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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?

17 Responses to “ “Top 20 Most Influential Worship Albums”

  1. Brad Blyth says:

    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

  2. Doug Walker says:

    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 says:


      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.

  3. Ben says:

    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.

  4. Peter says:

    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.

  5. Ronk says:

    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.

  6. Leonard says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. utech says:

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

  8. Trevor says:

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

  9. Jack says:

    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.

  10. Higgz says:

    Freedom by Darrell Evans.

  11. Jenn Johnson says:

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

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

  13. Ben Moushon says:

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

  14. Jeanne says:

    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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