Best fast praise and worship songs

Best Fast Praise & Worship Songs For Your Worship Team in 2018

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’re doing in my church, or that I know other churches are doing. If you have additional songs that work well for your team, leave some ideas in the comments. If I agree with you, your song could make it on my list. So comment away. Without further ado, here are the songs.

Halls of Heaven. Artist: Jesus Culture. CCLI #7089675. Album: Love Has a Name

Peel away the synths and drum machines, and you have a very easy fast song for your church. This is from Jesus Culture’s latest album, and it’s a good one. This is solid lyrically, too, celebrating the ease at which we can enter God’s presence. Try it out at your church and let me know how it goes.

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Glorious Day. Artist: Passion. CCLI #7081388. Album: Worthy Of Your Name

Kristian Stanfill. Passion. First song on the album. You know this one is going to be good. Released in February 2017, this is one of the standout fast worship songs of the year. What I really like about it, though is that it’s stupid simple musically. There are literally four chords in the verses and not many more in the chorus. Worship teams of all skill levels can do this song with excellence.The song is not light on theology. It notes where we would be without Christ (the grave) and that his resurrection allows us to run “out of that grave.” This song won’t disappoint musically or lyrically.

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.

Your Love Awakens Me. Artist: Phil Wickham. CCLI #7054720. Album: Children of God

This is a soon-to-be mega hit by Phil Wickham, the one who brought you “This Is Amazing Grace”, currently #1 on the CCLI top 100. Get to know this song. Soon it will be everywhere.

King Of Heaven. Artist: Fellowship Creative. Album: Sound Of Heaven

Here’s another one by one of today’s reliable creators of fast worship songs.

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.


Praise Goes On. Artist: Elevation Worship. CCLI #7051503. Album: Here As In Heaven

If you strip away the electronics and production, you still have a playable, singable fast worship song for your congregation. At its bones, this song is actually very simple. Give it a try on an acoustic guitar and see what happens.

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In The River. Artist: Jesus Culture. CCLI #7054537. Album: Let It Echo

This is a fast, playable song from Jesus Culture’s latest project. It promotes a spirit of freedom in Christ. In many churches, it’s not common to see people dancing — or even moving. But this song should get them one step closer. As a worship leader, you have the power to put words in people’s mouths, and words lead to action. Not that dancing is a true gauge of worship, but we want the church to experience God’s freedom to dance if they so wish, and a departure from the fear of man. This song nudges us in that direction.

Lion And The Lamb. Artist: Leeland Mooring, Bethel. CCLI #7038281. Album: Have It All

Leeland Mooring has been writing and performing music since he was like 6 months old — okay, an exaggeration — but the late-20s songwriter and recent Bethel implant has done it again with this fast song. This tune is a tour de force, describing the dual nature of God: both conqueror and one who allowed himself to be defeated in order to overcome death.

Look To The Son. Artist: Hillsong. CCLI #7068422. Album: Let There Be Light

This is another fast, easy song that will work in youth group as well as “grown up” services. This reminds me a lot of “Running” which is one of Hillsong’s top fast songs from a few years ago. Enjoy!

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Relentless. Artist: Hillsong United. CCLI # 6428743. Album: Zion

This one worked well as a fast song in our high school group. I haven’t tested it out yet on the older crowd, but it would probably be a good one.

In Tenderness. Artist: Citizens. Album: Citizens

It’s hard to believe, but this is an old hymn masterfully redone by one of today’s cutting edge worship bands.

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Found in You. Artist: Vertical Church Band. Album: The Rock Won’t Move.

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You Brought Me Back to Life. Artist: Citizens. Album: You Brought Me Back to Life

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 one another’s ministries.

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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.

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Endless Praise. Artist: Planetshakers. CCLI # 6621430. Album: Endless Praise (Live)

Upbeat: Check. Playable by the average worship team? Not sure. Haven’t tried this one but I’d love to hear whether your worship team has pulled this one off.

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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.

Let It Be Known. Artist: Worship Central. CCLI# 6521011. Album: Let It Be Known (Live)

While we’re talking about Worship Central, here’s another one from this worship organization headed up by Tim Hughes (well known for co-writing the ubiquitous fast worship song “Happy Day“). Don’t be scared off by the electronics in this song. In the video, notice what Mr. Hughes is playing: a good old fashion Gibson acoustic guitar! That means you can pull this one off with a guitar too.

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Here are more gems left by awesome readers.

