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"Best of the Rest" Song List

This page is a place to list songs that are NOT by members of this network that you would recommend for worship in progressive churches.  It could be a top 40 contemporary Christian hit, or a secular song that just seems to work well in worship.

If you are going to list a song:
1. You'll need a link to it somewhere on the web. 
2. You should probably have actually used the song in worship, to be sure it works.
3. You'll also want to have thought about what makes a good song for worship in progressive churches.
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Song TitleArtistDescription/Use
Song TitleArtistDescription/Use
All Are Welcome Agape Hip-Hop song about radical inclusivity 
All Creation Moaning for Redemption Blues Mike Blair Blues song about helping the earth find redemption (Romans 8:22). 
Beyond Belief David Wilcox Exploring the idea of actually following Jesus 
Birthday Party Peter Mayer Interfaith Christmas song 
Born This Way Lady Gaga Song that celebrates the way God makes ALL of us 
Bring Me To Life Evanescence Spiritual awakening 
Change In My Life Rockapella Personal Transformation 
Christians and Pagans Dar Williams Song about interfaith relationships 
Dear God 2.0 The Roots Lament 
Don't Tell Me Who To Love Ray Boltz LGBT/Pride/Justice 
Do What The Spirit Say Sweet Honey in the Rock Gospel song about following the guidance of the Holy Spirit 
Forgiveness Susan Werner Ballad that explores the process of forgivness 
Gathering Of Spirits Carrie Newcomer Gathering/Sending/Community 
Gay Is Ok Adair Lion Pride/LGBT 
God Is A River Peter Mayer Song focusing on the image of a fluid faith and moving God 
God Is Real India.Arie Finding God 
Have a Talk with God Stevie Wonder Prayer/Spirituality 
Help Somebody Susan Werner Gospel song about living a missional life 
Holy as the Day is Spent Carrie Newcomer Sacramentality of daily life 
Holy Now Peter Mayer Ballad about the holiness/sacramentality of all creation  
Hymn of Remorse Brian McLaren and the Restoration Project Confession/Forgiveness/Justice/Transformation 
If We Are The Body Casting Crowns Worship/Mission 
I Hope Dixie Chicks Peace/Hope/Children 
I Meant To Do My Work Today Carrie Newcomer Sabbath/Meditation/Mindfulness 
Incomplete Alanis Morissette  A song that invites us to live fully in the present moment with joy, friends, and God. 
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 and The Voices of Freedom Gospel song about the spiritual journey 
I Will Choose To Love Ray Boltz LGBT/Love/Justice 
Jesus Christ U2 Gospel song about the prophetic ministry of Jesus 
Jesus, O What A Wonderful Child Kelly and Fantasia Christmas 
Jesus Walks Kanye West Edgy song about seeking transformation 
Love Don't Care Who You Love Firehouse LGBT/Anti-Racism/Anti-Violence 
Never Give Up Yolanda Adams Inspiration/Hope/MLK 
Perfect Pink Song about appreciating the perfection of God's people, especially in relation to body image 
Picture of Jesus Ben Harper Comfort/Spirituality 
Seek Justice Brian McLaren and the Restoration Project Justice (Micah 6:8) 
Someday Rob Thomas Healing/Transformation 
Sometimes Even God Must Get The Blues Jo Dee Messina Lament 
Stables Peter Mayer Beautiful new Christmas song 
Tear Down The Walls Rick Recht Song about uniting together for a better future 
Tears of God Los Lobos Lament 
There Is Hope For You William Elliott Whitmore Lent from the perspective of Jesus 
Wake Up Dead Man U2 Lament/Lent 
Wake Up Everybody John Legend & The Roots Empowering ourselves to change the world 
We Shall Be Free Garth Brooks Hope/Justice 
What If God Was One Of Us Joan Osborne Images/Presence of God 
When God Made Me Neil Young Personal reflection on the idea of God creating all people and all faiths 
When Love Comes To Town U2 and BB King Salvation/Transformation 
Where Is The Love? Black Eyed Peas Upbeat prayer for change in the world 
Wood Song Indigo Girls Finding hope/meaning in the ebbs and flows of life 
Yahweh/Psalm 40 U2 Rock medley of two spiritual songs 
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