Hymns & Praise Music Index

The best hymns (based on musical beauty and textual depth*) to learn/memorize, alphabetized:

*Most of these songs have both, some have only one or the other (imho)

**Includes classic and modern hymns


  1. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  2. Abide With Me
  3. Adonai
  4. Alpha & Omega
  5. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
  6. All in All
  7. All the Way My Savior Leads Me
  8. All Things Bright and Beautiful
  9. Always Cheerful
  10. Amazing Grace
  11. America the Beautiful
  12. Ancient Words
  13. And Can it Be
  14. Are You Washed in the Blood
  15. As the Deer


  1. Battle Hymn of the Republic
  2. Be Born in Me
  3. Be Thou My Vision
  4. Be Still My Soul
  5. Because He Lives
  6. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
  7. Blessed Assurance
  8. Blessed Redeemer
  9. Blessings – Laura Story
  10. Blest be the Tie That Binds
  11. Break Thou the Bread of Life
  12. By Our Love – Christy Nockels


  1. Come, Christians, Join to Sing
  2. Come Thou Fount
  3. Coming Home
  4. Con Que Pagaramos
  5. Create In Me a Clean Heart
  6. Crown Him With Many Crowns
  7. Crucified With Christ


  1. Day by Day
  2. Days of Elijah
  3. Depth of Mercy


  1. Face to Face With Christ, My Savior
  2. Fairest Lord Jesus
  3. Faith is the Victory
  4. Faith of Our Fathers
  5. Fill Me Now
  6. Fill My Cup Lord
  7. Flee as a Bird
  8. For the Beauty of the Earth
  9. Four Days Late


  1. Give Me the Bible
  2. Give Thanks
  3. Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
  4. Go Light Your World
  5. Go Tell it on the Mountain
  6. God and  God Alone
  7. God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again
  8. God of Our Fathers
  9. God Will Make a Way
  10. God Will Take Care of You
  11. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  12. Great is Thy Faithfulness


  1. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
  2. He Hideth My Soul
  3. He is Lord
  4. He Leadeth Me
  5. He Will Hold Me Fast
  6. Higher Ground (I’m Pressing on the Upward Way)
  7. His Eye is on the Sparrow
  8. Holy Highway
  9. Holy, Holy, Holy
  10. How Can I Keep From Singing?
  11. How Firm a Foundation
  12. How Great Thou Art


  1. I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  2. I Am Not Skilled to Understand
  3. I Come to the Garden
  4. I Know Whom I Have Believed
  5. I Need Thee Every Hour
  6. I Sing the Mighty Pow’r of God
  7. I Stand Amazed
  8. I Surrender All
  9. I Vow to Thee My Country
  10. I Will Be Still And Know You Are God
  11. I’d Rather Have Jesus
  12. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
  13. In Christ Alone
  14. In the Sweet By and By
  15. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
  16. It is Well With My Soul


  1. Jerusalem
  2. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  3. Jesus is All the World to Me
  4. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
  5. Jesus, Lord, My Best Love Thou Art
  6. Jesus Loves Me
  7. Jesus Loves the Little Children
  8. Jesus Paid it All
  9. Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners
  10. Joyful, Joyful We adore The
  11. Just As I Am


  1. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  2. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  3. Let the Little Children Come
  4. Like a River Glorious
  5. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
  6. Loving God, Loving Each Other


  1. May the Mind of Christ My Savior
  2. Moment by Moment
  3. More Love to Thee
  4. Morning Has Broken
  5. My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
  6. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
  7. My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
  8. My Jesus, I Love Thee
  9. My Redeemer
  10. My Will is Weak, My Strength is Frail


  1. Near to the Heart of God
  2. Near the Cross
  3. Nearer, My God, to Thee
  4. No More Night
  5. Nothing but the Blood
  6. Now, Dear Lord, As We Pray


  1. O Brother Be Faithful
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. O How I Love Jesus
  4. O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
  5. O Worship the King
  6. O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
  7. O Sacred Head Now Wounded
  8. O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
  9. Oh, How I Love Jesus
  10. Onward, Christian Soldiers
  11. Open My Eyes
  12. Out of My Bondage, Sorrow, and Night


  1. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
  2. People Need the Lord
  3. Power in the Blood
  4. Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
  5. Praise to the Lord


  1. Rescue the Perishing
  2. Revive Us Again
  3. Ride the Morning Winds
  4. Ring the Bells of Heaven
  5. Rock of Ages


  1. Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
  2. Seek Ye First
  3. Shall We Gather at the River?
  4. Showers of Blessing
  5. Silent Night
  6. Sitting at the Feet of Jesus
  7. Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
  8. Spirit of the Living God
  9. Spirit of the Living God, Fall Fresh on Me
  10. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
  11. Standing on the Promises
  12. Still, Still, Still
  13. Sweet By and By
  14. Sweet Hour of Prayer
  15. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot


  1. Take My Life and Let It Be
  2. Take the World, But Give Me Jesus
  3. Take Time to be Holy
  4. Temple Made of Time
  5. The Church’s One Foundation
  6. The First Noel
  7. The Lord Bless You and Keep You
  8. The Love of God is Greater Far
  9. The Old Rugged Cross
  10. The Reason We Sing
  11. The Savior is Waiting
  12. The Solid Rock (My Hope is Built)
  13. There is a Fountain
  14. There is Power in the Blood
  15. This is My Father’s World
  16. Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet
  17. ‘Tis so Sweet
  18. To God be the Glory
  19. Trust and Obey
  20. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus


  1. Via Dolorosa
  2. Victory in Jesus


  1. We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
  2. We Gather Together
  3. Were You There
  4. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  5. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
  6. When Morning Gilds the Skies
  7. When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
  8. When We All Get to Heaven
  9. Who Am I?
  10. Why Me? (see FountainView Academy)
  11. Wonderful Peace
  12. Wonderful Words of Life


  1. You Are My Hiding Place
  2. You Raise Me Up
  3. Your Grace Still Amazes Me

Musicians of Note

Composers, singers, musical groups that have created versions of the above hymns that are worth listening to:

  • Crosby, Fanny
  • Fountainview Academy
  • Gaither Band
  • Getty, Keith & Kristy
  • Golden Angels
  • Guy Penrod
  • New York City Young People (NYC Young People/ NYC YP)
  • Ortega, Fernando
  • St Philip’s Boys’ Choir/Angel Voices/Libera
  • Townsend, Stuart

Research Sources