Open Up the Heavens. Artist: Vertical Church Band. CCLI # 6304702. Album: Live Worship From Vertical Church

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.

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You Are Good. Artist: Bethel Music. CCLI # 5191806. Album: Be Lifted High

Youth worship musicians have lead this at my church and it went over well. This could be a winner in many youth groups as well as adult congregations.

Alive. Artist: Jesus Culture. CCLI # 6546326. Album: Let It Echo (Live)

It starts off slow, but this song gets going full throttle. With Kim Walker-Smith at the wheel, you know it’s going to be good.

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Overflowed. Artist: Trevor Hodge. CCLI # 5902129. Album: No Other Name

This one was suggested by reader Hayden Wilcox. Thanks Hayden!

Rejoice. Artist: Dustin Kensrue. Album: Christ Is Risen

A true modern hymn for hipsters. On par with Citizens and Saints stuff, which makes sense since it all came out of Mars Hill. Love this song and artist. Mars Hill, I miss you.

The Love of the Father. Artist: CityAlight. Album: Yours Alone

Another suggestion by reader Hayden Wilcox. Hayden is obviously a lot cooler than I am because he has some really cool, more obscure suggestions.

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Joy!. Artist: Worship Central Australia.

Exalted One. Artist: Elevation Worship. CCLI # 6024518. Album: For The Honor

Crazy good song.

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.

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  1. These are some great suggestions! We have just started incorporating contemporary worship songs into our service (We’ve recently had a shift from primary 60 & above to the average is mid 30s!) and these songs are a great list to start from. We haven’t done any fast songs yet, starting them out slow- mostly songs with hymns tie-ins. I think that I am definitely going to incorporate “This is Amazing Grace” this month.

    I’m not sure how upbeat you consider Casting Crowns, but their East is from the West and Until the Whole World Hears could possibly make pretty good worship songs as well.

  2. Thanks Heidi,

    Congratulations on incorporating some faster music into your worship services. It’s always a hard shift trying to add a little something for all ages. Keep working at it. It’s a process.

    I’ll check out those Casting Crowns tunes!

  3. No idea about the difficulty of playing these songs, but hopefully there is a gem or two that you can potentially use. Not a worship leader myself, but definitely wish my church would pick up on some of these.

    We Are Your Church – Celebration Worship
    From the Day – I Am They
    We Are Yours – I Am They
    Everyday – Hillsong
    Touch the Sky – Hillsong (Off their new album ‘Empire’ – starts slow and ends fast)
    My Beloved – Crowder
    My Lighthouse – Rend Collective
    Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture

  4. Thank you so much. Was just praying for some guidance and suggestions on fast songs. Like you said fast songs are hard to come by. We have a young and youthful church at Firehouse Church Brea, Ca. I am going to incorporate most or all of the songs you suggested. Yay!!! Can’t wait!!!

  5. Vanessa – so glad my list helped give you some ideas. I’d love to hear how your church likes the songs so come back and leave another comment and update us.

  6. Thank you so much. I just recently moved from a youth-centered, fast-paced church to a small-town church with ages primarily 60+. I’m getting involved with worship there and I just couldn’t remember a lot of the songs that my old youth group and church used to do. This list was a BIG help. The choir director is wanting to slowly transition into faster-paced, more modern songs to appeal to the youth in the area. This list is so great!

  7. Kelly,

    So glad the list was helpful. Thanks for being one of the unsung heroes who works with small churches. You are needed. I think you’ll find that a lot of the 60+ crowd will like the newer fast stuff. The key is a slow transition: not trying to move the congregation too far too fast. Sounds like that’s what you have planned. Blessings on your efforts there.

    Worship Deeper

  8. Don’t forget, Lincoln Brewster has lots of great praise tunes. Yes, he’s an awesome guitarist, but you don’t have to emulate his lead solos to play his songs. 🙂

  9. Love some of these! thanks so much for sharing. We also do: Be Lifted Higher-David Moore, Closer-Hillsong Live, Endless Praise-Planetshakers, Glorious-Bryan and Katie Torwalt, God Most High-Worship Central. And even though it’s not fast, one of our absolute FAVORITE SONGS is Great are You Lord by All Sons & Daughters.

  10. Good songs.

    ‘Open Up The Heavens’ by Vertical Church and ‘For Your Glory’ by Matt Redman always works well. And also ‘Love Came Down’ by Ben Cantelon also is brilliant. There are two versions. The original is more mid tempo and I prefer it. But he has recently arranged a faster one which works also.

