The 25 Most Popular Christian Hymns

One of the major ways Christians have let the Word of God dwell in us richly throughout history has been through singing hymns in church gatherings. Hymns are beloved because they share the richness of the gospel and the beauty of Jesus Christ in a catchy and memorable way.

Hymns and other truth-filled songs have the habit of ministering to our hearts, giving us hope and faith. They teach us theology, help us minister to each other, unite us with Christians from the past centuries, and take our eyes off ourselves and put them on Jesus.

This purpose of this post is to encourage you by sharing classic and modern Christian hymns and their gospel-centered lyrics. The list includes some classic hymns and some modern/contemporary church hymns.

The 25 Most Popular Christian Hymns

1. Amazing Grace – John Newton, England (1779)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound / That saved a wretch like me / I once was lost but now am found / Was blind, but now, I see.

2. How Great Thou Art –  Carl Gustav Boberg, Sweden (1885)

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder / Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made / I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder / Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

3. Holy, Holy, Holy – Reginald Heiber, England (1826)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! / Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee / Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty / God in three persons, blessed Trinity!”

4. It is Well – Horacio Spafford, written in the Atlantic Ocean (1873)

When peace like a river, attendeth my way / When sorrows like sea billows roll / Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know / It is well, it is well, with my soul.

5. Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Thomas Chisholm, Kansas, USA (1923)

Great is Thy faithfulness O God my Father / There is no shadow of turning with Thee / Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not / As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

6. Praise To the Lord The Almighty – Joachim Neander, Germany (1665)

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! / O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! / All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near / Sing now in glad adoration!

7. Be Thou My Vision – Dallán Forgaill, Ireland (6th Century)

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart / Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art / Thou my best thought, by day or by night / Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

8. All Creatures Of our God and King – St. Francis of Assisi, Italy (1225)

All creatures of our God and King / Lift up your voice and with us sing / Alleluia! Alleluia!…Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son / And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

9. All Hail The Power of Jesus Name –  Edward Perronet, England (1779)

All hail the power of Jesus’ name! / Let angels prostrate fall / Bring forth the royal diadem / And crown him Lord of all.

10. Blessed Assurance – Fanny Crosby, New York City, USA (1873)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! / Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! / Heir of salvation, purchase of God / Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

11. To God Be The Glory – Fanny Crosby, New York City, USA (1872)

To God be the glory, great things He hath done / So loved He the world that He gave us His Son / Who yielded His life our redemption to win / And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

12. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross – Isaac Watts, England (1707)

When I survey the wondrous cross / On which the Prince of glory died / My richest gain I count but loss / And pour contempt on all my pride.

13. Jesus Paid it All – Elvina Hall, Maryland, USA (1865)

I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small / Child of weakness, watch and pray / Find in Me thine all in all” / Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe / Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

14. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – Martin Luther, Germany (somewhere between 1527 – 1529)

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing / Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing / For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe / His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.

15. How Firm A Foundation – John Rippon, England (1787)

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord / Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! / What more can He say than to you He hath said / Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

16. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Robert Robison, England (1757)

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing / Tune my heart to sing Thy grace / Streams of mercy, never ceasing / Call for songs of loudest praise.

17. Crown Him With Many Crowns – Matthew Bridges, England (1852)

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne / Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own / Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee / And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

18. At the Cross – Isaac Watts, England (1707)

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light / And the burden of my heart rolled away / It was there by faith I received my sight / And now I am happy all the day!

19. What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Joseph M. Scriven (words in 1855) and Charles Converse (music in 1868), Ireland

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! / What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! / O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear / All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

20. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Helen Lemmel, England (1922)

Turn your eyes upon Jesus / Look full in His wonderful face / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.

Contemporary and Modern Hymns

21. In Christ Alone – Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, Northern Ireland/England (2001)

In Christ alone my hope is found / He is my light, my strength, my song / This Cornerstone, this solid ground / Firm through the fiercest drought and storm / What heights of love, what depths of peace / When fears are stilled, when strivings cease / My Comforter, my All in All / Here in the love of Christ I stand.

22. Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) – Chris Rice, USA (2003)

Weak and wounded sinner / Lost and left to die / O, raise your head, for love is passing by / Come to Jesus / Come to Jesus / Come to Jesus and live!

23. 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman, England (2011)

Bless the Lord, O my soul O my soul / Worship His holy name / Sing like never before, O my soul / I’ll worship Your holy name.

24. I Will Glory in My Redeemer – Steve and Vicki Cook, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (2000)

I will glory in my Redeemer / Whose priceless blood has ransomed me/ Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails / And hung Him on that judgment tree / I will glory in my Redeemer / Who crushed the power of sin and death / My only Savior before the holy Judge / The Lamb who is my righteousness.

25. Jesus, Thank You – Pat Sczebel, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (2003)

The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend / The agonies of Calvary / You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son / Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me / Your blood has washed away my sin / Jesus, thank You / The Father’s wrath completely satisfied / Jesus, thank You / Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table / Jesus, thank You.

What are your favorite Christian hymns and why? Let us know in a comment.

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Kevin Halloran is a Christian, blogger, and coffee aficionado. He serves with Leadership Resources International, training pastors to preach God’s Word with God’s heart. Follow Kevin on Twitter or visit his blog.

Date Posted: Jul 1st, 2013

  • Fanfaron2011

    And don’t forget “The Old Rugged Cross”!!

  • Cilla

    another one is “be thou my vision”…

    • Glenda Smith

      THANK YOU…..I was trying to remember this one !!

  • yo

    I’LL fly away

    • Chris

      I’ll fly away is not a Hymn, it’s an old spiritual song and the same people groups that love all of these old hymns would probably love I’ll Fly Away also, but just being technical…it is not a hymn…

      • Jamempres

        Yes, great song but the conversation IS about hymns

        • Root Beer

          Wow. Pretty sure true Christians aren’t known for being petty, hair-splitting killjoys.

          • Jamempres

            True, but neither should we be toddlers on the playfield, we can’t grow if we can’t be corrected.

        • Charlene Wells-Hartfield

          See that’s the problem. People don’t really know that there are Athens, Hyhmnd, gospel songs. No, I’ll fly away is not a hymn.

      • Pleasant Street

        It was a hymn in some churches, perhaps not in yours

      • JLM

        Doesn’t matter if it’s a hymn or not, it should never be sung in church. It’s a song full of escapist theology and skewed views of heaven and Christ’s second coming. There are plenty of better alternative options for hymns about heaven, like For All The Saints, and On Jordan’s Stormy Banks.

        • phil62

          I have been in 3 bands and we have sung I’ll Fly Away in numerous churches and the people LOVE the song simply because it is praising Jesus for giving my soul an eternity with him and God in Heaven. THAT makes it as much a hymn as any of the other greats. You must not like country gospel?

      • Lorenda Rae

        Why is it not considered a hymn?

      • Foxy G

        It is in the hymn books…. so that makes it “a hymn”…. ha!

    • Foxy G

      Yes… my favorite too….

  • Andy Hawkins

    Down from His Glory

  • Adam Smith

    One to remember always: “As the deer panteth” *favorite

  • E.M. Smith

    “I am a new creation”
    “There is a Redeemer”
    “As the Deer pants”
    “Peace like a river”

  • BillR

    I have been looking for the name of a hymn that I can’t remember. If you have seen the recent TV advertisement for the TV series “Elementary,” then you have heard the hymn play in the baxkground. It is likely British in origin. Can anyone tell me what the name of the hymn is?

    • RobbieG

      “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” (if it’s the trailer I saw on Youtube for season 3). Its background can be found on Wikipedia under “Hymn of Joy”.

  • daniel

    I heard him come

  • Adeleke

    what can wash my sin away nothing but the blood of Jesus…

  • Helen Jackman

    “My GOD is an Awesome GOD”!! He lives in heaven above etc.,etc…
    “Holy, Holy, Holy” merciful and mighty etc.,etc..

