Finding fast, upbeat worship songs is one of the toughest parts of a worship leader’s job.
I still haven’t quite figured out why this is. Maybe it’s a lot easier for worship artists to write slow, contemplative songs. They’re certainly a lot easier to play.
When a church worship team does find a good fast song, it proves too difficult or ends up sounding cheesy or mid-tempo.
No matter how difficult, worship leaders need fast praise songs. The Bible doesn’t call us to sing only dirges every Sunday!
Not to fear. I’ve decided we worship leaders need a great resource to find fast songs.
So here’s a list of fast songs that we’ve done at our church or that I think would work in a church setting. If you have additional songs that work well for your team, leave some ideas in the comments. Your song could make it on my list. So comment away. Without further ado, here are the songs.
Sing Wherever I Go. Artist: We The Kingdom. CCLI #7138601. Album: Live At The Wheelhouse
I’m loving We The Kingdom lately and this is a great example why. With their original lyrics, rock-country feel, and authentic worship, this band is going places. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2021.
My Testimony. Artist: Elevation. CCLI #7137792.
Here’s a newer song that more and more churches are using. Expect it to become a popular one in 2021. What’s the one thing that should give us the most joy? As this song says, that your name is registered in heaven.
You Are The Light. Artist: Ovation Worship. CCLI #7141701. Album: Ovation Worship Live
Here’s a song I’m super excited about for a number of reasons. First, I got to interview Colt Straub of Ovation Worship and he’s a super cool guy. Second, the song has a rap interlude, and rap is something more churches should introduce in a worship setting. Third, the song and album were written and produced by a local church in Oklahoma, USA for their own congregation and now, the world. If God is calling you to write and record songs for your church, follow Ovation Worship’s example and just do it. Check out more about what Ovation Worship is doing, and find chord charts and more at OvationWorship.com.
Oh My Soul. Artist: Travis Cottrell. CCLI #7141764. Album: Spirit Rise
Although it’s about a year old, this song is still under the radar. While I thought the performance was lacking (vocals, videography, singers) the song itself is actually pretty good and could be a good addition to your fast song repertoire.
This Changes Everything. Artist: Jon Egan. CCLI #7123476. Album: Unveil
My church has been doing this song for quite some time and people can really worship to it. I’m so glad Jon Egan included this powerful, fast worship song as the second track of the album “Unveil.” The song tells how Jesus’ resurrection changed everything for the lives of believers.
God So Loved. Artist: We The Kingdom. CCLI #7138599. Album: Live At The Wheelhouse
Here’s another upbeat song from this acoustic rock/country worship band.
Every Beat. Artist: North Point InsideOut. CCLI #7081648. Album: Nothing Ordinary
This song is actually a couple of years old but I just discovered it and thought it was a good one to add here. This song is from the same album as “Death Was Arrested” which we’ve done a million times at my church, but somehow never did this one. So here’s a great one to teach your church if you missed it like I did.
Never Get Over It. Artist: Michael Neale. CCLI #7127416. Album: Foundation
I really like the sound of Michael Neale’s voice and style. With the incorporation of horns, the sound is something you don’t hear in worship music every day. Plus this song’s lyrics are fresh, avoiding the typical worship song cliches. Well done, Michael.
Inhabit. Artist: Leeland. CCLI #7133705. Album: Better Word
This song admittedly starts off mid-tempo but it does get going. Plus, there’s not a lot of lyrics, making it an easy one for worship teams and congregations to learn.
Let Go. Artist: Hillsong Young & Free. CCLI #7108455. Album: III
This song might be more suitable for youth groups than adult services, but it could work in just about any setting by customizing the arrangement and instrumentation. Hillsong Y&F is pushing the limits of worship music. If you want to hear what “mainstream” adult worship will sound like in 5 years, listen to the Y&F album simply called “III”.
Freedom. Artist: Jesus Culture. CCLI #7078151. Album: Living With A Fire
So, I know this list features a lot of Jesus Culture songs, but they seem to be one of the few groups putting out upbeat worship songs these days. Here’s a fast one from the reigning champs of worship music.
Hindsight. Artist: Hillsong Young & Free. CCLI #7109515. Album: III
Here’s another Hillsong Y&F tune. What I like about this group is that they are not afraid to write non-cliche lyrics — and lyrics that sound a lot like people talk (but slightly more artistic). For instance, “I don’t need to know what the future says / ‘Cause if the past could talk it would tell me this.” That’s pretty good song writing, especially for worship music which tends to mention things like mountains, valleys, darkness, light. Those are all good topics, but overused in worship music. Good on Y&F for breaking that mold. This song is a good example of their songwriting prowess.
Zeal. Artist: The Belonging Co. CCLI #7085967. Album: All the Earth
Wow – I haven’t heard a new fast worship song quite like this since the early Hillsong United albums. I don’t know much about The Belonging Co., but no doubt I will soon.
Grace On Top Of Grace. Artist: Fellowship Creative. CCLI #7040862. Album: Eclipsed
This is a fast, easy song and you can even work in “Amazing Grace” as they do in this version. Although this song is a couple years old now, it’s still sounds fresh and could work in your church in 2021.
Your Love Awakens Me. Artist: Phil Wickham. CCLI #7054720. Album: Children of God
This is admittedly an obvious choice and you’ve no doubt heard of it by now. But I thought I would include it for those who haven’t gotten around to introducing it at their church yet.
Louder. Artist: Immerse Worship
This was a song submitted by a member of the Worship Deeper community. Calvary Church in North Carolina recorded this live at a worship night, and sent it along. It’s quite good! They even sent an MP3 and chord chart that anyone can download. (Do that here). Do you have a song you’d like to submit? See how to get your song in front of thousands of worship leaders here.
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Again, if you have fast songs that work at your church, please share. I’ll post the good ones to this list. Let’s come together and support one another’s ministries.
Fast Worship Song Suggestions from Readers
I thought I’d circle back and add some suggestions for fast worship songs from readers. There has been an incredible response to this post and many of you are adding some great song ideas. Here goes.
From the Day. Artist: I Am They. Album: I Am They
This is an acoustic-driven upbeat song that would be easy to pull off even with a team of just a few musicians.
We Are Yours. Artist: I Am They. Album: I Am They
This song skews a little toward the medium-fast side of the spectrum, but still worth including.
The Way. Artist: Worship Central. CCLI# 7023304.
Worship Central is a band-slash-movement (according to their website) that has some impactful songs, fast and slow alike. This song employs a catchy, electronic style while proclaiming the truth that Jesus is The Way.
Nothing Is Impossible. Artist: Planetshakers. CCLI # 5199808. Album: Nothing Is Impossible
Don’t be intimidated by this Planetshakers tune. At its core, it’s a very simple song. Give it a try.
Open Up The Heavens. Artist: Meredith Andrews. CCLI # 6304702. Album: Worth It All
This one is rising up the ranks on CCLI’s top songs list. Great to see a fast song by a female worship leader being widely used. I had a comment (see below) that there aren’t many females on the list. Agreed! Women worship leaders: start writing fast songs so I can feature you on my list.
Well, that’s it for now but please keep the suggestions coming. I’ll add the good ones to the list.
If you’d like to be updated when I post new fast songs to this list, leave a comment below.
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