My Top Worship Songs for 2023

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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 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 A-B)

Here is my list, let me know what you think. What great worship song am I missing from my list? (* slow, ** medium, *** fast)

  • Goodness Of God (Fielding, Johnson, Cash, Ingram) – Bb (Ab) **
  • Battle Belongs (Wickham, Johnson) – Ab (G) **
  • Fresh Wind (Fielding, Ligertwood) – F (D) **
  • Same God (Lake, Furtick, Barrett) – A (F) **
  • Firm Foundation (Carnes) – E or F (C or D) **
  • No One Beside (Brown, Furtick, Hammer) – G (Eb)*
  • Great Things (Myrin, Wickham) – G (D) ***
  • Praises (Be Lifted Up) (Baldwin) – G (F)*
  • See A Victory (Furtick, Fielding, Ingram, Brown) – F (D) **
  • I Speak Jesus (Smith, Reeves, Smith) – A (G) **
  • Worthy (Furtick, Brown) – D (C) *
  • We Praise You (Redman, Lake, Johnson, Wickham) – G (D or E)**
  • My Testimony (Lake, Brown, Furtick) – F (D)***
  • Graves Into Gardens (Lake, Furtick, Brown, Hammer) F (D)**
  • Build My Life (Younker, Redman, Barrett) – E (D) *
  • The House Of The Lord (Wickham, Smith) – F (D)***
  • Gratitude (Lake, Bow, Hastings) – G (E)*
  • Way Maker (Kalu, Egbu) B (A) *
  • Make Room (White, Farro) A (G) *
  • God So Loved (Cash, Cash) – E (D) ***
  • Who You Say I Am (Fielding, Morgan) – A (F#) **
  • This Is Amazing Grace (Wickham) – G (D) ***
  • What A Beautiful Name (Fielding, Ligertwood) – E (D) *
  • Great Are You Lord (Leonard, Ingram, Jordan) – G (D) *
  • Glorious Day (Ingram, Stanfill) – C (A) ***
  • Raise A Hallelujah (Stevens, Helser, Skaggs) – E (D) **
  • Yes I Will (Hoagland, Smith, Fields) A (F) **
  • Holy Spirit (Bryan & Katie Torwalt) – A (F-G) *
  • O Praise The Name (Anastasis) (Hastings,Sampson) – A (G) *
  • Cornerstone (Morgan, Myrin, Mote, Liljero) – A (G) *
  • Lord I Need You (Nockels, Carson, Reeves, Stanfill, Maher) – G/F (D) *
  • King of Kings (Ligertwood, Ingram) * – Eb/D (C) *

Top Hymns

  • How Great Thou Art – Bb (A)
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness – C
  • I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) – G
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – E
  • At The Cross – G (F)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy – C-D
  • I Surrender All – C
  • It Is Well With My Soul  Bb-C

Contemporary and Modern Hymns

  • 10,000 Reasons – F (Eb)
  • Before The Throne Of God Above – D
  • How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – G (E)
  • In Christ Alone – Eb (D)
  • Living Hope – (Wickham, Johnson) C (Bb)
  • Shout To The Lord – Bb-C (A-B)
  • The Blood (Crouch) – G

Bonus 2: My Favorite Communion Songs

  • At The Cross (Zschech, Morgan) – E (D)
  • Nothing But The Blood (Redman) – A (G)
  • Nothing But The Blood  (Plainfield) – E (F)
  • O Come To The Altar (Brown, Brock, Furtick, Joye) – G (E)
  • O The Blood (Barker) – G
  • O The Blood (Miller) – G
  • O Praise The Name (Anastasis) (Hastings, Ussher, Sampson) – A (G)
  • The Blood Will Never Lose It’ Power  (Crouch) – G-Ab

Bonus 3: My Favorite Altar Songs

  • Available (Furtick, Fielding, Ingram) – G (F or E)
  • O Come To The Altar (Brown, Brock, Furtick, Joye) – G (D)
  • I Surrender All (Deventer) – C (Bb)
  • Lord I Give You My Heart (Morgan) – G (E)
  • Come Just As You Are (Sabolick) – F (D)
  • Come As You Are (Glover, Crowder, Maher) – A (G)
  • Just As I Am  (Bradbury, Underwood) – B (A)

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Comment: Hey Mark, I was just working on my worship set for Sunday and opened your ‘Top Worship Song for 2021’ for probably the 300th time in the last year. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you sharing the info (I use it often) and I appreciate you updating the list. Blessings to you in your work and ministry. – Seth from Virginia