Best New Worship Songs of 2012 – Part 1

September 18, 2012 | Get free updates of new posts here

One of the most common questions I get from other worship leaders is “How do you find new songs to do at your church?” I have lots of great sources (and Christian radio is not one of them) but over the next few posts I want to share with you some of the best new worship songs of 2012 which have had the most impact in our church as well as some new worship songs that I’m hoping to introduce to our congregation before the year is over.

This is not a list of the best new worship songs released in 2012 but songs that we have already taught at our church this year which have been well-received and some which we are expecting to teach over the next few months. I’ll hilight three songs in each post to give you a handful of new songs which you may want to introduce in your church if you are looking for new songs.

Here’s Part 2 and Part 3

Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons
This is hands down the song of the year for us. We do it in G which makes the high note of the chorus a real stretch at F# but our people love it and they sing it loud. This is as close to a church drinking song as you’ll find and people sing this one out!

Vertical Church Band – Open Up The Heavens
One of the strongest call to worship songs I have heard and used with our people. A great opportunity to focus people on why we gather, calling out to God to make His presence known and tons of energy in the melody. We have a blast with this song and people caught it very quickly.

Hillsong – Cornerstone
This is one of the ones that we haven’t taught yet but I’ve heard so many churches sing it and worship leaders say that their congregations loved the combination of old lyric with new melody. We’ll be learning this one together soon – it is a great song!

What new songs have you been learning in your church?

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  • Reply Tim_Good September 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    My 2 year old will out of the blue sing/say  “oh… my… soul”  likely from how many times he has heard the song around the house and around camp this summer..  🙂

  • Reply tylerbraun September 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Ditto for us on 10,000 Reasons. So good. Listening to the Open Up the Heavens now. New to me.

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  • Reply ryanrotman September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Any idea what key you’ll do Cornerstone in?

  • Reply chrisfromcanada September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    @djhorse I was waiting for someone to tweet that! 🙂

    • Reply djhorse September 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      @chrisfromcanada it’s a great line!

  • Reply fletcherkane September 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for this Chris.
    You’re blog was the first mention of 10,000 Reasons I had come across, and we use it all the time now.
    Now Cornerstone? Wow what a great anthem. Easy to learn, powerful, accessible by multiple generations of church goers.
    Thanks again!

  • Reply Jon September 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I agree with 10,000 Reasons. We taught that this summer and people from every generation love it. A gift to the church for sure. Just this morning I was listening to Higher Than All from One Sonic Society and I think there’s something special about that song as well. Here’s a link for anyone interested.

  • Reply robrash September 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Those are great songs Chris. We’ve introduced Elevation Church’s ‘Give Me Faith’ recently along with Tomlin’s ‘Jesus Son of God.’ Both have went over great.

  • Reply Shannon September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Best of the best! Way to go Chris. 

  • Reply DanChurch September 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    @chrisfromcanada awesome idea/resource! Thanks!

  • Reply jamesiwatts September 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    @chrisfromcanada great article about the worship songs.

  • Reply Rob Still September 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Cool songs. 10,000 Reasons was new for us this year, heavy rotation. I prefer it in “E”, easier melodic range for the ladies. 
    I also like “LIfting My Hands Up In The House of God” (Deluge ?), we did it this summer in Europe, plan to introduce it to the home folks in Tennessee.

  • Reply brenmclean September 19, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Thanks for sharing Chris.
    10,000 REASONS and CORNERSTONE have been GOLD for us at St Paul’s (!Another great track to consider is PRAISE HIM (Hillsong)

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    i love 10000 Reasons and i really want to check out the others.  I bought the 10000 Reasons album for a really good price at

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