  11. I have been on the search for more upbeat worship songs. I plan on incorporating a few from your list! Thank you. Today is the Day- Lincoln Brewster is a song my church seems to like fairly well. Nothing Is Impossible- Planetshakers is an upbeat song that instantly makes you clap your hands. They have a couple other upbeat songs that you may want to consider as well if you like the feel of this one. Greater- MercyMe is an absolute crowd pleaser. I have worn this song out but I’ve yet to get tired of singing or seeing everyone worship to it! Thrive- Casting Crowns is moderately upbeat but can be made more upbeat if actually playing it. I could go on and on about the worship songs that Casting Crowns have provided for my church. **(They aren’t upbeat at all but “All you’ve ever wanted” and “Just be Held” are two songs on their new cd that really speak to my church. There are many other slower songs that they have as well that can move you to your knees.)**

  12. Elevation worship has some great songs that are upbeat as well. Unstoppable God is a great set starter.

  13. Hey! Thanks for posting these! I’m always on the look out to find good upbeat songs to sing for worship! These gave me some great suggestions.

    Here are a few I think you may like:
    Kim Walker-Alive
    Bryan & Katie Torwalt-Glorious
    Bryan Torwalt-He Is Faithful

  14. Our kids worship team did pull off endless praise at our youth Sunday. It was a blast. Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking of quite a few of your suggestions but I’ve been nervous to try them. We do need more songs so here I go!!

  15. I just began worship leading for youth group three weeks ago. I want to start incorporating more upbeat/faster songs into the set. It is so hard to find simple fast songs, thank you for all the resources!

  16. Thanks so much for these songs! I have just begun my journey of leading praise and worship and these songa and videos were sooooooo helpful! The kids are between 9-14 and although Iisten to contemporary Christian music, I am a ballad fan and have really been struggling to find some praise songs the kids could relate to. I am so grateful! Keep the praise songs coming!!!

  17. Laura – Thanks for your comments. I think all us worship leader gravitate toward slower, contemplative songs. However the church needs fast, upbeat songs too…especially when you’re leading youth in worship. I’m glad these songs have helped you in your journey of worship leading as you say. Another tip – ask the 9-14 year olds what worship songs they are listening too. That’s a great song idea generator as well.

  18. This is a really nice mix of mostly newer and recent ideas from many different artists. I see where you used many songs with simple phrasing which is key when developing a larger list to pick from. A few things for all of us (as leaders picking the songs our teams will sing) is to remember these key points as well:
    1.) Range – some of these guys (like Stanfill, Tomlin, etc) have higher tenor voices that most have trouble singing with. The only way I have found help here is to transpose them and hope the music guys are okay (riffs sometimes change considerably when you drop a 3rd down). Good luck here – the songs are great and worthy to be done. Watch out for songs that start really low then jump up an octave…it spells a challenge for your team and the gathering flock.
    2.) Melody line/Syncopation: most of your congregations are not the ones who sing these songs constantly in the car, at the office, in the shower, etc, so really looking at phrasing and the flow of the melody helps. In other words, pick these songs that have a simple, straightforward melody to start (nothing too jumpy in pitch or rhythm – some of this is explained above) and gradually work in songs with more syncopation,etc. Training is part of the worship process. We invite them in to join, not listen every Sunday. If you always hear “what great music!” versus “what great worship!”, go simpler. Trust me. You are there only to facilitate. Fast and simple to start can work and engage quickly.
    3. Be Flowmasters – know where you go after your high octane. Carefully go to the next adventure – key, speed, range, etc. That is huge. Prayerfully consider who sings when and how the fast song ties into the next one (fast/medium/slow). Present the theme the Holy Spirit wants to embrace.
    Keep these in mind – maybe more than you needed or old school stuff. Been doing this a long time now and have seen a lot of great servant led worship. Great list – keep it up!

  19. I lead worship for the youth at my church. You have included some great songs that we do (This Is Amazing Grace & Like A Lion) and I have been wanting to do Go for awhile! Some other ones that I like are One Way, Salvation Is Here, Break Free, The Time Has Come, and The Point Of Difference by Hillsong United. Also, I Am Free by The Newsboys and Not To Us by Chris Tomlin. Finding Who We Are by Kutless is another good one. No One Like You by David Crowder Band used to be one that we did a lot over 5 years ago and always went over well.

