Data compiled by Faithlife, makers of integrated church technology products including Logos Bible Software, in the Year-End Song & Sermon Report provides insight into the worship songs, sermon topics and Scriptures most prevalent in churches across North America throughout 2020 and during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The 2020 Faithlife data highlights the relevancy of church leaders in meeting the needs of their congregants and community during a difficult year," said Bob Pritchett, co-founder and CEO of Faithlife. "The words of the top worship songs and most used topics of the sermons were speaking to the issues of the day in order to offer comfort among the chaos."
The most popular worship song in 2020 was "Way Maker" by Nigerian Gospel music singer Sinach, according to the data from Faithlife Proclaim, Faithlife's church presentation software.
"Way Maker" reached its peak popularity with Proclaim users the weekend of March 22, 2020, when almost 7% of all worship presentations included the song. "Build My Life" by Pat Barrett (the top song in 2019) was the second most popular, followed by "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" by Matt Redman.
An analysis of songs bringing comfort to churches during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic shows an interesting mix of modern and historic hymns such as "It is Well with My Soul" and "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" as well as "His Mercy Is More," by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. Other new songs on the list include "Goodness of God," released in early 2019 by Bethel Music and Jenn Johnson, "King of Kings" by Hillsong Worship, and "See a Victory" by Elevation Worship.
Faithlife Top 10 Worship Songs of 2020: