Let's Pick Up The Tempo A Little: Poll Results

Let's Pick Up The Tempo A Little: Poll Results

I’m always on the hunt for good up-tempo worship songs for church (every worship leader is always on the same hunt). I’ve compiled a list of the ones you all recommended after I made my plea for help a couple of weeks ago. I loved hearing from you all! It helps all of us worship leaders to know what’s working well in other places. I haven’t checked many of these out yet. I hope they’re all actual up-tempo songs. 🙂 Some of you put older songs as suggestions because they have worked well for you. I included those on this list too. Some things that may be old to one person will be new to the next. (Duh. I sometimes have a great capacity to state the obvious.)

This is a pretty diverse list you’ve come up with here. Not everything will work for everybody. Keep speaking the musical language of the people you lead, and don’t let anyone else’s list make you think you need to do any differently. Rather, let these ideas encourage you as you move on in the way God has called you to lead!

 I’m looking forward to diving into this list for some new tunes for 2012. Let me know what works for you.

(PS – The hardest part of this blog post? Putting these songs in dadgum alphabetical order. 🙂 )

Again I Say Rejoice (Israel Houghton)

All Because of Jesus (Fee)

All My Fountains (Tomlin)

All The Saints Join In

The Anthem (Jesus Culture)

At Your Name (Phil Wickham)

Awesome God (Cape First Worship)

Bless The Lord (Andre Henry)

Bless The Lord (redtiemusic.com)

Counting On God (Desperation Band)


Deep Cries Out (Bethel)

Father of Lights (Jesus Culture)

Father Spirit Jesus (Casting Crowns)

For All You’ve Done (Hillsong)

Forever Reign (One Sonic Society)

Glorious (Jesus Culture)

Glory to God (Fee)

Go (Hillsong United)

God Is Alive (Fee)

God is Great (Hillsong)

God of our Salvation (Phil Wickham)

Happy Day (Tim Hughes)

Heaven Fall Down (Phil Wickham)

Here For You (Matt Redman)

Holding Onto You (Paul Colman)

How Great Thou Art (Baloche)

How To Worship A King (Gateway)

I Am Forgiven (Ricardo Sanchez)

I Am Free (New Life Worship)

I’m Changed (City of Life Worship)

Isn’t He Wonderful (John Ragsdale)

Joyful (The One Who Saves) (Brenton Brown)

Like A Lion (David Crowder)

The Lord Reigns (Gateway)

Love Came Down (Bethel Live)

Mighty King (Ben Donnelly Band)

My Savior Lives (Desperation Band)

Nothing Compares (Freddy Rodriguez)

O God Our Help (redtiemusic.com)

On My Lips (Ross Parsley)

One Way (Hillsong United)

Our Father (BJ Putnam)

Our God (Tomlin)

Our God is Love (Hillsong)

Rain Down

Rise And Sing (Fee)

Salvation is Here (Hillsong United)

Saved By Grace (Israel Houghton / New Breed)

Say So (Israel Houghton)

See His Love (Jesus Culture)

Set Free (Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman)

Sing, Sing, Sing (Tomlin)

Today Is the Day (Lincoln Brewster)

Victory In Jesus (Travis Cottrell)

We Are The Free (Matt Redman)

We Cry Out (Jeremy Camp)

We Cry Out (Jesus Culture)

We Praise Your Name (Trent Cory)

You Are Good (Israel and New Breed)

You, You are God (Gateway)

Your Arrival (Phil Wickham)

Your Love Is Better Than Life (Fee)

Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)



  1. Jolena on January 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

    A great song that get’s me going in the morning is “Wake Up” by Break the Fall out of Kansas City, MO

  2. Stephanie Billings on January 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Travis, what really surprises me is there are no hymns. Now granted this is just my opinion a good worship service has a blend of hymns and contemporary music. Do you prefer a straight contemporary worship?

    • James Wright on January 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I noticed that at least 3 hymns are listed here. Or at least variations of hymns.

      “How Great Thou Art”
      “Joyful” (The God Who Saves) – variation
      “Victory In Jesus”

    • traviscottrell on January 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      No. I love hymns! But this was a poll specifically for up tempo worship songs.

