Kristian Stanfill "Say Say"
Daniel Bashta "Like A Lion" (Recorded by David Crowder)
Good idea for a post to keep going! Fast praise songs get used up so quickly.
I'm fortunate in my new church, which didn't start contemporary praise music until about ten years ago -- so everything before 2005 is fair game; it's new to them, so I can delve into all those riches if I use my imagination to make up fresh backgrounds.
But like most worship leaders, I'm eager to hear new music. Bring it on, folks!
Our church is the same way. What are some of your favorites from before 05?
I may not be that accurate here, since I don't care about dates, just what the song sounds like, but most all of these predate 2005. Forthwith:
All Things are Possible (Hillsong) / As Long as I Have You / Hosanna (Baloche)
Dance (Kim Walker) / Rain Down (All around the world we're singing..., Martin Smith, I think)) / Friend of God
Forever / Days of Elijah (Robin Mark?) / Everyday (Hillsong) / Great Is the Lord (Michael W. Smith)
Holy, Holy, Holy (deShazo) / Happy Day (the Tim Hughes remake really cooks, but the Hawkins version is wonderful as well)
Ancient of Days / King of Glory (Tomlin) / Let It Rise (Let the glory of the Lord rise among us)
The River of God / Let the River Flow / O Taste and See (Bethel Redding) /
When the Spirit of the Lord Moves on My Heart (I will dance as David danced)
I Will Celebrate / The Trees of the Field / Make a Joyful Noise (the last 4 all Jewish/Russian style fast songs)
You! You are God (Walker Beach, his real name!)
Trading My Sorrows. People still ask for this.. a lot.
Just got a request for "Pharaoh, Pharaoh"! Sounds ridiculous, but it's a great song of praise and tells the story better than any song I've ever heard.
The Lord Almighty Reigns (Terry Butler) / He Reigns (Furler) / Blessed be Your Name
You Never Let Go (fantastic 60's-hippie sort of song, Oh! No! You never let go - through the storm and...)
Lift Him Up (Billy Funk, that's his real name)
If you can do your own remakes of oldies like "I'm so glad Jesus lifted me" "Victory in Jesus", there's also a large field of songs available.
ooh - ooh - also "Holy is the Lord", by Giglio & Tomlin.
For the Lord is Good (deShazo & Sadler)
Dancing Generation (Red Man) and I Am Free (Jon Egan) are now oldies (2004), but still get the juices flowing.
There's a remake of Psalm 122/John 14 called "Big House" (Stuart, Blair, Herdman, McGinniss, 1993) that's outrageously fun.
My Savior Lives (Jon Egan). Check out Jon Egan's "wonderful, messy church" in Colorado and you'll likely find all sorts of vital, basic, for-real-people (no churchy terms), people-can-sing-this-or-if-they-can't-they'll-dance-to-it sort of praise song.
This list goes back only to the late 80's or so. Back then, there weren't too many real barn-burners, or they were all really short ("Praise Him... in the morning/evening/sun goes down..." four or five times, raising the key) so we tended to use Maranatha Scripture choruses for the medium-to-mellow songs, and take out the hymnal if we wanted really fast clapper-thumpers like "We Shall See the King", "I'll Fly Away", "Are You Washed (YES, I'M WASHED!!!!) and such.
Ah we've just introduced 'You are Good' & they love it!
We also intro'd "Where the Spirit of the Lord is" by Chris Tomlin (Passion CD) a while back, and that goes down very well.
Now we're about to start learning 'Across the Universe' by Chris McLarney. The team really seem to love this song and have been asking when we'll be learning it from the moment I played it to them, which is a great sign!
We are the free - Matt Redman (from '10,000 reasons')
Your name high - Hillsong (from 'This is our God' - it's a couple of years old but worth a look if you haven't done it)
New day - Ben Cantelon (from the very new 'Spirit Break Out' album by worshipcentral, which peaked yesterday at no 7 in the UK itunes charts - for the UK where worship music has nothing of the market share it does in the US, that is a very big deal indeed)
As an aside, it's not a fast song at all, but the title track of the Spirit Break Out album is well worth checking out. It's very simple, I believe it started life as a spontaneous song in a ministry time, but I've found it to be extraordinarily powerful in releasing intercession.