LDS Living’s Top 100 Songs

Posted on February 2, 2013. Filed under: General Church Music, Music in Sacrament Meeting, Ward Music Chairman |

LDS Living published a list of the top 100 LDS songs of all time, not including hymns. Okay, let’s rephrase that, what they probably meant to say was the top LDS easy-listening songs from the past 30 years. You have probably heard many of these in firesides, women’s conferences, and yes, even sacrament meetings. Using my strict standards for sacrament meeting music (aka Church Handbook 2), I put a * by music appropriate for a sacrament meeting performance. Music with ** could be appropriate if sung correctly, definitely not as performed on iTunes. Appropriate music includes songs that can be performed in the style of the hymns and primary songs, not music that were it given different lyrics, could easily become a love song played on the radio. Songs without a * are more suited for home listening, firesides, youth conferences, and background music for LDS-themed videos and LDS Bookstores. Enjoy.

1. “A Child’s Prayer,” Janice Kapp Perry *
2. “His Hands,” Kenneth Cope
3. “I Heard Him Come,” Jeff Goodrich
4. “You’re Not Alone,” Michael McLean
5. “He Hears Me,” Hilary Weeks
6. “Consider the Lilies,” Roger Hoffman *
7. “Line Upon Line” from Saturday’s Warrior, Lex de Azevedo
8. “We’ll Bring the World His Truth,” Janice Kapp Perry *
9. “Scripture Power,” Clive Romney & Sandy Freckleton Gagon *
10. “I Was Not His Father; He Was Mine” from The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean
11. “Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter of God,” Jamie Glenn **
12. “Never a Better Hero,” Kenneth Cope
13. “No Ordinary Man,” Janice Kapp Perry **
14. “O Lord, My Redeemer,” Jeff Goodrich
15. “Together Forever,” Michael McLean
16. “A Window to His Love,” Julie de Azevedo
17. “Beautiful Heartbreak,” Hilary Weeks
18. “Angel Lullaby” from My Turn on Earth, Lex de Azevedo
19. “Love Is Spoken Here,” Janice Kapp Perry *
20. “The Greatest Gift,” Afterglow
21. “In the Hollow of Thy Hand,” Janice Kapp Perry **
22. “I Love to See the Temple,” Janice Kapp Perry *
23. “Let Him In” from The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean
24. “His Image in Your Countenance,” Janice Kapp Perry *
25. “Hold On, the Light Will Come,” Michael McLean
26. “From God’s Arms to My Arms to Yours,” Michael McLean
27. “I Walk by Faith,” Janice Kapp Perry *
28. “Circle of Our Love” from Saturday’s Warrior, Lex de Azevedo
29. “The Olive Tree,” Felicia Sorensen**
30. “I’ll Build You a Rainbow,” Marvin Payne
31. “Greater Than Us All,” Kenneth Cope
32. “Homeless” from The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean
33. “Like a Lighthouse,” Michael Webb
34. “I Never Stand Alone” from From Cumorah’s Hill, Steven Kapp Perry
35. “Face to Face,” Kenneth Cope
36. “Three Kings Found the Lord” from The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean
37. “Emma,” Nashville Tribute Band
38. “It Passes All My Understanding,” Cherie Call
39. “Daughter of a King,” Jenny Phillips
40. “Warriors of Light,” Afterglow
41. “Do Likewise My Friend,” Brett Raymond
42. “Ninety and Nine,” Michael McLean
43. “Sisters in Christ,” Gladys Knight
44. “Captain of My Soul,” Afterglow
45. “Celebrating the Light,” Michael McLean
46. “He Came for Me,” Hilary Weeks
47. “Broken,” Kenneth Cope
48. “Mary Let Me Hold Her Baby” from The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean
49. “My Story” from My Turn on Earth, Lex de Azevedo
50. “Women at the Well,” Julie de Azevedo
51. “I’m a Mormon,” Janeen Brady
52. “Let Me In,” The Osmonds
53. “Masterpiece,” Julie de Azevedo
54. “Another Witness,” Afterglow
55. “Come to Jesus,” Kenneth Cope
56. “Come Unto Him,” Daniel Carter *
57. “If I Only Had Today,” Hilary Weeks
58. “My Turn on Earth” from My Turn on Earth, Lex de Azevedo
59. “She Put the Music in Me,” Calee Reed
60. “The Rising,” Nashville Tribute Band
61. “Mercy’s Arms,” Julie de Azevedo
62. “Sometimes He Lets It Rain,” Katherine Nelson
63. “The Promise,” Afterglow
64. “Gentle,” Michael McLean
65. “Humble Way” from Saturday’s Warrior, Lex de Azevedo
66. “I Will,” Hilary Weeks
67. “Paper Dream” from Saturday’s Warrior, Lex de Azevedo
68. “He Was Here” from The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean
69. “I Will Not Be Still,” Kenneth Cope
70. “Sailing On” from Saturday’s Warrior, Lex de Azevedo
71. “Taking It Home with Me,” Brett Raymond
72. “The Man with Many Names” from The Garden, Michael McLean
73. “One Voice,” Tyler Castleton
74. “Safe Harbors,” Michael McLean
75. “Shine On,” David Osmond
76. “Arise and Shine Forth,” Jenny Phillips
77. “Prayer of the Children,” Kurt Bestor
78. “Beautiful Life,” Jenny Frogley
79. “Go with Me,” Kenneth Cope
80. “Greater Love” from Women at the Well, Kenneth Cope
81. “Hands of Heaven,” Julie de Azevedo
82. “More Than Just a Boy,” Kenneth Cope
83. “Perfect Love,” Felicia Sorensen
84. “Be That Friend,” Michael McLean
85. “Born of God” from From Cumorah’s Hill, Steven Kapp Perry
86. “Feeling of Forever” from Saturday’s Warrior, Lex de Azevedo
87. “Just Let Me Cry,” Hilary Weeks
88. “Praise the Man,” Jenny Frogley
89. “Promises I Keep,” Cherie Call
90. “The Carpenter’s Son,” Kenneth Cope
91. “We Believe,” Bryce Neubert
92. “All My Days,” Hilary Weeks
93. “American Dream,” Nashville Tribute Band
94. “Bless My Son,” Nashville Tribute Band
95. “For Our Day,” Felicia Sorensen
96. “For the Love of a Woman,” Jericho Road
97. “How to Move a Mountain,” Cherie Call
98. “Keeper of the Flame,” Julie de Azevedo
99. “Let Him Heal Your Heart,” John Canaan
100. “Someday He Will Come,” Felicia Sorensen