    What’s funny is that I am actually much better with the fast songs than the slower songs (probably my experience in playing in punk bands growing up!). I am finding it harder to discover new fast songs (especially from Hillsong United). So always cool to discover new stuff (hadn’t heard the Jesus Culture Forevermore song before so that was a cool discovery).

    Keep up the good work!

  20. Fantastic list! You’ve made the job of music pastors around the world a whole lot easier by running the first 100 metres for them. Thanks heaps!
    Some other songs that we do at my church are:
    “Alive” by Hillsong, “Made Alive” by Citizens and Saints, “Jesus” by Citizens and Saints, “Overflowed” by Trevor Hodge, “Rejoice” by Dustin Censure, “The Love of the Father” by CityAlight, and “Joy!” by Worship Central Australia.

  21. Thanks so much for this list!! I was having trouble finding some upbeat new songs for our team, and this list is perfect. After reading this, we learned the song “Running,” and now I’ve come back for another suggestion. I think we’ll do “God is Alive” next! Thanks again.

  22. I think Great I Am by Philips, Craig, and Dean is an amazing song and very powerful!! Our youth band did it on Wednesday nights!

  23. I am really surprised that no one, yourself or comments, has mentioned anything from Elevation Worship yet! Based out of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, these guys are putting out some phenomenal stuff. I serve as worship leader at Oasis Church in Radford, VA, and we have added about 8 songs to our repertoire from Elevation in the last 14 months or so.

    Specifically, check out “Mighty Warrior” and “Only King Forever” from the Only King Forever album. From the same album, a couple of others are fantastic mid-tempo songs: “I Will Look Up” and “Great and Mighty King.” From the album For the Honor, check out “Exalted One.” And finally, from Nothing is Wasted, check out “Greater” (feat. Israel Houghton), which starts low and builds nicely. When I discovered Elevation Worship early in 2015, I knew I’d found something special! Do yourself and your team a favor, and check out Elevation Worship on iTunes! Start with Only King Forever; you will not be disappointed!

  24. Yep I’m a big fan of Elevation Worship. Thanks for the suggestions. It’s kind of like when you lose your keys and they are sitting on the kitchen table – this one is so obvious everyone missed it. Thanks for bringing that to my attention and I’ll add some of their stuff!

  25. Hi Tim,
    I stumbled across your site unintentionally but I’m curtain it wasn’t by accident as I’m running a leadership meeting tomorrow and will recommend this site as a resource. As seems to be common situation, we too have an ageing congregation and find that by opening a service with 2 or 3 uptempo praise songs, we can collectively enter into a deeper time of worship with dynamic and spontaneous movement of the Spirit. The oldies struggled coming to terms with the new songs initially but through prayer persistence, they now seem in full support. We, the music/worship leadership are constantly on the lookout for fresh upbeat songs that can be used to lead the church into His presence.
    This one was mentioned earlier, it’s probably been the most effective song at unifying a congregation diverse in age:
    The Love Of The Father by City Alight
    Nothing But The Blood by the same group (this is the traditional hymn, but check it out as it is an awesome upbeat version!).
    Keep up the good work brother! Your encouragement to all who have left comments is inspiring.
    In Him,

  26. Rise and Sing is a staple in our youth praise band. Matt Redman’s “Undignified” is another great fast paced tune. I saw another comment mentioning Until the Whole World Hears by Casting Crowns. This is another staple for our group. It’s fun to play and not too difficult with a little practice.

  27. This list was a huge help, thank you! I lead worship at a university, so it’s a pretty young crowd. We’ve been doing Risen by Covenant Worship. A little more complex, but you can buy the track to go along. Also, Joy by Planetshakers.

  28. Great list – thanks. Love anything from Rend Collective. We’ve just started practising “Your Royal Blood” and already have “Build Your Kingdom Here” and “My Lighthouse” on our index. Another goodie is “Yahweh” by Dustin Smith. Two other great Aussie songs are “The Greatest Reason” by Paradise Music (from Paradise church in South Australia) and “But God” by Rob Scott from Margaret Court’s church in Perth, Victory Life Centre.

  29. Thanks for the song suggestions and thank you for blessing university students with your worship ministry.

  30. This is very helpful! I am at a new church as the worship leader and the vision of our pastor is to be current(within the last 2 years) and more rock/upbeat worship songs vs slower. He also prefers not to repeat a song within a 6 week period- so my work is cut out for me! If folks have any ideas or suggestions for me- (we do have a band of talented musicians who can handle pretty much anything I throw at them) I would be so thankful for your help/song suggestions!

