Joy (For King & Country song)

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Joy by For King & Country (Official Single Cover).jpg
Single by For King & Country
from the album Burn the Ships
Released 18 May 2018[1]
Format Digital download
Genre Christian pop
Length 3:53
For King & Country singles chronology
"O God Forgive Us"

"O God Forgive Us"
Music video
"Joy" on YouTube

"Joy" (stylized as "joy."[2]) is the lead single by Christian alternative rock duo For King & Country for their upcoming third studio album, Burn the Ships (2018).[3] It was released as a single on 18 May 2018.[4][5] The song became the group's highest charting single, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.[6]


"Joy" was released on 18 May 2018 as the lead single for their upcoming studio album, set to be released in autumn of 2018. The song is about raising positivity and taking out the negative in life. Both members of the group had their say on the song in an interview with Billboard:[7]

"This song took six months to write, and we wrote it partly in Nashville, some in England, some in Los Angeles, and it was not a finicky song at all to write, we just have a long process. On the song itself, I think that people are so attached to their phones, screens, social media that you need to pause and see the joy, in human connection and interaction," says Joel. "Yes, we wanted to really concentrate on positivity in this song and leave out all the negativity. I feel like when people see the video, it will bring it home and make sense. There’s a real beauty in diversity and different opinions. If you can be open and free about it, that’s where the joy is," says Luke.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single "Joy" was released on 20 May 2018.[8] Set in the 1960s, and a black and white clip follows the group as they lead the staff on a quest for joy. The production takes place during a television news broadcast. The visual features television personality Candace Cameron Bure.[9] Bure and Joel Smallbone portray news presenters charged with information about a major storm threatening the country.[10]


Chart (2018) Peak
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 39
US Christian Songs (Billboard)[12] 2
US Christian Airplay (Billboard)[13] 1
US Christian AC (Billboard)[14] 5
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[15] 26


  1. ^ "for KING & COUNTY - joy". Genius. 
  2. ^ "joy. / for KING & COUNTRY". Spotify. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "For King & Country return with "Joy" single; album set for autumn release". CrossRhythms. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "joy. - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "joy. - for KING & COUNTRY". Amazon. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "joy. - for KING & COUNTRY". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  7. ^ "For King & Country Are on a 'Passionate Pursuit of Joy' With New Music: Hear Their Lead Single 'Joy'". Billboard. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "for KING & COUNTRY – joy. (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "This Celebrity Just Starred in for King & Country's New Music Video". Spirit1059. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "For King & Country 'fight for joy' with new music". Tennessean. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "For King Country Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "For King Country Chart History (Hot Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "For King Country Chart History (Christian Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "For King & Country - Christian AC History". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2018. 
  15. ^ "For King Country Chart History (Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2018.