Horrible Modern Church Worship Music

Worst

Not since the worship chorus "Father, I Appreciate You" do we find something as fun and horrible as a song called "Party" that was put on the most recent Passion worship album "Everything Glorious".  I was first brought to the attention of this song from a hilarious and informative podcast called Ragamuffin Soulcast by Carlos Whittaker. (A MUST listen-to-podcast for modern worship leaders!)  Check it out.  Here is one reviewer, unlike Carlos, who endorses the song "Party" on Christianity Today. (Christa Banister). (Of course, this is a fair, but un-balanced, blog).

…there are 13 new songs here (four exclusive to this CD) that are tailor-made for congregations, whether it’s the upbeat, anthemic sounds of Tomlin’s "Awesome Is the Lord Most High," the soul-searching strains of "Glorious," or the infectiously joyful noise (perhaps an excuse for the kind of dancing that David talked about in the Psalms?) captured on Tomlin’s "Party."

How could anyone with sober mind call "Party" a song "tailor-made for congregations"?  One thing us worship leaders have to do is balance what the Christian media is feeding us with the needs of our church.  We rely on these capable artists, but just because it is said that something might suit congregations, does not make it good music or anything worth torturing your congregation with. 

Watch a short video of "Party" being played live here. You can see that this looks sort of like an MTV event…well, a party, anyway.  The song sounds like a Beastie Boys rip off according to one friend’s quipping.   Someone named "Brad" gave this very generous quote about the song on iTunes

Eegads… people go nuts over this song, and to be sure, it is a great live event song as it gets the audience participating.  I am not so sure it translates into a song I am listening to in my car.

Anonymous iTunes reviewer said what really is the point:  "Oh yeah…and "Party" is cheesy."  Indeed.

Enough fun for Monday!  So, what is your worst modern worship song of the past few years?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

24 comments

  1. Some of the songs off of Everything Glorious are really cool. That said, it’s the weakest of the last handful of Passion albums, especially in terms of how many of the songs are good for congregational use. “Party” is a prime example. So is everything from David Crowder on this release — while I love Crowder’s stuff, only a small amount of it is useful to me as a worship leader. On this CD, “Everything Glorious” is OK, but “You Are My Joy” is disappointing (the verse is awesome, but the chorus is pointless), and “We Win” is kind of cool but completely useless. What was surprising to me was that the one Matt Redman song is not very useful either, even though I absolutely love the song. (Usually his contributions to the Passion CDs are more reliably useful than that).
    That said, the two hymns on this CD are excellent — I’ve been waiting for a good recording of “Jesus Paid It All” since we saw Kristian perform it at Catalyst last October. (I managed to do my own arrangement in the meantime, but I like the one on this CD better.) “I Stand Amazed” is a great feel, much better than the up-tempo version I’ve been doing over the years. (I used it right away at Maundy Thursday.)

    But the first two songs (“Awesome is the Lord Most High” and “Glorious”), plus the two hymns, are worth the price of the CD many times over.

    As for “Party”? It’s one to skip. I like the idea of the song, but it’s just not a song that lives up to a Passion CD.

    All of that cruddy stuff, and they didn’t put “Salvation is Here” on there. (It was part of the iTunes preview.) I never bought it off of iTunes, but our drummer did, and I was looking forward to having that one on CD. Oh, well.

  2. Some of the songs off of Everything Glorious are really cool. That said, it’s the weakest of the last handful of Passion albums, especially in terms of how many of the songs are good for congregational use. “Party” is a prime example. So is everything from David Crowder on this release — while I love Crowder’s stuff, only a small amount of it is useful to me as a worship leader. On this CD, “Everything Glorious” is OK, but “You Are My Joy” is disappointing (the verse is awesome, but the chorus is pointless), and “We Win” is kind of cool but completely useless. What was surprising to me was that the one Matt Redman song is not very useful either, even though I absolutely love the song. (Usually his contributions to the Passion CDs are more reliably useful than that).
    That said, the two hymns on this CD are excellent — I’ve been waiting for a good recording of “Jesus Paid It All” since we saw Kristian perform it at Catalyst last October. (I managed to do my own arrangement in the meantime, but I like the one on this CD better.) “I Stand Amazed” is a great feel, much better than the up-tempo version I’ve been doing over the years. (I used it right away at Maundy Thursday.)

    But the first two songs (“Awesome is the Lord Most High” and “Glorious”), plus the two hymns, are worth the price of the CD many times over.

    As for “Party”? It’s one to skip. I like the idea of the song, but it’s just not a song that lives up to a Passion CD.

