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Updated Top Worship Songs in Congregational Keys

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Every six months, CCLI releases a new Top 100 songs. These are the copyrighted songs that are sung most in churches of all sizes and denominations across North America. One of the greatest hindrances to congregational singing today is singing in keys not suitable to the congregation. The best range for the average singer is C to C, but many songs have more than an octave range. We should select song keys to have the highest note a D (with an occasional Eb okay) and the lowest note an A. Many songs today are recorded in keys too high for the average singers, and unfortunately worship teams use the original keys or other keys too high. The list below highlights 160 modern worship songs and the ideal keys for helping your congregation really sing. You will see that a few songs have too wide a range for the average singer to sing and must either be adapted or neglected. More details can be found at the bottom of the page.

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Note: songs with ranking “777” were formerly in the Top 100, but no longer make the cut. We chose to leave these songs on the list to provide the additional information.

Columns are sortable by clicking on them. Note the search box in the upper right for finding a song quickly.

Explanation of symbols in this table

** Several songs are in a range much broader than is attainable by the average singer.
+  LifeWayWorship has often adapted these songs to maintain a singable range.
( ) Keys in parenthesis represent songs that have too wide a range, but the given key is closest to attainable.

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Click on RANK to see the top songs in ranking order.

SongRankIdeal KeysKey RangeLifeWay WorshipWeb Link
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman)5Eb, EEb-EEb, Eaudio
Above All (Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Baloche)777Ab, AG-AG, Aaudio
Agnus Dei (Michael W. Smith)777G, Ab, AG-AG, Aaudio
Alive (Alexander Pappas, Aodhan King)48BbBbaudio
All Because Of Jesus (Steve Fee)777A, BbAb-BbA, Bbaudio
All The Poor and Powerless (All Sons and Daughters)777F, GD-AbG, Abaudio
All Who Are Thirsty (Brenton Brown, Glenn Robertson)777F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
Always (Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill)98AAAb, Aaudio
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, John Newton)14D, EbD-EbD, Ebaudio
Anchor (Ben Fielding, Dean Ussher)777CBb-DbC, D, Eaudio
As The Deer (Martin Nystrom)777C, DBb-DC, Daudio
At the Cross (Love Ran Red) (Chris Tomlin)38D, EbD-EbD, Ebaudio
At Your Name (Phil Wickham, Tim Hughes)777F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
Awesome God (Rich Mullins)777em, fmcm-fmem, fmaudio
Awesome Is The Lord Most High (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Cary Pierce, Jon Abel)777FEb-GF, Gaudio
Beautiful One (Tim Hughes)777CBb-C#C, Daudio
Because He Lives (Amen) (Matt Maher)51AA-BbA, Bbaudio
Because He Lives (Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither)53G, AbF-AbAbaudio
Before the Throne of God Above** (Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook)86(Db, D)**C, D, Ebaudio
Better Is One Day (Matt Redman)777EbD-EbEb, Faudio
Blessed Be Your Name (Beth Redman, Matt Redman)20BbA-BbA. Bbaudio
Break Every Chain (Will Reagan)88BbBbBb, Caudio
Breathe (Marie Barnett)777G, Ab, AG-BbG, Aaudio
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) (Joel Houston, Jonas Myrin)56G, AbG-AbG, Ab, Aaudio
Build My Life (Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Elizabeth Kaple, Matt Redman, Pat Barrett)68Eb, E, FEb-Faudio
Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective)52C, DBb-DC, Daudio
Came To My Rescue (Joel Davies, Marty Sampson, Dylan Thomas)777BbBbBb, Caudio
Cannons (Phil Wickham)777E, FC-FE, Faudio
Chain Breaker (Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams)89E, FEb-F#F, Gaudio
Christ Is Enough (Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan)61G, AbEb-AbG, Abaudio
