Monday, June 4, 2012

My Top Ten Favorite Hymns

Yesterday I briefly posted about one of my favorite hymns. That got me thinking about other hymns that I love. After a moderate amount of time and effort, I've come up with a top ten list of my favorites. Each is in link form to a youtube video of it being sung.

Here's the list, from tenth to first:

10. Amazing Grace

9. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

8. Crown Him With Many Crowns

7. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

6. It is Well With My Soul

5. For All the Saints

4. There is a Fountain

3. A Mighty Fortress is Our God

2. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

1. And Can it Be?

I suppose it is appropriate in some way that my favorite hymn, And Can it Be?, was written by Charles Wesley. I was raised in the Wesleyan denomination and frequently attended church services in a college chapel named after John and Charles Wesley. Even through I now reject the Arminian bent of Wesleyan theology, I am thankful for the Wesleys' work for the Kingdom.

What do you think? What are your favorite hymns?


Steve Scott said...

Eric, wow. Like five of these are on my top 10! 9, 8, 6, 2 and 1.

Others are: Be Thou My Vision, All Hail The Power of Jesus Name (the diadem melody, not the coronation melody), Holy Holy Holy (sung a capella by a large group of people), Joy To The World, What Child Is This?

I might have to add How Great Thou Art, and, Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

Eric said...


All great selections on your part. I thought of many of those as well. It was a tough call on which to leave off.

I realize that putting together a list of this sort is somewhat silly. However, it was fun just to think through the hymns. They have all had a great impact on my life.

Alice C. said...

Okay, so it's almost impossible for me to come up with a Top-Ten list; really only the #1 hymn is a firm thing, the rest are just more that I like. I like all the ones on your list, too, honey. As well as MANY more:
10. Crown Him with Many Crowns
9. Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It! (Both tunes)
8. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
7. And Can it Be?
6. O Worship the King
5. How Firm a Foundation
4. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
3. Be Thou My Vision
2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
1. It is Well With My Soul

But Amazing Grace is also nice, and All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, and Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, and, well, you get the picture. So many wonderful hymns. And there are still the newer/modern hymns to put on the list, like All I Have is Christ, Before the Throne of God Above, In Christ Alone, etc.

Eric said...


Awesome list! What riches God has blessed us with in song.