Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship

2017

2015

50,000+

1+ million

9

8

A long way Josh Garrels 2015 264,000+ 9
White Owl Josh Garrels 2011 540,000+ 6
Hear O Israel Kristyn Getty 2014 5,000+ 9
Holy

Worship Rise

Holy Spirit / Just Want You

Matt Gilman

Travis Greene

Travis Greene

2012

2017

2016

150,000+

40,000

1 million

9

8

8

At the Cross Hillsong 2008 36+ million 8
Behold Hillsong Worship 2016 2.5+ million 8
Broken Vessels Hillsong Worship 2014 20+ million 8
Cornerstone Hillsong 2012 19.9+ million 7
Emanuel Hillsong 2005 2.4+ million 9
Even when it hurts Hillsong United 2015 9.8+ million 7
From the Inside Out Hillsong 2007 19.5+ million 8
Heart like Heaven Hillsong Worship 2016 4+ million 8
Here with You Hillsong Worship 2016 318,000+ 8
Highest Hillsong 2003 200,000+ 8
Hosanna Hillsong 2010 15+ million 8
I Surrender

In God we Trust

Hillsong Live

Hillsong Worship

2012

2016

96+ million

1 million

9

7

Jesus I need You Hillsong Worship 2016 3.9+ million 7
Lead Me to the Cross Hillsong 2008 25+ million 9
Like an Avalanche Hillsong 2012 3+ million 8
Mighty to Save Hillsong 2006 30+ million 7
No other Name Hillsong Worship 2014 9+ million 8
Oceans Hillsong 2013 26+ million 9
Open Heaven Hillsong 2015 3.1+ million 9
Stay and Wait Hillsong 2013 10+ million 7
Still Hillsong United 2003 44+ million 7
The Stand Hillsong 2010 15.7+ million 7
This I believe Hillsong 2014 12.5+ million 8
Touch the Sky Hillsong United 2015 22+ million 7
Transfiguration Hillsong 2015 4.3+ million 9
What a beautiful Name Hillsong Worship 2016 19+ million 9
Wonderful God Hillsong Worship 2005 600,000+ 9
Yahweh Hillsong 2009 800,000+ 7
Embers Hillsong Young & Free 2013 1.3+ million 8
Face to Face Hillsong Young & Free 2015 1.1+ million 8
Gracious Tempest Hillsong Young & Free 2014 12.3+ million 8
Come to the River Housefires II 2014 4.7+ million 7
Good Good Father Housefires II 2014 12.7+ million 7
This Love Housefires II 2014 5.2+ million 8
Alpha & Omega Israel & New Breed 2005 11+ million 8
I Exalt Thee Israel & New Breed 2010 300,000+ 8
If not for Your grace Israel & New Breed 2007 600,000+ 7
Jesus at the Center Israel & New Breed 2011 480,000+ 8
Magnificent and Holy Israel & New Breed 2009 300,000+ 8
To worship You I live Israel & New Breed 2010 6.2+ million 9
Your Presence is Heaven Israel & New Breed 2012 3+ million 8
Shelter Jars of Clay 2010 144,000+ 6
Worlds Apart (live) Jars of Clay 2007 500,000+ 9
All consuming Fire Jesus Culture 2009 1.5+ million 8
All I need is You Jesus Culture 2011 14.7 million 8
Break every Chain Jesus Culture 2012 27+ million 8
Burning Ones Jesus Culture 2010 125,000+ 8
Everything and Nothing Else

Fill me up

God with us

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture (Torwalt)

2016

2012

2016

350,000+

2.5+ million

1.2 million

9

9

8

Holy Jesus Culture 2009 8.8+ million 9
I Love Your presence

In Your presence

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

2011

2016

2.2+ million

600,000+

8

9

Let it Rain

Love has a Name

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture (Kim W-Smith)

