Let's Pick Up The Tempo A Little.

Let's Pick Up The Tempo A Little.

Hey, worship leaders…

What are some up-tempo, high energy worship songs that are connecting with your people these days? I’m on the hunt for some fresh fast songs. Seriously, I’d be embarrassed if you saw how not-up-tempo my options are!


  1. ANGIE B ELKINS on January 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Sing, Sing, Sing – not that new, but our people love that one.

  2. TraciG on January 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I’m not a worship leader, but do sing on our team occasionally. We are always looking for up-tempo stuff, too. I came across “Awesome God” done by Cape First Worship while looking for a “No Sweeter Name” which I heard on Pandora worship. It’s great. I showed it to our leader. My kids 16, 14, 8 and 5 love to rock out to it in the car, but I do think it could be appropriate for church worship too!

  3. Stephen Robles on January 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’d really like to hear what others suggest too. Finding meaningful, energetic songs seems really hard lately. Here are a few that we do that might work:

    + Love Came Down (Bethel Live)
    + Our Father (BJ Putnam)
    + Bless the Lord (Original by @andrehenry) Link to MP3:


  4. Brian Bailey on January 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    “Joyful (The One Who Saves)” by Brenton Brown is really connecting with our church. It’s a modern arrangement of Joyful. Joyful, We Adore Thee with a new chorus and bridge that Brenton has written. Here is a YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfJWaQJDi7k

  5. Traci West on January 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Up-tempo is always the hardest for me to select too!

    Lately, we’ve used some of these. I return to favorites often, so they are not that fresh necessarily, but they resonate with our people.

    -Awesome Is The Lord Most High
    -You Are Good
    -Rain Down
    -For All You’ve Done
    -All The Saints Join In
    -The Lord Reigns
    -Happy Day
    -Sing, Sing, Sing
    -You’re Worthy of My Praise
    -In The Sanctuary

  6. David E on January 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Here’s some songs our church seems to connect well with:
    The Lord Reigns (gateway)
    You, You are God (gateway)
    Salvation is Here (United)
    Say So (Israel)
    Again I Say Rejoice (Israel)
    Father Spirit Jesus (Casting Crowns)
    How Great Thou Art (Paul Baloche arrangement)

    Probably nothing new to you, but hopefully there’s something that would help!

  7. Jonathan Blair on January 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Here’s a few I’ve been using lately:

    Your Love Is Better Than Life – Fee
    Set Free – Chris Tomlin/Matt Redmond
    Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture
    All My Fountains – Chris Tomlin
    Like A Lion – David Crowder

    Not as new ones:

    Counting On God – Desperation Band
    You Are Good – Israel and New Breed
    My Savior Lives – Desperation Band
    Happy Day – Fee
    All Because of Jesus – Fee (I really like Fee apparently)

    Here For You – Chris Tomlin
    Glory to God – Fee
    Our God – Chris Tomlin (apparently like Tomlin too)
    Our God is Love – Hillsong

    Come visit us at Passion 2012 for the newest songs hitting right now! Hope this helps some!

  8. Mandy on January 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Everything off 10,000 Reasons has been a tremendous hit with our people. We also love Jesus Culture and Bethel Worship. All of the up tempo songs on all albums are great for engaging ppl and all scriptural.

  9. Michele on January 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Recently, I met the worship pastor at my new church (I joined the production crew) and right on the table in his office was your WTSBD songbook! Hopefully we will be doing some of those soon! 🙂

  10. Jenny on January 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    We are always on the hunt also, can you print a list when your done. We like Great God and No other name.

  11. Adam on January 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Deep Cries Out-William Matthews (Bethel Music)

  12. Kristie on January 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Davis Turrentine is a kid who I was privileged to have in kidsmin just over a decade ago. He’s now in his second (I think) year of college and is serving the Lord faithfully. My family was back in our hometown this past weekend, and he led worship at our home church on Sunday (he was returning to college in Florida yesterday)…anyhow, he has an album out with some original songs on it, and this one is very upbeat and is the kind that just gets stuck in your spirit and keeps you singing it to the Lord all week: http://www.davisturrentine.com/chordcharts/chords-AfterYourHeart.pdf

  13. Will Beaty on January 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I’m Changed – City of Life Worship
    Like A Lion – David Crowder
    Mighty King – Ben Donnelly Band
    All My Fountains – Chris Tomlin

  14. melissa lee on January 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    A worship leader I am not, but I am one who LOVES to worship the Lord through music! Two songs immediately came to my mind when I read this post. They are probably real “old school” but this year they have been a great blessing to us in our worship time at Bible study. One, I believe, might be categorized as a southern gospel song and it is called “Get All Excited”. The woman who plays it on the piano for us only plays by ear, but what an ear she has. It is so upbeat and easy to sing and EVERY time she plays it, I truly do get all excited! The other one is “All Things Are Possible”. In fact, each week as I drive the half hour to Bible study, I play it over and over and by the time I pull into the church parking lot, I am pumped and ready.

