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!…
…Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! 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!

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing 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
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”

Here are favorite hymns from our Facebook and Twitter:

AMAZING GRACE!!! His Grace Is Amazing and I’m Eternally Grateful For Everlasting Life With Him! Thank You Jesus!” —Lita S.

Precious Lord Take My Hand, it to hard to walk without him” Sue A.

How Great Thou ArtMelinda K.

It Is Well – ALWAYS touches my soul.” Donna H.

Blessed Assurance– my grandmother used to sing that to me all the time when I was younger!” Michelle J.

AND CAN IT BE reminds me of God’s AMAZING LOVE for me.” Gwendolyn C.

How Great Thou Art and Old Rugged Cross…my moms favorites” Nancy B.

“‘All Hail The power of Jesus’ Name’. It is praise, worship, adoration,confession, acknowledgement, gospel and looks forward to glorification and ultimate exaltation of our awesome God!” Petronella S.

‘Be Still My Soul’ because it reminds me that God is in control when my world is spinning.” Mary Z.

Great is Thy Faithfulness. God seems to bring this to my attention at times of joy and of times of great hurt. It came to really mean something to me when I came to the Lord in the Highlands of Scotland in the 60’s. Pastor Colin might appreciate that!” Eleanor M.

Take My Life & Let It Be consecrated Lord to thee, take my moments & my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise! The words of this song say it all. my life belongs to Him.” Marilee N.

“One of my favorites: A Mighty Fortress is Our God – such a strong message of strength from the Lord, the He fights our battles!” Leesa T.

Are You Walking Are You Talking with the Lord?Fred J.

Crown Him With Many Crowns – wonderful for praising our Lord” Andrew M.

“One of them would be Standing on the Promises of God. Why? Because it is something I need to do.” Sarah N.

What are your favorite Christian hymns and why? Let us know in a comment and share your favorite lyrics!


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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.

  • 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

  • Jeffery Yong

    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?

  • 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.

  • noturningback

    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.

  • Steve Simms

    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….

  • Tia

    I love “Sanctuary”!!!

  • lakat

    Nearer My God to Thee