///We Only Sing 25 Worship Songs a Year at Youth Group

We Only Sing 25 Worship Songs a Year at Youth Group


We only have 25 different songs we play each year in our student ministry. That usually freaks people out a bit – but it is strategic to help both our students learn the songs and also for our student band to develop skills enough to play them well each week. They are know as the “Cluster of Students 25” and are the songs for Wildside and High School Ministry of Saddleback Church. 

Once people get over the shock that we only play 25 songs, they ask, well, what are they? Here you go – enjoy the list! We do auditions in May, and the list comes out in early summer every year, with new songs being introduced at summer camp each year then into the mainstream of youth group through the fall. Enjoy:


1) Learn to Love (COS)

2) You Hold Me (Liberty University)

3) Sinking Deep (Young and Free)

4) Love Came Down (Bethel)

5) Christ is enough (Hillsong)


6) Tear Down the Walls (Hillsong)

7) Oceans (United Radio Version)

8) Burning Ones (Jesus Culture)

9) With Everything (Hillsong)

10) We can change the world (Matt Redman)


11) Your Great Name (Eagle and Child Version)

12) This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)

13) Divine and Holy (COS) 

14) Forever Reign (United)

15) Savior of the World (Ben Cantelon)  


16) He is Alive (COS)

17) Wake (Young and Free)

18) Let it be known (Worship Central)

19) We are the free (Matt Redman)

20) We shine (Steve Fee)

21) Go (Hillsong United)

22) Take it all (Hillsong United)

23) You Are (David Crowder)

24) Sing and Shout (Matt Redman)

25) Give us a Passion (COS)


By |2015-04-08T17:48:50+00:00April 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|5 Comments

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Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He's the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and been in 300+ episodes of the DYM Podcast with Doug Fields. He's created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books including 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids, which now includes 2 teenagers of their own! Contact Josh | Speaking Requests


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  2. Rob November 3, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting. Just curious, do you swap in and out throughout the year, or is it a stagnant 25? If so, how do you know which song to drop?

    • Josh Griffin November 7, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

      The 25 is constant for the year! They change up songs once a year … and that’s it! JG

      • sheralyn sherrill November 8, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

        Can you give your list for this year???

  3. Rodney DeJager January 25, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I love the consistency! What songs did you use in 2017? Id love to know your current list.

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