11 Joyful, Uplifting and Popular praise songs

11 Joyful, Uplifting and Popular Praise songs

“The sound of praise and thanksgiving is the best offering you can give to God. Not only does such music please God, it sends us into life with thanksgiving power.” Steve Pease

Here’s the thing. I love music. A day hardly goes by that I’m not listening to music, singing in my heart or out loud (though I can’t sing to save my life, but well that’s not the point).

Music can uplift you and bring you joy when you’re feeling down and out.

But my love for music apparently is not weird. There’s research to prove the power of music.

Both scientists and psychologists have shown that music has the power to uplift us when we’re sad, helps reduce depression, improves blood flow and even helps to reduce stress.

Music has proven to improve the results for patients after surgery. And even more than that, the levels of the feel-good chemical dopamine in the brain rises when we listen to music we enjoy

I’m sure these facts have convinced you of the importance of music. We need music.

In case you’re thinking music is not Biblical, think again. One of my great biblical heroes, David was a harp music player.

1 Samuel 16:23 says

‘And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him

Music refreshes the soul, it’s Biblical ya’ll!

Here are 11 Popular and Joyful songs to uplift you:

1. I Smile by Kirk Franklin

There’s no way you will listen to this song and not smile. This song will make you joyful and uplift you.

Here is the chorus to this wonderful song

I smile, even though I hurt see I smile
I know God is working so I smile
Even though I’ve been here for a while
I smile, smile

It’s so hard to look up when you been down
Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile, so smile”

2. I get Joy by Mary Mary

I love this song because it’s all about reflecting and looking back on all God has done for you and choosing to celebrate it. When you’re feeling down, it helps to do this.

It’s amazing that we can think we have nothing going right for us but when you think about it, God has done amazing things in our lives. None of us has a life absent of His blessings and miracles. To be alive today is a major blessing in itself. 

The chorus goes like this:

So I get joy
When I think about, what you’ve done for me
I get joy from that
I get joy from that
I get joy when I think about
How you set me free

3. Hold me by Jamie Grace featuring Toby Mac

I like Jamie Grace. She was much younger then, now she’s all married with a baby! This is one of her first songs when she started out.

 Here’s the chorus:

“Oh, I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

When you think how God holds us through our hurts and heartaches, how He never leaves nor forsakes us, this will make your heart full of joy and uplift you. 

4. Trading my Sorrows by Darrell Evans

In most cases the joy of the Lord is a trade-off. It’s a choice. When you should be choosing sorrow and problems, you rather choose His joy.

Here are some of the lyrics to this uplifting song.  

I’m trading my sorrows, And I’m trading my shame
And I’m laying it down, For the joy of the Lord

And I’m trading my sickness, And I’m trading my pain
I’m laying it, For the joy of the Lord

5. Shackles by Mary Mary

This is one of the most popular Christian songs that’s uplifting. A praise song to sing when the everyday hustles of life get overwhelming. We need to praise God through our circumstances. Even when it doesn’t make sense.

Some of my favourite lyrics are:

“In the corners of mind, I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe
That I can break free

Cause you see I have been down for so long
Feel like the hope is gone
But as I lift my hands, I understand
That I should praise you through my circumstance”

6. Joy by Planetshakers

This is a new song that I heard recently and love it! I love the opening lyrics:

You’ve turned it all around
Where I was hurting now I’m rejoicing
In Your love I’m found and I have joy
You took away my pain
You turned my mourning into dancing

That’s exactly what Jesus Christ has done and continues to do daily in our lives. He took away our pain on the cross. He made us victorious, more than conquerors. The cross is a celebration. It brings us Joy!

7. Joy by Tori Harper

So I just love the video of this song. I mean this girl truly brings the song to life.

Just let God take control of your life and it’s situations. When you surrender it all to God, the one person who can do something about the situation, joy will start to fill your heart.

