“He is risen!!”

Easter is our victory celebration—rejoicing together in songs of triumph. And there are many to choose from for your church’s own celebration.

Among the 300,000+ songs covered by the CCLI license, over 3,600 are flagged with “Easter” as a primary theme. Here are the top Easter song choices from churches across the country:

CCLI Top 20 – Easter

In terms of Popularity, “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend holds the top slot. Here’s the full CCLI Top 20 list for Easter:

In Christ Alone – Keith Getty, Stuart Townend
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) – Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson
At The Cross (Love Ran Red) – Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jonas Myrin, Matt Armstrong, Matt Redman
The Old Rugged Cross – George Bennard
Cornerstone – Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury
Man Of Sorrows – Brooke Ligertwood, Matt Crocker
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
All Glory, Laud and Honour (Saint Theodulph) – John Mason Neale, Melchior Teschner, Theodulph of Orleans
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (Easter Hymn) – Charles Wesley, Samuel Arnold
Were You There – Frederick J. Work, John W Work, Jr.
Above All – Paul Baloche, Lenny LeBlanc
Low In The Grave He Lay (Christ Arose) – Robert Lowry
Happy Day – Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross – Isaac Watts, Lowell Mason
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Diademata) – George Job Elvey, Godfrey Thring, Matthew Bridges
The Cross Has The Final Word – Cody Carnes
He Lives – Alfred Henry Ackley
Jesus Paid It All (Christ I Owe) – Elvian Mabel Hall, John Thomas Grape
Hosanna Loud Hosanna (Ellacombe) – Jeff Redd, Jennette Threlfall, Xavier Ludwig Hartig
Praise The King – Corey Voss, Dustin Smith, Michael Bryce Jr., Michael Farren

CCLI Top Songs – Resurrection

Additionally, here are some top CCLI songs flagged with a “Resurrection” theme:

Resurrecting – Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matthew Ntlele, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) – Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, Kari Jobe
Resurrection Power – Ed Cash, Ryan Ellis, Tony Brown
Christ Is Risen – Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes
Your Great Name – Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (He Is Not Dead) – Charles Wesley, Kurtis Parks, Samuel Arnold
My Redeemer Lives – Reuben Morgan
Grace To Grace – Chris Davenport, Joel Houston
Gracefully Broken – Matt Redman, Tasha Cobbs, Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt, Jonas Myrin
In The Garden – Charles Austin Miles

May God richly bless your Easter services as we celebrate our Risen King together.

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  1. I think that you have missed the #1 Song sung in churches during Easter Service. The song, “Because He Lives” by the Gaithers is missing from your list. I find that very odd. Don’t you?

  2. It would have been very appreciated if this list was sent out about a month before Easter to make plans and practice songs ahead of time. Maybe next year?

  3. I’m kind of delighted that only 2 of the songs I’ve picked make your lists… 1 of them a hymn! “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today” and “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)”. And we’re a 99% contemporary church. Here’s our songs for Sunday:

    “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)” by Kari Jobe
    “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today” the hymn
    “Christ Is Risen” by Matt Maher
    “My Victory” by David Crowder
    “Mercy” by Matt Redman
    “O The Blood” by Gateway Worship
    “Amen” by Matt Maher

  4. Great list but one of the most beautiful, poignant Easter hymns of all time is MY SONG IS LOVE UNKNOWN:- Lyrics-Samuel Crossman/ Music-John Ireland ( best music setting!)…should be on every list. Also, you don’t have many Graham Kendrick songs in there, if any…This British composer of the 20th/21st century has written many brilliant Easter themed songs which many people sing in many churches in Australia. Cheers. Deb Pattison

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