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6 Responses to “LDS Living’s Top 100 Songs”

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Dear fellow member,

I have a feeling you won’t take me seriously but here it is anyway,

I’m very disappointed, (depressed) by this list of appropriate songs. I’m not sure how much prayer went into this but some of these songs that have been left out are far more inspiring, reverent and spiritually uplifting, closer to the message of our Father in Heaven than many songs currently in the hymn book. You don’t have to be a prophet or a Janis Kapp Perry for that matter to create a work worthy of sacrament worship. I’m going to keep going to church but I know that many others could be offended to the point and discouraged enough by this article to find another way to spend their time on earth. It’s too bad that it’s so hard to be taken seriously musically just because you weren’t born a hundred years ago or that you’re not in the upper echelons of the church.

Just my opinion and I’m just a humble 58 year old, ward missionary, extremely talented songwriting husband of 1, father of 5 and grandfather of 11, lover of all and most importantly… a child of God.
And probably would be a friend of yours if you knew me.

Thanks and God bless you and yours,

Brother Denny Hancock

It is true that individual musical tastes vary. You may feel many of these songs are inspiring. But when choosing music for sacrament meetings we stick to the standard outlined in the Church Handbook which states, “The hymns are the basic music for worship services and are standard for all congregational singing. In addition, other appropriate selections may be used for prelude and postlude music, choir music, and special musical presentations. If musical selections other than the hymns are used, they should be in keeping with the spirit of the hymns. Texts should be doctrinally correct. Secular music should not replace sacred music in Sunday meetings. Some religiously oriented music presented in a popular style is not appropriate for sacrament meetings. Also, much sacred music that is suitable for concerts and recitals is not appropriate for a Latter-day Saint worship service.”

Some of the music listed above is appropriate for sacrament meetings because it is in keeping with the spirit of the hymns and has doctrinally correct text. Much of the music listed above however, is in the genre of “Christian Rock/Pop”. As a teenager I remember singing some of these songs in Seminary on Fridays, our free-choice song day. “Humble Way” was our favorite and we’d sing it at the top of our lungs. However fun these types of songs are, however inspiring they are to some, they don’t meet the strict standard for music in our most sacred meeting of the week. That doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired by this music in your home, at Church firesides, etc.

Regarding the hymns in the LDS Hymnal, the First Presidency in the Preface to Hymns states “The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord. Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end…Brothers and sisters, let us use the hymns to invite the Spirit of the Lord into our congregations, our homes, and our personal lives. Let us memorize and ponder them, recite and sing them, and partake of their spiritual nourishment.”

Thank you so much for your respectful
Reply. I understand and agree with your comments. I hope that someday you will hear one of my songs. Thanks again, Danny

My thoughts to Danny–

Holly never said these were the only songs appropriate, in general. Only what is appropriate for sacrament meeting as defined by the words published by the church leadership. Nobody ever claimed that music outside of these limitations was bad. I agree with you, many songs that currently get excluded from sacrament meeting are VERY spiritual, uplifting and doctrinally correct. They are just a different style.

I’m glad to hear that you write songs. Your words suggest that the songs you write are not very like those in our hymnal and may be closer to pop style. The First Presidency may at some time change their minds about what is appropriate for sacrament meeting. They may decide to include music similar to what you hear in other Christian churches. My recommendation is that you write to the church music committee about your thoughts. Maybe include what you think are good criteria for appropriate music for sacrament meeting worship. And until they change it, find other venues to share your music. PLEASE don’t let exclusion from sacrament meeting discourage you about your writing.

Thank you so very much for your comments. There are so many nice people on this beautiful world. I’m blessed to be found among them.

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