My Top Worship Songs for 2017

Picking great songs for your congregation and worship band is one of the most important tasks of a worship leader. Great songs have a sense of God’s Spirit on them. Great worship songs make you want to sing them again and again. Great songs cause your spirit to rise in worship to the Lord.

I recently updated and reduced my 2017 worship list to 30 songs. For me, these songs are the best of the best, although it was hard to narrow it down to just 30. I also put in my preferred keys for strong congregational singing and guitar friendliness. (Using the Rule of D: i.e. the top note is around a D). The first key is for male leaders and the other key (in brackets) is for female leaders (the top note around a Bb-C)

Here is my list in alphabetical order. Let me know what you think. What great worship song am I missing from my list?

  1. 10,000 Reasons (Redman, Myrin) – F (D)
  2. Christ Is Enough (Morgan, Myrin) – A (G)
  3. Cornerstone (Morgan, Myrin, Mote, Liljero) – A (G)
  4. Everlasting God (Brown, Riley) – A (G)
  5. Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) (Johnson, Jobe) – A (G)
  6. Good Good Father (Barrett, A. Brown) – G (E)
  7. Great Are You Lord (Leonard, Ingram, Jordan) – G (D)
  8. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Chisholm, Runyan) – C (Bb)
  9. Here For You (Reeves, Maher, Redman, Wanstall) – Bb (G)
  10. Holy Spirit (Bryan & Katie Torwalt) – A (G)
  11. How Great Thou Art (Stuart Hine) – Bb (Ab)
  12. Jesus Loves Me (Glover, Tomlin, Morgan) – A (G)
  13. Jesus We Love You (McClure, Heiligenthal) – A (E)
  14. Lord I Need You (Nockels, Carson, Reeves, Stanfill, Maher) – G (E)
  15. Mighty To Save (Fielding, Morgan) – A (G)
  16. Nothing Is Impossible (Hunt) – G (E)
  17. O Praise The Name (Anastasis) (Hastings, Ussher, Sampson) – A (G)
  18. One Thing Remains (Johnson, Gifford, Riddle) – A (G)
  19. Open Up The Heavens (Rozier, McDonald, Ingram, Andrews, Garrard) – D
  20. Our God (Tomlin, Reeves, Myrin, Redman) – A (G)
  21. Place Of Freedom (CJ Blount) – E (D)
  22. Praise Him (Crocker, Finochio) – G (E)
  23. Revelation Song (Riddle) – E (D)
  24. The Lion And The Lamb (Brown, Johnson, Mooring) – G (D)
  25. This I Believe (Fielding, Crocker) – G (E)
  26. This Is Amazing Grace (J. Riddle, Faro, Wickham) – G (E)
  27. Unstoppable God (C. Brown, Furtick, Joye) – G (E)
  28. What A Beautiful Name (Fielding, Ligertwood) – E (D)
  29. Whom Shall I Fear (Tomlin, E. Cash, S. Cash) – A (G)
  30. Your Grace Is Enough (Maher) – G (E)

Top Hymns

  1. All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name – F (Eb)
  2. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – E
  3. At The Cross – G (F)
  4. Blessed Assurance – D (C)
  5. Great Is Thy Faithfulness – C
  6. How Great Thou Art – Bb
  7. Holy, Holy, Holy – C-D
  8. I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) – G
  9. I Surrender All – C
  10. It Is Well With My Soul  Bb-C
  11. Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee – Eb-F
  12. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms – F-G
  13. My Jesus I Love Thee – Eb-F
  14. Take My Life And Let It Be – E (D)
  15. The Solid Rock (My Hope) – E-F
  16. Victory In Jesus – G (F)

Contemporary and Modern Hymns

  1. 10,000 Reasons – F (Eb)
  2. Before The Throne Of God Above – D
  3. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – G (E)
  4. In Christ Alone – Eb (D)
  5. Jesus (There’s Something About That Name) – Eb
  6. Shout To The Lord – Bb-C (A-B)
  7. The Blood (Crouch) – G

Bonus 2: My Favorite Communion Songs

  1. At The Cross (Zschech, Morgan) – E (D)
  2. At The Cross (Love Ran Red) (Tomlin,Cash,Myrin,Armstrong,Redman) – E (D)
  3. Nothing But The Blood (Redman) – A (G)
  4. Nothing But The Blood  (Plainfield) – E (F)
  5. O The Blood (Barker) – G
  6. O The Blood (Miller) – G
  7. O Praise The Name (Anastasis) (Hastings, Ussher, Sampson) – A (G)
  8. The Blood Will Never Lose It’ Power  (Crouch) – G-Ab

Bonus 3: My Favorite Altar Songs

  1. O Come To The Altar (Brown, Brock, Furtick, Joye) – G (D)
  2. I Surrender All (Deventer) – C (Bb)
  3. Lord I Give You My Heart (Morgan) – G (E)
  4. Come Just As You Are (Sabolick) – F (D)
  5. Come As You Are (Glover, Crowder, Maher) – A (G)

Here is the link to Spotify and my list of most of these songs.. Top Songs.

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6 Responses to My Top Worship Songs for 2017

  1. George says:

    Any content from Canada? Worship birthed from the hearts of local congregations? Most of these songs are great but some having troubling theological ideas which misguide the church about the nature of our relationship with God. Have you written on the theological discernment of choosing songs? Thanks for this blog. Keep up the good work.

    • Mark Cole says:

      Hi George.. thank for the questions and comments..
      Even though I am a proud Canadian, I really don’t think of just Canadian content. I really try to think in Kingdom terms.. What are the best songs being written in the Kingdom?
      In terms of theology.. I’m not a theologian.. just someone who reads the Bible cover-to-cover every year (for 30+ years now)..

  2. Rob Still says:

    Hey Mark thanks for the list. As far as relatively current stuff, I would add Ever Be (Your Praise Will Ever Be On My Lips) and No Longer Slaves. Also really like Remembrance (Mayer, Redmon) for communion. Btw, I’ve got some articles on theology for choosing songs 🙂

  3. Lewis Moore says:

    Thanks for the list. I made a list last year by passing out a sheet of paper for each member of our congregation. On the paper they listed their favorite 3 songs. We
    have a mixture of hymns and worship songs. I like the hymns that you chose because
    they are powerful and uplifting . We have a blended service of worship songs and hymns. Worship songs bring the congregation into the presence of God while hymns
    prepare the congregation for the message.

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