“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 500,000+ 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
Cornerstone – Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
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
Man Of Sorrows – Brooke Ligertwood, Matt Crocker
Happy Day – Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes
Above All – Paul Baloche, Lenny LeBlanc
Jesus Paid It All (Christ I Owe) – Elvian Mabel Hall, John Thomas Grape
My Jesus I Love Thee – Adoniram Judson Gordon, William Ralph Featherstone
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Diademata) – George Job Elvey, Godfrey Thring, Matthew Bridges
I Stand Amazed (My Savior’s Love) – Charles Hutchison Gabriel
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross – Isaac Watts, Lowell Mason
He Lives – Alfred Henry Ackley
The Cross Has The Final Word – Cody Carnes
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (Easter Hymn) – Charles Wesley, Samuel Arnold
Low In The Grave He Lay (Christ Arose) – Robert Lowry
Were You There – Frederick J. Work, John W Work, Jr.
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
Ain’t No Grave – Claude Ely, Jonathan Helser, Melissa Helser, Molly Skaggs
Your Great Name – Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale
Behold The Lamb – Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Phil Wickham
In The Garden – Charles Austin Miles
Resurrection Power – Ed Cash, Ryan Ellis, Tony Brown
Christ Is Risen – Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes
My Redeemer Lives – Reuben Morgan
Then He Rose – Chris Brown, Chris Tomlin, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick
Gracefully Broken – Matt Redman, Tasha Cobbs, Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt, Jonas Myrin

We realize, of course, that your church may have other Easter favorites. Please feel free to share your worship setlist for Easter in the comments below, along with your observations regarding the songs that work especially well with your congregation. May God richly bless your Easter services as we celebrate our Risen King together.

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  1. Wow. Why are half the top 20 Easter songs sad and sorrowful?! Those would make better Good Friday songs, no? Of course, this is coming from someone in a tradition that is mindful of the liturgical calendar.

  2. “My Redeemer Lives” “Alive” “Glorious Day” “He Lives” “He Reigns” “Awesome God” “Celebrate Jesus” “Forever (Kari Jobe)” “Victory Chant” “Arise” “Christ is Risen” “Here I Am to Worship” “Call to Worship” “Hymn of Promise” “This I Believe”

  3. I always struggle to find upbeat openers, esp. for Easter Sunday. Using “This is Amazing Grace ” this year.

  4. The Old Rugged Cross made the Difference, and I Believe in a Hill called Mount Calvary are my favourites. Both Gaither songs.


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