Conference is around the corner--and so's the chance to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sing some of our favorite songs. Which hymns might we hear this year? Turns out that some are more popular than others! Check out what we found by combing through the last 15 years of hymns sung in General Conference (and Young Women and Relief Society meetings):
Top 5 Hymns across all sessions:
1 - Redeemer of Israel (13 times)
2 - Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah (12 times)
2 - High on the Mountain Top (12 times)
2 - How Firm a Foundation (12 times)
2 - Rejoice, the Lord is King (12 times)
Top Saturday Session Hymn:
We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet (6 times)
Top Sunday Session Hymn:
Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah (7 times)
Top Priesthood Session Hymn:
High on the Mountain Top, Ye Elders of Israel (4 times each)
Top Relief Society Meeting Hymn (from the past 5 years):
Now Let Us Rejoice, More Holiness Give Me (2 times each)
Top Young Women Meeting Hymn (from the past 5 years):
High on the Mountain Top (4 times)
Other fun stats:
- 157 different songs (including some non-hymns) have been sung in the various conference sessions. (For reference, there are 341 hymns in the current hymnal.)
- Over 20 different choirs have performed, including various stake choirs and choirs from Church schools like BYU and BYU-Idaho.
- Our readers' favorite hymn, I Know that My Redeemer Lives, has been sung 8 times in the past 15 years of conference meetings, including at one General Young Women Meeting (in 2011).
Which hymns do you hope to hear this conference weekend? Let us know in the comments!
(And then click here to listen to past conference song performances from the last 15 years online now, including downloads of the tracks.)