Part of the lyrics to the song go like this:

“I can feel it is rising inside my soul
I surrender it all, let You take control
‘Cause Your joy is greater than a thousand sorrows
And Your love will conquer all of my tomorrows”

8. Joy by for King & Country

I love this song. It’s all about choosing joy in our lives. It’s a fast, upbeat and uplifting song. 

The chorus goes like this:

Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move you, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you”

9. Joyfully by Kari Jobe

Kari’s voice is soothing. This song is all about God’s goodness. We lift our voices joyfully to praise Him.

He has been good to us. He has made us overcomers. He gives us peace. His goodness follows us everywhere we go. 

No shadow ever shall I fear
Your peace, my heart will know
My cup it overflows
Your goodness chases after me
Your mercy and Your grace will be my dwelling place

Joyfully I lift my voice in praise to Thee
With heaven watching over me I raise my hands up high
Your Majesty gently washes over me
Makes my heart begin to sing joyfully

10. Joyful, joyful by Casting crowns

We have joy in our hearts when we look at God’s creation. You know why? Because the God who created the mountains, the seas, the sun, moon, stars- how can He also not be able to deal with all your problems?

We adore and glorify God and that makes us joyful. Part of the lyrics to the song are:

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark of doubt away

Joyful, joyful, we adore You
Hearts unfold like flowers before You”

11. Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace

This is another popular song from Jamie Grace.  Every day is a beautiful day. We’re alive because of God’s amazing grace.  We can never get enough of God’s love for us, it’s immeasurable. 

Part of the song’s lyrics that I love are:

“I’ve got no need to worry, I’ve got no room for doubt
No matter what’s coming at me, You’ll always be the beautiful I sing about
There ain’t no limitations to Your amazing grace, Your amazing grace.”

My encouragement to you

I don’t always feel joyful, I’m sure you don’t as well. Sometimes we need to fight for joy. Often times we need to choose joy even when life is hard. When joy doesn’t make sense. When doubts overcome us. When God’s ways don’t seem to be what we expect.

We choose joy because it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit. So put that music on and sing yourself into a joyful praise!

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank you for saving me and redeeming me. You are my King and Lord. Life is not always easy but thank you that You are always with me through it all. It brings me so much joy to know that I don’t have to face this life alone.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen

What’s your favourite song to uplift you and make you joyful? Share in the comments below.

11 Joyful, Uplifting and Popular praise songs


  1. Hughneese

    March 4, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Great one👌 we definitely share that love of music! Found some new gems on your list. Check out tasha cobbs fill me up/overflow I’ve been listening to it on repeat for a few weeks now. It gives me a sobering joy (if such a thing exist😂) keep going Sis! Your doing great!

    1. Tinashe Jaricha

      March 5, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you for stopping by friend❣️ my cousin’s introduced me to Fill me up, it’s a great gem!!

  2. Carri

    March 4, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I really enjoy Casting Crown’s music!

    1. Tinashe Jaricha

      March 5, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      Me too, they’re my all time favourite band!!💃🎺

  3. Aryn the Libraryan 📚

    March 5, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Some really joyful and uplifting praise songs! Trashing my sorrows and joyful joyful especially! Thank you for brightening my day before I even get up! I was singing along with the lyrics as I read them 🎶😁

    1. Tinashe Jaricha

      March 5, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      That’s awesome Arun! That’s the power of music and our God is so good. Glad you were singing along🙂

  4. Esther Blair

    March 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you so much…
    Sing for Joy in these darkest days & night can’t sleep peacefully,.
    These praising songs for me stand in awe of God.

    1. Tinashe Jaricha

      March 20, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Amen. Times are uncertain but we serve a powerful God. He is our light in this dark world.

  5. Nicki Schroeder

    April 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    This is a great list of some very moving songs Tinashe! I love that you took time to spread joy to others. 🙂

    1. Tinashe Jaricha

      April 20, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      You’re welcome Nicky. Thanks for stopping by!

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