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Top 50 Christian Praise & Worship Songs for Jesus 2021

Why do we have worship songs about Jesus? Because Jesus Christ is the king of kings and deserves all the glory and praise. The heart of worship lies our love for our Lord God. Songs of praise lift up the name of our God. Here are some Bible verses that talk about praise and worship:

Exodus 23:25 KJV

Exodus 23:25

And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Psalms 150:6 KJV

Psalms 150:6

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

1 Chronicles 16:34 KJV

1 Chronicles 16:34

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

John 4:24 KJV

John 4:24

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

List of top worship songs

We serve a God of wonders. If you are with Jesus, then Christian worship songs are our way to give praise to God. Let the Holy Spirit reside in your heart as your praise the Lord today. Here are our editor's picks of powerful worship songs about Jesus in 2021. We have composed a list based on various artists who created pieces of art that brings fame to God. Use this list as a song resource for your church worship. Be sure to share this list of Christian music with your worship leaders! Check out our playlist in full on YouTube here.

1. Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin

Good Good Father

2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Matt Redman

10000 reasons

3. Forever - Kari Jobe


4. Reckless Love - Cory Asbury

Reckless Love

5. Good Grace - Hillsong UNITED

Good Grace

6. Hosanna - Hillsong Worship


7. All Hail King Jesus - Jeremy Riddle

All Hail King Jesus

8. Jesus at the Center - Israel & New Breed

Jesus at the Center

9. Break Every Chain - Tasha Cobbs

Break Every Chain

10. Father's House - Cory Asbury

Father's House

11. What a Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship

What a Beautiful Name

12. I Surrender - Hillsong Worship

I Surrender

13. How Great Is Your Love - Phil Wickham

How Great Is Your Love

14. Son of God - Bethel Music

Son of God

15. Lamb of God - Vertical Worship

Lamb of God

16. Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Chris Rice

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

17. In Jesus Name - Darlene Zschech

In Jesus Name

18. Revelation Song - Kari Jobe

Revelation Song

19. Mighty to Save - Hillsong Worship

Mighty to Save

20. Nothing But the Blood - Jesus Culture

Nothing But the Blood

21. Holy is the Lord - Chris Tomlin

Holy is the Lord

22. My Weapon - Natalie Grant

My Weapon

23. This is Amazing Grace - Phil Wickham

This is Amazing Grace

24. Behold Him - Paul Baloche

Behold Him

25. Lord I Need You - Matt Maher

Lord I Need You

26. God of This City - Chris Tomlin

God of This City

27. Lord, I Lift Your Name On High - Maranatha! Music

Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

28. Light of The World - Lauren Daigle

Light of The World

29. Jesus Paid It All - Kim Walker-Smith

Jesus Paid It All

30. Everything - Tim Hughes


31. My Testimony - Elevation Worship

My Testimony

32. King of Kings - Travis Cottrell

King of Kings

33. Chain Breaker - Zach Williams

Chain Breaker

34. You Reign - Mack Brock

You Reign

35. Death of Death - Cody Carnes

Death of Death

36. He Will Hold Me Fast - Keith Getty & Kristyn Getty

He Will Hold Me Fast

37. Only King Forever - Elevation Worship

Only King Forever

38. Shine Jesus Shine - Graham Kendrick

Shine Jesus Shine

39. Open the Eyes of My Heart - Michael W. Smith

Open the Eyes of My Heart

40. Canvas and Clay - Pat Barrett

Canvas and Clay

41. Christ Is Enough - Hillsong Worship

Christ Is Enough

42. Come, Now Is The Time To Worship - Brian Doerksen feat. Wendy Whitehead

Come, Now Is The Time To Worship

43. Days of Elijah - Robin Mark

Days of Elijah

44. Even So Come - Chris Tomlin

Even So Come

45. Because He Lives - Matt Maher

Because He Lives

46. We Fall Down - Chris Tomlin

We Fall Down
From The Inside Out

48. Call Upon The Lord - Elevation Worship

Call Upon The Lord

49. The Wonderful Cross - Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman

The Wonderful Cross

50. I Will Follow - Chris Tomlin

I Will Follow


Whether you are sitting at home or worshipping at church on Palm Sunday, God hears your song of praise. Worship builds your relationship with God. No matter if you are worship planning or just looking for worship videos to lift your heart, God is in the midst of your life. The cross of Jesus was set to free us from our deaths. As we walk forward with the blessed assurance of God's love, we can sing of Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. Let this worship music elevate your heart.

