Top Hymns

My Top “100” Congregational Hymns

Compiled is my top 100 Hymns (actually, I couldn’t stop, so ended up with 113). In an effort to be relevant, most of them are from the Hymn Book we currently use at our church, Living Hymns.  I put a star beside my all time most favorite hymns.  These are not my favorites because of sentimentality or familiarity (although most are very familiar), but they are my favorite because the doctrine is correct, the theology is rich, and the music is glorifying to God.  Granted, some have more depth than others and some are my favorites because they have touched my heart deeply at some point in my life.  But it is my persuasion, that to know these 113 hymns (all the verses) would greatly enrich private and corporate worship of God’s church.

There are more hymns that are wonderful, many of them found in a variety of hymn books.  I compiled this list for our church, so obviously, I chose hymns found within the book that we use in our gathered worship.  What are you favorite hymns and why?

My Faith Has Found a Resting Place         1

Come Thou Almighty King                            2

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee                   8

Holy, Holy, Holy!                                               9

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing            10

O Worship the King                                         11

Crown Him With Many Crowns                  13

Arise, My Soul, Arise!                                     14

*Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise       16

All Hail the Power                                            18

The Church’s One Foundation                    22

*Come Thou Fount                                         26

I Sing the Mighty Power of God                 32

*A Mighty Fortress Is Our God                   33

Be Thou Exalted                                               44

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah            45

To God Be the Glory                                       52

I Will Praise Him                                                59

Glory to His Name                                           63

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go                                67

Praise Him! Praise Him!                                 68

Fairest Lord Jesus                                            72

O Magnify the Lord With Me                      79

Praise to the Lord, The Almighty                               82

Come, Christians, Join to Sing                     90

Thy Work Alone, My Savior                         92

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                     103

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing                       106

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen             113

What Child Is This?                                          118

At the Cross                                                       129

*When I Survey the Wondrous Cross     130

The Old Rugged Cross                                    132

Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed                    134 (Wilson)

In the Cross of Christ I Glory                        152

All the Way My Savior Leads Me                               407

Hiding in Thee                                                   416

*It Is Well With My Soul                                                417

Faith Is the Victory                                          418

Yesterday, Today, Forever                           422

The Solid Rock                                                   423

Jesus, Lover of My Soul                                 424

My Faith Looks Up to Thee                          425

Abide With Me                                                 440

My Savior’s Love                                              448

Only One Life                                                     460

More About Jesus                                           482

Jesus Calls Us                                                     498

I Am Resolved                                                   517

I Know Whom I Have Believed                   531

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                          546

All Your Anxiety                                                                567

Be Still, My Soul                                                                570

*God Moves in a Mysterious Way            577

Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands                  600

How Firm a Foundation                                 601

Take My Life, and Let It Be                           611

Soldiers of Christ, Arise                                 631

Go Ye Into All the World                               650

My Jesus, I Love Thee                                    666

Sweet By and By                                              690

Saved By Grace                                                 691

How Great Thou Art                                       801

Because He Lives                                             805

Victory In Jesus                                                 812

*Wonderful Grace of Jesus                         814

Great Is Thy Faithfulness                              818

Grace Greater Than Our Sin                        821

Be Thou My Vision

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

Speak O Lord (Getty)

*In Christ Alone (Getty)
*The Power of the Cross (Getty)

Bow the Knee (Hamilton)

Come People of the Risen King

*O Church Arise

Come Ye Sinners

*Before the Throne of God Above

At Calvary                                                            155

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions 165

*No Blood, No Altar Now                             167

I Know a Fount                                                  174

There Is a Fountain                                         175

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today                     179

Rock of Ages                                                      183

Hallelujah, What a Savior                              184

Jesus Paid It All                                                 185

*And Can It Be                                                  186

*Amazing Grace                                               187

Rejoice, the Lord is King                                                190

Christ Returneth!                                             204

Sweet Hour of Prayer                                    220

Take Time to Be Holy                                      223

More Love to Thee                                         233

Nearer, My God, to Thee                             236

*Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting                     286

O God, Our Help in Ages Past                     287

*Higher Ground                                                               291

Not I, But Christ                                                                298

*Complete in Thee                                         306 (different Tune-Nyce)

Nearer, Still Nearer                                         315

What a Friend We Have in Jesus                 317

Only a Sinner                                                     342

Satisfied                                                               344

A New Name in Glory                                    349

My Hope Is in the Lord                                  352

A Child of the King                                           365

*Once for All!                                                    372

Jesus Saves                                                        380

Revive Us Again                                              386

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder            396

Like a River Glorious                                      402

God Leads Us Along                                         406




  1. Ruth said:

    I like this list. Do you have the Getty songs printed for your congregation? I know they’re not in _Living Hymns_. I’ve never heard “Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands” or “Thy Work Alone, My Savior.” Are they also in _Living Hymns_?

    February 4, 2011
  2. pmatt said:

    We put the Getty songs on the wall, but also have copies printed with music for those interested. “Amidst us our Beloved Stands” is in Living Hymns and it is written by Charles Spurgeon, “Thy Work Alone, My Savior” is also in Living Hymns and is I think written by Horatius Bonar. The tunes are of these two are not my favorite parts, but you cannot beat the lyrics in these two hymns. There are other private worship songs I enjoy, but these are my favorite for the congregation.

    February 5, 2011
  3. Daniel said:

    Loved the new hymn given last Sunday, what was it called and where do we find it?

    April 26, 2011
  4. pmatt said:

    The new hymn the choir sang and taught the congregation is “See What a Morning” or also titled “Resurrection Hymn” It is written by Keith Getty and is fairly recently written (been around for a few years). If you want, I can email you a copy of it with the music. The other song that was newer was “Come People of the Risen King” also written by Getty. I have their digital hymnbook and so have access to the songs.

    April 26, 2011
  5. Robert said:

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. You’ve compiled a great list, including many fine hymns. (And I see you’re using the new edition of Living Hymns, that has increased the number of songs from 802 to 885.)

    I’d probably have included a few more hymns, such as: Rescue the Perishing (671), Take the Name of Jesus with You (705), At Even, When the Sun Was Set (707), Jesus Loves Even Me (720), and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (800).

    There are lots more to choose from. But in any event, well done! Enjoyed scanning your list. God bless.

    August 8, 2011

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