If you are a Christian, you probably already know that the Bible commands you to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and it is a commandment that Christians have been following for a long time by singing praise songs.
If you want God to move powerfully in your life, then consider praise songs. Here is a list of 51 of the best Christian songs that you will want to add to your playlist.
1. River – Leon Bridges
When you need reminding about Jesus’ gift of redemption, then listen to River released by Leon Bridges in 2015.
2. When You Speak – Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp reminds Christians that they need to be still and listen for the voice of God to give them direction in this song that he released in May 2021.
3. Blessed Assurance – Fanny Crosby
First appearing in Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany in 1873, Blessed Assurance was written by Fanny Crosby, who was blind. Numerous musicians have performed the song, including Allen Jackson and Elevation Worship.
4. Good, Good Father – Chris Tomlin
This song that won the Gospel Music Association’s song of the year honor in 2016 was released by Chris Tomlin on his Never Lose Sight album.
5. Gratitude – Brandon Lake
Brandon Lake released this song that he co-wrote with Benjamin Hastings and Dante Bowe as the second studio album House of Miracles in 2020.
6. Big House – Audio Adrenaline
Audio Adrenaline’s song Big House was released in 1993 as part of their Don’t Censor Me album and won Song of the Decade from CCM Magazine.
7. Nothing But the Blood – Randy Travis
This song, written by Robert Lowry in 1876, was first sung at a New Jersey camp meeting, but many artists have performed it since, including Randy Travis.
8. Victory in Jesus – E. M. Bartlett
E.M. Bartlett had an exciting teaching ministry until a stroke left him unable to talk or walk. He was bedridden when he wrote the song Victory in Jesus, and he passed away two years after.
9. Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Thomas Chisholm
Thomas Chisholm drew inspiration from Lamentations 3:23 when he wrote Great Is Thy Faithfulness in 1923 as a poem. Later, William Runyan wrote the tune for this song.
10. The Courtroom – Carmen
Carmen released The Courtroom on his Mission 3:16 album in 1998, and numerous church groups have reenacted this song ever since.
11. King of Kings – Hillsong Worship
King of Kings is the lead song on Hillsong’s 28th album, Awake. The is a song about Jesus written by Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood, and Jason Ingram.
12. Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
Billboard ranked Reckless Love as the biggest Christian song in 2018 and the fourth biggest Christian song of the 2010s.
13. Awake and Alive – Skillet
John Cooper, the lead singer for Skillet, says this song for God is about everyone trying to take your hope away, but they cannot succeed when it is rooted in God.
14. Intoxicating – David Crowder
David Crowder released Intoxicating as part of his Illuminate record in 2003, and you will love the acoustic passages in this song.
15. I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe
Lead singer Bart Millard wrote this song shortly after his father passed away, and this song for God was initially released on MercyMe’s Worship Project album.
16. Jesus Freak – DC Talk
DC Talk won three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for this song that they released as the lead single on an album by the same name in 1995.
17. Shout to the Lord – Hillsong Music Australia
Darlene Zschech released this song that she wrote while with Hillsong Music Australia in 1994. She says she felt empowered to write it as she struggled with financial difficulties as a young mother.
18. Why Me Lord – Kris Kristofferson
The backup vocals for Why Me Lord, the bestselling song of Kristofferson’s career, was performed by his future wife Rita Coolidge and Larry Gatlin.
19. It is Well With My Soul – Horacio Spafford
Spafford wrote this song after losing his son during the Great Chicago Fire and four daughters on a ship sailing for England to help with D. L. Moody’s upcoming evangelistic campaigns.
20. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Leonard Cohen originally released this song in 1984, and it was a commercial failure until included in the song track for the movie Shrek. Now, there are over 300 recorded versions of this song.
21. Messiah – Handel
First performed as an Easter offering in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, this song has become a Christmas gift performed at music halls worldwide.
22. Go Tell It on the Mountain – John Wesley Work Jr.
Sung initially as a spiritual one, John Wesley Work Jr. compiled this song in 1865. Many artists have performed it, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Dolly Parton and Sara Evans.
23. Pass It On – Kurt Kaiser
Kurt Kaiser wrote Pass It On with the help of his wife in about 20 minutes while sitting in front of his fireplace to try to get young people excited about sharing their faith.
24. The Altar and the Door – Casting Crowns
Lead Singer Mark Hall wrote The Altar and the Door, which Casting Crowns released in 2007, as he was looking at MySpace pages from young people who wanted to be youth pastors and the worldly compromises they made.
25. Jesus Loves Me – Anna Bartlett Warner
Many people grew up listening to this song written by Anna Bartlett Warner in 1859. She first released it as a poem, and William Batchelder Bradbury added the music in 1862. He also wrote the Jesus Loves Me chorus to this song.