  31. I like the idea of this list, but as a female musician, playing in an all-girl alternative rock worship band, it’s discouraging to see such a lack of suggested upbeat songs by female musicians.

  32. Thanks for posting all these songs. Try doing Hank Williams’ “I saw the Light ” what a classic !

  33. THIS BLOG POST IS A BLESSING. Thank you SO much!
    Our worship setlist has overused Wake and Alive by Hillsong YAF so much so I was looking for some simple praise songs and behold, my journey has succeeded.
    Just wanted throw out:
    “Hope Will Rise” -By Every Nation Music
    swaying beat but good with both older and younger crowd. Heard it first at a college campus ministry conference!

  34. I would love to see more Scripture in today’s music. Perhaps some of you could create some praise songs from the Psalms. Also, so much of today’s worship music is difficult for older people to sing along because of all the syncapation within the music. I like it when some of the old hymns are livened up. Would like to see more of that.

  35. It is indeed a challenge for a praise and worship leader to find a balance between a hip music while looking for an anointed song. It is easy to find a fast song. But to find a song with a catchy beat, tune, at the same time good theology, singable by the congregation AND a special “umph” of God is hard to find.

    Likewise, pastors are in a dilemma of finding that a true worship leader.

    I remember meeting Alvin Slaughter personally and he told us something that embedded in my brain. He said “I am a music minister more than a praise and worship leader. When I sing, the tendency of the people is to listen to me and be blessed by the message of the song. Ron (referring to Ron Kenoly) is a praise and worship leader. When he sings, he encourages the congregation to sing along with him. He has a great voice. But not all great singers are worship leaders.”

    Likewise, not all songs are created equal. There are great songs that are really just for listening pleasure while some are indeed created to be sung to the Master 🙂

  36. I am so grateful to have found this site. Our church is starting a more contemporary Worship Service next month. It’s considered a pilot program, and we would appreciate your prayer support. There are so many suggestions that I’m fired up to use! The songs excite me about God’s presence in my life, and His love for me. I’m inspired to inspire others through music! Thank you!

  37. If you have a good lead guitarist and female singer then Jesus Culture’s “Holding Nothing Back” is by far my most favorite upbeat worship song! Easy to play too!

  38. Thank you for these suggestions. I’m the only musician at this small Baptist church. I play piano and my calling is absolutely slow worship songs. So, finding and being able to play uptempo music is quite a challenge. Our congregation is a more mature group, so I try to incorporate traditional hymns along with contemporary. They are very sweet about the combination of songs like Down At the Cross and Awesome God or I Surrender All with All Who Are Thirsty. I desperately need more uptempo songs that I can play, so I will be checking out all of these on your list. If you have anymore tips please share them. Thank you so much. God bless you!

  39. majority of these songs are very ‘Me’ centered, horizontal and spiritual type songs…great through the week…but we go to church to worship God for who he is, not what he does for us…so maybe congregations need to start offering Vertical worship…as a guide…reflect on John’s vision in revelations.
    Less fluff, and noise! No I am not an old person.

  40. Hello – thanks for sharing all of these great songs. I’ve found a few new ones to add to my running playlist. Sunday morning runs before sunrise are my time with God on the quiet roads.

    One song that I wanted to mention (in case it hasn’t been yet) is “Risen” by Covenant Worship. The song features Israel Houghton of Lakewood Church and Israel & New Breed (these are great albums to look into). Grace to all.

  41. Some that have been working for us are :

    Grace on top of Grace – Fellowship Collective
    Hands toward Heaven – North Point
    Lion and the Lamb – Bethel
    Only your love – Kari jobe
    Never Stop – Urban Rescue
    Center My Life – Austin Stone Worship
    Freedom – Bethel
    He is faithful – Bryan and Katie Torwalt

  42. Wow Thank you so much! These songs were a great help. Me and my husband are the worship leaders at our church. We’re just starting out and its so hard to find upbeat songs and this just helped me and I had totally forgot about some of these songs on here. Praise God. Definitely gonna try some!

  43. So, for 2016 you are including songs from 2009?
    This list is click bait, because it is neither top songs nor songs of 2016.
    We must be better than this.

