Best Praise and Worship Songs

As most people know, music is an integral part of any church service. The tradition of using music in worship isn’t a new concept. In fact, Christians are commanded to use music. In the book of Psalm, there is a command to “Sing to Him a new song.” However, the type of music used has changed over time.

Development of Christian Worship Songs

In the early years of the church, the music consisted of liturgical songs but then transitioned to hymns. These were songs that could be sung by the entire congregation and had a more expressive style.

The praise and worship songs began to appear in the 1970s when there was a revitalization of Christianity among young people. It was during this time that teenagers and young adults wanted a style of music that was easier to sing and more expressive in nature.

During this time, artists began writing short easy-to-sing gospel worship songs. What made this style of music so appealing to people at the time was its view of the Christian relationship with God. Instead of the more formal style, these songs expressed a relationship with God that was both honest and intimate. Christian worship songs that focused on the joys and struggles that people were experiencing became popular and with good reason.

Easily Accessible Music

Another reason why praise and worship saw huge growth in the early years is that it was an easy style to sing. Most of the praise and worship songs have a short-range that is not difficult for the average singer to reach. It’s not music for a well-trained choir to master but rather music that is designed for the average person. Both the simplicity and honesty of Christian worship songs were appealing and for good reason.

Developing Styles of Music

Although this music has been around for approximately 50 years, it also hasn’t remained static. There have been movements within the praise and worship genre. One of the more common themes today is engaging with the senses to experience God. For example, many gospel songs today mention touching, hearing and seeing. This movement expresses the personal style of worship that people desire.

Another recent change in style is Christian artists who take old hymns and provide a fresh arrangement. Instead of singing the hymn with an organ, these songs have a new life and it’s likely that this will continue in the future. Some of these songs have outdated tunes or the traditional melody is not as appealing to modern-day worship.

The future of worship music can only be speculated but it’s easy to see that this style of music is here to stay. While it originally developed with an emphasis on youth, today these songs can be heard in churches and are enjoyed by people of all ages. As Christians long for an experience with God that is personal, their worship style reflects that desire as well. This is one of the primary reasons why praise and worship songs were developed and why they remain a powerful force in Christian music.

Worship Songs Downloads

Reckless Love

Reckless Love

Bethel Music, Cory Asbury (Reckless Love)


Living Hope

Living Hope

Phil Wickham (Living Hope)


You Say

You Say

Lauren Daigle (Look Up Child)


Here Comes Heaven

Here Comes Heaven

Elevation Worship (Hallelujah Here Below)


Joy To the World (Joyful Joyful)

Joy To the World (Joyful Joyful)

Shane & Shane, Phil Wickham (A Worship Initiative Christmas Volume 2)


What A Beautiful Name / Agnus Dei (Medley)

What A Beautiful Name / Agnus Dei (Medley)

Travis Cottrell (The Reason)


Glorious Day

Glorious Day

Passion, Kristian Stanfill (Worthy Of Your Name)


God You're So Good

God You’re So Good

Passion, Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone (Whole Heart)


Hope For Everyone

Hope For Everyone

Matt Maher (The Advent Of Christmas)


O Come To The Altar

O Come To The Altar

Elevation Worship (Here As In Heaven)


So Will I (100 Billion X)

So Will I (100 Billion X)

Hillsong United (Wonder)


Tremble

Tremble

Mosaic MSC (Glory & Wonder)


What A Beautiful Name (Live)

What A Beautiful Name (Live)

Hillsong Worship (Let There Be Light)


Emmanuel

Emmanuel

Hannah Kerr (Christmas Eve In Bethlehem)


King Of My Heart

King Of My Heart

Bethel Music (Starlight)


The Way (New Horizon)

The Way (New Horizon)

Pat Barrett (Pat Barrett)


All My Hope

All My Hope

David Crowder (American Prodigal)


Do It Again

Do It Again

Elevation Worship (There Is A Cloud)


Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End)

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End)

One Sonic Society, Michael Weaver (Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End)


Here Again

Here Again

Elevation Worship (Hallelujah Here Below)


This Is Amazing Grace

This Is Amazing Grace

Phil Wickham (The Ascension)


Won't Stop Now

Won’t Stop Now

Elevation Worship (Hallelujah Here Below)


Death Was Arrested

Death Was Arrested

North Point InsideOut (Death Was Arrested)


Surrounded (Fight My Battles)

Surrounded (Fight My Battles)

Michael W. Smith (Surrounded)


What A Friend

What A Friend

Matt Maher (Echoes)


O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Matt Maher (The Advent Of Christmas)


Noel

Noel

Lauren Daigle (Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship)


Yes I Will

Yes I Will

Vertical Worship (Bright Faith Bold Future)


Resurrecting (Live)

Resurrecting (Live)

Elevation Worship (Here As In Heaven)


Great Are You Lord

Great Are You Lord

All Sons & Daughters (All Sons & Daughters Live)


Resurrection Power

Resurrection Power

Chris Tomlin (Holy Roar)


O Praise The Name (Anastasis)

O Praise The Name (Anastasis)

Hillsong Worship (Open Heaven / River Wild)


New Wine

New Wine

Hillsong Worship (There Is More)


No Longer Slaves

No Longer Slaves

Bethel Music (We Will Not Be Shaken)