God bless you on this glorious day. May you enjoy victory in Jesus Christ!


Popular Christian Songs of 2020: Finding the Year's Biggest Hits

As we come closer to the end of 2020 and begin to break out the Christmas decorations, let’s reflect on one of the few good things about this chaotic year: the great music that brought us together in a worshipful spirit. In a year when “social distancing” became the norm, the power of music, especially that which lifts up the name of Jesus, was that much more precious to listeners. From worship anthems to fun pop songs, these jams reminded us of the goodness of God right when we needed it. Here are the popular Christian songs of 2020.

“Graves Into Gardens” - Elevation Worship

One of the biggest worship outfits around, Elevation Worship was huge in 2020. The band got the year off right with the empowering “See a Victory,” a holdover from the group’s 2019 EP, “At Midnight.” What really set Elevation off this year, however, is the new album, “Graves Into Gardens,” whose title track became one of the year’s biggest worship songs.

“Famous For (I Believe)” - Tauren Wells feat. Jenn Johnson

Tauren Wells has lent his vocal talent to several popular Christian songs over the recent years. This time, he brings “Famous For (I Believe),” a track all about trusting God to be the all-powerful being we know from the Bible. How can we not believe God can handle our problems when we read about Him splitting the Red Sea and stopping the sun in the sky? Check out an acoustic rendition by Tauren below.

“Revolutionary” - Josh Wilson - Popular Christian Songs of 2020

Whether you’re looking at politics, our media, or anywhere else, it’s easy to see the hate and division coursing through our culture. In “Revolutionary,” Josh Wilson proposes a radical concept for changing the world: love. The single hit #5 on the Christian Airplay charts in the United States and it feels like just the message we need during a tumultuous time.

“There Was Jesus” - Zach Williams and Dolly Parton

Perhaps the biggest song of the year came when Zach Williams joined together with country legend Dolly Parton for an inspiring song about how Jesus is always present during our darkest hours. We often think we can live our own lives and make things work, but when those plans fall apart, God is there waiting to pick us back up.

“The Blessing” - Kari Jobe feat. Cody Carnes

Another powerhouse song from 2020 is “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe. The original version of the song was performed with Elevation Worship, but Jobe, along with her husband, recorded a few different versions for an EP released later in the year. The anthem is a prayer composed of biblical blessings intended for the people of Israel which we can adopt for our families today. The original performance video with Elevation Worship, found below, has over 34 million views as of this writing.

“The Father’s House” - Cory Asbury

One worship leader who has been productive in 2020 is Cory Asbury, the singer behind the hit song, “Reckless Love.” Asbury found several successful songs for his latest album, “To Love a Fool.” Other big songs from the record that have found traction include “Sparrows” and “Dear God.” The biggest track so far has to be “The Father’s House,” though. It reached the height of #1 on the Christian Airplay chart and #3 for Christian Digital Streaming this year.

“Who You Are to Me” - Chris Tomlin feat. Lady A

Chris Tomlin is no stranger to lists of popular Christian songs and this year isn’t any different. What is a little new is that he’s on our list with the country act Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum). One of the three singers from that group is Hillary Scott, who had her own run in Christian music a few years ago. The song “Who You Are to Me” is part of Tomlin’s crossover album, “Chris Tomlin and Friends,” which features country stars Florida Georgia Line, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, and others.

“Together” - For King & Country feat. Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin

Speaking of crossovers, For King & Country has collaborated with quite a few big names recently. On the song “Together,” for instance, the group partnered with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin for a message of hope and unity. The music video, found below, was filmed in quarantine and features a lot of the pain and confusion we all felt this year.