  • Purity

    I know not why God’s wondrous grace

  • Cornerstone (My hope is built on nothing less…)

  • justiceminister

    On eagles wings

  • brian dunphy

    at the cros s [love r an red by by chris tomlin @I,m saved @sanctified @filled with the holy ghost by Dudley smith @I d,ont know who sings this one one dark night in Egypt I know you,ll enjoy these

  • angel

    Because He Lives By Bill Gather
    He Lives by Alfred Ackley 1933
    Love Lifted Me by James Rowe 1912
    Sweet Beulah Land Squire Parsons 1973

  • Jennifer Hollyfield

    My favorite hymn is I’ll Fly Away.

    • Chris

      why does everyone think this is a hymn? spirituals and hymns are not the same thing…

      • Laura Warnock Erxleben

        Well, Chris – just reading through this and thinking does it really matter if it is spiritual or a hymn? If it the words speak to someone and they like it – so what.

      • buricco

        Because it does show up in some hymnals?

    • Ken

      It moves people to joy. It should be included with the hymns! It really gets my blood flowing!

      I love ot whenever I get to sing it!

  • DLynK48

    The Cathedral Quartet just asked for fave church songs (on FB) 🙂 “Name a church song that takes you in every time you hear it.” MY RESPONSE:


    How Great Thou Art
    Amazing Grace!
    To God Be the Glory (Evie’s version)
    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,
    His Eye Is On the Sparrow,
    Great Is Thy Faithfulness,
    Just As I Am,
    Just A Closer Walk With Thee, ——- this and the next were my mama’s faves by BJ Thomas
    What A Friend We Have In Jesus,
    The Old Rugged Cross,
    It Is Well,

    and a handful of more modern praise/worship songs! 🙂

  • David Lockwood

    How about “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven.”
    I woke up this morning with the words going around in my head.

    • Lois FERGUSON

      It’s a shame this can’t be sent to all our friends, and Love Ones.

  • Justin Vest

    I’ve been looking for this post for ten years. Thank you.

  • Ken Ford

    “Abide with Me” appeals more and more as I get into my late 60s.

  • Because He Lives by Bill, and Gloria Gaither

  • Steve Jameson

    Kevin, how did you pick these 25? Are they your personal all time faves, or the 25 most requested at CCLI, or did you have a nominations committee? I’m glad to see the list and appreciate the rank order – I just would like to know its origin. Thanks, Steve

  • Xrucianus

    He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
    O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
    Whate’er I do, where’er I be
    Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

    He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
    By His own hand He leadeth me;
    His faithful foll’wer I would be,
    For by His hand He leadeth me.

  • Thanks for sharing those hymns. They have always helped me go beyond church. Check out “Beyond Church” An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia” on Amazon at

  • theoriginaljoyj

    Thank you so much for this list. I’ve been finding up on the background to some of these hymns. The stories of some of the authors are themselves inspirational, especially how God comforted them and sustained them through personal trial and loss. Hymns, spirituals songs and worship songs really speak to the Body of Christ, regardless of denomination, age, ethnicity or location. They are a wonderful gift from God’s Holy Spirit to us. One hymn which I’ve only recently appreciated is “Of the Father’s love begotten”. It is so beautiful and speaks about Jesus’ live (not just His birth).

  • ronnieb

    Sweet Hour of Prayer….

    • Ken

      beautiful hymn!

  • Tia

    I love “Sanctuary”!!!

  • lakat

    Nearer My God to Thee

  • Guest

    Thanks for such a great list!

  • Mercy Jacob

    Love lifted me

  • Farleyagain

    And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His Own; and the joy we share as we tarry there . . . none other has ever known!

