My Favorite Christian Songs Right Now That “Sound Secular”

Hi, friends. To be honest, I didn’t pursue new Christian music for a long time because I felt that a lot of what I’d heard had this over-produced-to-the-point-of-dull sound. I hope my bluntness doesn’t offend any Christian music fans; this is just my personal two cents.

The lowest-common-denominator, this-could-play-in-a-grocery-store sound always turned me off. I wanted to see what was out there nowadays, so as a longtime Spotify user, I finally started using the app to discover Christian songs a few months ago. Fast forward to now, and my Christian playlist is my favorite one.

I don’t know if Christian music has diversified in the last ten years or if Christian music I would like has always existed; either way, music streaming services have made it easier than ever to find new music.

I definitely have “mainstream Christian” bands and musicians that I love–Matthew West, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, etc.–and other Christian music sharing posts will follow this one. However, it’s been awesome finding music that “sounds like secular music” yet has uplifting, life-affirming messages.

Two notes before I get into the list–#1, all these songs are upbeat because I am a crybaby, so I don’t usually go out of the way seeking super slow and emotional worship music. [Yes, I cherish some slow and emotional ones, but have you tried driving and profusely wiping away tears simultaneously? Not very safe!] #2, I restricted the list to songs with videos that came out in 2018 (so I could narrow it down, haha).

Pop/EDM (Electronic Dance Music)

You’re rewriting my story
And I’m brand new like a morning
Oh, I never knew anything lasts forever
Till I found You
Till I, till I found You

Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice
And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move you, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

So I let go and I let love
Show me life like it’s supposed to be
An oasis here awaits us
All the freedom I’ll ever need
Now I’m alive
Oh-la-la, oh-la-la
When I let go then I found life

Do You mind if I sit right here?
‘Cause when I’m with You, there is one thing that’s clear
All this white noise in my head dies down
‘Cause Your love drives out my fear

Rap/Hip-Hop

I need You to fight for me
When I don’t know what I believe
Why does everybody leave?
Show me what it’s like to dream

If I ever took a loss, I learned a lesson
I won’t ever think I’m better than the next man
I’ve been down before the come up, I ain’t stressin’
Baby, I’m too busy countin’ all these blessings, blessings

I need You, oh Lord

Miscellaneous

All at once I came alive
This beating heart, these open eyes
The grave let go
The darkness should have known
(You’re still rolling rolling, you’re still rolling rolling oh)
You’re still rolling stones

Won’t He do it?
He said He would
Fight your battles for you
They gon’ wonder how you sleep at night
Won’t He do it?
Ah yes, He will
Anybody tell you something different
You know that’s a lie
You gon’ look back and be so amazed
How it turned out
It’s only His grace
Won’t He do it?
He said He would
So, I trust Him at all times

I’ve cried many rivers
I’ve walked through some pain
I’ve seen my world crumble
And I’ve carried the shame
But I know somebody, He calls me His own
I can hear heaven singing out
Oh-oh-oh, you’re never alone

 

Thanks for reading! Do you like any of these songs?

My favorite on this list right now is “Won’t He Do It.” It’s so catchy and sassy! “I Need You” is also cool with its dancehall/trap blend. The artist is Nigerian, and he’s so obscure that I can’t find his lyrics on Google.

Feel free to leave suggestions, especially if you have some for Christian Rock.

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28 responses to “My Favorite Christian Songs Right Now That “Sound Secular””

  1. Hey Lily! Check out Rivers and Robots on YouTube. They are my favourite Christian band at the moment, I think you’ll love their lyric videos, they are beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing these songs!

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    1. Just listened to “Shepherd of my Soul” and it was lovely, so my interest is piqued. Thanks for the suggestion, Steven!

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    2. I love Rivers and Robots!! They are the bomb!! So fresh, so relatable!!

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  2. OMG so many new-to-me artists to check out! It’s like my birthday! Thanks, Lily! 💜💜

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    1. I don’t think anyone has ever actually been excited to listen to a song I recommended, so it means a lot that you would care, Alison. ♥

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  3. Love all these songs! Anything by forKingandCountry is awesome! Casting Crowns is great, too. Have you heard of IAMTHEY https://youtu.be/2uYiHiJTN6Y

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    1. I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for that suggestion, Mimi!

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  4. My favourite Christian artist is Lacey Sturm. She used to front a band called Flyleaf but has now gone solo. You should check out her solo album ‘Life Screams.’

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    1. Ooh, I loved Flyleaf back in the day, and I’ve heard a new(ish) song by her called Take the Bullets Away, but I need to check out the album! Thanks for the suggestion.

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  5. Great list of meaningful music!

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  6. I am familiar with a few. I will have to listen to the unfamiliar ones. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your support, Matthew!

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  7. Not only will I be taking time with these suggestions, but I’m passing your post along to all three of my kids who are away at college right now. My daughters in particular are always looking for new Christian music. They already play Tori Kelly, Lecrae and For King and Country, but they may not be familiar with all of them! Thank you for compiling this! Love that you included the videos.

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    1. So glad you liked this post, and thanks for passing it along, hun! ♥

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  8. I shall be the resident curmudgeon and just say….I love the Hymn Book LOL. And Southern Gospel. That’s about as radical as I get. My wife loves The Message on Sirius XM which is the more hip stuff. I like Enlighten, which mostly Southern Gospel. I guess I am getting aged.

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    1. I totally understand. With contemporary worship music, I have some preferences with sound and style, but it doesn’t negate my love for the hymns…especially since I was raised in a small, country church in the South 🙂

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      1. Ha you nailed that Lily that is my life!

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  9. I love the new Tori Kelly songs and also Lauren Daigle’s new album

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  10. This is a cool post. Thanks for sharing the great music reference! If you ever want to write anything else like this, check out DailyPS. We’d love to have you guest post. No pressure though, I’m just stopping by to say great post! Keep it up 🙂

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    1. So glad you liked it! And thank you for that offer. I’m going to check out your blog. 🙂 ♥

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  11. I think “Won’t He Do It” would be mine.

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    1. That hook gets stuck in my head… “Won’t He do it? He said He would!” Love it. Thank you for listening.

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  12. Great songs! I hadn’t heard many of these singers before. Last week I heard this song by For King & Country, it is an awesome song to drive to 😉! This is another song that I love driving to. She sings it to ‘Fear’

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  13. Oh girl! I need to make a separate playlist with all the Christian rock I have. Manafest is one of my favorites. Ledger is the female singer of Skillet and I love her music, especially foreigner. Thousand Foot Crutch, and others. I get what you are saying about the music. I don’t mind songs depending on lyrics that have that sound but it is always nice hearing other stuff too. When I compile my Christian rock playlist I’ll send a link. 🙂

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  14. I tots love Lauren Daigle… Lecrae’s music goes without saying

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