10 Best Chris Tomlin Songs

by Pamela Rose Williams on December 27, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

In my opinion, Chris Tomlin is one of the best Christian song writers and worship leaders of today. In this article I will not only include songs that Chris wrote, I will also share some well known songs that I think you will agree he sings and leads well.  When I hear him I always want to sing praises to the Lord. Here are 10 of what I consider to be the best Chris Tomlin songs.  Enjoy!

Featured Song:

We Fall Down (Chris Tomlin) This is the song that gave Chris Tomlin world-wide exposure as a worship song writer and leader.  He was young and just graduated from college when he was at camp with his friend Louie Giglio; he was moved to write this song when Louie preached from Revelation 4. A few months later Chris heard a group singing this song and it confirmed that he was on the right road, doing what God made him to do – write and lead worship songs. While this song dates back to 1997, it is ageless in its message that one day we will fall down and worship Jesus.  It is a simple tune with a huge message. View a video and sing along in the upper right area on this page.

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

This song combines some of the traditional “Amazing Grace” hymn by John Newton with new lyrics and tune by Christ Tomlin. The song was inspired by the movie “Amazing Grace” and is the title song for that movie.

Sample Lyrics: 

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

[2x]
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

Forever

This was one of Chris’s first nationally released songs on his solo project entitled “The Noise We Make”.

Sample Lyrics:

Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
With a mighty hand
and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that’s been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Yeah
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God
We will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Yeah
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever
Forever

His love endures forever
His love endures forever
His love endures forever
Forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Yeah
Forever you are faithful
Forever you are strong
Foerver you are with us
Forever
And ever
Yeah

Forever you are faithful
Forever you are strong
Forever you are with us
Forever
Forever
You are God…..
Forever
And ever and ever ….

Holy is the Lord

In 2004 Chris released this one on his “Arriving” album.  Sing along with the video below.

How Great is Our God

This is another lovely, worshipful song.  It is easy to sing and easy to lead. Take a look at the lyrics.

Sample Lyrics:

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God
Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

I Lift My Hands (Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher & Louie Giglio)

One of the newer songs, “I Lift My Hands” is a great one to sing with your hands lifted high to our ever faithful God and Father.

Sample Lyrics:

Be still, there is a healer
His love is deeper than the sea
His mercy, it is unfailing
His arms are fortress for the weak

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Be still, there is a river
That flows from Calvary’s tree
A fountain for the thirst
Pure grace that washes over me

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Let faith arise, let faith arise
Open my eyes, open my eyes
Let faith arise, let faith arise
Open my eyes, open my eyes

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

And I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher & Louie Giglio)

If you are looking for a good song for Easter, this one would do well as a special music piece.  The lyrics are powerful and the song brings tears to my eyes every time I recall the fact that I am just a sinner saved by grace. Because of what Jesus did at the cross, I too will rise.  You can know Jesus as your Saviour too. Read about Him here : Jesus

Sample Lyrics:

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
[x2]

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

Indescribable (Laura Story)

I have heard many people sing this one and I think Chris Tomlin’s rendition is the best by far. I must give credit to the lovely Laura Story, who wrote this song.

Sing along with the video below:

Jesus Messiah

Another great Easter song; consider adding this to your praise and worship set. This will stick with you for the rest of the week!

Sample Lyrics: 

He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing, love so amazing

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

His body the bread, his blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled, and the veil was torn

Love so amazing, love so amazing, yeah

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

All I hope is in You, all I hope is in You
All the glory to You, God, the light of the world

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

Mighty is the Power of the Cross (Shawn Craig)

This song was written by Shawn Craig of the group Phillips, Craig and Dean.  They do a great job with this song too, but since I am writing about Chris Tomlin songs, I thought I would include it here because it made the top 500 worship songs list in 2005 as reported by the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)

Sample Lyrics: 

What can take a dying man and raise him up to life again?
What can heal a wounded soul?
What can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness?
What can mend our brokenness?
Brokenness

[Chorus:]
Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

What restores our faith in God?
What reveals the Father’s love?
What can lead the wayward home?
What can melt a heart of stone?
What can free the guilty ones
What can save and overcome?
Overcome

[Chorus]

It’s a miracle to me [2x]
And It’s still a mystery [2x]
It’s a miracle to me
The power of God
For those who believe

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is …….
Mighty is…….
Mighty is the power of the cross

Thank You for the cross [2x]
Love the cross [2x]
So Powerful…… ohhhhh yeahhh
What can take a dying man?
And raise him up to life again?

Worship You Jesus
By your wounds we are healed
By your wounds we are saved
Mighty is the power of the cross [2x]
Thank You Jesus for the Holy cross

Share Yours Here

What are your favorite Chris Tomlin songs? Share them in the comments below

Sources:

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh December 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Great selection of Chris Tomlin songs! I was going to try to pick my favorite and just couldn’t. I love them all! He is one of my favorites.

