Top 20 Most Influential Worship Albums

What worship leaders/albums have had the most influence over the past 20 years?  Well, Worship Leader Magazine has just released their list.  You can see the whole list here.

Here are the top ten:

10. Passion: Better Is One Day
Passion Band

9. Pray
Andraé Crouch

8. Beautiful Things
Brash Music

7. Facedown
Matt Redman

6. United We Stand
Hillsong United
Hillsong/Integrity Music

5. Change My Heart Oh God
Vineyard Music

4. Live From Another Level
Israel Houghton
Integrity Music

3. A Greater Song
Paul Baloche
Integrity Music

2. Arriving
Chris Tomlin

1. Cutting Edge 1&2

Agree or disagree?

What shouldn’t have made the list?

And what SHOULD have but didn’t?

What’s your FAVORITE worship album of all time personally?


  • Brad Blyth January 11, 2012 Reply

    You nailed it … Six of these came to mind right away … Being 40 and leading worship the last 20 years, I have watched the landscape change through the anointed work of these worship artists … Thank you to them for their faithful service to Jesus – we have been blessed

  • Doug Walker January 11, 2012 Reply

    What about Jesus is Alive by Ron Kenoly in 1991? I was told that at one time this was one of the best selling recordings that Integrity/Hosanna did. I may be prejudiced as I was blessed to be able to sing on that recording.

    • Peter February 8, 2012 Reply


      I agree Ron had some great worship albums. When my son was 2, we had a Kenoly video and he would watch all 85 minutes twice a day:) Good choice.

  • Ben January 11, 2012 Reply

    Nice list, it will be interesting to read some of the responses. I would have included:

    “Our Love is Loud” (Passion)
    “A Beautiful Exchange” (Hillsong)
    “Hungry” (Vineyard)
    “The River is Here” (Darrell Evans)

    In the “not worship albums but still influential” category, we can’t ignore the impact of “Joshua Tree” (U2)and”X&Y” (Coldplay) on the sound of worship for the last 20 years.

    • utech January 13, 2012 Reply

      I completely agree, the impact of U2 and Coldplay can not be over looked.

  • Peter January 11, 2012 Reply

    It leaves out a lot of what is happening right now, like HIllsong United and Jesus Culture. Also, I think “See The Morning” made a bigger splash than “Arriving” myself.

    Not a bad list, overall, though.

  • Ronk January 11, 2012 Reply

    I’m in agreement with Delirious being #1…. but the wave of music was ushered in by UK folks coming to the USA…

    I would say the song which captured the “sound” of the modern movement was “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman.

    Only one big add from my side: David Crowder Band, “Pour Over Me”…really advanced the US side of worship arts.

  • Leonard January 11, 2012 Reply

    You cannot eliminate the pioneers of worship music moving into main stream so at least in the discussion needs to be Keith Green “Songs for the Shepherd” and some early Maranatha.

    • dan mcm January 15, 2012 Reply

      I agree on the influence of Keith, Maranath, 2nd Chapter of Acts, etc. The list, though, was just for the “last 20 years”, and Keith Green et al are from much further back than that. But yeah, their influence on worship is definitely there.

  • utech January 13, 2012 Reply

    “Dwell” Vineyard
    “Worship” Michael W. Smith
    “All I Can Say” David Crowder Band

  • Trevor January 14, 2012 Reply

    I think Amy Grant & Friends’ ‘Songs From The Loft’ impact on worship cannot be forgotten.

  • Jack January 14, 2012 Reply

    What about “Lift Him Up” by Ron Kenoly? At its time the most successful worship album ever, huge sales, and in my opinion rocketed the idea of buying worship music to listen at home into the mainstream.

  • Higgz January 15, 2012 Reply

    Freedom by Darrell Evans.

  • Jenn Johnson January 15, 2012 Reply

    You should hear Bethel Music’s stuff. Jesus Culture’s church, Bethel in Redding. Incredible team.

  • David Buckham February 7, 2012 Reply

    I know it’s a preference thing but, Rich Mullins Songs always helps me in worship along with Glory Revealed 1

  • Ben Moushon March 12, 2012 Reply

    Illuminate – David Crowder Band, as a worship leader Crowder is the most inspired me in all new ways.

  • Jeanne November 12, 2012 Reply

    Bob Fitts live recording if we are going back more than 20 years.
    First to give a sense of flow if I remember correctly…

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