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Worship Leader Magazine continued their series of “Top 20s” with a post of their top 20 songs of the last 20 years. I was floored by their choices once again and found myself disagreeing with much of it. I felt like “songs that impact the church” is much less subjective and should make sense but it didn’t.

Because of this I decided to create the top 20 worship songs that impact me. These are the songs that grip me, give me goosebumps, and bring me in Jesus presence like no other. They are listed in random order. Some you may think odd choices. What did you expect? shout to the lord?

Waiting on a few other friends to do same list so I can link to them, but here is my buddy Ed Rotheram’s post on same topic.

I have included some sample lyrics in same fashion worship leader mag did.
I would love your thoughts on my list or go make your own and link me so I can see and comment on yours!

My personal top 20 worship songs

Psalm 61: 2nd Chapter of Acts (Matthew Ward)
Hear my cry O God,
Give heed to my prayer,
From the ends of the earth I call to thee,
When my heart is pained,
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
For thou hast been a refuge for me.
And a tower of strength against the enemy,

Mozart: Kyrie Eleison (From the Requiem)
Kyrie, eleison.
Christe, eleison.
Kyrie, eleison.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Like a Lion: Daniel Bashta
Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold to see a revolution somehow

Lion of Judah: Jason Upton
Hear the sound of the Lion of Judah
See the fire and the fear in the enemy’s camp
From the sound of the lion of Judah roaring again

Messiah – Phil Wickham
Run, I want to run to your open hand
But father I can barely stand On my own

You won’t relent – Misty Edwards
You won’t relent
Until You have it all
My heart is Yours

Solid Rock – Edward Mote remade by E-Pop and Mars Hill Seattle
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Holy Spirit move/Take me into the fathers heart – Klaus Keuhn
We don’t ever want to be the same
So breathe upon us Now and we’ll be changed

Facedown – Matt redman
And I’ll fall facedown,
As Your glory shines around.

Majesty – Delirious
Here I am humbled by your Majesty
Covered by your grace so free
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man
Covered by the blood of the Lamb

Micah 6:8 – Charlie Hall
Forget not the widow, the orphan, and slave
O God please remember the helpless today

Approach my soul the mercy seat – Jamie Barnes/John Newton
Fashion my heart in your alchemy
With the brass to front the devilʼs purgery
And surefire grace my Jesus speaks
I must. I will. I do believe. Oh Lord

What have we done – Joe Day
Oh my soul, oh my Jesus
Judas sold you for 30, Iʼd have done it for les

One Righteous man – Red Letter
All we like sheep have gone our own way
And distanced ourselves from our only help

Alpha and Omega – Israel Houghton and New Breed
You are Alpha and Omega
We worship you our Lord
you are worthy to be praised

Beautiful scandalous night – The Choir
At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

All Who are Thirsty – Brenton Brown
All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life

Jesus Christ – Saviour Machine
Bring them to life
Without hate, without pain
Without suffering insane
Without death, without fire
Without lies that feed the liar

Gethsemene – Jesus Christ Superstar
God thy will is hard
But you hold every card
I will drink your cup of poison
Nail me to your cross and break me
Bleed me, beat me
Kill me, take me now
Before I change my mind

Tide Wash over me – Vineyard UK Josh Thomson
As I cry out in the night
All my anger, all my pride
Seems to wash away in the strength of your beating tide

Recently Worship Leader published their list of the top 20 most influential albums on worship of the past 20 years. It is a very cool list, but I walked away thinking there were a few very odd choices. Of course this kind of list is subjective, but there were people on that list that haven’t even impacted the corporate worship of the church just yet. They are too new.

As I chatted with my friend Mike Mahoney on the list and we decided that, since it was subjective to say which CD’s have influenced worship as a whole, we would instead create lists of the top Albums that have influenced our personal worship styles on and off the stage.

Here is mike’s post on it

My top 10 influential CD’s on my worship musical style

  1. Delirious: Cutting Edge – a brilliant CD and the day modern worship changed forever with the first crack of the snare in “did you feel the mountains tremble”
  2. Klaus Kuehn: Healing waters – This CD like no other just brings me into the throneroom
  3. The Choir: Love songs and Prayers – My favorite Christian band of all time with inspiring lyrics and the greatest guitar sounds
  4. At the Foot of the Cross: Vol 1 Clouds, Rain, Fire – This CD may have been the first album to mash ancient and modern worship together. With tons of different artists it meshed so many styles and still to this day sounds relevant
  5. Paul Baloche: Open the Eyes of my Heart – I was surprised this was not on the list above. This album was so rich!
  6. David Crowder Band: Illuminate – This CD introduced us to so many worship songs I still play. Hands down my favorite CD from crowder
  7. Vineyard: More than ever – A live CD with worship leader Robbie Rieder. I love all the songs on this album. “dwell” “sweetly broken” “more than ever” “bless his name” .. not a bad song
  8. Daniel Bashta: Sounds of Daniel Bashta – This CD blew my mind and I am so happy to have new prophetic “WAR” worship
  9. Misty Edwards: tie between relentless and Always on his mind – Misty stirs my soul and teaches me to listen when I lead
  10. Charlie Hall: Flying into Daybreak – Charlie was never afraid to push boundaries with his lyrics, direct it towards God and yet at same time make it accesible.
  11. Kings X: Faith Hope Love – Pure rock, melodic, and Solo’s for God. What could be better
  12. IONA: Journey into the Morn – One of those albums that somehow transport you in worship to another world.
  13. Matt Redman: Facedown – Real, authentic stripped down.
  14. Saviour Machine: Saviour Machine 1 – A christian goth CD that has taught me space, layering and power
  15. Sojourn Music: Over the Grave – The best modern workings of hymns… a perfectly crafted CD
  16. Red Letter: Red Letter Live – More modern hymns that have stylistically changed the way I play
  17. Ex Nihilo: Ex Nihilo Live – More modern hymns that have stylistically changed the way I play
  18. Brian & Jenn Johnson: We Believe – I love the sincerity of this CD and crave for this type of deep worship
  19. Sojourn Music: Split EP – Sojourn singlehandedly brought the art of folk and real doctrine worship back into my playing
  20. Phil Wickham: Singalong – The best Live worship CD of all time. one guy… one guitar and tons of people pouring out to God!

Of course there are more bands and CD’s having an impact on my worship style and will continue to, but these had the biggest impact.

How about you? What would be your top album influences on your worship style?