Here are the ten most popular songs among Christians during COVID-19:
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.
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%.
3. NO LONGER SLAVES
The 2015 worship song grew in usage by 23% during the pandemic.
4. RAISE A HALLELUJAH
Released in 2019, “Raise a Hallelujah” brought comfort to churches and grew by 15%.
5. SEE A VICTORY
Another 2019 song that grew in 2020, “See a Victory” jumped 30%.
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%.
7. YOU NEVER LET GO
Matt Redmon’s 2006 worship song saw a 102% jump in popularity during the pandemic.
8. YES I WILL
The 2018 song from Vertical Worship grew in popularity by 21%.
Hillsong’s 2012 song builds on the classic hymn already on the list, “Solid Rock,” and grew 11% in popularity.
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.
Here’s one that pairs well with both pandemic and protest, a metrical version of Psalm 17:
1Lord, hear my plea, attend my cry; unto my prayer give heed.
My righteous plea does not from false, deceitful lips proceed.
2Let vindication of my cause proceed, O Lord, from You;
Your eyes see what is right, so give my vindication due.
3Though You may probe my heart at night, or test me deep within;
You will find nothing, for I vowed my mouth would never sin.
4As for men’s deeds, I’ve kept myself from all their violent ways;
It’s by the word of Your own lips I’ve stayed within Your ways.
5My steps have held fast to Your path; I’ve walked within Your way;
And my feet have not slipped, for on Your path I vowed to stay.
6I call on You, and trust, O God, that You will answer me;
Give ear to me and hear my prayer, incline Your ear to me.
7Show me Your wondrous steadfast love: You save by Your right hand
all those who take refuge in You from foes that ’gainst them stand.
8Keep me as safe as You would keep the apple of Your eye;
And in the shadow of Your wings, allow me safe to hide,
9From wicked ones who trouble me, who do my soul surround,
From all my mortal enemies who compass me around.
10They close their callous hearts, and speak with arrogance profound;
11They track me down with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12They’re like a lion prowling ‘round, and hungry for his prey—
A lion who lies crouching under cover all the day.
13Rise up and come confront my foes, and bring them down, O Lord,
Come rescue me from wicked ones by power of Your sword.
14Stretch out Your hand to save me from such worldly ones, O Lord,
Who only in this present life do gather their reward.
You still the hunger of the ones You cherish, and provide
so they’ll not want; their children with great wealth will be supplied.
15But as for me, in righteousness, Your face I know I’ll see;
When I awake, Your likeness will be fullest joy to me.
Imagine that, a feisty song from the Bible, of all places.