20 Hymns Every Christian Should Know


I love various kinds of music, don’t you? Classical, praise songs, anthems, piano solos, orchestras, bands…I really love music. And as much as I love all kinds of music, I really love hymns. I grew up singing them and playing them in various settings…church, home, a nursing home where my dad held Bible studies, and Christian school.  The depth of the words of hymns is rich and powerful; hymns really make you think about Who you are singing about.


In the last few years, hymns do not seem to be as popular in North American churches.   While I’m sure there are many reasons behind this, I grew a little nostalgic this afternoon and wanted to share my top 20 hymns every Christian should know. At least in my opinion. I’m half afraid to start the list because it could very easily turn into the top 50 hymns every Christian should know. But I’ll get us started with twenty and you add your favorites, ok? For the links, I only gave a few of my favorites. If you know a group with a stellar hymn arrangement, I’d love it if you’d leave a link in the comments! Oh, and these are in no particular order. I have too many favorites.

1. It Is Well With My Soul

The Isaacs are my favorite bluegrass band. Edgy and yet distinguished, they win my heart and ears both.

2. Amazing Grace

3. The Old Rugged Cross

4. Be Thou My Vision

5. Be Still My Soul

6. How Great Thou Art

7. To God Be the Glory

8. The Haven of Rest

9. Jesus Saves

10. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Selah

11. Standing on the Promises

12. When We All Get to Heaven

13. Count Your Blessings

14. All the Way My Savior Leads Me

15. O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

David Phelps is genius in this arrangement for the Gaither Vocal Band. Click on the link- incredible!

16. Sweet Hour of Prayer

17. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

18. Only Trust Him

19. There Is A Fountain

20. I Surrender All

What are YOUR favorite hymns? Love to read about them in the comments!



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  1. Oh, I love this so, so, so much. Thanks for sharing this, Rachel. I’m actually doing the #31Days blog challenge on “Remembering the Hymns.” (LyricalGrace.com) I can’t pick one hymn but today I’ve been thinking about Isaac Watt’s “Marching to Zion.” Maybe because it’s today’s blog post. =)

  2. LOVE hymns. My favourite: Before the Throne of God Above!

  3. These are my favorites; some are familiar and others are fairly obscure.

    Fairest Lord Jesus
    Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son
    Thee do I cherish, Thee do I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
    The King of creation. O, my soul, praise Him for He is thy strength and salvation.
    All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; join me in glad adoration.

    All Creatures of Our God and King
    Lift up your voice and with us sing Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam
    O praise Him. O praise Him. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    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!

    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.

    What Wondrous Love
    is this, O my soul, that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

    Of the Father’s Love Begotten
    ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
    Of the things that are, that have been, And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

  4. How can I keep from singing ♡♥♡

  5. Brenda Myers says:

    Just heard a minister say this weekend that “today’s music is the next generation’s theology.”

  6. Before the Throne of God Above

  7. Ashley Lauran says:

    I’m the music leader at my church- picking a favorite song would be like picking a favorite child. I love hymns like I would love my future children- each one a little different for different reasons and purposes and each one a little more every time I hear it!

  8. I love all of those plus a few more such as Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Jesus is All the World To Me, and Open My Eyes That I May See.

  9. Terri Ritchie says:

    I love them all!!! When my precious mother in law was our choir director at church every 5th Sunday night we would have a singing. Every few times we would just sing hymns, we would just say the page number of the song and then we would sing it together. Such wonderful memories!! Thank you for this list.

  10. Laura Frezza says:

    “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
    –“Though none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back”–

  11. “I love to tell the Story”

  12. On christ the solid rock i stand.
    it is well with my soul
    standing on the promises of God

  13. Bernadette says:


    This is a great list. My favorite is ‘when the roll is called up yonder’

    It’s refreshing to see how many people still love the good old hymns.


  14. Barbara R. says:

    Victory in Jesus is one of my favorites. Also, Great Is Thy Faithfulness and Amazing Grace.

  15. I have a playlist called “WWJD” on Spotify of about 150 songs that I just love! I wish I could share them all here… most are christian music I have found through SOS radio (http://nv.sosradio.net/), but some are of hymns I’ve fallen in love with throughout my life. Here are a couple of my absolute favorites and who sings the version on my playlist….

    Thy Word by Amy Grant
    We Fall Down by Kutless
    Holy Holy Holy by The Martins
    What a Friend We Have in Jesus by The Martins
    He Leadeth Me by The Martins
    Dig a Little Deeper by Onevoice
    Lord I Lift Your Name On High by The Praise Baby Collection
    I Could Sing of Your Love Forever by The Praise Baby Collection
    Shout to the Lord by Aaron Venward
    All in All by Jason Ingram
    Awesome God by Rich Mullins
    Fairest Lord Jesus by Studio Musicians, A Capella Hymns
    Immortal, Invisible by Studio Musicians, A Capella Hymns
    Spirit of the Living God by Voices of Praise
    Lord Prepare me to be a Sanctuary by West Angeles Cogic Mass Choir and Congregation

  16. Victory In Jesus has always been my favorite. I love to belt it out!

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