Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday Thirteen: 13 of the Most Popular Hymns of All Time

Well, lists 100 most popular hymns in alphabetical order. So I decided I would choose 13 of my personal favorites for today's Thursday Thirteen.

(By the way, Semicolon has been featuring an ongoing project about the most popular hymns, based on feedback from readers of her blog.)

1. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
4. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
5. Holy, Holy, Holy
6. How Firm a Foundation
7. I Need Thee Every Hour
8. It is Well with My Soul
9. Nearer My God to Thee
10. O Worship the King
11. There Is A Fountain
12. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

And...MY personal favorite hymn, which was incredibly NOT on this list:

13. And Can It Be?

I once blogged about the song:

The vivid word picture painted by the verse about his spirit languishing in prison, only to be awakened when "the dungeon flamed with light" never fails to stir me, and is my favorite verse in all of hymnology:

"Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee."

What are YOUR favorites?


Randy said...


My all time favorite is "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus." One of the first ones I ever heard when I became a believer at the age of sixteen. Still my all-time best!


Ann-Marie said...

Oh, boy! That's a tough one. I'd have to say Come Thou Fount, since we had the recording of Fernando Ortega singing it at our wedding.

How Firm a Foundation will forever be stamped on my brain as the song we "had" to learn for graduation. Every time I sing it, I remember the old choir room at Berean!

Juliet said...

So many good hymns! Love: Like a River Glorius and Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting.

One I learned several years ago..How Sweet and Awful. I'm not real sure of the title, but love it.

Robin in New Jersey said...

It is Well with My Soul

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