Christ is Risen (Matt Maher)93Db, DBb-DEbaudio
Come As You Are (Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher)77A, BbA-BbA, Bb audio
Come Now Is The Time To Worship (Brian Doerksen)63D, EbC-EbD, Ebaudio
Cornerstone** (Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury)8(A)**Ab, Aaudio
Days Of Elijah (Robin Mark)83Ab, AG-BbAb, Aaudio
Death Was Arrested (Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzg)60****Ab, A, Bbaudio
Desert Song (Brooke Fraser)777bm, cmbm-dmcm, dmaudio
Do It Again (Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, Steven Furtick)45Eb, FEb-F#Eb, Faudio
Draw Me Close (Kelly Carpenter)777BbA-BbA, Bbaudio
Enough (Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio)777F, GF-GG, Abaudio
Even So Come (Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Jess Cates)90D, EbD-EbD, Ebaudio
Ever Be (Bethel Music)31D, Eb, E, FD-FD, Ebaudio
Everlasting God (Brenton Brown, Ken Riley)40BbA-BbA, Bbaudio
Fierce (Chris Quilala, Joshua Silverberg, Mia Fieldes)55AAA, Bb, C, Daudio
Forever (Chris Tomlin)46GF-GF, Gaudio
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) (Kari Jobe)26AAA, Abaudio
Forever Reign (Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram)32A, Bb, B, CA-CA, Bbaudio
Friend Of God (Michael Gungor, Israel Houghton)777Bb, B, CBb-CBb, Caudio
From The Inside Out (Joel Houston)84BbA-BbA, Bbaudio
Give Me Faith (Chris Brown, London Gatch, Mack Brock, Wade Joye)777E, F, GD-GE, Faudio
Give Thanks (Henry Smith)777F, GF-GF-Gaudio
Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)777FF-F#F, Gaudio
Glorious Day (Jason Ingram, Jonathan Smith, Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran)30BbBbBb, Caudio
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) (John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker)76Ab, AAb-BbAb, Aaudio
Glory To God Forever (Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching)777Ab, AG-AA, Bbaudio
God Is Able (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)87Ab, AG-AAb, Aaudio
God Of This City (Aaron Boyd, Richard Bleakley, Ian Jordan, Andrew McCann, Peter Kernaghan, Peter Comfort)777BbA-BbAb, Aaudio
God Of Wonders (Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong)91F, GF-GF, Gaudio
God's Not Dead (Like a Lion) (Daniel Bashta)777F, GD-GF, Gaudio
Good Good Father (Chris Tomlin)4F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
Great Are You Lord (David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan)3E, FD-FE, Faudio
Great I Am (Jared Anderson) low note adapted54BbBbBb, Caudio
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas Obediah Chisholm, William Marion Runyan)50C, DBb-DD, Eb , C-Daudio
Hallelujah (Brenton Brown, Brian Doerksen)777G, Ab, AEb-AG, Abaudio
Happy Day** (Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes)66(Bb)(Bb)Bb, Caudio
He Is Exalted (Twila Paris)777Eb, FEb-FEb-F, F, Gaudio
He Knows My Name (Tommy Walker)777D, Eb, ED-FD, Ebaudio
Here As In Heaven (Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matthew Ntlele, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye)70(Bb)**audio
Here for You** (Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Tim Wanstall)78****G, Ab (adapted)audio
Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)29E, FEb-FEb, Faudio
Holy Is The Lord (Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio)62F, GF-GF, Gaudio
Holy Spirit (Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt)7Eb, E, FD-GD, Eaudio
Hosanna (Brooke Fraser)49E, FD-FE, Faudio
Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) (Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown)34F, GF-GF, Gaudio
How Can I Keep From Singing (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Matt Redman)777E, FEb-FEb-Faudio
How Deep The Father's Love For Us (Stuart Townend)22E, F, GD-GF, Gaudio
How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash)10Ab, A, BbG-BbA. Bbaudio
How Great Thou Art (Stuart Wesley Keene Hine)24AA-BbA, Bbaudio
How He Loves** (John Mark McMillan)41(A, Bb)**A, Bbaudio
Hungry (Kathryn Scott)777DDC, Daudio
I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever (Martin Smith)777Eb, FD-FEb, Faudio