“Truth Be Told” - Matthew West

Another one of the popular Christian songs of 2020 dealing with personal struggles is “Truth Be Told” by Matthew West. Many of us feel like we have to “fake it til we make it” these days, putting on a false identity to hide the pain and disappointment we’re facing. The message of this song is one of coming clean, accepting where we are, and starting from there.

“Battle Belongs” - Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham is the worship leader behind many of our favorite songs, like “This is Amazing Grace.” In 2020, the singer’s biggest hit came in “Battle Belongs.” The single is based on the idea of perspective and how our perception of defeat can really be a victory in waiting because the battle belongs to the Lord. Whether you need reassurance over the battles you’re fighting or a reminder of God’s dominion over them, this is the song for you.

“Evidence” - Josh Baldwin - Popular Christian Songs of 2020

Over the last three or four years, musician Josh Baldwin has made impressive strides in his career with the albums “The War is Over” and “Evidence.” The latter is a brand new album from Fall 2020, the title track of which is the latest song on our list. When we question God’s presence in our lives, the first thing we should do is search for the evidence of His love and planning in our own stories.

“God So Loved” - We The Kingdom

We the Kingdom made waves with the hit song “Holy Water” and its accompanying album, but the success continues to roll with the band’s latest single. “God So Loved” draws from the famous verse John 3:16 for its hopeful anthem of God’s deliverance. Check out the acoustic version sure to get your toe tapping in the video below. 

“Truth I’m Standing On” - Leanna Crawford

Sometimes the most popular Christian songs of the year come from names with which we’re not that familiar. Leanna Crawford has been a successful songwriter penning tracks for big musicians over the last few years, but 2020 was her year to make it into the limelight with “Truth I’m Standing On.” 

“Peace Be Still” - Hope Darst

The last entry on our list of popular Christian songs of 2020 comes from another artist you may just now be hearing about. “Peace Be Still” is the first radio single from Hope Darst, who just signed with FairTrade Music Services earlier this year. The song is an arresting tune performed earlier by Lauren Daigle with The Belonging Co., a group of which Darst was part. Rejecting fear and replacing it with faith, the single is an uplifting and courage-filled ballad.

That does it for our list of popular Christian songs of 2020. What were some of your favorites from the past year? We know there have been many exciting songs to fill the airwaves and populate your playlists.

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Christian Top 40
October 22, 2021








House Of The Lord

Phil Wickham





For King & Country




When You Speak

Jeremy Camp




My Jesus

Anne Wilson




Be Alright

Evan Craft X Danny Gokey X Redimi2




(Wonder Working)

All Creatures




What If

Matthew West




Sunday Morning Feeling

Apollo LTD Feat. Ryan Stevenson




Stand In Faith

Danny Gokey




Until Grace

Tauren Wells & Rascal Flatts





Matthew Parker & Sajan Nauriyal





Elevation Worship




Come What May

We Are Messengers




Even At My Worst





Promised Land





Look What You've Done

Tasha Layton




Scars In Heaven

Casting Crowns




Yes He Can





Not My Style

Sarah Reeves





Evvie McKinney




In The House






Maverick City Music Feat. Joe L Barnes & Naomi Raine




Life Is Good

Courtnie Ramirez Feat. Apollo LTD




Brand New

Coby James




Never Wanna Go Back

May Angeles




Thank You Lord

Chris Tomlin Feat. Thomas Rhett & Florida Georgia Line




Gotta Be God

Lathan Warlick Feat. Russell Dickerson




My God Is Still The Same

Sanctus Real




River Of Life

Mac Powell





Andrew Ripp




On Our Way

MercyMe Feat. Sam Wesley




All Together

Mike Donehey




Better King

Branan Murphy




Weary Traveler

Jordan St. Cyr




Heaven Help Me

Zach Williams 




Lights In The City





We Against The World

Hulvey & Andy Mineo




Anywhere With You

Mat Kearney





I Am They




Holy Spirit Come

Patrick Mayberry


* The Christian Top 40 chart is designed to provide an overall picture of the Contemporary Christian music scene by listing the top Christian songs.  Rankings are based on a comprehensive calculation using information obtained from various Christian airplay charts.  Formats included are AC and CHR .  Copyright © 2021 

