The worship music powerhouse out of Hillsong Church in Sydney has created some of evangelicals’ favorite worship songs of the past decade: “Mighty to Save,” “Desert Song,” “The Stand,” and many more.
But “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United has blown them all out of the water with its commercial staying power.
It's been on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs list longer than any other Christian single. Though it came out more than two years ago, “Oceans” ranked No. 1 as recently as last month, based on radio airplay, sales, and digital streaming. (It’s currently No. 2.)
From Zion, Hillsong United's quickest and best-selling album, the now-platinum “Oceans” first swelled to the top of the chart in December 2013, where it stayed for 50 consecutive weeks—another record.
On YouTube, the 9-minute-long lyric video for “Oceans” has 35 million views, more than any posted by Hillsong, and a performance in Relevant Magazine’s studios also continues to be hugely popular, with 17.5 million.
Worshippers have sung out, “Call me out upon the water…” at hundreds of Christian gatherings; “Oceans” currently ranks 3rd among songs licensed by churches through CCLI. Plus, the song has received some mainstream exposure: pop singer Selena Gomez said she plays it in her dressing room, and a contestant performed “Oceans” on the latest season of The Voice.
In anticipation of the May 26 release of their newest album, Empires, Hillsong United recently performed on the Today show. Their newest single, “Touch the Sky,” is fifth on the Billboard Christian charts ...1