Songs usually have lives of their own. It’s nearly impossible to predict which ones are going to impact the Church over the long run. There are plenty of reasons for that, but one of them is the movement of the Holy Spirit—breathing on certain songs, some that are heard only by a songwriter and his or her congregation, and others heard around the world. That said, we can certainly choose which ones have impacted us this year. The following songs were editorially chosen as our favorite songs released in 2016 for the purpose of congregational worship. The priorities in choosing the music represented here include divine-directed prayer (songs to and about God), biblical faithfulness, poetic beauty and lyric freshness, singability, among others.


20. “Glory & Wonder”
Songwriters: Chris Franz, Kameron Waters, Mariah McManus
Performed by: Mosaic MSC
As heard on: Glory & Wonder

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19. “Facing a Task Unfinished (We Go to All the World)”
Songwriters: Ed Cash, Fionan De Barra, Frank Houghton, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Samuel Wesley
Performed by: Keith and Kristyn Getty
As heard on: Facing a Task Unfinished

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18. “Hope in Jesus”
Songwriters: Josh Lavender, Laura Watson
Performed by: Josh Lavender
As heard on: Hope in Jesus

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17. “Spirit of the Living God”
Songwriters: Jacob Sooter, Mia Fieldes
Performed by: Meredith Andrews
As heard on: Deeper

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16. “Kingdom Come (Lift Up Your Heads)”
Songwriters: Richard di Castiglione
Performed by: KXC
As heard on: Chapter Two: Flux

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15. “I Surrender”
Songwriters: David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan
Performed by: All Sons & Daughters
As heard on: Poets & Saints

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14. “My Victory”
Songwriters: Darren Mulligan, David Crowder, Ed Cash, Hank Bentley
Performed by: Crowder
As heard on: American Prodigal

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13. “Jesus”
Songwriters: Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash
Performed by: Chris Tomlin
As heard on: Never Lose Sight

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12. “Even Unto Death”
Songwriters: Audrey Assad, Matt Maher
Performed by: Audrey Assad
As heard on: Inheritance

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11. “Build My Life”
Songwriters: Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kaple, Matt Redman, Pat Barrett
Performed by: Housefires
As heard on: Housefires III

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10. “Exalted Over All”
Songwriters: Andi Rozier, Jason Ingram, Jess Cates
Performed by: Vertical Church Band
As heard on: Frontiers

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9. “Come to Us O Lord” ft. Sarah Macintosh
Songwriters: Eric J. Marshall
Performed by: Young Oceans
As heard on: Voices, Vol. 1

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8. “Lion and the Lamb”
Songwriters: Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring
Performed by: Leeland
As heard on: Invisible

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7. “Remember”
Songwriters: Brett Younker, David Crowder, Johan Asgarde, Mattias Franda, Oliver Lundstrom, Solomon Olds
Performed by: Passion
As heard on: Salvation’s Tide Is Rising

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6. “I Will Worship You”
Songwriters: Aaron Gillespie, Paul Baloche
Performed by: Paul Baloche
As heard on: Your Mercy

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5. “Fierce”
Songwriters: Chris Quilala, Joshua Silverberg, Mia Fieldes
Performed by: Jesus Culture
As heard on: Let It Echo (Live)

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4. “Your Love Awakens Me”
Songwriters: Chris Quilala, Phil Wickham
Performed by: Phil Wickham
As heard on: Children of Gd

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3. “O Come to the Altar”
Songwriters: Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
Performed by: Elevation Worship
As heard on: Here as in Heaven

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2. “What a Beautiful Name”
Songwriters: Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
Performed by: Hillsong Worship
As heard on: Let There Be Light (Live)

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1. “Champion”
Songwriters: Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt
Performed by: Bryan and Katie Torwalt
As heard on: Champion

 

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