Pop Music in the Church – Sheet Music

For many centuries, the church has been one of the main sources and means of spreading new music around the world. Sacred and secular music have always influenced each other a great deal, and many forms of music, such as gospels and spirituals, originally made their way into houses of prayer from the secular world, and in the 20th century, so has pop music.

Pop vs Church

The first rock & pop superstars like Elvis Presley and The Beatles caused an uproar among devout Christians with their swinging hips, banging heads, screaming fans, and all the other ‘obscenities’ that came with them. John Lennon of the Beatles even dreamed of a better world without religion in Imagine, and he offended the Vatican with his statement that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”. After several failed attempts to condemn pop music, the church had no choice but to come to terms with it, and to begin to integrate this new form of music.

It was partly through the work of Elvis Presley, a very devout man, that the two musical forces began to reconcile, when he published his spiritual songs and gospel albums (a compilation of which can be found in the issue Songs of Inspiration). In recent years, pop music has inspired the youth movements within the church, and many pop stars have also expressed their faith with songs inspired by religion.

The secular song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen is one of the most popular songs in modern pop music, and in the church today, and due to its many religious allusions, it is often played at weddings, funerals and many other religious ceremonies and celebrations.

Klaus Heizmann established “Christian Pop Music” in Germany. This new religious music, which is so close to pop music, is categorised as Modern Sacred Song, and all around the English speaking world, pop singers like Sir Cliff Richard and Josh Groban sang songs of a similar style, and inspired people both in arenas, and in the church alike.

Some popular Pop Music in the Church

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 491804

6.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Brendan Graham - You Raise Me Up
Brendan Graham

You Raise Me Up

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 487466

6.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Rolf Løvland et al. - You Raise Me Up
Rolf Løvland, Brendan Graham

You Raise Me Up

Original Sheet Music Edition

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 602926

5.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Westlife - You Raise Me Up
Westlife

You Raise Me Up

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 140304

6.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
morning has broken – Pop-Chorbuch zum EG

morning has broken – Pop-Chorbuch zum EG

im Auftrag des Verbandes evangelischer Chöre in Hessen und Nassau

for: Mixed choir, band (piano, guitar, bass, drums, wind instruments)

Score

Item no.: 276250

18.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Bertrand Gröger - Loop Songs

Diggeching Samba

Bertrand Gröger

Loop Songs

44 Warm-Up and Performance Studies for Jazz, Pop and Gospel Choirs

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Music score, CD

Item no.: 491884

35.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Diamonds

Diamonds

The Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection
Songbook for Vocals and Piano (Guitar)

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Songbook PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 675615

27.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Amanda McBroom - The Rose
Amanda McBroom

The Rose

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 403140

5.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
The Book Of Love
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The Book Of Love

Ab

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1035356

4.80 €
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Ben E. King - Stand by me
Ben E. King

Stand by me

Novello Choral Pops

for: Mixed choir (SAT), piano

Score

Item no.: 550158

3.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Rolf Løvland et al. - You raise me up

You Raise Me Up

Rolf Løvland, Brendan Graham

You raise me up

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 608174

3.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Rolf Løvland et al. - You raise Me up
Rolf Løvland, Brendan Graham

You raise Me up

Novello Choral Pops

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 602255

3.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Sing Out! 1

Everytime I Feel The Spirit (Demo)

Sing Out! 1

Book 1: Five Pop Songs for Today's Choirs

for: Mixed choir (SAT), piano

Music score (anthology), online audio

Item no.: 563293

18.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Chor Exclusiv 2

Chor Exclusiv 2

Neue a-cappella-Arrangements für drei gemischte Stimmen

for: Mixed choir (SABar) a cappella

Choir book

Item no.: 242133

13.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Michiel Oldenkamp et al. - Magic Tunes

Wie komt meespelen

Michiel Oldenkamp, Paul van der Voort

Magic Tunes

45 famous children's tunes for recorder

for: Descant recorder

Buch + CD

Item no.: 280562

18.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

29 Geistliche und Weltliche Songs
Klavierbegleitheft zu Basis- und Gesamtausgabe

for: Mixed choir, piano

Piano score

Item no.: 178404

15.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Elton John - Your Song
Elton John

Your Song

Pop Choral Series

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Score

Item no.: 342768

2.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

für Frauenchor a cappella
– Staffelpreise auf Anfrage –

for: Women's choir (SSAA) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 494230

2.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Edwin Hawkins - Oh Happy Day
Edwin Hawkins

Oh Happy Day

Alfred Pop Series

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Score

Item no.: 635593

3.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Hanjo Gäbler - Come Back to the Rock

Come Back to the Rock (Demo)

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Hanjo Gäbler

Come Back to the Rock

from "Songs for Gospel 4"
for Choir (SATB) and Combo (Piano / Guitar / Bass / Drums)

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano; guitar, bass, percussion ad lib.