  15. Jeannette on January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I love it when we sing “Love like a hurricane”. maybe because we went through so many of them in the last 5 or 6 years.

    And I enjoy so many others. But since I am not a musical person I do not know their names. There is one song that has two voices singing in the chorus. the back person sings “glory, glory halleluah”

    I am hoping that on our next missions update report night, we get to hear Chris T. Our God with all the different versions in it. We have mission trips to Macau, Russia, Tanzania, Republic of Southern Sudan and Dubia. Not to mention our new ones in Duck Lake and Puerto Rico.

  16. Daniel Semsen on January 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Lord, I Lift Your Name on High


  17. melli on January 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I just have to tell you that MY church just got your music for Alive Forever, Amen to sing on Easter this year… and I am SOOOOO EXCITED!!! I always have my own little Travis concert on my way to church on Easter morning… but this year… WHOO HOO! I get to sing it with the congregation!!! (I guess this is my way of saying THANK YOU!)

  18. Matthew Schildroth on January 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I just bought the new Jesus Culture CD (Awakening) and while I don’t love every song on it, there are a few pretty solid ones that are pretty upbeat. You might try these:

    Father of Lights
    The Anthem

    I also like We Cry Out by Jeremy Camp and Your Arrival by Phil Wickham

  19. Annie Dohrman on January 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    One of my favorite artists right now is Phil Wickham. Give a listen to these songs:

    God of our Salvation
    At Your Name
    Heaven Fall Down

  20. Joey Williams on January 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Check out redtiemusic.com. We love their stuff. Two of my favorites are O God Our Help and Bless the Lord. Like so much more from them, but those two are up tempo.

  21. Eric Shine on January 10, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Hey Travis!!!

    We Praise Your Name – Trent Cory

    God Is Alive – Fee
    Rise And Sing – Fee

    Deep Cries Out – Bethel, William Matthews

    Say So – Israel (not new, but we just did it)

    Go – Hillsong United

    How To Worship A King – Gateway (maybe…we haven’t done it yet but maybe?)

    Saved By Grace – Israel, but listen to New Breed’s new version of it…bridge is easier, makes more sense for worship.

    My Everything – I’ll have to get you the name on this one…can’t find it on YouTube

    Holding Onto You – Paul Colman (speed this up to 124-128…it’s better faster 🙂

    Nothing Compares – Freddy Rodriguez

    I Am Forgiven – Ricardo Sanchez (please lower the key to keep the vocal chords inside the throat 🙂

    See His Love – Jesus Culture Kim Walker

    Sing, Sing, Sing – Tomlin

    Awesome Is The Lord Most High – Tomlin (take it up to 136-138)

    Isn’t He Wonderful with John Ragsdale (look it up on YouTube just like that). 😐

    We Cry Out – Jesus Culture Kim Walker (122?)

    Here For You… is mid-tempo…good call to worship!! – Tomlin

  22. Bradley Hodges on January 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Travis, I echo your thoughts on wanting and needing some more up-temp “clappy” songs that connect. They seem to be the hardest to find, i guess for you writers out there, they must be hard to write. 🙂

    Here are a few that we have been using and love!

    Hosanna (Praise is Rising) – Baloche
    God Is Great – your arr.
    My Savior Lives – New Life Worship
    On My Lips – Ross Parsley
    Sing Sing Sing – Tomlin
    Hoping to Introduce All My Fountains soon – also your arrangement (love it)
    Victory In Jesus – Your arr.
    Today Is the Day – Lincoln Brewter’s or Baloche
    I Am Free – New Life Worship

    An older song, but easy to teach and grasp that has a pretty cool feel is “Arise” by Paul Baloche

    there ya go!

  23. Angela on January 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Anything from Roy Clark. Also, “Labor til the Master comes”

  24. […] 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 […]

  25. Tina on January 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Jeremy Riddle – Furious LOVE this.

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