13
Apr
09

2009 Most Played Easter Songs

Fred McKinnon has a killer thing happening every Sunday called Sunday Setlists. If you blog and go to church you should get involved. I don’t have any evidence from last year but this year looks like a pretty modern list of new and current songs!

Out of the 49 churches represented, I give you the Most Played Easter Songs for this year according to Sunday Setlists:

  1. Mighty to Save – Hillsong – 16 churches
  2. Happy Day – Tim Hughes – 10 churches
  3. Christ the Lord is Risen Today – 9 churches
  4. Jesus Messiah – Chris Tomlin – 8
  5. Jesus Paid it All – Kristian Stanfill – 8
  6. In Christ Alone – Stuart Townsend? Matt Papa? Traditional? – 7
  7. My Redeemer Lives – Hillsong – 7
  8. How Great is Our God – Tomlin – 6
  9. All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee – 5
  10. I Will Rise – Tomlin – 4

There were some INCREDIBLE sets out there. My favorite was one that included Foo Fighter’s My Hero for their offering (ugh…they are my hero!) followed closely with the church that did U2’s Pride (in the Name of Love) for their prelude! Some real traditional sets. Sets with choirs, full bands, the whole mix. What I didn’t pay attention to were the arrangements and that’s a bid deal for songs like Jesus Paid it All and In Christ Alone that have been revamped but…oh well.

Chris Tomlin holds the ground it appears as the most popular artist in church today 🙂 But I was stoked to see All Because of Jesus up there!

Honorable mentions go out to: Phil Wickham’s True Love, The Wonderful Cross, Crowder’s Here is our King, and Hillsong’s Lead Me to the Cross.

So, did I miss you? List your songs below or head over to Fred’s Blog Carnival for Sunday Setlists!

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21 Responses to “2009 Most Played Easter Songs”


  1. April 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

    im posting my set very soon…finally away from some eggs to do so. lol

  2. April 13, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Yep! I would have so say those 10 songs had Easter Sunday on lock down. Foo Fighters?!?!?! I missed that set list- but props to them. haha I knew “Mighty To Save” would be in heavy rotation. I also saw New Life Church’s “Overcome” quite a bit!

  3. April 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

    That’ll teach me to not get my list in on time…:)

  4. April 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

    We did 1, 2, and 5, along with a few others not listed here.

  5. April 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Huh….we didn’t play any of these yesterday. Our set went like this:

    Intro video re: worship
    Your Grace Is Enough – Tomlin – A
    Power In the Blood – B (REAL bluegrassy! Our fiddle player is amazing!)
    Can’t Get No Satisfaction (The sermon title was “Rolling Stone Easter,” so we did a minute or so of this during the sermon intro. It went great! Our new lead player nailed the riff.)
    Unchanging – Tomlin – G#
    Glory In the Highest – Tomlin – C
    Video: Animation set to Tony Campolo’s “It’ Friday but Sunday’s Comin'”
    He Reigns – Newsboys – C (We play this a lot at our church. Great celebration song.)

    I guess it’s fair to say we play our share of Tomlin like everyone else out there. It’s hard not to.

  6. April 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I hate to rain in anyone’s parade, but I guess I just don’t get the hype around Mighty to Save. I agree it’s a fun song to play and it’s got a good beat, but to me it just feels like “Worship Song Mad Libs.” To me it sounds like it took about 15 minutes to write, and that includes the first two rough drafts. Like they grabbed catch phrases from other worship songs that had the correct number of syllables and made them rhyme. I don’t feel like there’s really a good flow to the thought progression. It’s kind of the worship version of country music – written for radio and you can pretty much turn your brain off.

    We played it a fair amount when it first came out. I’m surprised it’s still going so strong.

    I apologize if to anyone who ranks this as their favorite song. It’s just never done it for me. The rest of the list, however, is high quality.

  7. 7 Ali
    April 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    You can add another church to the list that played Might to Save, In Christ Alone and Happy Day. St. Timothy on the Northshore, UMC in Mandeville played them as well.