Piano score, choir score, audio files (pdf/mp3 download)

Item no.: 8027

6.50 €
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Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

für gemischten Chor und Klavier

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Music score (piano accompaniment)

Item no.: 604290

7.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Burt Bacharach - I say a little prayer
Burt Bacharach

I say a little prayer

This 1967 pop hit by Dionne Warwick is a super choice
for female choirs.

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 488599

2.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Les Humphries - Singin' Explosion
Les Humphries

Singin' Explosion

Hits der Les Humphries Singers für gem Chor und Klavier

for: Mixed choir (SABar), piano

Score

Item no.: 477383

10.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
The Novello Youth Chorals: Choral Anthology

The Novello Youth Chorals: Choral Anthology

Novello Youth Chorals

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Score

Item no.: 302738

16.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Julie Gold - From a Distance
Julie Gold

From a Distance

for mixed chorus (SATB) a cappella

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 630495

2.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Pachelbel's Canon

Pachelbel's Canon

Pops For Ensembles Level 2.5

for: Klarinettenensemble

Score, Parts

Item no.: 465957

31.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Peter Gabriel - Washing of the Water
Peter Gabriel

Washing of the Water

für Pop- und Jazzchor
Jazz and Pop Choir Series

for: Mixed choir (SSATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 603206

4.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Elton John - Your Song
Elton John

Your Song

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 327553

2.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Hanjo Gäbler - Gospel
Hanjo Gäbler

Gospel

for Choir and Piano

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Songbook PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 681825

12.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
J.W. Stole - I will follow him (aus Sister Act)
J.W. Stole

I will follow him (aus Sister Act)

Pop Specials for Strings

for: String orchestra, piano, drums

Score, Parts

Item no.: 616731

49.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Leonard Cohen - Classroom Pops! Hallelujah

Hallelujah ( Play-along)

Leonard Cohen

Classroom Pops! Hallelujah

Classroom Pops!

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Buch + CD

Item no.: 610505

8.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Jürgen Kumlehn - 2

Time Away From Home (demo)

Jürgen Kumlehn

2

10 Duetteim Stil von Romantik, Blues, Bossa Nova, Samba, Pop und Folklore

for: 2 GIT TAB CD

Songbook, Playback-CD

Item no.: 172718

24.90 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Janice Kapp Perry - Best of vol. 1
Janice Kapp Perry

Best of vol. 1

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Songbook

Item no.: 657874

16.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Samm Henshaw, Dean McIntosh, Joshua Grant - Church
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Samm Henshaw, Dean McIntosh, Joshua Grant

Church

Ab

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1030377

4.80 €
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More Pop & Go

More Pop & Go

14 Duets

for: 2 clarinets

Ensemble score

Item no.: 229220

16.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Reuben Morgan - Still
Reuben Morgan

Still

Worship and Praise

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 656342

2.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Brendan Graham - You raise me up

Hörbeispiel: You Raise Me Up

Brendan Graham

You raise me up

Novello Choral Pops

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 494214

3.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Vincent May, Stephen Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland, Garret Lee, Kodaline - The One
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Vincent May, Stephen Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland, Garret Lee, Kodaline

The One

A

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1046536

4.80 €
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Bobby McFerrin - The 23rd Psalm
Bobby McFerrin

The 23rd Psalm

dedicated to my mother
Contemporary Sacred Choral Series

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Score

Item no.: 375049

3.25 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
More Pop & Go

More Pop & Go

14 Duets

for: 2 saxophones

Buch

Item no.: 333411

16.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Knox Brown, Jessica Glynne, Janée Bennett, Finlay Dow-Smith, Jess Glynne - Ain't Got Far To Go
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Knox Brown, Jessica Glynne, Janée Bennett, Finlay Dow-Smith, Jess Glynne

Ain't Got Far To Go

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1029220

4.80 €
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I Can Play That! Children's Songs

I Can Play That! Children's Songs

More than 20 songs that children love to sing and play, including 'Going To The Zoo', and 'Puff The Magic Dragon'. Very simple piano arrangements, with lyrics and chord symbols.

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Songbook PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 416130

15.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

Piano-Vocal-Guitar Songbook

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Buch

Item no.: 607983

22.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Paul McCartney - Ecce Cor Meum
Paul McCartney

Ecce Cor Meum

Choral Suite

for: Mixed choir (SATB), organ

Score

Item no.: 340008

9.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Son of a Preacher Man

Son of a Preacher Man

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 473072

2.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Son-of-a-Preacher Man

Son-of-a-Preacher Man

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SABar), piano

Score

Item no.: 494231

2.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Curtis Mayfield et al. - People Get Ready
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Curtis Mayfield, Eva Cassidy

People Get Ready

Db

for: Voice, piano

Piano/Vocal

Item no.: 1028870

3.00 €
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Sam Smith - Burning
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Sam Smith

Burning

Ebm

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Item no.: 1029722

4.80 €
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Twila Paris - How Beautiful
Twila Paris

How Beautiful

Ballade (neue geistliche Musik) für gemischten Chor (SATB)

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 655017

3.70 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Janice Kapp Perry - Best of vol. 2
Janice Kapp Perry

Best of vol. 2

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Songbook

Item no.: 657876

16.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
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