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10 songs churches gravitated toward during COVID-19


By Aaron Earls


Despite—or maybe because of—the global pandemic, churches continued to sing.


Even though they were scattered across their cities and communities, congregations still sang hymns and worship songs from their homes.


FaithLife found certain songs grew in popularity among the churches using their service. Here are the 10 most popular worship songs during COVID-19 that saw a significant jump in usage.


1. IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL


It should come as no surprise that the classic hymn, written during a time of personal crisis, continues to encourage Christians to find comfort in Christ.


Despite its enduring status, it grew even more popular, with a 68% jump in usage from February to the months of the coronavirus.

Among the songs that grew in popularity during the pandemic, it was sung by churches the most often.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul It is well With my soul It is well, it is well with my soul


2. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS


Another classic hymn became even more special to churches in recent months. Use of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” grew 64%.

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!” Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided— “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me.


3. NO LONGER SLAVES


The 2015 worship song grew in usage by 23% during the pandemic.

You unravel me With a melody You surround me with a song Of deliverance From my enemies ‘Til all my fears are gone I’m no longer a slave to fear I am a child of God I’m no longer a slave to fear I am a child of God


4. RAISE A HALLELUJAH


Released in 2019, “Raise a Hallelujah” brought comfort to churches and grew by 15%.

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody I raise a hallelujah, Heaven comes to fight for me I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar Up from the ashes, hope will arise Death is defeated, the King is alive!


5. SEE A VICTORY


Another 2019 song that grew in 2020, “See a Victory” jumped 30%.

The weapon may be formed, but it won’t prosper When the darkness falls, it won’t prevail ‘Cause the God I serve knows only how to triumph My God will never fail Oh, my God will never fail I’m gonna see a victory I’m gonna see a victory For the battle belongs to You, Lord I’m gonna see a victory I’m gonna see a victory For the battle belongs to You, Lord


6. SOLID ROCK (MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS)


Many churches have been turning to old truths contained in timeless hymns like this one, which grew in usage by 49%.

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name On Christ the solid Rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand All other ground is sinking sand


7. YOU NEVER LET GO


Matt Redmon’s 2006 worship song saw a 102% jump in popularity during the pandemic.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death Your perfect love is casting out fear And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life I won’t turn back I know You are near And I will fear no evil For my God is with me And if my God is with me Whom then shall I fear? Whom then shall I fear? Oh no, You never let go Through the calm and through the storm Oh no, You never let go In every high and every low Oh no, You never let go Lord, You never let go of me


8. YES I WILL


The 2018 song from Vertical Worship grew in popularity by 21%.

I count on one thing The same God that never fails Will not fail me now You won’t fail me now In the waiting The same God who’s never late Is working all things out You’re working all things out< Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley Yes I will, bless Your name Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy All my days, oh yes I will


9. CORNERSTONE


Hillsong’s 2012 song builds on the classic hymn already on the list, “Solid Rock,” and grew 11% in popularity.

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly trust in Jesus’ name Christ alone, Cornerstone Weak made strong in the Savior’s love Through the storm He is Lord Lord of all


10. HE WILL HOLD ME FAST


The modern hymn released by Keith and Kristyn Getty in 2016 saw a 46% jump in usage in recent months.

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast; When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast. I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path; For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast. He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast; For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast.

FaithLife also released graphics detailing which words were found most frequently in the 33 total songs that saw a significant jump in usage during the pandemic.


The first one shows which words were used most in all the songs.


According to their analysis:

  • The word “will” was most popular, showing up 183 times total (25 times in God will make a way, 22 times in Everlasting God and 18 times in He will hold me fast). It conveys hope and trust in what God will do.

  • Names of God (God (108), Lord (71), Jesus (47), Christ (29)) are next in popularity.

  • The 4th most prevalent word is “victory,” counted 53 times. This comes primarily from the two songs Psalm 23 (27 times) and See a Victory (20 times).




The next chart details the percentage of the 33 songs that contain a specific word.





AARON EARLS (@WardrobeDoor) is online editor of Facts & Trends.

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