When I'm looking for a worship album to play in the car for a good ol' sing-a-long it can be difficult to choose. Often I'll love one song on one album and a couple off another, which is why 'Best Of' albums tick all the boxes. We've compiled a list of our top 10 favourite 'Greatest Hits' albums that your CD collection shouldn't be without.
1. Chris Tomlin – Greatest Hits
Everyone loves a bit of Tomlin, if it's not desperately trying to reach the high notes in 'Indescribable' a personal favourites to other modern classics such as 'How Great is Our God' and popular anthem 'God of this City'. This album is a firm fixture in the 'Best of' Best Ofs. Want proof? According to CCLI every track on this album appears in the top 120 songs sung in the Church – I think that certainly qualifies it to top this list.
2. Sing Like Never Before – Matt Redman
For those of you who prefer a bit of Redman, well look no further than his 'Essential Collection' bringing together 15 of his most passionate and powerful worship hits; featuring Grammy award-winning song 'Our God' and his No. 1 single '10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord). Not only is Matt Redman one of the UK's leading worship leaders but he's also penned some of the finest worship songs around and helpfully you'll find them all on this album from his early classics to his recent hits.
3. Best of Stuart Townend Live
Looking for a live album that I guarantee you'll know all the words to it's this one. Stuart Townend has been writing modern hymns that have influenced the Church and its worship for over 20 years. A regular at many of the UK Conferences including Keswick & New Word Alive, Stuart has compiled a live album of the highest quality. Including 'In Christ Alone', 'See What a Morning' & 'Who Paints the Skies' don't miss out on this audible treat; lyrics of theological truths married with reflective musical accompaniment.
4. Best of Lou Fellingham
One of the UK's finest female vocalists Lou Fellingham has won the hearts of worshippers up and down the country and now with this 2 CD collection you won't miss any of her trademark melodies and catchy choruses. From music festivals, conferences and even 'Songs of Praise', Lou Fellingham keeps herself busy as both a solo artist and the lead singer of Phatfish. This album includes 30 of her best live performances and includes her own songs and everyone's favourites from 'Sing to the Lord',' To God Be the Glory' plus a beautiful rendition of 'In Christ Alone'.
5. The Very Best of Hillsong Live
Hillsong have written some of the most powerful worship songs in recent history so it can only be a good thing to get some of their best tracks on to one aptly gold album. Including 'From the Inside Out', 'Worthy is the Lamb' and the iconic 'Mighty to Save'. In fact it's so good that it's about time we got another greatest hits album; watch this space as Hillsong are here to stay continually encouraging the Church with their musical gifting.
6. The Best of Graham Kendrick
UK worship would not be the same without Graham Kendrick and this album demonstrates exactly why. With 28 tracks Graham's 'best of' is packed full of worship songs sung each week at churches around the country and the world including 'Shine Jesus Shine', 'Knowing You Jesus' and 'Amazing Love'. One of the great features of this album is the newly recorded duets with Matt Redman, Darlene Zschech, Martin Smith from Delirious? and Paul Baloche firmly fixing this in our top ten round up.
7. History Makers – Delirious?
I have many happy memories of jumping around at a Delirious? concert as a young teen and then watching their farewell concert in my 20s aiding the decision that this album is one not to be missed. Delirious? were not only a chart-topping band but also wrote some serious power-house anthems including 'Did you Feel the Mountains Tremble', 'Majesty' and the title track, one you can't help singing along to 'History Makers'. All in all a fitting tribute to one of the UK's finest Christian bands.
8. Extravagant Worship – Best of Vicky Beeching
With a trademark of beautiful melodies and heart-felt lyrics our top ten couldn't be without UK worship leader, blogger and theologian, Vicky Beeching. A regular speaker and worship leader at Spring Harvest, Greenbelt and Soul Survivor, Vicky's music has made an impact on the Church with songs like 'Yesterday Today and Forever' and 'The Wonder of the Cross'.
9. Decades of Worship – Michael W Smith
Song-writer and singer Michael W Smith never fails to deliver and this 'Best of' collection certainly doesn't let you down. Beautifully produced to the highest quality this album covers some of his finest songs including 'Healing Rain', 'A New Hallelujah' and 'Above All'. This album also has some great live versions of 'Mighty to Save' and 'Awesome God'.
10. All this for a King – David Crowder Band
Recently released this essential collection is full of David Crowder* Band hits. This album is one to jump around the room to, especially if you've got a beard to rival Crowder's! After 6 albums, 1.9 million sales and 2 Grammy nominations the David Crowder Band have well and truly made their mark on the Christian music scene. 'O Praise Him (All this for a King)', 'How He Loves' and the inspiring 'Everything Glorious' are just a taster of the musical treats on offer, grab a copy and I'm sure you'll agree.
So there you have it, the cream of the crop when it comes to the 'Best of' the very best we hope you'll agree that there really is something for every ear, preference and style of worship in our run down of albums that complete your collection.
June 11th, 2013 - Posted & Written by Anna Hockley