Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) is the primary service churches and ministries use to deal with copyright issues related to worship materials. Churches buy a license that allows them, among other things, to print and project songs in their services. They keep records of the songs they use, then send periodic reports in to CCLI so that songwriters and artists get their proper royalties. CCLI keeps a current list of the “Top 25″ songs that churches are using.
Last year, we published their list and had a discussion about it. This year, the list has not changed much, with only three new songs appearing. Note: the songs themselves are not necessarily “new” — they may have been around for awhile — but they are now appearing as some of the most regularly used songs in churches that report to CCLI.
Today, I’d simply request your feedback on these songs and what they might say to you about what is happening in contemporary worship today. I want this to be a free discussion, so I won’t add any commentary. Watch and listen to the videos of these three songs that have newly emerged on the “Top 25″ list, and then your thoughts, comments, analysis, and perspectives are welcome.
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Forever Reign (#14)
by Jason Ingram/Reuben Morgan
2009 Reuben Morgan/SHOUT! Publishing & Sony ATV/Timber / West Main Music /Windsor Hill Music (SESAC). All rights on behalf of Sony ATV/Timber, West Main Music and Windsor Hill Music admin. by Sony ATV.
The Stand (#22)
by Joel Houston
2005 Joel Houston/Hillsong Publishing (adm. in the U.S. & Canada by Integrity?s Hosanna! Music) c/o Integrity Media, Inc., 1000 Cody Road, Mobile, AL 36695
Glory to God Forever (#25)
by Steve Fee/Vicky Beeching
2009 Worship Together Music/sixsteps Music (BMI) (adm. by EMI CMG Publishing)/Thankyou Music (PRS) (adm. worldwide by EMI CMG Publishing, excluding Europe)