Lion And The Lamb

Lion And The Lamb

Bethel Music, Leeland (Have It All)


Living Hope

Living Hope

Bethel Music, Bethany Wohrle (Living Hope)


Good Good Father

Good Good Father

Chris Tomlin (Never Lose Sight)


10000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

10000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Matt Redman, Passion (10000 Reasons)


Do It Again

Do It Again

Elevation Worship (Speak Revival)


In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone

Kristian Stanfill, Passion (Let The Future Begin)


So Will I (100 Billion X) (Live)

So Will I (100 Billion X) (Live)

Hillsong Worship (There Is More)


Great Things

Great Things

Phil Wickham (Living Hope)


Cornerstone

Cornerstone

Hillsong Worship (Cornerstone)


Christmas Eve In Bethlehem

Christmas Eve In Bethlehem

Hannah Kerr (Christmas Eve In Bethlehem)


My Feet Are On The Rock

My Feet Are On The Rock

I Am They (Trial & Triumph)


Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)

Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)

Chris Tomlin (Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship)


Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Chris Tomlin (See The Morning)


It Is Well

It Is Well

Kristene DiMarco, Bethel Music (You Make Me Brave – Live At The Civic)


Come To The Table

Come To The Table

Sidewalk Prophets (Something Different)


Jesus Paid It All

Jesus Paid It All

Kristian Stanfill, Passion (Passion: Everything Glorious)


Lord I Need You

Lord I Need You

Matt Maher (All The People Said Amen)


Stand In Your Love (Radio Version)

Stand In Your Love (Radio Version)

Bethel Music, Josh Baldwin (Stand In Your Love)


Only King Forever

Only King Forever

Elevation Worship (Only King Forever)


This I Believe (The Creed)

This I Believe (The Creed)

Hillsong Worship (No Other Name)


Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)

Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)

People & Songs, Joshua Sherman (Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)


Reckless Love

Reckless Love

Passion, Melodie Malone (Whole Heart)


Mighty Cross

Mighty Cross

Elevation Worship (There Is A Cloud)


Messiah

Messiah

Francesca Battistelli (Greatest Hits: The First 10 Years)


Fear Is A Liar

Fear Is A Liar

Zach Williams (Chain Breaker)


One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)

One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)

Matt Redman (Glory Song)


Forever

Forever

Kari Jobe (Majestic)


What Mercy Did For Me

What Mercy Did For Me

People & Songs, Crystal Yates, Micah Tyler, Joshua Sherman (The Emerging Sound Vol 3)


Chain Breaker

Chain Breaker

Zach Williams (Chain Breaker)


Old Church Choir

Old Church Choir

Zach Williams (Chain Breaker)


Rescuer (Good News)

Rescuer (Good News)

Rend Collective Experiment (Good News)


Angels We Have Heard On High

Angels We Have Heard On High

Chris Tomlin (Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship)


Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Live)

Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Live)

Jeremy Riddle (Joy To The World Live)


Freedom

Freedom

Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith (Living With A Fire)


How Great Is Our God

How Great Is Our God

Chris Tomlin (Arriving)


Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Hillsong United (Zion)


Your Love Awakens Me

Your Love Awakens Me

Phil Wickham (Children Of God)


Love Came Down

Love Came Down

Kim Walker-Smith (Love Came Down – Single)


Here As In Heaven

Here As In Heaven

Elevation Worship (Here As In Heaven)


Glory In The Highest

Glory In The Highest

Travis Cottrell, Lily Cottrell (Heaven’s Hope)


Counting Every Blessing

Counting Every Blessing

Rend Collective Experiment (Good News)


O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful

Chris Tomlin (Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship)


Worthy

Worthy

Elevation Worship (Hallelujah Here Below)


How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

Paul Baloche (Our God Saves)


O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Hannah Kerr (Christmas Eve In Bethlehem)


Our God

Our God

Chris Tomlin (And If Our God Is For Us)


Hallelujah Here Below

Hallelujah Here Below

Elevation Worship (Hallelujah Here Below)


Your Spirit

Your Spirit

Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard (Heart Passion Pursuit)


Amen

Amen

People & Songs, Charity Gayle, Joshua Sherman (The Emerging Sound Vol 3)


O Praise The Name (Anastasis)

O Praise The Name (Anastasis)

Hillsong Worship (O Praise The Name Anastasis)


O Holy Night

O Holy Night

Hillsong Worship (The Peace Project)


Overcome

Overcome

Elevation Worship (There Is A Cloud)


What A Glorious Night

What A Glorious Night

Sidewalk Prophets (Merry Christmas To You)


Light Of The World

Light Of The World

Lauren Daigle (Light Of The World)


Man Of Sorrows

Man Of Sorrows

Hillsong Worship (Glorious Ruins)


Broken Vessels

Broken Vessels

Hillsong Worship (No Other Name)


Because He Lives (Amen)

Because He Lives (Amen)

Matt Maher (Saints & Sinners)


It's Christmas

It’s Christmas

Chris Tomlin (Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship)


Ever Be

Ever Be

Bethel Music (We Will Not Be Shaken)


What A Beautiful Name (Radio)

What A Beautiful Name (Radio)

Hillsong Worship (Let There Be Light)


Nobody Loves Me Like You

Nobody Loves Me Like You

Chris Tomlin (Holy Roar)


Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Francesca Battistelli (If We’re Honest)

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