As of December, 2015, praise and worship songs that are well-received include Chris Tomlin's "How Great Is Our God," Matt Maher's "Lord, I Need You" and "This Is Amazing Grace" by Paul Wickham. The charting of these songs is 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 number one on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart and has 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 Christian Copyright Licensing International 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 Christian Copyright Licensing International chart. 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.
"WOW Gospel 2015," the most recent installment in the annual compilation of the preceding year's best gospel songs, included songs such as "He Turned It" by Tye Tribbett, "I Can Only Imagine" by Tamela Mann and "For Your Glory" by Tasha Cobbs. The song atop the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart for the week of Aug. 22, 2015, is "Worth" by Anthony Brown & group therAPy, followed by Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's single "War."Learn more about Art & Literature