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Top 15 Easy Worship Songs to Play on Piano

It’s natural when you are first learning the piano to want to play simple songs that people will know. But, you also want to play songs that mean something to you. And, if you come from a Christian family, that will mean learning some worship songs. But are there easy worship songs to play on piano?

I suppose we ought to define worship first because it can mean different things to different people. And worship music is often delivered in different ways.

Something to Consider

Food for thought – there are 2.5 billion Christians in the world. The Center of the Study of Christianity tells us there are over 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations. A quite staggering number.

Many of them worship in their own way, of course, and I am not getting into the rights or wrongs of that. But, they all have as their central theme the man from Nazareth. And there are some things that they all agree on. They all like to worship, and they like to sing about it.

So, let’s just ignore differences and find some easy worship songs for beginners on the piano. Some might sound a bit difficult, but I am only going to choose songs with easy chord patterns and changes.

Only the simple stuff…

So, you won’t find Cat Stevens and “Morning Has Broken” on here with its piano part by Rick Wakeman. For those piano players that stick with it, that will come a bit later. 

Some of these easy worship songs to play on piano are solo pieces. Others, you can just play along with what is going on. So, let’s cover just about every angle of Christian worship, and see what easy to play piano parts there are.

​​Amazing Grace – Carrie Underwood

A Christian song that needs little in the way of introduction. It has been covered by just about everyone, from the best choirs in the world to Elvis Presley. The words were written by English Anglican clergyman and poet John Newton. It was first published in 1779.

Chords: E, E7, A, E, B7, E.

The notes for each chord are:

  • E chord – E, Ab, and B.
  • E7 chord – E, Ab, and D.
  • A chord – A, C#, and E.
  • B7 chord – B, Eb, and A.

Way Maker – Sinach

This is a song composed by Osinachi Okoro, a Nigerian songwriter. It was the song that introduced Sinach, a gospel singer from Nigeria, to the mainstream of Christian music. It was released in 2016 and has since become one of the most popular Christian worship songs.

A simple tune to play, it has only four chords: E, B, F#, and Abm.

The Notes for each chord are:

  • E chord – E, Ab, and B.
  • B chord – B, Eb, and B.
  • F# chord – F#, Bb, and C#.
  • Abm chord – Ab, B, and C#.

He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands – Laurie London

This is a traditional African-American song that was first published in 1927. It was a popular song in religious circles. But when released as a single by Laurie London in 1958, it was an instant success. 

It became the most successful record by a British artist in the 50s in America. It is still the only gospel song to top the US Billboard charts, beating “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

Simple to play, having only three chords: C, F, and G.

The notes for each chord are:

  • C chord – C, E, and G.
  • F chord – F, A, and C.
  • G chord – G, B, and D

How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin is an American Christian singer and songwriter from Texas. This worship song was written by him along with Ed Cash and Jesse Reeves. It was first released in 2004 on the album, Arriving, which went to the top of the Christian songs chart.

It is quite a powerful song and only has four chords: G, Em, C, and D.

The notes for the chords are:

  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • Em chord – E, G, and B.
  • C chord – C, E, and G.
  • D chord – D, F#, and A.

We Shall Overcome – Pete Seeger

You could write a book about people’s views and commentaries on this song and the people that have sung it. It is a song that has crossed political and religious boundaries, inspiring hope, peace, and freedom.

It was originally written as a simple Christian gospel hymn in 1900. The man who wrote it, Charles Tindley, was an African-American pastor from Philadelphia, and the son of a slave, hence the association with the Civil Rights Movement. 

Pete Seeger sang it to Martin Luther King, and it became their anthem from there on out.

The Baez Version

One of its most moving performances was given by the then-pregnant Joan Baez at Woodstock in ‘69. The American government had just taken her husband away for refusing to fight in Vietnam. Quite a poignant moment.

It seems that singing about equality and justice for everyone, not a few, can land you in prison in some ‘supposed’ Christian countries. From a simple Christian song came a world movement.

It is a simple worship song to play on the piano with easy chords and a song that resonates today. The chords are C, F, G, Am, and D.

The notes for the chords are:

  • C chord – C, E, and G.
  • F chord – F, A, and C.
  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • Am chord – A, C, and E.
  • D chord – D, F#, and A.

Forever (Live) – Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas, with a very good voice. She released her first album in 2009 and has become a well-known artist in Christian music circles. 

If you are looking for a slow, peaceful worship song to learn on piano, this is going to suit you. It is simple enough with just four chords: G, D, Em, and C.

The notes for the chords are:

  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • D chord – D, F#, and A.
  • Em chord – E, G, and B.
  • C chord – C, E, and G.

Rejoice (feat. CityWorship) – City Harvest Church

The City Harvest Church is a Pentecostal church in the Jurong West area of Singapore. Founded as recently as 1989 by Kong Hee, it is a growing organization with a great emphasis on its choir.

It has become an important member of the National Council of Churches of Singapore. This song, “Rejoice,” is a simple enough work that only has three chords which are: G, C, and Em.

The notes for the chords are:

  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • C chord – C, E, and G.
  • Em chord – E, G, and B.

Here Again – Elevation Worship

This song is taken from the 2018 album Hallelujah Here Below. Elevation Worship is a band from the Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As well as being involved in the church services at the weekend, they also perform concerts and tours in the US.