I Give You My Heart (Reuben Morgan)777F, GEb-AF, Gaudio
I Love You Lord (Laurie Klein)777Eb, E, F, GEb-AbEb-Faudio
I Surrender (Matt Crocker)777DDaudio
I Will Follow (Reuben Morgan, Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram)94E, FEb-FE, Faudio
I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher)777GF-AbG, Abaudio
I'll Fly Away (Brad Henderson)777F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
In Christ Alone (Stuart Townend, Keith Getty)11EbD-EbD, Ebaudio
Indescribable (Laura Story)777F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
It is Well (Kristene DiMarco, Bethel Music)58AA-CG, Aaudio
Jesus (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash)80Eb, FBb-F#Eb, Faudio
Jesus Loves Me (Chris Tomlin)777A, BbA-BbA, Bbaudio
Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash)37GF-GF, Gaudio
Jesus Paid It All (Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape)42BbA-BbA, Bbaudio
Jesus We Love You (Hannah McClure, Kalley Heilingenthal, Paul McClure)65G, AC-AF, G, A, Baudio
Jesus, Son of God** (Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher)777(Ab)**G, Abaudio
Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Matt Gilder, Isaac Watts, George Frederic Handel)777A, BbA-BbA, Baudio
King of My Heart (John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan)15****A, Bbaudio
Lay Me Down** (Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman)777(Ab, A)**Ab, Aaudio
Lead Me To The Cross (Brooke Fraser)82cm, dmbm-dmcm, dmaudio
Look To The Son (Joel Houston, Marty Sampson, Matt Crocker, Reuben Morgan, Scott Ligertwood)74AbAbaudio
Lord I Lift Your Name On High (Rick Founds)75GF-GF, Gaudio
Lord I Need You** (Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher)9(A, Bb)**Bb, Baudio
Lord Reign In Me (Brenton Brown)777Bb, BAb-CBb, Caudio
Love Came Down (Brian Johnson, Ian McIntosh, Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Edwardson, Jeremy Riddle)777AAG, Abaudio
Love The Lord (Lincoln Brewster)777F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
Majesty (Jack Hayford)777Ab, A, BbG-BbAb, Bbaudio
Man of Sorrows (Brooke Ligertwood, Matt Crocker)57C, DBb-DC, Daudio
Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall)777B, BbB-BbAb,Bbaudio
Mighty To Save (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)18G, AbF-AbG, Abaudio
My Heart is Yours (Brett Younker, Daniel Carson, Jason Ingram, Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter, Kristian Stanfill, Winfield Scott Weeden)777E, FC-FE, Faudio
My Savior My God (Aaron Shust, Dorothy Dora Greenwell)777Bb, CA-CBb, Caudio
Never Gonna Stop Singing (Matt Vaughan, Ran Jackson, Tom Smith)72F, GEb-Aaudio
Never Once (Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, Tim Wanstall)777AAAb, Aaudio
No Longer Slaves (Bethel Music)13Eb, E, FD-FEb, F, Gaudio
Nothing Is Impossible (Joth Hunt)777E, FD-F#E, Faudio
O Come to the Altar (Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joy12F, GEb-AF, Gaudio
O Praise Him (David Crowder)777G, Ab, AF-AG, Aaudio
O Praise The Name (Anˆstasis) (Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson)16A, BbA-BbAb, Aaudio
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, Salomon Lightelm)27EbD-FD, Ebaudio
Offering (Paul Baloche)777E, FEb-GF, Gaudio
One Thing Remains** (Your Love Never Fails) (Brian Johnson, Christa Black, Jeremy Riddle)23(Ab)(Ab)G, Abaudio
Only King Forever (Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye)35AAAb, Aaudio
Open The Eyes Of My Heart (Paul Baloche)44D, Eb, ED-ED, Ebaudio
Open Up the Heavens (Andi Rozier, James McDonald, Jason Ingram, Meredith Andrews, Stuart Garrard)25CC-DBb, Caudio
Our God (Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Jesse Reeves)19G, AbG-AbG, Abaudio
Our God Saves (Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown)777DDC, Daudio
Overcome (John Egan)777G, AbG-AbG, Abaudio
Resurrecting (Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matthew Ntlele, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye28A, BbA-BbG, A, Bb, C, Dbaudio
Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle)17DC-DC, Daudio
