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How do you learn the words to praise and worship songs?

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Learn the lyrics of praise and worship songs by attending a church that projects the words of the songs on a screen, watching videos on YouTube.com that provide lyrics with the music or accessing one of the various online databases for lyrics of praise and worship songs. Some websites that provide lyrics are MusicLyric4Christian.com, WorshipTogether.com and Christian-GospelMusicLyrics.com. Additionally, artists frequently release the lyrics of their songs along with albums.

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Praise and worship songs, also known as contemporary Christian music or contemporary worship music, is a genre of music that is stylistically similar to the pop genre, albeit with similar content to traditional hymns. Contemporary Christian music has been developing and increasing in popularity since the 1950s, but has become particularly prevalent since the 1990s. Ironically, songs from the 1990s that were once considered too mainstream are now commonly sung even in the most traditional churches, including songs like "Shout To The Lord", "Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord" and "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High".

Contemporary Christian Music tends to be simple in terms of musical complexity. Since it is sung communally, the goal is to enable the entire congregation to participate in worship. Therefore, praise and worship songs often have simple, easy-to-pick-up melodies in a mid-vocal range. Additionally, they place emphasis on repetition and standard chord progressions.

As of 2015, popular praise and worship artists and bands include Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Newsboys and Matt Redman.

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