David Crowder Band are one of the few bands of CCM and more specifically the worship genre, who dared to aim for something a little outside the box. Better than anyone before them they risked, they tried to innovate and bring high art into their praise…They might just be the best worship centric band of the genre, though I’m sure Kings Kaleidoscope and a few others recent artists could make a strong case otherwise. The man, and band dared to push the limits of what people considered worship music, and did so while still releasing mostly accessible songs/albums. I also appreciate the amount of thought and art put into their album as a whole art piece. Album art, lyrics, Easter eggs, musical nuance and even pioneering the worship and hip-hop/EDM combo. I’m sad that they’re officially done, but it’s a strong body of work. So…Here’s my Top 20 Songs of 20 Artists: David Crowder Band edition.
20. “Undignified” – Can You Hear Us? (2002)
A fun youth ministry camp song to get crazy and jump around with.
19. “All I Can Say” – All I Can Say (1999)
Subdued and worshipful.
17. “O Praise Him (All This For A King)” – Illuminate (2003)
18. “You Alone” – The Lime CD (2004)
One of my favorite worship tunes of the 00s. Simple and sweet adoration.
16. “Shadows” – Church Music (2009)
A reassuring reminder carried by a strong beat.
15. “Open Skies” – Illuminate (2003)
Catchy and fun, I loved singing this one in college where I was first introduced to their work.
14. “Heaven Come Down” – Illuminate (2003)
Another hymn cover but with a tasty rock/jam edge.
13. “Everything Glorious” – Remedy (2007)
It’s simple but it’s a great reminder…You make everything glorious/what does that make me?”
12. “No One Like You” – Illuminate (2003)
A youth ministry staple if there ever was one.
11. “I Saw The Light” – A Collision or (3+4=7) (2005)
A fantastic barn-burner cover of a classic hymn.
10. “After All (Holy)” – Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]) (2012)
The song soars and swells satisfyingly.
9. “Can I Lie Here” – Church Music (2009)
The double meaning of the lyrics here is brilliant and artfully done.
8. “Come And Listen” – A Collision or (3+4=7)(2005)
7. “Here Is Our King” – A Collision or (3+4=7) (2005)
6. “Foreverandever Etc…” – A Collision or (3+4=7) (2005)
A blitzkrieg of a song that bulldozes at a breakneck speed…it’s all fun, and repetitive, and fun and repetitive, and…
5. “Intoxicating” – Illuminate (2003)
I really enjoy the guitar lines in this one…funky! The the la de da’s break down is a nice change of pace. Groovy tune.
4. “Church Music – Dance[!]” – Church Music (2009)
If you’re feeling funky and just wanna dance here’s your chance. What a great contrast in the lyrics and music.
3. “Oh Great God, Give Us Rest” – Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]) (2012)
Perhaps never more needed than this crazy year. “Oh great God give us rest
We’re all worn thin from all of this
At the end of our hope with nothing left
Oh great God give us rest
Could you take a song and make it thine
From a crooked heart twisted up like mine
Would you open up Heaven’s glory light
Shine on in and give these dead bones life”
2. “Oh, Happiness” – Church Music (2009)
I always smile when I hear this one, so joyful…
1. “You Are My Joy” – A Collision or (3+4=7) (2005)
Speaking of joyful, my favorite DC*B song builds and builds making my heart swell with joy even in the tough times…especially in the tough times. This is such a great song.
What about you? What are your favorite David Crowder Band songs?!
For a post where I rank the DC*B discography: Ranking David Crowder Band’s Discography
David Crowder is one of my all time favs if not #1. His song “Red Letters”certainly is the song of my Life dateing back to 1984. Not the song….the story it tells. When I heard It, I said that will be the last song played at my Funeral. The song describes my life to that point when God shouted “your times about up” at me. So real I almost wrecked my car to see who was in the back seat! Thank You Jesus. Basil Hamilton
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This is a great list. I never would have thought of You Are My Joy as the #1, but now that I see it, I can’t argue against it.
Here’s my Top 5 DC*B songs not on this list.
5. Eastern Hymn (Church Music)
Greatest disco worship song ever composed on a Nintendo Game Boy.
4. Because He Lives (Give Us Rest)
Because it’s the a top 5 modern hymn, not because it’s original.
3. SMS (Shine) (Church Music)
This is good, but the music video pushed it wayyy over the top. Really, can we just add the entire CM album to this list? The Nearness, Alleluia Sing, The Veil. It’s all just so good.
2. Revolutionary Love (Illuminate)
I don’t know why I love this song so much. So many early 2000s feels, I guess.
1. Never Let Go (Remedy)
No commentary. Just listen to the song.
I’m one of those people who like Crowder even more than DCB, so maybe that’s the style that influenced my list.
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It was so tough leaving off so much of the CM album, incredible songs to choose from. Thanks for the read and comment!