  44. Jimmy,

    Thanks for your comments and I get where you’re coming from. You only want to see newly-published songs on the list.
    However, I made the list about a few different things: 1) Songs worship teams can play easily; 2) Songs that churches *are playing* in 2016; 3) Fairly modern stuff that’s not outdated yet.
    If you’ve been around the church for a while, you notice that it takes years for songs to “catch on” and finally be adopted into congregations.
    You argue that songs *not* from 2016 should not be on the list. And that these are not “top songs”. However, if you look at CCLI’s list of top 25 songs ( you’ll notice there are few, if any, from 2016. In fact, currently at #7 is “How Great Is Our God” from 2004.
    So forgive me for having songs from 2009, but I believe each song on the list is relevant and useful to today’s church.
    You’ll notice a few other things about CCLI’s top 25 songs. As I’m writing this, only 2 of them could be considered “upbeat”. That demonstrates a real weakness of worship songwriters today. Or, a weakness inside the church. Either there aren’t fast songs being written, or the church is not adopting them and getting them in the top spots of CCLI’s list. (I was glad to see one of my fast song suggestions “This Is Amazing Grace” at #1 on CCLI’s list).
    So there’s a hole in worship music today: fast songs. That’s why I think over 14,000 people *per month* come to my fast worship songs resource. Worshipers are searching for upbeat songs with which to encourage their congregations, but they can’t find them. I’m filling that gap, albeit perhaps not with songs that were written in the last few months.
    So here are your next steps. Send over some fast songs from this year and I will add them to the list, if I think regular worship teams can play them.
    Oh, and you said this article was click bait. No, it’s not, but this other one I wrote is: 5 Rock Stars Who Might Have Been Worship Leaders

  45. Just got this comment via email from Pastor Dennis in Yakima, Washington…

    I don’t know who you are and had not even known of your sight 6 weeks ago. I lost a youth pastor who had just started a praise band. They hadn’t even played one song yet. I searched, found your sight…we played our first song about 5 weeks ago. I sent them to your sight, told them to watch the videos and gave them chords. We started playing and wow…thanks. It was nice to have a source to send them. I just had time to read your lesson on is worship for us or God and loved it and will share it at band practice is a couple of hours. Thanks so much. The upbeat songs were very helpful and easy to play. We have been blessed and will continue to send others to your sight and hope you know it made a difference. Praise to God.

  46. I come from a gospel background which had a plethera of fast paced songs but I now lead in a contemporary style. I think our mainstream radio style songs, which are played in most of our contemporary Christian churches do not really focus on praise but more worship. Many churches feel the upbeat, the over production, the lighting becomes way too over done and can take the focus away from God. I don’t think it has to be this way. Music touches people regardless how fast or slow you play them. I totally agree we need more fast upbeat songs in our churches (some people are afraid of the whole Pentecostal movement and will avoid such music)…I love Kim Walker Smith, Bethel music, planetshakers, Elevation worship, & Hillsong young and free. I’ve lead praise and worship since I was 14 yrs old and I am now 34…I’ve been overseeing a youth band for the last 5 years. I’ve learned that the music I like at 34 is not what a 15 year old would like. Before I implement any new songs, I try to get feedback from the kids (youth)…as long as the song is easy to sing, has a chorus that is relatable, and directs people towards God I’m usually good with it. I think a 15 year old kid knows how to reach a 15 yr old kid…so I give them quite a bit of freedom. My job as their leader is to expose them…let God work and speak through them. It’s amazing what kids will do…some of them have written their own vamps or chants…re-write lyrics…use secular songs and re-write them to glorify Christ. Awesome! We started with 6 kids…now we have 19. It’s great to see kids grabbing a hold of God at 13-19 years old.

  47. Thanks for joining in the search for songs that are simple, wholesome, and happy. There is a lot of what I would call saccharine worship music out there. I define it as songs that use big words but nobody really knows what they’re saying. Or over-the-top declarations of surrender, without a taste of real life. “God, you are the only one!” What does that even mean? You get my drift. I miss the happy songs we used to sing in youth group in the seventies. “Love him in the morning,” and “Doesn’t that Bible say?” Sure, not all of them are messages directed toward God, i.e. “I worship you.” But they give you a lot more bang for your buck, in terms of good old-fashioned joy and courageous fire. Most of our songs nowadays are meta-worship. “Oh, God, I’m singing about worshiping you! In a slow tempo, oh Lord!” We need to be a lot more like the Raven in The Magician’s Nephew, “Am I the first joke?” Thank you, thank you, for digging deeper and looking for something more.