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Contemporary Christian music

Genre of modern popular music lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith

Contemporary Christian music (or CCM and occasionally inspirational music) is a genre of modern popular music, and an aspect of Christian media, which is lyrically focused on matters related to the Christian faith and stylistically rooted in Christian music. It was formed by those affected by the 1960s Jesus movement revival began to express themselves in other styles of popular music, beyond the church music of hymns, gospel and Southern gospel music that was prevalent in the church at the time. Initially referred to as Jesus music, today, the term is typically used to refer to pop, but also includes rock, alternative rock, hip hop, metal, contemporary worship, punk, hardcore punk, latin, EDM, urban contemporary gospel and country styles.

It has representation on several music charts including Billboard's Christian Albums, Christian Songs, Hot Christian AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian CHR, Soft AC/Inspirational and Christian Digital Songs as well as the UK's Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. Top-selling CCM artists will also appear on the Billboard 200. In the iTunes Store, the genre is represented as part of the Christian and gospel genre[1] while the Google Play Music system labels it as Christian/Gospel.[2]


The growing popularity of Rock and Roll music in the 1950s was initially dismissed by the church because it was believed to encourage sinfulness. Yet as evangelical churches adapted to appeal to more people, the musical styles used in worship changed as well by adopting the sounds of this popular style.[3]

The genre became known as contemporary Christian music as a result of the Jesus movement revival in the latter 1960s and early 1970s,[4][5] and was originally called Jesus music.[6] "About that time, many young people from the sixties' counterculture professed to believe in Jesus. Convinced of the bareness of a lifestyle based on drugs, free sex and radical politics, some of the Jesus 'hippies' became known as 'Jesus people'".[7] However, there were people who felt that Jesus was another "trip".[7] It was during the 1970s Jesus movement that Christian music started to become an industry within itself.[8] "Jesus Music" started by playing instruments and singing songs about love and peace, which then translated into love of God. Paul Wohlegemuth, who wrote the book Rethinking Church Music, said "[the] 1970s will see a marked acceptance of rock-influenced music in all levels of church music. The rock style will become more familiar to all people, its rhythmic excesses will become refined, and its earlier secular associations will be less remembered."[9]

Evangelical and ProtestantChristianity formed a born again style of Christian music. Those involved were affected by the late 1960s to early 1970s Jesus movement, and colloquially self-referred to as "Jesus Freaks", as the counterculture movement of hippies, flower children, and flower power swept the nation. They soon began to express themselves in alternative styles of popular music and worship music.

Larry Norman is often remembered as the "father of Christian rock", because of his early contributions (before the Jesus movement) to the developing new genre that mixed rock rhythms with the Christian messages.[10] Though his style was not initially well received by many in the Christian community of the time, he continued throughout his career to create controversial hard-rock songs such as "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?".[10] He is remembered as the artist "who first combined rock 'n' roll with Christian lyrics" in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.[10] Though there were Christian albums in the 1960s that contained contemporary-sounding songs, there were two albums recorded in 1969 that are considered[by whom?] to be the first complete albums of "Jesus rock": Upon This Rock (1969) by Larry Norman initially released on Capitol Records,[11] and Mylon – We Believe by Mylon LeFevre, released by Cotillion, which was LeFevre's attempt at blending gospel music with southern rock.[12][13] Unlike traditional or southern gospel music, this new Jesus music was birthed out of rock and folk music.[14]

Pioneers of this movement also included Andraé Crouch and the Disciples, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Barry McGuire, Evie, Paul Clark, the Imperials and Keith Green among others. The small Jesus music culture had expanded into a multimillion-dollar industry by the 1980s.[8][15][16] Many CCM artists such as Benny Hester,[17][18]Amy Grant,[19]DC Talk,[20]Michael W. Smith,[21]Stryper,[22] and Jars of Clay[23] found crossover success with Top 40mainstream radio play.

