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June is upon us, this means that half a year is almost over.  Over the course of the last six months we have been blessed by some spectacular worship songs.  Compiling a list of one’s top 15 worship songs is a perilous task as it can never include everyone’s favorite.  So, as a preface, I want to admit that a lot of subjectivity is embedded into the list.    However, in order to establish some degree of objectivity, four criteria were used.  First, in order for a song to be qualified, it needs to be made available to the general public any time from January to June this year.

This excludes a song like Hillsong Live’s “Man of Sorrow” as it was available only for a limited time.  Second, the song needs to be a worship song: this means the subject matter needs to be directed to God.  Third, the song needs to be able to be congregational in focus, i.e., the song needs to be suitable to be used for congregational singing.  This excludes all personal testimonial songs.  Fourth, the pool of songs is restricted to the songs that have been sent to BREATHEcast over the last six months or so.  Songs that were never sent to us were naturally not considered.

15.   Javen’s “Hosanna” taken from Javen’s “Worship in the Now”

Many of us know “Hosanna” (written by Brooke Fraser aka Ligertwood) as a Hillsong staple performed initially by Fraser and Darlene Zschech.  Not so much to improve on Hillsong’s anthemic rendition, Gospel artist Javen gives this a totally R&B makeover.  If you are tired of Hillsong’s version and you want an urban groove to this popular worship staple, Javen’s version is the quintessential alternative.

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