  48. To answer your query: Our church has done “endless praise” by planet shakers. It works great with just a 4 piece band so long as the guitarist can do the lead lines. We ended up using a backing track for the drums and lead lines and got away with a rhythm guitar and keys on stage.

  49. You say that the version of “Alive” by Hillsong Young & Free is too electronic/techno. Travis Cottrell put a version of this song on his last CD (All That Is Within Me) that is less techno, has some electric guitar riffs.

  50. Grateful to see a few comments about the content of these songs. Yes, it is great to have some upbeat songs that are lively. But in a corporate worship experience singing songs together about or to God is much better than singing songs about ourselves or our plight. I would love to see some “older” hymns and psalms reworked to be more modern.

    I’m in my 30s and would prefer to sing songs by the Gettys, Fernando Ortega, and the like purely based on the content and “direction” of their songs.

  51. Thanks for maintaining this site. I have benefited greatly from coming to this site and hearing Endless light for our Youth Band for our Youth Band to learn.

    I do want to recommend the following:
    Hillsong United: Break Free
    Hillsong United: The Time Has Come
    Hillsong United: One Way
    Hillsong United: Take It All
    Hillsong United: No Reason To Hide
    Hillsong United: Freedom Is Here
    Hillsong United: Light Will Shine
    Kutless: Finding Who We Are
    Citizens: Made Alive
    Kari Jobe: We Are
    Fee: Rise And Sing
    Passion/Kristian Stanfill: Glorious Day
    Hillsong Y&F: This Is Living
    Hillsong Y&F: Where You Are
    Hillsong Y&F: Real Love
    Jesus Culture: Never Gonna Stop Singing
    Lincoln Brewster: Majestic
    Big Daddy Weave (or Bethel or Leeland): The Lion And The Lamb
    David Crowder Band: Here Is Our King
    Starfield: I Will Go
    Seventh Day Slumber: Your Name High
    Fee: All Because Of Jesus
    Newsboys: I Am Free

  52. Thanks for your great suggestions! Those will be really helpful to other worship leaders looking for songs.

  53. As a songwriter I’ve felt it important to write these upbeat songs of celebration and thanksgiving, for the same reasons you mention–there are so many slower and contemplative songs out there! And, I gravitate towards the slower stuff…I try to discipline myself to write and learn the uptempo songs as well. Anyway, I’ve been using Andy Park’s New Day (it’s from his 2009 album, Wonder Working God), In the River (the one you mentioned), and some of my own…not trying to do the self-plug, so I won’t post my own stuff!

  54. My mom grew up with hymns, and then when i was like 7 we moved to a closer church called impact. Okay maybe i was 10-11 i don’t really remember. Anyways so Impact church is weslyn and my mom didn’t know what that was, but the children ministry was amazing! My brother and I loved it!! And we called it big church hahaha I loved the worship. It was like a concert almost for Jesus. My Nanna didn’t like it b/c she said she doesn’t want to vibrate while worshiping. ( she only came once for a baptisim) It’s so powerful! My dad soon joined the band b/c of his musical background it was extremely easy for him to become apart of the band, and now i might help the worship team for children ministries! Sorry for any of my mistakes while writing this. 🙂

  55. Jona, thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you found a great church with good music. That’s something many people try to find for years. Sometimes God leads us to the right place when we don’t even know he’s doing it!

  56. Thanks so much for this Tim. Started to worry after purchasing 5 latest albums all without any upbeat songs. Great find for me on your list was FELLOWSHIP CREATIVE. Another song I can suggest that worked well for us over the past season is: Fill This Place by Red Rocks Worship (wait for verse 2)

  57. Don’t know if anyone has suggested “Soul on Fire” by Third Day. Meaningful words, easy chords, even with going up a key for the last verse. Our primary school worship band introduced it to the school this week during praise time; great response.

  58. Thank you so much for this post. God is so good! I’m a worship leader and I had prayed “God help me find some new upbeat, fast worship songs”. I prayed that prayer and then did what all Christians do when searching for answers, I googled. I searched for “fast upbeat christian songs” and I came across your article. It was so so so helpful, so thank you. This was an answered prayer.

  59. A workship leader friend of mine was struggling finding a fast worship song for his youth…. so he wrote one.
    It’s called “FREE” by hebruz. You can youtube it to find the song and lyrics. Note this song was written with guitar so its doable without all the instrumentation you hear in the audio.

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