Here is a list of my must have worship albums for you to check out. If I didn’t list some of your favorites be sure and leave some information about the album in the comment section.
If you follow me for any length of time, you will quickly realize I am a music junkie. In fact, I am known by few as the human jukebox because I have about seven songs in my head at any given time. For those of you who like opinions of others before purchasing music, this is a great post for you, and if you want to know about new music you should add to your work playlist this post is for you too. I am going to give you my top worship albums of the past year or so.
If you see I have missed your favorite worship album please leave a comment below and I will check it out. I am always on the prowl for worship music.
Without further introduction here are my Must Have Worship Albums…
Bethel Music | Tides Live (2014)
This album is incredible. From the first opening note to that last, this album is covered in prayer and it shows. I love that the Bethel entities do live albums to capture glimpses of the powerful Spirit-led moments in their worship services. If you have yet to listen to this album I am telling you that you are missing out on a blessing.
Elevation Worship | Here as in Heaven (2016)
Okay, this album just dropped a few days ago and if it would have been a 45 I would have already worn this thing out. This is, in my opinion, one of (if not the best) album released in a very long time. I am not generally a huge fan of sharing my absolute favorite album, but in this case, I am making an exception. Go download this album and thank me later.
Hillsong Worship | Open Heaven / River Wild (2015)
We have all come to expect amazing things from Hillsong, or at least, I have. I feel like I was teething on Hillsong music as a little kid and the bands still hold a very special place in my heart and in my music collection. Open Heaven is my favorite album in recent years. I can’t get enough of this album.
Gateway Worship | Walls (2015)
Walls is one of the highlight albums from Gateway, in my opinion. The way Gateway pulls artists from all of their campuses and puts music together in a seamless thread of storytelling through song is absolutely incredible. There are loads of songs of victory on this album. It is a must listen, trust me.
Jimmy Needham | The Hymns Session (2013)
If you are looking for a modern take to your favorite classic hymns please look no further than this album from Jimmy Needham. I would recommend this album to your kids as much as I would to your grandmother. Great album.
Hillsong United | Empires (2015)
This album has stirred up some controversy in the Christian community, but I can’t help but pull it out during the week to listen to. If you haven’t given this album a chance because of what people are saying please don’t pass up the whole album over the thoughts on one single song. You will be missing a blessing.
Bethel Music | We Will Not Be Shaken (2015)
The artists connected with Bethel Music have an incredible talent of writing for the church in a relevant, powerful, and comforting way while maintaining their personal style as a church. We Will Not Be Shaken is an album chalked full of anthems for the church to use in their services and in everyday car worship sessions.
Gateway Worship | Forever Yours (2012)
From the get-go, I have been a fan of Gateway Worship and they have always remained in my playlist on my phone and tablet. The artists at Gateway know how to penetrate the heart with music. There are songs on this album that I end up going back to time and time again. From Love Has Done It to Mystery, this album is anything but a disappointment.
Jesus Culture | Let It Echo (2016)
In the past few years, Jesus Culture has faded from my list of must have into the probably shouldn’t have purchased section of my library, but this album feels more like church music than any album from them in recent years. Each song feels like they wrote it for the church and not for their conferences. Welcome back Jesus Culture!
Kari Jobe | Majestic (2014)
The first two albums from Kari felt like more of the same, but in Majestic I feel as though she has really established herself as a worship leader in the truest of forms. This new music is beautifully written and biblically sound. NOTE: Being a live album may be why I feel different. Studio worship albums generally aren’t as powerful to me as live ones.
NCC Worship | You Alone
If I were to be put on an island for three years and could only bring three albums this would be the first I would think of. The team from National Community Church has a gem in this album. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go download this album.
Rend Collective | Campfire (2013)
Rend Collective has a really cool vibe going on and I love their approach to worship music. If you like off-the-beaten-path of “traditional” worship styles then this might be right down your alley. Any of Rend Collective’s music is a must listen, but this album is a great starter.
United Pursuit | Simple Gospel (2014)
If you like live worship sessions with an up close and personal style then this album will be one you do not want to miss. Simple gospel is just that…. A simple expression of the gospel and worship. We all love United Pursuit’s songs such as Set A Fire and Break Every Chain, but not many know these are the guys behind those amazing songs most churches sing.
Vineyard Worship | Servant Wide Awake (2013)
Vineyard Worship is the band behind some of the church’s most loved worship songs such as Change My Heart Oh God and this album from 2013 is loaded with more amazing music for the church.
ONE: A Worship Collective | We Believe (2013)
Do you remember a few albums ago where I talked about being on an island with only the ability to bring three albums to listen to? Well, this would be one of them without a doubt. This album is a mix of old and new music that feels comfortable and sets an awesome atmosphere for congregational or car times of worship.
We The Union | We The Union – EP
Okay, these guys are semi-local for me. I grew up around Aaron Williams and have every album he has ever been featured on. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this album. This is a fantastic worship album full of amazing music.
It is my prayer that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post and that you found new music you may not have ever listened to before.
NOTE: I am not sponsored by nor do I hold the rights to any album artwork, music, or web pages. My thoughts and opinions are my own.