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The youth pastor and I are starting up a couple of youth worship bands (we hope); one for middle school kids (known as Junior High in the US) and one for high school kids. I'm pretty well up to date on worship songs for church congregations, but I wouldn't mind hearing from everyone which songs will be good for a youth band to start learning.

I'm looking for both upbeat rocking tunes and quieter meditative ones. Also songs that will call the youth to action, to begin to see the heart of God towards those who are suffereing.

Both the youth pastor and I want this to be a time of discipling as well as teaching music to the teams.

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Here are the ones we use with our youth group. We have pre-school thru High School together during the singing.
Popular Upbeat Songs: Everlasting God, Mighty to Save
Quiet meditative songs: Once Again, Here I am to Worship
Call the youth to action: hmmmm Tell the World, We Want to See Jesus Lifted High
I lead the worship band for our youth. Here are the songs they're really into:

Future Decided - hillsong united
We Won't Be Quiet - crowder
Take it All - hillsong united
Overwhelm me - interface
Live for you alone - interface

you're my refuge - interface
the solid rock - interface
at the cross - hillsong
I have decided to follow jesus - hymn

interface are a band from Fort Myers, FL that has led worship at our summer camps. their songs are on iTunes.
Some great ideas here! I've got some listening to do...many of these ones are new to me.
Thanks Dave...we're actually using Everlasting God and Mighty to Save on our Pizza and Jam audition night this Sunday.
Hi Rick,
I even arrange older good worship songs for pre-teens, teens and they all seem to respond with a heavier guitar sound than we have in the main service for adults. I love the Kutless "Strong Tower" worship CD. You can at least get an idea of the youth sound of worship from these guys. I took "In the Secret" and played it faster with only guitar power chords and the kids loved the song. Don't leave out older worship songs...just arrange them with a youthful sound.
One Way, I am Free, More Love, More Power(Jeff Deyo), I will Boast, I will Worship(Jeremy Camp)
Hungry(Jeremy Camp)
...you get the idea. Some of the same songs as adults, just arranged in a rock feel for kids. I did do Breathe last week for 12 year old kids.
A really good engaging song is Today is the Day by Lincoln Brewster. Just about anything from Chris Tomlin or Hillsong/United is great.
Thanks everyone...my list is getting longer and longer! :)
Some Hillsong favorites in our high and middle school ministry...
You Are Here (The Same Power)
With Everything
I am the youth and young adult worship leader, and a lot of the songs we use are Hillsong United, Desperation band, WorthDyingFor, Jesus Culture, etc. I think some pretty radical songs would be Solution by Hillsong United, and Right Now by Tehillah Toronto, it's an on fire band close to my church. And the lyrics are crazy.

My church is a very youth-oriented church to begin with, so we mostly use everything we play on Sundays, Jeff Deyo, Chris Tomlin. You can really spice anything up if you take the time, we've done some pretty radical versions of I Exalt Thee, How Great Thou Art, Our God Is An Awesome God, etc. Whenever you guys as a team are worshipping with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, the church will follow and God's presence will be there :-)

Hope those help.
Rick, it was posted earlier, but Take It All by Hillsong United is great, also

Break Free- Hillsong United
Ready Now-Desperation Band, here is the video, God bless.

Heather, I sent you a pdf file of a song called Lord, I live for you alone. Hope it's the right one.
Thanks, Rosanne. I will be asking them, but I just wanted to hear some of the songs first so I could be more familiar with them. Thanks for your suggestions!

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