Sanctuary (John W. Thompson, Randy Scruggs)777D, Eb, EC-FDaudio
Set a Fire (Will Reagan)100F, G, Ab, ADb-BbF, Gaudio
Shine Jesus Shine (Graham Kendrick)777Ab, AAb-AAb, Aaudio
Shout To The Lord (Darlene Zschech)59Bb, BBb-BAbaudio
Sing Sing Sing (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Matt Gilder, Daniel Carson, Travis Nunn)777F, GE-Ab**F, Gaudio
Sing To The King (Billy Foote, Charles Silvester Horne)777Eb, E, FEb-GEb, Faudio
Sinking Deep (Aodhan King, Joel Davies)777F, GF-GD, E, F, G, Aaudio
Stronger (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)99Bb, B, CBb-CBb, Caudio
The Heart Of Worship (Matt Redman)92EbC-FEb, Faudio
The Lion and the Lamb (Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring6****Eb, F (adapted)audio
The Lord Our God (Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill)777AA-BbAb, Aaudio
The Stand (Joel-Houston)43AAAb, Aaudio
The Wonderful Cross (Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, J. D. Walt, Isaac Watts, Lowell Mason)79C, DC-DC, Daudio
This I Believe (The Creed) (Ben Fielding, Matt Crocker)21F, GEb - AbF, Gaudio
This Is Amazing Grace (Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham)2Eb, E, FC-F#Eb, Faudio
Today Is The Day (Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche)777Bb, BBb-BBb, Caudio
Trading My Sorrows (Darrell Evans)777G, Ab, AF-AG, Aaudio
Tremble (Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, Mia Fieldes)81C, DC, DC, D, Ebaudio
Unstoppable God (Elevation Worship)36E, F, GD-G[E, F, G]audio
Victory In Jesus (Eugene M. Bartlett)73FEb-F#F, Gaudio
Waiting Here for You (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Martin Smith)777Eb, FEb-GEb, Faudio
Wake (Alexander Pappas, Hannah Hobbs, Joel Davies)777Eb, FD-FD, Eb, F, Gaudio
We Believe** (Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike, Travis Ryan)71****F, G (adapted)audio
We Fall Down (Chris Tomlin)97Eb, E, FD-FEb, Faudio
What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)1D, Eb, ED-F#D, Ebaudio
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)** (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Scott Cash)64(Ab, A)**G, Abaudio
Wonderful Merciful Savior (Dawn Rodgers, Eric Wyse)777Bb, CBb-CAb, Bbaudio
Worthy Is The Lamb (Darlene Zschech)777A, BbA-BbG, Aaudio
You Are Good (Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle)777G, AbG-AbAb, Aaudio
You Are Good (Israel Houghton)777Eb, E, FD-FD, Ebaudio
You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace) (Marc Imboden, Tammi Rhoton)777E, FE-FF, Gaudio
You Are My All In All (Dennis Jernigan)85F, GEb-GF, Gaudio
You Are My King (Billy Foote)47D, EbD-FD, Ebaudio
You Make Me Brave (Amanda Cook)96Eb, E, FEb-G[D, Eb, E, F]audio
You Never Let Go (Matt Redman, Beth Redman)95A, BbA-BbA, Bbaudio
You're Worthy Of My Praise (David Ruis)777Eb, E, FEb-FEb, Faudio
Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)39E, FEb-FEb, Faudio
Your Great Name (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale)67A, BbAb-BbBb, Caudio
Your Love Awakens Me (Chris Quilala, Phil Wickham)33****Baudio
Your Love Never Fails (Anthony Skinner, Chris McClarney)69FEb-FF, Gaudio
Your Name (Paul Baloche, Glenn Packiam)777Ab, A, BbG-BbAb, Bbaudio

Criteria for determining congregationally friendly keys:

  • The range should fit an average singer. The highest note should be a D with an occasional Eb allowable. The lowest note should be an A.
  • For songs with a small range that could be sung in a wide range of keys, the character of the song and the composer’s original key were considered to preserve the intended feel of the song.
  • Songs with a high tessitura may be pitched a bit lower even if the top note is a D.
  • A few songs on the list have ranges beyond the scope of an average singer (noted with a ** beside the title). Those key suggestions are noted in parentheses with the best key(s) possible with the understanding that there are outliers in the melody.
  • I did not list choice keys in C# or F#, but if choice keys are on either side of one of these, you can certainly choose those keys.

 

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