2011

2017

2+ million

116,000+

7

8

Mighty Breath of God

Miracles

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

2010

2015

200,000+

700,000+

8

8

My Soul longs for You Jesus Culture 2006 6.8+ million 6
Oh how i Love YOU

One Thing Remains

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

2013

2011

200,000+

27+ million

8

7

Pursuit Jesus Culture 2013 113,000+ 8
Rooftops Jesus Culture 2011 21+ million 7
Set a Fire

Set me Ablaze

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

2012

2015

16.7+ million

1 million+

7

9

The Anthem

Throne Room

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

2011

2017

868,000+

300,000+ 1st month

7

9

Unstoppable Love Jesus Culture 2014 500,000+ 9
Where You go I go Jesus Culture 2009 7+ million 8
You are on my side

Your Name is Glorious

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

2017

2014

140,000+

1.2+ million

8

9

Forever Kari Jobe/Bethel 2014 30+ million 9
I am not Alone Kari Jobe 2014 18.8+ million 7
Revelation Song Kari J(Gateway Worship) 2012 9+ million 9
Worship the Great I Am Kari J(Gateway Worship) 2012 1+ million 9
Lion and the Lamb

Everything

Leeland / Bethel

Lifehouse

2016

2006

1.8+ million

34.5+ million

7

8

Immanuel

I’m Yours

Loud Harp

Loud Harp

2017

2014

48,000+

40,000+

7

7

Steadfast Love Loud Harp 2014 28,000+ 7
Because He lives Matt Maher 2014 9.1+ million 7
Holy, Holy, Holy Donnie McClurkin 2011 3.3+ million 9
The Great I Am New Life Worship 2011 4.4+ million 7
Forever Reign One Sonic Society 2012 500,000+ 8
Great are You Lord One Sonic Society 2015 350,000+ 9
Even so Come Passion 2015 3.8+ million 8
Here’s My Heart Passion (David Crowder) 2013 1.3+ million 8
How Great is our God Passion (World Edition) 2012 16+ million 8
My Heart is Yours Passion 2014 4+ million 9
Salvation’s Tide Passion Band 2015 143,000+ 7
Waiting here for You Passion 2011 2.8+ million 7
Whom shall I fear Passion 2012 48+ million 7
Great I Am Phillips, Craig & Dean 2012 2.1+ million 7
God is able Planetshakers 2011 1.3+ million 8
Like a Fire Planetshakers 2010 5+ million 8
The Anthem Planetshakers 2010 6.4+ million 9
You / Holy Planetshakers 2014 500,000+ 7
Lilly of the Valley David Ruis 2000 1,000+ 8
Agnus Dei Michael Smith 2007 15+ million 9
Holy Rita Springer 2000 100,000+ 9
Matt Redman Ten Thousand Reasons 2011 63+ million 8
Greatest The Assemblie 2013 1,000+ 8
Beckon The Church Vessel 2016 2,500+ 8
Draw Near The Church Vessel 2016 1,700+ 7
O Come… Emmanuel

Jesus

The Piano Guys

Chris Tomlin

2012

2016

15.6+ million

3.5+ million

8

7

Glorious Torwalt / Jesus Culture 2015 500,000+ 8
Flood the Earth

He is the Light

Bryan and Katie Torwalt

Bryan and Katie Torwalt

2017

2015

13,000+

45,000+

8

7

High Above Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2016 160,000+ 9
I’m a Lover of Your Pr… Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2015 700,000+ 8
I breath You in, God Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2015 160,000+ 8
Let there be Light Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2016 440,000+ 9
Set me Ablaze Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2016 21,000+ 9
Spirit of the Living God Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2013 150,000+ 9
Weight of Glory Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2015 30,000+ 8
When You walk into… Torwalt / Jesus Culture 2013 2.1+ million 8
Worthy King Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2013 23,000+ 9
You Never Let Go Bryan and Katie Torwalt 2016 50,000+ 9
Endless Years United Pursuit Band 2012 200,000+ 7
Hidden United Pursuit Band 2015 5.3+ million 8
Pilgrim Days United Pursuit Band 2012 230,000+ 9
Set a Fire United Pursuit Band 2014 650,000+ 9
Since Your Love United Pursuit Band 2015 8+ million 8
Sweetest Name United Pursuit Band 2012 170,000+ 7
In Your Presence Jason Upton 2009 1.5+ million 8
Healing Jason Upton 2005 10,000+ 8
I will wait Jason Upton 2006 1.6+ million 8
Come Holy Spirit

