Top 20 Worship Songs of 2014, So Far


Each year in July, Worship Leader likes to offer our lay of the land so far as far as worship releases are concerned. So far this year has seen some wonderful offerings. There certainly are more to come throughout the year, but at this point, here are our favorite songs. Our criteria are biblical faithfulness, singability, and congregational use. The trend we are seeing so far? Well it’s a bit early, but we have found more meditational songs than we have ever before. Certainly the anthems are abundant, but it is refreshing to hear a bit of quiet and contemplation making waves in the worship realms.

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20. “My God Is Stronger”
The Fading Veil
Classic City Collective
Writers: Josh Bayne, Paul Reeves

19. “Defender”
Kings Kaleidoscope
Live In Color EP
Writers: Kings Kaleidoscope

18. “Love Comes Down”
Various Artists
All The Saints: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat, No. 1
Writers: Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren, Seth Mosley

17. “Psalm 118”
Robbie Seay Band
Psalms, Vol. 2 (independent)
Writers: Robbie Seay

16. “Unstoppable Love”
Jesus Culture
Unstoppable Love
Writers: Christa Black, Kim Walker-Smith, Skyler Smith

15. “I Shall Not Want”
Audrey Assad
O Happy Fault EP
Writers: Audrey Assad, Bryan Brown

14. “It Is Well”
Bethel Music
You Make Me Brave
Writers: Horatio Gates Spafford, Kristene DiMarco, Philip Paul Bliss

13. “All Arise”
Michael W. Smith
Jason Ingram, Michael W. Smith

12. “Made for Worship”
Endless Praise
Writers: Andy Harrison, Joth Hunt

11. “Nearness of You”
Loud Harp
Writers: Asher Seevinck, Dave Wilton

10. “Future/Past”
John Mark McMillan
Writers: John Mark McMillan

9. “I Am”
Neon Steeple
Writers: David Crowder, Ed Cash

8. “You Lift Us Up”
Paul Baloche
Paul Baloche Live
Writers: Matt Maher, Paul Baloche

7. “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)”
Passion, feat. Chris Tomlin
Take It All
Writers: Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jonas Myrin, Matt Armstrong, Matt Redman

6. “Vapor”
The Liturgists
Writers: Lisa Gungor, Michael Gungor

5. “Only King Forever”
Elevation Worship
Only King Forever
Writers: Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye

4. “Joy”
Rend Collective
The Art of Celebration
Writers: Rend Collective

3. “Christ Be All Around Me”
All Sons & Daughters
All Sons & Daughters
Writers: David Leonard, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring, Leslie Jordan

2. “This I Believe (The Creed)”
Hillsong Worship
No Other Name
Ben Fielding, Matt Crocker


1. “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)”
Kari Jobe, Majestic (Live)
Writers: Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, Kari Jobe

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    13 comments on “Top 20 Worship Songs of 2014, So Far

    1. This is great information. I would love to receive more top praise and worship songs. Contemporary and black gospel. Thank you,

      • Yes and Amen to more black gospel worship resources/songs. We have a diverse congregation and they love all styles of worship. But I have not found as many strong resources for black gospel worship music.

        • we just need more love between all of us in Jesus name amen. I don’t care about my email. Jesus has and will contintue to guide me and protect me from Satan amen to that

      • This is a great list, and also I must also say “amen” for more diversity! My congregation and worship team is diverse and I have a hard time keeping up with some of the popular “non-CCM” worship songs (particularly black gospel). It would be great to have those also included in the list (or shown in an additional list).

    2. Love these songs, really exciting to hear the latest efforts of praise and worship.

      However, can’t help noticing how none of these songs are performed in a format which is easily transferable to a smaller, more average sized congregation. Should it not be the responsibility of these worship leaders/artists to create songs that can be sung in your average sunday morning service, with just a small band, as well as the bigger production studio style of worship songs that are listed above? Just my thoughts, might be wrong but wanted to hear what others thought on the subject.

      • there are numerous arrangers who can and do make songs like these accessible for smaller groups, choirs, vocal teams, etc. It takes some digging around publisher web sites and places like praise

      • No, it’s the job of these worship bands to make songs that first and foremost singable at THEIR churches. Most of these artists have home churches that are their first priority, as it should be. And Dawn said in reply to this too, if you have some capable musicians at your church you should easily be able to do stripped down versions of these songs in your church services.

        • Not long ago what was supposed to be a 4-piece band
          one Sunday morning was suddenly 2 (due to sudden illness) . We did the same set with 2 guitars that we were going to do with the band. It was an amazing time of praise and worship. Sometimes complexity can be replaced with passion and intensity. The Holy Spirit moves, with many or with few.

        • Good point Zach, I never thought about the responsibilities these worship leaders have to their home churches, despite the much larger population they may also serve who are not part of their congregation.

          And I understand your (and other’s) point regarding the abilities of a musical band to re-work a song to suite their congregation. As part of my church’s worship team we have had to do this on many occasions. But with songs such as Rend Collective’s ‘Joy’ and Crowder’s electronic ‘I Am’ (which I think are both great songs), that are complicatedly arranged in their specific style, is it fully possible for your average volunteer worship team to re-work these to be congregation friendly? It might just be that because we serve different types of congregations that we have differing views, but I don’t know, these are just my thoughts.

      • If you look up the song title and add “acoustic” behind it, many of the songs have toned down versions from playing on radio shows or in “evening worship” scenarios. Try that and you will have better results reproducing the sound of the song.

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    4. This is amazing and uplifting! Also, great for morning devotions.
      Worship is made to reveal the truth about God and to acknowledge
      His glorious love. These songs are outstanding! More for the Glory of God!

    5. Thanks for the top 20 list. Just a quick comment. It would be great if you could post song in a format other that spotify since it not accessible outside the US. I an a canadian subscriber and am unable to listen to those songs, since the service isn’t available in my area.

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