2021’s Most Popular Worship Songs & Sermon Topics [Free Report]

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What were 2021’s most popular worship songs? What about most popular sermon topics? Find out in the free 2021 Songs & Sermons Report for worship leaders, pastors, and anyone who’s just really curious. (Can’t blame you there.)

Popular worship songs

In 2021 churches used Faithlife Proclaim to sing more than 7,600 songs over 3 million times in nearly 750,000 services. We crunched the numbers to reveal the top trends in Christian worship music over the last year.

The report reveals the top 10 worship songs in 2021, which songs have been holding steady in the top 10, which songs are “chart climbers,” and more. If you’re looking for a praise and worship songs list, the report won’t disappoint.

Popular sermon topics

We looked at over 91,000 sermons posted to https://sermons.faithlife.com in 2021 and crunched the numbers there too. The report shares the most popular Scriptures, trending sermon topics preached on in 2021, the most-used Old Testament passage, and more.

Worship leaders’ favorite worship songs list

We asked worship leaders IRL what their favorite songs were because we were curious—would they happen to be the same songs as in the report? Plus, we figured it never hurts to have another great list of worship songs handy.

Here are 50 favorite worship songs given by 10 worship leaders, listed in the order they were given. (Many also named their favorite renditions.) You’ll see some repeats! 😊

1. Waiting Here for You – Christy Nockels
2. You Are God Alone – Phillips, Craig & Dean
3. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong
4. The Anthem – Planetshakers
5. Take My Life and Let It Be – Christ for the Nations

1. Surrounded – Bethel Music
2. Alpha and Omega – Israel
3. Promises – Maverick City Music
4. Victory Belongs to Jesus – Todd Dulaney
5. Run to the Father – Cody Carnes

1. Promises – Maverick City Music
2. Build My Life – Pat Barrett
3. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker
4. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong
5. Canvas and Clay – Pat Barrett

1. Battle Belongs
2. What a Beautiful Name
3. Build My Life
4. Goodness of God
5. God of Revival

1. The Power of the Cross
2. In Christ Alone
3. How Great Thou Art
4. And Can It Be
5. His Mercy Is More

1. Amazing Grace
2. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
3. Be Unto Your Name
4. Build Your Kingdom Here
5. Revelation Song

1. Before the Throne of God Above
2. All Creatures of Our God and King
3. Kyrie Eleison – Vineyard
4. Defender
5. Approach My Soul the Mercy Seat – Jamie Barnes, Sojourn

1. Goodness of God
2. Glorious Day
3. How Great Thou Art – Paul Baloche
4. It Is Well – Bethel Music

1. 10,000 Reasons
2. How Great Is Our God
3. Come As You Are
4. My Jesus

1. Glorious Day – Passion, Kristian Stanfill
2. King of My Heart – Sarah McMillan
3. Build My Life – Housefires
4. Do It Again – Elevation Worship
5. King of Kings – Hillsong Worship, Brooke Ligertwood
Honorable mention: From the Inside Out – Hillsong United
Honorable mention: Great Are You Lord – All Sons & Daughters, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard


Do these favorite songs match the most popular church songs of 2021? Would they make excellent accompaniment to the most popular preaching topics of 2021? Download the report for free today and find out.

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Mary Jahnke has a background in marketing, especially for Christian education, and serves as a content marketing strategist for Faithlife. She has experience in church communications and is always looking for helpful knowledge to share.

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