26. Here I am to Worship – Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes wrote this worship ballad after studying Philippians 2 and trying to come to grips with Christ’s humanity. He first played the song at his home church in 2001.
27. The Old Rugged Cross – George Bennard
George Bennard wrote the first verse of The Old Rugged Cross in 1912 to respond to the ridicule he received following a camp meeting. He first performed the song as a duet on January 12, 1913.
28. One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – Christ for the Nations Worship
Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle and Christa Black Gifford first released this song on September 14, 2012, while working with Bethel Music.
29. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty – Reginald Heber
Reginald Heber wrote Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, but it was not released until after his death. Its tune is borrowed from “Nicaea” by John Bacchus Dykes. Numerous people have released this song, including Stephen Curtis Chapman, Hillsong United, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
30. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman
Matt Redman won Grammy Awards for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Song” and “Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance” for this song he released in 2012, and numerous musicians have rereleased it.
31. Yes I Will – Vertical Worship
Yes I Will by Vertical Worship reminds people that they need to follow the Biblical command found in Psalms 34 to follow the Lord regardless of circumstances.
32. Less Like Me – Zach Williams
Zach Williams says that Less Like Me reminds him that there is a God who is perfect but loves him with all his flaws.
33. Stomp (God’s Property Song) – Kirk Franklin
If you are ready to kick the Devil out of your life, Kirk Franklin’s Stomp (God’s Property Song), released in 1997, is a great song about Jesus for you.
34. There Was Jesus – Dolly Parton
Zach Williams wrote this song to remind himself and other Christians that God is there even in the hard times. He says he knew he wanted to record it with Dolly Parton the second he finished writing it.
35. Joy to the World – Isaac Watts
Isaac Watts wrote this song in 1719, which he based on Psalms 96 and 98 along with Genesis 3. Many artists, including Chis Tomlin and Planetshakers have released it.
36. Dive – Stephen Curtis Chapman
Stephen Curtis Chapman first released this song on his Speechless album in 1999 and rereleased it on his Where the Bluegrass Grows album with Ricky Skaggs doing the singing.
37. My Deliverer – Rich Mullins
Rich Mullins reminds people to stay on their praying knees when they want to see God move in miraculous ways in My Deliverer, which he released in 2008.
38. Way Maker – Leeland
Nigerian gospel singer Sinach released this song on December 30, 2015. It has been rerecorded by numerous people, including Michael W. Smith, Mandisa, Leeland, Christafari, Passion, Darlene Zschech and Bethel Music.
39. How Great Thou Art – Carl Gustav Boberg
Carl Boberg wrote this song as a poem in 1886 and set it to a traditional Swiss hymn. The song was translated from Swedish to Russian before being translated into English.
40. Keep the Faith – Bon Jovi
Keep the Faith was the last album released by the five original band members, and this song is the second one on that album.
41. Awake My Soul – Hillsong Worship
The chorus for Awake My Soul that Hillsong Worship released in 2020 was inspired by Psalm 57 while the writer Brooke Ligertwood drew inspiration from Isaiah 6:1 for its verses.
42. Mansion Over the Hilltop – Elvis Presley
Ira Stanphill wrote Mansion Over the Hilltop in 1949, which many artists, including Elvis Presley, have recorded.
43. Zacchaeus – Elevation Kids
Zacheus, a traditional Christian song that many learned at an early age, is based on Luke 19:1-10.
44. El Shaddai – Amy Grant
Michael Card and John Thompson wrote this song that Card released in 1981 before Amy Grant released it a year later.
45. Here I am to Worship – Tim Hughs
Tim Hughs wrote and released this song on his debut album in 2001.
46. How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Ed Cash wrote this song. The Gospel Music Association named this one of the best songs about Jesus.
47. People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield
Rolling Stone named this song written by Curtis Mayfield as the 24th greatest song of all time.
48. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers
Written by Philip Doddridge in 1755, Edwin Hawkins Singers released this song in 1967.
49. Amazing Grace – John Newton
Amazing Grace was written about 1772 by former slave-owner turned abolitionist John Newton, and it is performed about 19 million times annually.
50. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Bob Dylan wrote this song about Jesus trying to get to all sinners before time runs out.
51. This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
Phil Wickham, Josh Farro and Jeremy Riddle wrote this song initially released by Bethel Music in 2013.
Worship music has always played a vital role for Christians. In the Old Testament, we have examples of Jericho playing music before the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. You can find wonderful examples of worship music in Psalms, where the Bible states that God inhabitants the praises of his people.
Put these songs about Jesus on your playlist. Then, when the world tries to get you down, use these songs for God to refocus your attention.
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