Popular Worship Songs From The Early 2000s
If you’re one of the many people who thinks that the 2000s were a bad time for popular music, I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. While it’s true that the 2000s saw some awful trends in pop and rock music—such as boy bands, emo lyrics and Auto-Tune—they also saw some excellent worship songs. In fact, some of these songs have become classics that we still sing today. Here are my top picks:
Here I Am To Worship
Here I Am To Worship
Written by Tim Hughes, this song was released in 2004 and popularized by Vineyard Worship. The lyrics include: “Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down.” The first verse is the same as the chorus, but the second and third verses are different.
God Of Wonders
God of Wonders, You’re God and there’s no one else like you
You’re God, God of wonders. Your love never fails me; I will sing for joy to the One who freed my soul from sin and shame. In all of life’s pain, I find comfort in Your name, because You are my Creator; and nothing can ever take that away from me.
Better Is One Day
Better Is One Day by Tenth Avenue North
This song is about the importance of spending time with God and finding your identity in Him. It contains the line, “You’re a better song than any that I’ve ever heard,” which speaks to how amazing it is to know Him. This song was released in 2010.
Come, Now Is The Time To Worship
- “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship”
Written by Stuart Townend.
The song is based on Psalm 95:6-11, which reads: “Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.”
I’ve got my eyes on You. From Your throne in heaven above, You look out upon my sin. And I wait for You to come down and make all things new again…In Your name!
In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock
In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock
In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock is a song that was written by Stuart Townend and originally performed by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend on the album Sovereign in 2002. This song, along with O Praise Him (All This For A King), have been popular worship songs since their release and continue to be used today in churches around the world.
The song has been covered numerous times since its release including Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Martin Smith of Delirious?, All Sons & Daughters as well as Hillsong Worship (releasing versions in both English and Spanish).
Here I Am To Worship (Light of The World)
Here I am to worship, here I am to bow
Here I am to give you all of my heart
Nothing is too hard for you, no distance too far
You have overcome every obstacle, conquered every foe.
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
The song was originally written for a worship album called “The Father’s Love” and it has since become a popular choice for wedding ceremonies. It is in the key of C Major and has an E major chord progression.
Blessed Be Your Name
- “Blessed Be Your Name”
written by Matt Redman, Paul Mabury, Jonas Myrin and Jonas Lundgren
released in 2003 by Delirious? (the band), Third Day and Tenth Avenue North
written from a personal perspective of God’s faithfulness. The song is about the name of the Lord being lifted up, as well as praying for those who are struggling.
Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)
“Hosanna” is a song by American gospel duo Israel and New Breed featuring the choir Sounds of Blackness. It was written by Israel Houghton and Tye Tribbett for their album The Power of One (2005), with production handled by Donald Lawrence. The single was released in 2005, becoming a top 10 hit on Billboard magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and winning two Stellar Awards: Best Urban/Soul Contemporary Performance and Song of the Year. In addition to its use in two Christian films—The Gospel (2005) and The Passion of the Christ (2004)—the song has been covered by singers such as Kelly Price, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams..
“Forever Reign” is a song by Hillsong United, released in 2006. It was featured in the movie “The Shack” and is about God’s love for us.
Awesome God is a song written by Rich Mullins and recorded by the contemporary Christian music group 4Him. It was released in 1994 as the lead single from the group’s second album, II.
The song has been covered by many artists, including Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman
People sang worship songs in the early 2000s.
Worship songs are a genre of Christian music. They’re songs that are sung in church, usually by a choir or the congregation. This style of music dates back centuries; some worship songs even predate the 1600s!
The early 2000s was an exciting time for worship music because many new genres were being developed and experimented with at this time, such as alt-rock and hip hop-influenced tracks like “Praise Him” by Lecrae featuring Kanye West or “It’s Time” by Hillsong United (the latter song was also covered later on by Britt Nicole). Other popular artists from this era include Chris Tomlin who released several albums during this period such as Holy Is The Lord (2004) which features “How Great Is Our God?”—a track that went on to win multiple awards including Best Worship Song at the 2006 Dove Awards–and Michael W Smith whose album Glorious Day (2008) featured “Great Is Our God” which remains one of his most popular songs today.
We hope you enjoyed this look back at some of the most popular worship songs in the early 2000s. We’ve covered a lot of ground so far, but there are still plenty more music genres and sub genres to explore. Next time we’ll take a look at how hip-hop evolved from its origins as a style of street poetry into one of the most important musical movements in history, as well as how it became such an influential force on modern culture!