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Pam December 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks Josh, I’m with you … I can not pick my absolute favorite and listing just 10 was a great challenge. ♪♫♪

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Albert Diones January 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Sing sing sing!

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Pam January 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm

That’s a great one Albert … here is a link for it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llZKgt-1TlQ. Thanks for taking the time to comment here at WCWTK. Please visit again!

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Elizabeth John May 7, 2012 at 12:06 am

God is blessed Chris Tomlin with the Holy Spirit… You are blessed in the name of Jesus.

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O'Dean May 22, 2012 at 12:10 am

Beautiful.His songs make me sit still and jus think about how great our God is and let me realise how lost I am

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Elaine July 15, 2012 at 1:06 am

Love them all. If I had to pick one it would be “Jesus Messiah”

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Love that one!

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Philip July 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

Sometimes don’t we just really feel like as the lyrics say in “I Lift My Hands”…

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Sometimes we just want to go find that place where we can pour out our heart to God! Thank you Lord Jesus for all you have done for me! You are faithful God forever!

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

AMEN! Yes, indeed Philip. He is faithful, Praise Him for that.

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Carlos August 12, 2012 at 2:43 am

Sing, sing, sing is my favorite of all Tomlin’s songs.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Hi Carlos, That is one that will stay in your heart all day. Thanks for sharing!

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Sue Rehers August 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

Beautiful songs

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Keith Dsouza September 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thank you for sharing your heart and top 10 song list of Chris Tomlin. He is also one of my newly found best worship songwriter and worship leader. May God richly bless your ministry.

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Daril Lev September 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

LET GOD ARISE! CHRIS TOMLINS BEST SONG

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LUTHER (LUKE) September 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

Beautiful Songs!

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LUTHER (LUKE) September 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

So helpful for all the family while were learing to sing and play Chris songs!

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Jannie September 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love ” I stand amaged ” Can you tell me which album is it on?

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Pamela Rose Williams September 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hi Jannie. I Stand Amazed is on “Everything Glorious” album.

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Jeanjakwme September 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Congratulation Pamela Rose Williams! You did an outsanding job for only these 10 top songs can make a worship spicey.
Above all, the one i love is” how great is our God”
Thanks……..

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Andy September 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

God Of This City.. Love it..

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Job Jacob October 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

OUR GOD IS GREATER…
This song is the best . i like it a lot.
it just reminds me how God is great.

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Amanda December 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

My favorite is Our God, followed by any of the ones from Passion.

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Juliet Bangi February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I am blessed with the song of Chris Tomlin’s “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD” interpreted and sang in many languages. Really God is great and majestic. PRAISE THE LORD!

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MollyMacias March 15, 2013 at 1:29 am

All I can say is Awesome………

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bill dick March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

inspiring songs

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David H April 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Thank you for the list; I look forward to being introduced to these songs…I wish his song, “All Bow Down” had made the cut.
David
Los Angeles, Calif.

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moses okoh April 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Tnks a bunch 4 a job well done.the one i love most is hw Grt is our God.am looking forword to buy the CDs.pls who album can i find Hw Grt is our God?tnks

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Rajesh April 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

TQ for ur good selections. These help me to find good spiritual english worship songs.

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Elaine April 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

Moses….”How great is our God” is on “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD – THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION”

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Susan Roberts May 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

My husband passed away on the 15th of March, 2013. He was killed instantly from an accident and me and my 3- kids were devestated. We had 3-of Chris Tomlins songs played at his funeral. They were not only beautiful songs – but the words meant so much to us during our time of need. God is Good!!

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Rajesh June 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Thank u soooooo much …… May God Bless you…..;-)

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Stephen July 1, 2013 at 6:44 am

There are many of these songs I do not like, lyrically. I do enjoy I will rise, except for some of the chorus lines. There are just too many of his songs that bring a particular verse to mind; that being Matthew 6:7

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Lurene Jane Miasco July 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I love the song “How can I keep from singing” of Chris Tomlin. I love to hear his songs. Thank you and praise God for sharing with us your gift :-)

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kaytlinn July 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I love lay me down. I heard it at camp and it changed my life. thank you for saying more amazing songs

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Elaine May 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Hi Pamela,
Does Chris Tomlin sing “because he lives (I can face tomorrow)?
If so, what album?
Thanks

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Pamela Rose Williams May 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hi Elaine, I do not know of this song appearing on any of his albums but I did find the YouTube video for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-zwE33zHA. It is lovely!

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Elaine May 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Thanks Pamela…I listen to this song a few times a day and didn’t realize it was Chris Tomlin. I’ve been trying to find out who sang this. This is the best version of this song. I even posted it on FB for Easter because I love the song and his voice.

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japhlet June 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

thank you so much i had difficulties finding the best gospel songs but with this list i forget all my problems my favorite is “I LIFT MY HANDS”

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Pamela Rose Williams June 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm

AMEN!

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