The genre emerged and became prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s.[24] Beginning in July 1978, CCM Magazine began covering "Contemporary Christian Music" artists and a wide range of spiritual themes until it launched online publications in 2009.[25][26]

It has certain themes and messages behind the songs and their lyrics including praise and worship, faith, encouragement and prayer.[27] These songs also focus on themes of devotion, inspiration, redemption, reconciliation and renewal.[4] Many people listen to contemporary Christian music for comfort through tough times. The lyrics and messages conveyed in CCM songs have had varied, positive Christian messages over the decades. For instance, some of the songs have been aimed to evangelize and some of the lyrics are meant to praise and worship Jesus.[24] One of the earliest goals of CCM was to spread the news of Jesus to non-Christians.[4] In addition, contemporary Christian music also strengthens the faith of Christians.[4]

Style and artists[edit]

Contemporary Christian music has influences from folk, gospel, pop and rock music.[24] Genres of music such as soft rock, folk rock, alternative, hip-hop, etc. have played a large influence on CCM.[28]

Charismatic churches have had a large influence on contemporary Christian music and are one of the largest producers of CCM. Hillsong Church is one of the many prominent CCM artists.[29] Contemporary Christian music has also expanded into many subgenres.[24]Christian punk, Christian hardcore, Christian metal and Christian hip hop, although not normally considered CCM, can also come under the genre's umbrella.[30]Contemporary worship music is also incorporated in modern CCM. Contemporary worship is both recorded and performed during church services.

Some prominent artists who have assisted in CCM becoming popular include Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Phil Keaggy and John Elefante.[24] Several mainstream artists, such as The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, Creed, Lifehouse and U2, have dealt with Christian themes in their music, yet are not part of the CCM industry.[30] Other artists representing the genre include MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, Matthew West, tobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Aaron Shust and Lauren Daigle. Historically, Jars of Clay, dc Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman and Newsboys have also belonged to this genre.

In recent years, contemporary worship music with a distinctly theological lyric focus blending hymns and worship songs with contemporary rhythms & instrumentation, has emerged, primarily in the Baptist, Reformed and more traditional non-denominational branches of Protestant Christianity.[31][32] Artists include well-known groups such as Shane & Shane and Hillsong United and modern hymn-writers, Keith & Kristyn Getty[33] as well as others like Sovereign Grace Music,[34] Matt Boswell and Aaron Keyes. The format is gaining traction in many churches[35] and other areas in culture[36] as well as being heard in CCM collections & musical algorithms on several internet streaming services.


Contemporary Christian music has been a topic of controversy in various ways since its beginnings in the 1960s.[30] The Christian college Bob Jones University discourages its dormitory students from listening to CCM.[37] Others simply find the concept of Christian pop/rock music to be an unusual phenomenon, since rock music has historically been associated with themes such as sexual promiscuity, rebellion, drug and alcohol use and other topics normally considered antithetical to the teachings of Christianity.[30] This controversy caused by evangelical pop music was explored by Gerald Clarke in his Time magazine article "New Lyrics for the Devil's Music".[38]

Some writers from the Reformed Presbyterian tradition assert that the inclusion of CCM in a worship service violates the second commandment and the regulative principle of worship because it adds man-made inventions, lyrics and instrumental music to the biblically appointed way of worshipping God.[39]

Contemporary Christian musicians and listeners have sought to extend their music into settings where religious music traditionally might not be heard. For instance, MercyMe's song "I Can Only Imagine" was a crossover success despite having a clear Christian message.[40]

Paul Baker, author of Contemporary Christian Music, addressed the question, "Is the music a ministry, or is it entertainment? The motives, on both sides, were nearly always sincere and well intentioned, rarely malicious."[41]

"The responsibility of the church is not to provide escape from reality," according to Donald Ellsworth, the author of Christian Music in Contemporary Witness, "but to give answers to contemporary problems through legitimate, biblical means."[42]

Many studies on church growth show that churches have grown in size after changing the style of music.[43]James Emery White, a consultant for preaching and worship within the Southern Baptist Convention, made a statement about how many churches that changed styles to using more contemporary Christian music, appeared to have a quicker growth.[44]