    For the offertory there was a female vocalist who sang “Why?” by Nichole Nordeman. It was mesmerizing! I fully intended on putting some money in the plate but I was paying so much attention to the song that I didn’t even notice until the song ended that I had missed it.

    I don’t remember all of the other songs they did. One of them was very nice though– they did a lead male vocalist with 2 female harmonies around him.

    Look at me contributing to your blog!! =)

  8. April 13, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Glad my non-scientific perusal of the lists did get the Top 3 correct 🙂 We did 1, 2 and 8 for the record.

    and @Matt – Mighty To Save, though we do it, is one of my least fave Reuben Morgan/Hillsong songs. But it’s taken off and speaks to a lot of people. And it’s not about personal taste is it really.

    I do love the Shine your light tag though…

  9. April 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Hey David, I saw your Tweet and I got really interested in finding out what was going on. So thanks.

    Really Matt? I don’t know, I really do like the song. My biggest problem is the bridge, while I love the surge, for me the connection between it and the rest of the song is the biggest stretch but I dig it.

    YAY YAY ALI!! Haha 🙂

  10. April 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Blast! I thought I was all special and unique for doing ‘True Love.’ Although we did do The Darkness’ ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love.’ Bet no one can top that. Just kidding.

  11. April 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

    @David,@WC, thanks for not ripping me a new one. Rereading my post it came off as a little harsh. You’re right, it’s absolutely not about my taste, but more of leading people into the throneroom of God. If a particular song moves people to worship, then bring it on!

    I guess I sometimes try to keep a close eye on keeping worship from being ONLY, MERELY, an emotional experience (though emotion is a huge part of any relationship, human or spiritual). I may be risking my eternal destiny here (completely tongue in cheek), but I’ve not become a huge Hillsong/United fan. I think it has to do with the emotional “everybody/everywhere/allthetime/wholeworld/never/always/overstated” themes that run through their music, and I see MTS as the culmination of that…..maybe? I relate a lot better personally to themes in Crowder’s music because I see myself as such a sinful person and I relate better to the way he works through those thoughts in his life: “There’s darkeness in my skin, my cover’s wearing thin, I’d love to start again, go back to innocence and never leave…….” but ultimately resolve with the celebratory “RESCUE IS COMING!”

    Ok, that was longer than I meant to make it. Sorry to commandeer to your blog @WC.

  12. April 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Ha hey Matt, don’t ever apologize for engaging in conversation here! It’s what it’s all about.
    You better get used to Hillsong/United, I hear Jesus is a big fan! HA now that was tongue in cheek 🙂
    I know what you mean. I love more their musicality than I do the lyrics. I’m with you. I see the issue. Funny, because I hadn’t read your comment until tonight and today my soundtrack was Crowder and I found myself almost in tears over this mix CD I had found titles: Awesome Reverent Crowder. It truly was awesome and his combination of music and lyrics resonates with my soul like nothing else really.
    Interestingly enough though, I don’t find that the issue with MTS. It’s mostly all about Jesus and our need for him. Take songs like “Everyday” even one of my favorites “None like Jesus” I find myself so far from honestly being able to sing them sometimes.

    Good stuff brother. Enjoy Wilco tonight! Get off center to the left so you’re close to Nels!

  13. June 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

    We used 3 of the top songs on Easter, as well. I have to agree with Matt, though. We need some critical thinking about Mighty to Save. Check out a brief reflection on a portion of that song on my blog:

    http://www.zachicks.com/?p=99

    When I first heard the song, I thought it was “Mad Libs,” as Matt said. I think the chorus (taken from Zeph 3:17) is what makes the song for people. It ties in our victory to Christ’s victory. A subtle nod toward the doctrine of union with Christ. My church engages with this song…it seems to inspire people and strengthen them with the reality of being joined to Christ’s resurrection. The second verse is just a bit too triumphal for me (I can’t sing it honestly)…and it’s not just about a preference, it’s about being honest before God. Again, I’d love interaction with my post.

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