  3. Barry Westman on January 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Travis – I just sent out a tweet a few days ago asking for some good up-tempo songs, and now I find your blog post! Thanks so much!!

    Barry Westman

  4. Caleb Peavy on January 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for posting these! I write a lot of the music at our church, but fast songs are the HARDEST songs to write for me. Just a hint for the alphabetical order – put them in Excel, and it’ll do it in 2 seconds. 🙂

  5. Kelli on January 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I play in our church’s praise band and was so excited at our last practice when your version of Victory in Jesus showed up in our music folders. Don’t think it will be quite the same but am looking forward to it nonetheless! It’s one of my favorites! Love this list…thanks for sharing, alphabetically even!

  6. Colette on January 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “Take it All”by Hillsongs or Unhindered!!! Very upbeat!!! You would sing it so great too!!!

  7. Lynette on January 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I can’t believe Manifesto by The City Harmonic isn’t on that list! That is one of my favorite songs that our church plays …right now anyway 🙂 … new Sunday, new favorites!

    • traviscottrell on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I know. I love it! I just posted the ones that people suggested.

  8. stephen proctor on January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Imma need me some “Lacrimosa” in there somewhere to balance the Universe & slow down my heart rate.

  9. Brian Megilligan on January 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Also, “You Shine” by Brian Doerkson

    • traviscottrell on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I used to love that song! Need to bring it back. How are you doing???

  10. Punky on January 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Great list! Glad to see u on list too!
    Love this one— “Somethin Good Done Happen to Me” (Mary Mary)
    I worship w/ a church that is about equally 1/3 each black/white/Hispanic and our worship leader does amazing job at bringing us all together through different musical genres. Reunionchurch.org Dallas.

  11. SarahH on January 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Too bad I missed the poll since I just started following, but I would have added Holding Nothing Back (Tim Hughes). Good list though, thanks!

  12. Monique on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I just found a new song that I love – Warrior by Sojourn. It’s got a jazzy feel to it. 🙂

  13. Patty Tinsley on January 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I AM FREE!!!!!

  14. ferdinand on January 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Nothing is Impossible by Israel Houghton and Planet Shakers
    Jump Around by Planet Shakers
    Makes Me Wanna Pray by Sandi Patty( I want you to do the male version of this song!)

  15. Sheyna on January 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Anything by Elevation Worship from Elevation Church

  16. Greg Goforth on January 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Travis, man I saw the up-tempo songlist tweet the other day, but I am delinquent in sharing one. So many of the ones I love are already on the post. ANY Kristian Stanfill uptempo tune… especially songs on the Mountains Move cd.. love Say, Say and Lord Almighty. BTW you know you’re from NC when you use the word “dadgum” in a blogpost. Thanks for the list!

  17. Leslie Nelson on January 26, 2012 at 8:47 am


    The Word of God Has Spoken… Regardless that it’s yours, it belongs on the list!

    I was part of the choir that backed you up in Orlando in 2010. It was a difficult worship environment, because the convention floor was so large and there was a lot of activity going on. It wasn’t a typical concert setting, where people normally are focused on just worshipping. However, I can tell you that among the choir it was all out abandon. We LOVED singing your songs. Especially this one. So powerful. So encouraging. The Word of God is ALIVE and relevant to us every day!

    That’s the great privilege of worshipping in a choir or band. The music ministers to us as much – or more, sometimes – as it does to those singing with us, because we get to practice and hear it over and over. Thank you for the work you do in bringing this life-giving music to our country and world!

    • Leslie Nelson on January 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Just realized we sang the very powerul Jesus Saves in Orlando…so add both to this list!

      (We sing so many of your songs… Our choir has been singing The Word of God Has Spoken in our church for the past several weeks as we celebrate a renewed commitment church-wide this year to read the Bible from beginning to end. Again, such a powerful song, thank you!)

  18. Teresa Collier on February 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm


    Love it!

  19. Jeremi Richardson on February 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I’m so late to the party… how did I miss this?

    You Are Good (Bethel)
    We Praise Your Name (Trent Cory)
    Gonna Lift You Up (Jonathan Butler – more gospel)
    Jesus Is Alive (Jon Lloyd – uptempo Easter)
    Broken the Chains (Ricardo Sanchez)

    I’m sure I have more stored up; this is just off top of head.

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