This is one of those songs that you appreciate because of its simplicity. That, of course, makes it a good worship song for a beginner piano player to attempt. The song is in the key of D and has four chords: D, G, A, and Bm.

The notes for the chords are:

  • D chord – D, F#, and A.
  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • A chord – A, C#, and E.
  • Bm chord – B, D, and F#.

Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum

Let’s change tack and style completely and include this monster hit from 1969. If you are going to be known as a “one-hit wonder,” then this wasn’t a bad way to do it. Ranked 333 of the top 500 songs of all time, this gospel-rock track made a huge impact on its release.

Greenbaum wrote the song and recorded it. At the time, religious-based songs were not in vogue. Some were not sure about the potential success. They got that wrong. With two million sales in the US and No 1 in the UK, Australia, and Canada, it was one of the big songs of the late 60s early 70s.

The song itself is very simple, with just four chords. The original key was A, but its simplicity allows instant and easy transposition. The original chords were A, C, D, and E.

The notes for the chords are:

  • A chord – A, C#, and E.
  • C chord – C, E, and G.
  • D chord – D, F#, and A.
  • E chord – E, Ab, and B.

The Heart Of Worship – Matt Redman

Let’s return to a more traditional form of worship with this song from Matt Redman. Redman is an English Christian singer, songwriter, and author. This song was from his 1998 album Intimacy. It was renamed “The Heart of Worship” for its American release.

The album was recorded in a variety of studios in the UK, Nashville, and even in Natal, South Africa, for the Zulu choir.

It is a simple enough song with the chords D, A, Em, and G. The chord changes at times come quite quickly. So, it is not only is it one of the easy worship songs to play on piano, but good practice for the beginner player.

The notes for the chords are:

  • D chord – D, F#, and A.
  • A chord – A, C#, and E.
  • Em chord – E, G, and B.
  • G chord – G, B, and D.

Nothing I Hold on to (Live) – United Pursuit (Will Reagan)

This is probably the easiest worship song to play on the piano on this list. Just three chords in G, Em, and C. It is also a song that has a very repetitive nature. So, this might not suit some people.

The notes for the chords are:

  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • Em chord – E, G, and B.
  • C chord – C, E, and G.

Be Still – Hillsong

This is taken from Hillsong’s 2018 album, There Is More. A nice melody that is easy to play, it is in the key of F and only has four chords. The chords are F, Gm, Dm, and Bb.

The notes for the chords are:

  • F chord – F, A, and C.
  • Gm chord – G, Bb, and D.
  • Dm chord – D, F, and A.
  • Bb chord – Bb, D, and F.

Spirit of the Living God – Vertical Worship

A powerful but very simple song from the Vertical Worship album, Church Songs. Released in 2015, the song was written by Jacob Sooter and Mia Fieldes, two members of the band. 

A good song for beginner piano players as there are just four chords with a nice easy progression. The four chords are D, G. A, and Bm.

The notes for the chords are:

  • D chord – D, F#, and A.
  • G chord – G, B, and D.
  • A chord – A, C#, and E.
  • Bm chord – B, D, and F#.

Reckless Love – Bethel Music

“Reckless Love” was written by Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, and Ran Jackson. On its release in 2017, it created a little bit of a stir. Some were rather offended that he referred to Divine Love as “reckless.” But that isn’t exactly what he meant. If you listen to the words, you will see.

Another simple four-chord worship song to play on the piano. The chords are F#, B, Db, and Eb minor.

The notes for the chords are:

  • F# chord – F#, Bb, and C#.
  • B chord – B, Eb, and F#.
  • Db chord – Db, F, and Ab.
  • Ebm chord – Eb, Gb, and Bb.

People Get Ready – The Impressions

Let’s close this list of easy worship songs for the piano with this timeless track from The Impressions. This song, with its heavy gospel feel, was written by the great Curtis Mayfield. It was taken from the album People Get Ready and released in 1965 as a single.

Another Civil Rights Anthem

In many ways, it had a similar reaction by people to Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome.” Both were songs with a religious theme, and both were used as anthems for the Civil Rights movement.

It was The Impressions best-known hit record reaching 14 on the Billboard chart in America. In many ways, it set a pattern for Mayfield. His growing disillusionment with social and political injustice overshadowed what was a simple, gospel-inspired message.

Nevertheless, it is a good gospel song with a good message that is easy enough to play. Once again, just four chords: C, Am, F, and Em.

The notes for the chords are:

  • C chord – C, E, and G.
  • Am chord – A, C, and E.
  • F chord – F, A, and C.
  • Em chord – E, G, and B.

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Easy Worship Songs to Play on Piano – Final Thoughts

A wide variety is what I have tried to include. I have tried to mix up the more spiritual tunes with some well-known important religious-based songs. Also, some other genres that are not often thought of in the context of worship.

Of course, we all see it in our own way. But, the main theme I have tried to keep to. It is just that those themes are expressed in different ways. However, they all are easy songs to learn and will help the beginner piano player.

Until next time, let the music play.

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He is curious about all types of music and instruments apart from any genre with 'Urban' in the title. He's also not so keen on Plastic Potted Plants, Reality TV, and any movies with Kevin Costner in them.

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