    All of that cruddy stuff, and they didn’t put “Salvation is Here” on there. (It was part of the iTunes preview.) I never bought it off of iTunes, but our drummer did, and I was looking forward to having that one on CD. Oh, well.

  3. Some of the songs off of Everything Glorious are really cool. That said, it’s the weakest of the last handful of Passion albums, especially in terms of how many of the songs are good for congregational use. “Party” is a prime example. So is everything from David Crowder on this release — while I love Crowder’s stuff, only a small amount of it is useful to me as a worship leader. On this CD, “Everything Glorious” is OK, but “You Are My Joy” is disappointing (the verse is awesome, but the chorus is pointless), and “We Win” is kind of cool but completely useless. What was surprising to me was that the one Matt Redman song is not very useful either, even though I absolutely love the song. (Usually his contributions to the Passion CDs are more reliably useful than that).
    That said, the two hymns on this CD are excellent — I’ve been waiting for a good recording of “Jesus Paid It All” since we saw Kristian perform it at Catalyst last October. (I managed to do my own arrangement in the meantime, but I like the one on this CD better.) “I Stand Amazed” is a great feel, much better than the up-tempo version I’ve been doing over the years. (I used it right away at Maundy Thursday.)

    But the first two songs (“Awesome is the Lord Most High” and “Glorious”), plus the two hymns, are worth the price of the CD many times over.

    As for “Party”? It’s one to skip. I like the idea of the song, but it’s just not a song that lives up to a Passion CD.

    All of that cruddy stuff, and they didn’t put “Salvation is Here” on there. (It was part of the iTunes preview.) I never bought it off of iTunes, but our drummer did, and I was looking forward to having that one on CD. Oh, well.

  4. Some of the songs off of Everything Glorious are really cool. That said, it’s the weakest of the last handful of Passion albums, especially in terms of how many of the songs are good for congregational use. “Party” is a prime example. So is everything from David Crowder on this release — while I love Crowder’s stuff, only a small amount of it is useful to me as a worship leader. On this CD, “Everything Glorious” is OK, but “You Are My Joy” is disappointing (the verse is awesome, but the chorus is pointless), and “We Win” is kind of cool but completely useless. What was surprising to me was that the one Matt Redman song is not very useful either, even though I absolutely love the song. (Usually his contributions to the Passion CDs are more reliably useful than that).
    That said, the two hymns on this CD are excellent — I’ve been waiting for a good recording of “Jesus Paid It All” since we saw Kristian perform it at Catalyst last October. (I managed to do my own arrangement in the meantime, but I like the one on this CD better.) “I Stand Amazed” is a great feel, much better than the up-tempo version I’ve been doing over the years. (I used it right away at Maundy Thursday.)

    But the first two songs (“Awesome is the Lord Most High” and “Glorious”), plus the two hymns, are worth the price of the CD many times over.

    As for “Party”? It’s one to skip. I like the idea of the song, but it’s just not a song that lives up to a Passion CD.

    All of that cruddy stuff, and they didn’t put “Salvation is Here” on there. (It was part of the iTunes preview.) I never bought it off of iTunes, but our drummer did, and I was looking forward to having that one on CD. Oh, well.

  5. I would be curious to hear your take on some of the stands that Keith Green took when it came to christian music/worship…

  6. I would be curious to hear your take on some of the stands that Keith Green took when it came to christian music/worship…

  7. I would be curious to hear your take on some of the stands that Keith Green took when it came to christian music/worship…

  8. I would be curious to hear your take on some of the stands that Keith Green took when it came to christian music/worship…

  9. I LOVE the hymns, too, Derek. Generally, I enjoy Passion stuff. There Hymns album was a treat. But, they may be on the backside of their creativity, needing some new and younger blood.
    Steve–not sure which stand you mean Keith Green may have taken, but I really have been influenced by Green’s ministry. Remember LPs? Keith Green was used of God to recruit many to missions and inspire a generation or two.

  10. I LOVE the hymns, too, Derek. Generally, I enjoy Passion stuff. There Hymns album was a treat. But, they may be on the backside of their creativity, needing some new and younger blood.
    Steve–not sure which stand you mean Keith Green may have taken, but I really have been influenced by Green’s ministry. Remember LPs? Keith Green was used of God to recruit many to missions and inspire a generation or two.

  11. I LOVE the hymns, too, Derek. Generally, I enjoy Passion stuff. There Hymns album was a treat. But, they may be on the backside of their creativity, needing some new and younger blood.
    Steve–not sure which stand you mean Keith Green may have taken, but I really have been influenced by Green’s ministry. Remember LPs? Keith Green was used of God to recruit many to missions and inspire a generation or two.