  • Norman Linney

    When I was at Bible College, Our tutor asked that when we chose a hymn to put ourselves in their place, and ask what was their relationship to the Lord.
    I would humbly ask you to consider this Old Hymn
    Jesus my Lord, my God, my all.
    Wrote by Henry Collins in 1854, he was a poor church curate, but Oh how rich was his relationship to the Lord, to have written these words.
    “Jesus what didst thou find in me,
    that thou hast dealt so lovingly?
    How great the joy that thou hast brought
    So far exceeding word or thought!
    Jesus my Lord, I Thee adore,
    O make me love thee more and more

    Sung to the tune
    St. Chrysostom.
    I pray it will be a blessing to you as it has to me for so many years

  • JS

    On Ward Christian Soldiers. Please include this hymn in your listing

  • Tomb

    I’ll Fly Away, was my father’s favorite song sung in His Church and canonized into their Hymnal. A hymn is any song sung in praise to a Deity and there were hymn to the Roman and Greek gods as well. This particular song was written by Albert E. Brumley, one of the per-eminant gospel writers of the 20th century. He also wrote: “Jesus, Hold My Hand”, “Turn Your Radio On”, “I’ll Meet You in the Morning”, and “This World Is Not My Home”. You can find more information about this song and Brumley himself on his website: Bottom line, if sung in praise of the God, it fits the definition of a hymn.


  • amhey

    This is pretty much what seniors like when I play at their residences – I’d add another couple “I come to the garden alone” and “Morning has broken” – the latter many residents know as it was a pop song by Cat Stevens

  • Alan Davenport

    The King is Coming

  • Evert Huddleston

    Contemporary, Wonderful Merciful Savior and I like a lot of Hillsong and Bethel music.

  • Teabag

    Here Are some of my favourites – be thou vision, old rugged cross, Jerusalem, all things bright & beautiful, colours of day, plough the fields & scatter, gentle Jesus we will rock you, happy day, we shall deliver hymn, lord of all hopefullness, great is thy faithfulness, Jesus loves me, mine eyes have see the glory, stand up for Jesus, down by the riverside, amazing grace, abide with me, praise to the lord, were you their when you crucified the lord, give me oil in my lamp, the little light of mine, how great thou art, be still for the prescence of the lord, to be a pilgrim, glory glory alleulia, ave verum. The list could go.

  • Tim Wellington

    People people people… l logged on to this site to look for famous hymns that l will have heard of because l sung them at school 40 years ago… hymns besides the mother of all famous hymns, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL. But no mention of the number one classic church tune of all time!

  • Chuckles

    “though you slay me” is very recent but it gives me hardcore feelage.

  • Mary Ann Shults

    Thank you so much for all these posts. We have started a ministry to the nursing homes and a lot of churches have done away with hymnals(so sad). Seeing these helps our singers know which to pick from. Thanks again…………… was a blessing to remember them from my childhood. God Bless!

    • UnlockingtheBible

      We’re so glad it encouraged you, Mary!

  • Pastor Johnson Odewale

    My faith looks up to thee, the lamb of Calvary

  • Abosede

    My favorite hymn is Great is thy faithfulness, oh Lord my father! It is because God loads my life and family’s lives with His wondrous deeds every second, every minutes, every day, every week, every month and every year! He says, I will have mercy on whom I will and we have been chosen to breathe His mercy, what a faithful God He is!!? Bose from Nigeria.

  • Robert

    Lord its you I love with all my heart. Is a wonderful christian hymn because it tells what Jesus has done and trusts in Jesus his perfect love of his father imputed to us by the Father through faith in Jesus alone. It keeps our eyes on Jesus rather than our selves. It can be heard through cyber hymal which includes its beautiful lyrics.

  • Robert

    That version of A mighty fortress is our God . lyrics are not as good as the version Lutherans use. Our version that we prefer let’s one know there is no other holy all powerful God but Jesus. Which is very important in a world which does not know that truth .

  • Robert

    Their a reason this hymn always makes the new hymn books and its not just because its Luthers either . it has made strong young pastors get weak in the knees . ” Isiah mighty sear “

  • Bilha

    Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

  • kathy

    “Something about that name” is my song. Jesus , Jesus, Jesus. There’s just something about that name, Master, Savior, Jesus. Kings and Kingdoms, shall all pass away, but there is something about that Name.. Wow! I love me some Jesus. late in the midnight hour.. Jesus! misunderstood… Jesus, lied on…Jesus! talked about.. Jesus! I love the name. Hallelujah!