Contemporary Christian album sales had increased from 31 million in 1996 to 44 million sales in 2000. Since EMI's purchase of Sparrow Records, sales had increased 100 percent. However, the main goal of the label continues to be aspiring to make a positive impact on the world through contemporary Christian music. The company has given back money to the CCM community.[45] Overall, according to Tyler Huckabee of the Week online magazine on February 17, 2016, CCM sales had plummeted to 17 million in sales (related in part to the decline in the sales, mostly of compact discs, seen also in the overall music industry in the United States during the 2010s and competition with legal, purchased digital downloads of individual songs).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Alfonso, Barry. The Billboard Guide . Billboard Books, 2002.
  • Beaujon, Andrew (2006). Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. ISBN .
  • Di Sabatino, David (1999). The Jesus People Movement: An Annotated Bibliography and General Resource. Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies, Number 49. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN .
  • Du, Paul (2003). "Contemporary Christian Music". The Encyclopedia of Music. New York City: Billboard Books. pp. 422–423. ISBN .
  • Granger, Thom (2001). CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. Nashville: CCM Books.
  • Hendershot, Heather (2004). "Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music? Christian Music and the Secular Marketplace". Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. ISBN .
  • Howard, Jay R (1999). Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music. Lexington, 0-8131-9086-X: The University of Kentucky Press.CS1 maint: location (link)
  • Joseph, Mark (1999). The Rock and Roll Rebellion: Why People of Faith Abandoned Rock Music-- And Why They're Coming Back. Nashville: Broadman & Holman.
  • Joseph, Mark (2003). Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll. London: Sanctuary.
  • Kyle, Richard (2006). "If You Can't Beat 'em Join 'em". Evangelicalism : an Americanized Christianity. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers. pp. 281–286. ISBN .
  • Lucarini, Dan. Why I left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement. Evangelical Press.
  • Miller, Steve (1993). The Contemporary Christian Music Debate. Tyndale House.
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Top 10 Christian songs over the last year dominated by Lauren Daigle, Hillsong

Every week, millions of Christians sing praise and worship songs together, but what songs do individuals listen to the most?

Spotify, the top music streaming service named by Business Insider, released the most streamed Christian songs over the last year to Fox News.


Lauren Daigle's hit song "You Say," which broke the record for time spent at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart with 73 weeks in a row now, was also the top streamed song.

The 28-year-old Louisiana native had two other songs in the top 10, "Rescue" at No. 6, and "Look Up Child" at No. 8 --also the name of her latest album in 2018.


The second most streamed song is "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury, about God's fatherly love for his children, a song he wrote after becoming a dad.

The Michigan native and Bethel Music Collective singer told Fox News last year, "No matter what you’re dealing are never too far gone. His love will always be the way back home."

Hillsong UNITED, a leader in contemporary Christian worship music, along with Hillsong Worship, both out of the global church started in Australia, landed several spots in the top 10.

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," which debuted in 2013, was the third most streamed Christian song.

Other Hillsong UNITED songs on the list include "So Will I (100 Billion X)" at No. 5 and "Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)" at No. 10.

Hillsong Worship's "Who You Say I Am" lands at No. 7, as the band is set to embark on a 28-city tour in the United States beginning in May.


“We have been humbled by the way God has been using the songs of our new studio album 'Awake' across His church and in the lives of individuals in the short time it has been out," Brooke Ligertwood, the singer-songwriter who leads Hillsong Worship, told Fox News.

North Carolina-based Elevation Worship has the No. 4 spot with "O Come to the Altar (Live)" and its song from 2016 "Do It Again" lands at No. 9.


Top 10 Christian songs streamed on Spotify from Jan. 2019 to Jan. 2020.

  1. “You Say” - Lauren Daigle 
  2. “Reckless Love” - Cory Asbury 
  3. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” - Hillsong UNITED
  4.  “O Come to the Altar (Live)” - Elevation Worship
  5. “So Will I (100 Billion X)” - Hillsong UNITED 
  6. “Rescue” - Lauren Daigle 
  7. “Who You Say I Am - Live” - Hillsong Worship
  8. “Look Up Child” - Lauren Daigle 
  9. “Do It Again” - Elevation Worship 
  10. “Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) - Live” - Hillsong UNITED
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