Exalted over all

Vertical Church Band

Vertical Church Band

2016

2016

115,000+

170,000+

9

9

Frontiers Vertical Church Band 2016 110,000+ 8
Lamb of God

Not for a moment

Vertical Church Band

Vertical Church Band

2015

2012

600,000+

450,000+

8

7

Spirit of the Living God

The Rock won’t move

Vertical Church Band

Vertical Church Band

2015

2013

1.5+ million

1+ million

9

9

Could I Vineyard 2001 70,000+ 8
Dwell Vineyard (Casey Corum) 2003 70,000+ 9
He is Yahweh Vineyard (Cory Asbury) 2015 280,000+ 8
I love Your presence Vineyard 2000 3,000+ 6
Kindness Vineyard 2016 100+ 7
Surrender Vineyard 2000 280,000 7
Grateful Hezekiah Walker 2009 18.6+ million 8
This is amazing grace Phil Wickham 2013 26+ million 8
I will always love You Phil Wickham 2009 50,000+ 8
Heaven Song Phil Wickham 2009 43,000+ 7
Holy, Holy, Holy Paul Wilbur 2007 1.5+ million 9
Let the weight of Your… Paul Wilbur 2007 2+ million 9
Shema Paul Wilbur 2007 300,000+ 8
Praise Adonai Paul Wilbur 2007 3.3+ million 9
Worthy Paul Wilbur 2008 1+ million 9
Your name is Holy

All That Matters

Paul Wilbur

Worship Central

2007

2017

1.5+ million

< 1,000

9

7

Come Holy One Young Oceans 2012 87,000+ 7
Great is our God Young Oceans 2014 164,000+ 7
I must find You Young Oceans 2014 33,000+ 8
I will be still

Into the Light

Young Oceans

Young Oceans

2012

2014

46,000+

11,000+

7

7

Lead me Young Oceans 2014 39,000+ 7
My all in Thee Young Oceans 2014 32,000+ 6
Only You Young Oceans 2014 75,000+ 7
The Gates Young Oceans 2012 56,000+ 7
Vidi Aquam Young Oceans 2014 21,000+ 8
a few before 2000
You are my Portion Darrell Evans 1998 32,000+ 8
Your Love is Extravagant Darrell Evans 1998 30,000+ 8
Hungry Vineyard 1999 45,000+ 7
Theres no onelikeour God Vineyard (Hungry) 1999 13,000+ 7
Find Rest Vineyard (David Ruis) 1996 1000+ 8
Take me Home Vineyard (David Ruis) 1996 13,000+ 8
Whom have I but You Vineyard (David Ruis) 1996 34,000+ 9
So you want to dance and praise: here’s some
Oh Sing

Alive

Elevation Worship

Hillsong Young & Free

2017

2013

10,000+ (1st week)

27+ million

8

8

Real Love Hillsong Young & Free 2015 10+ million 8
This is Living Hillsong Young & Free 2015 15+ million 8
Wake Hillsong Young & Free 2013 15+ million 8
Dance Jesus Culture 2011 700,000+ 8
Mighty Fortress Jesus Culture 2013 100,000+ 8
God’s Great Dance Floor Passion / Chris Tomlin 2013 10+ million 8
Dance Planetshakers 2014 5.5+ million 8
Endless Praise Planetshakers 2014 9+ million 8
Nothing is Impossible Planetshakers 2011 9.5+ million 8
Turn it up Planetshakers 2014 6.9+ million 8

 

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