As of December, 2015, popular praise and worship songs include Chris Tomlin's "How Great Is Our God," Matt Maher's "Lord, I Need You" and "This Is Amazing Grace" by Paul Wickham. These rankings are based on arrangement purchasing and church usage tracking performed by Christian Copyright Licensing International.Continue Reading
"How Great Is Our God," a major hit among varying faiths, has been recorded by many different artists, but, Chris Tomlin's original song from his album, "Arriving" is the most widely-used, sought-after and decorated. It has reached no. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart and collected a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song and a Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song. Although it was released in 2004, the song's popularity still reigns so high in churches that it remains at the top of the CCLI chart as of December 2015.
Matt Maher's "Lord I Need You," from his album "All the People Said 'Amen'," is ranked second on the CCLI chart, as of December, 2015. The song, released in 2013, has steadily increased in popularity among churches of various denominations, and garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance in 2014. Maher performed the song before Pope Francis and a crowd of 4 million in 2013.Learn more about Art & Literature