Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Album: Zion (2013)
Charted: 83
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Songfacts®:

  • This song by the Australian worship band Hillsong United tells the story, as recounted in Matthew 14 v22-33, of Peter being called by Jesus to walk on the water. The disciple did so, but temporarily lost faith and started to sink, so he was forced to call on Jesus to rescue him. According to Hillsong it's, "about stepping into the unknown and a song about faith and trust."

    For another song with a similar theme, check out Britt Nicole's "Walk on the Water."
  • The vocalist is Taya Smith, a newcomer to the Hillsong team. She sung the whole song in one take.
  • This debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 dated February 2014. It wasn't the first Hillsong song to reach the US singles chart – a version of Darlene Zschech's "Shout to the Lord" was performed by the by the remaining eight contestants of American Idol and a gospel choir on the reality singing show in 2008 and debuted at #43 on the Hot 100 the following week.
  • This won Song of the Year at the 2014 Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Hillsong United took five honors in total at the ceremony, including artist of the year.
  • The song spent a record-breaking 45 straight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs survey until it was bumped from the summit by Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water." The previous best had been Mercy Me's "Word of God Speak," which spent 23 weeks at #1 in 2003. "Oceans" spent 61 non-consecutive weeks in total at the top of the chart.

    Their record was superseded by Lauren Daigle's "You Say," which spent its 62nd week at #1 on the chart dated October 5, 2019.

Comments: 3

  • Friday Murphy from Fct, Abuja When ever I listen to ocean song I fall deep in spirit
  • Tongle Ibrahim John from Kaduna State, Nigeria.I'm blessed whenever I listen to oceans. It's keeps me connected to Jesus and lifts my spirit to worship.
  • Anonymous from Zambiayou song makes me feel heaven
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