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Monthly column on hymns and songs

Top of the Pops?

The poll whose results we published last month unveiled 'Lord for the years' as your top choice among 20th century hymns. It was not alone in this, and 'Great is the Gospel' came second. But some readers have been puzzled by the contrasting results yielded by other surveys.

Christopher Idle

Why does the Church Copyright Licence scheme (CCL) show 'Be still, for the Spirit of the Lord' as the nation's favourite, followed by 'Shout to the Lord' and 'Shine, Jesus, shine'? How did the BBC come up with 'How great thou art' as number one - which came in our top ten, but only just? Their next places, not limited to one century, were filled by 'Dear Lord and Father of mankind' and 'The day thou gavest'