People seem to love or dislike “Lord of the Dance.” It’s a lovely American tune, but I think the Shaker text “Simple Gifts” is a better fit. That said, it was a solid top-25 NPM choice. British poet Sydney Carter on his text:
I did not think the churches would like it at all. I thought many people would find it pretty far flown, probably heretical and anyway dubiously Christian. But in fact people did sing it and, unknown to me, it touched a chord … Anyway, it’s the sort of Christianity I believe in.
Perhaps less heretical and more irreverent, especially if one is not a proponent of dance.
And in the other corner, a number one choice on a few Lutheran polls, loosely based on Psalm 46. There are any number of translations of the text attributed to Martin Luther. As for the music, I like the unmetered version: