SongSelect vs. Planning Center Online – Top 10

Chris Vacher | @chrisfromcanada | Get free updates of new posts here


Here’s a quick look at the Top 10 lists of songs on these two popular websites, based on the worship songs that churches are singing in their weekend services:

CCLI SongSelect

  1. Mighty to Save – Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan
  2. How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves & Ed Cash
  3. Blessed Be Your Name – Beth Redman & Matt Redman
  4. Here I Am To Worship – Tim Hughes
  5. Everlasting God – Brenton Brown & Ken Riley
  6. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio & John Newton
  7. Open The Eyes Of My Heart – Paul Baloche
  8. Your Grace Is Enough – Matt Maher
  9. Jesus Messiah – Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves & Ed Cash
  10. Holy Is The Lord – Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio

Planning Center Online

  1. Mighty to Save – Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan
  2. How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves & Ed Cash
  3. Blessed Be Your Name – Beth Redman & Matt Redman
  4. Hosanna – Paul Baloche & Brenton Brown
  5. Everlasting God – Brenton Brown & Ken Riley
  6. Hosanna – Brooke Fraser
  7. Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
  8. Here I Am To Worship – Tim Hughes
  9. Your Grace Is Enough – Matt Maher
  10. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio & John Newton

I think for a while the general feeling was that the SongSelect list (particularly the middle and last third of the Top 100) is a pretty dated list that is influenced by lots of small churches still doing songs from the late 80′s and early 90′s. Interesting to see that the top 3 on each list are identical (can you say cha-ching!) and that 8 of the 10 songs appear in both lists.

As a worship director, I use both of these sites pretty regularly.

We have a subscription to both CCLI & Planning Center and both sites get used almost every day in my work. I use the CCLI site to print chord charts and lead sheets, collect copyright information on songs we are playing and also to find songs that other churches are using through the Top 100 list.

We have used Planning Center for about 3 years and it has become our main planning and programming tool for our Sunday morning services. We use it for scheduling musicians, planning services, distributing chord charts and tracking what songs we’re doing at OBC. I also use the community feature to see what songs are being done in other Planning Center churches around the world.

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