  12. I LOVE the hymns, too, Derek. Generally, I enjoy Passion stuff. There Hymns album was a treat. But, they may be on the backside of their creativity, needing some new and younger blood.
    Steve–not sure which stand you mean Keith Green may have taken, but I really have been influenced by Green’s ministry. Remember LPs? Keith Green was used of God to recruit many to missions and inspire a generation or two.

  13. Just bought the Passion album last night. Definitely not the same feel as previous ones. I’m sure I’ll like it as I typically do.
    Worst recent modern worship songs? Hmmm…Can’t think of any right offhand. What makes a worship song really bad? Is it the words? Is it the melody? Is it the music? Is it the singability? Cos there are a lot of songs that are great worship songs but not great for leading a congregation. Recent David Crowder stuff comes to mind. I LOVE it, but just struggle with using it on Sundays fearing people may be unable to sing it.

    I’ve never been a big Hillsong fan (Not talking United here)…I’ve found most of the musical styles from them a bit “cheezy”.

  14. Just bought the Passion album last night. Definitely not the same feel as previous ones. I’m sure I’ll like it as I typically do.
    Worst recent modern worship songs? Hmmm…Can’t think of any right offhand. What makes a worship song really bad? Is it the words? Is it the melody? Is it the music? Is it the singability? Cos there are a lot of songs that are great worship songs but not great for leading a congregation. Recent David Crowder stuff comes to mind. I LOVE it, but just struggle with using it on Sundays fearing people may be unable to sing it.

    I’ve never been a big Hillsong fan (Not talking United here)…I’ve found most of the musical styles from them a bit “cheezy”.

  15. Just bought the Passion album last night. Definitely not the same feel as previous ones. I’m sure I’ll like it as I typically do.
    Worst recent modern worship songs? Hmmm…Can’t think of any right offhand. What makes a worship song really bad? Is it the words? Is it the melody? Is it the music? Is it the singability? Cos there are a lot of songs that are great worship songs but not great for leading a congregation. Recent David Crowder stuff comes to mind. I LOVE it, but just struggle with using it on Sundays fearing people may be unable to sing it.

    I’ve never been a big Hillsong fan (Not talking United here)…I’ve found most of the musical styles from them a bit “cheezy”.

  16. Just bought the Passion album last night. Definitely not the same feel as previous ones. I’m sure I’ll like it as I typically do.
    Worst recent modern worship songs? Hmmm…Can’t think of any right offhand. What makes a worship song really bad? Is it the words? Is it the melody? Is it the music? Is it the singability? Cos there are a lot of songs that are great worship songs but not great for leading a congregation. Recent David Crowder stuff comes to mind. I LOVE it, but just struggle with using it on Sundays fearing people may be unable to sing it.

    I’ve never been a big Hillsong fan (Not talking United here)…I’ve found most of the musical styles from them a bit “cheezy”.

  17. If you haven’t read his biography No Compromise, written by his wife, you gotta!
    The stands i was referring to had to do with worship music and concerts being free to all. He had some pretty harsh words to the Christian music industry…

    …read the book!

  18. If you haven’t read his biography No Compromise, written by his wife, you gotta!
    The stands i was referring to had to do with worship music and concerts being free to all. He had some pretty harsh words to the Christian music industry…

    …read the book!

  19. If you haven’t read his biography No Compromise, written by his wife, you gotta!
    The stands i was referring to had to do with worship music and concerts being free to all. He had some pretty harsh words to the Christian music industry…

    …read the book!

  20. If you haven’t read his biography No Compromise, written by his wife, you gotta!
    The stands i was referring to had to do with worship music and concerts being free to all. He had some pretty harsh words to the Christian music industry…

    …read the book!

  21. Steve–Read the book. A good biography. I think free concerts would be great. I think it is a form of legalism and “I’m better than everyone else” attitude though to make something sin that is not when it comes to charging for music or not, but, none of this is really about a bad worship song. So, do you know of any horrible worship songs?

  22. Steve–Read the book. A good biography. I think free concerts would be great. I think it is a form of legalism and “I’m better than everyone else” attitude though to make something sin that is not when it comes to charging for music or not, but, none of this is really about a bad worship song. So, do you know of any horrible worship songs?

  23. Steve–Read the book. A good biography. I think free concerts would be great. I think it is a form of legalism and “I’m better than everyone else” attitude though to make something sin that is not when it comes to charging for music or not, but, none of this is really about a bad worship song. So, do you know of any horrible worship songs?

  24. Steve–Read the book. A good biography. I think free concerts would be great. I think it is a form of legalism and “I’m better than everyone else” attitude though to make something sin that is not when it comes to charging for music or not, but, none of this is really about a bad worship song. So, do you know of any horrible worship songs?

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