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Why Chris Tomlin Still Dominates Both Radio and Sunday Morning

Today’s most-sung worship anthems come from relatively few songwriters—half are by top hitmakers Tomlin, Hillsong, Bethel Music, and Matt Redman.
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Why Chris Tomlin Still Dominates Both Radio and Sunday Morning
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Each week, most churches across America turn to a relatively narrow list of songs to give voice to the congregations’ corporate praise since in recent years that Sunday morning music has increasingly resembled Christian radio playlists.

Faithlife Music ranked the top worship songs, based on three years of data from 10,000 churches using its software to display lyrics. Some familiar names appear over and over on the list. Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Bethel Music, and Matt Redman were collectively responsible for half of the top 20 songs:

  1. "Build My Life” by Pat Barrett ft. Chris Tomlin
  2. “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham
  3. “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
  4. “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong
  5. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman
  6. “What A Beautiful Name” by Hillsong
  7. “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons & Daughters
  8. “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury (Bethel Music)
  9. “How Great Thou Art”
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