The Top 15 Traditional Christian Hymns

The Top 15 Traditional Christian Hymns
There are so many beautiful songs that could have made this list, but here are our 15 favorite traditional hymns!
  • What is a Hymn?

    A word first used around 1667, hymn can be defined as a metrical composition that has been adapted as a song of praise to God. As much as I love today’s modern praise and worship music, there’s something so very special about traditional hymns, whose existence is unfortunately becoming absent from many churches of today.

  • Why Hymns Matter

    For many of us, these songs not only connect us to Him in Spirit and worship, but also transport us back to a time when the Hymnal was more than just something to fill the empty slot on the back of that old wooden pew from our childhood. Hymns are rich in Scripture and overflowing with truth, and they have a supernatural way of filling our minds with thoughts of a simpler time, perhaps even a fonder time.

    How about we take a few minutes today to get reacquainted with some of the olden-day hymns?

  • 1. Amazing Grace

    Perhaps the best known of all traditional hymns, “Amazing Grace” was penned by John Newton in 1779.

  • 2. Just As I Am

    Charlotte Elliot wrote this hymn in 1835 as a testament to her newfound faith in Christ.

  • 3. It Is Well with My Soul

    In 1873, Horatio G. Spafford penned the words to this beautiful hymn after returning to the waters where his four daughters had perished in a shipwreck.

  • 4. In The Garden

    Following a divine vision in 1912, C. Austin Miles, in a single day, wrote and composed the musical score for this beloved hymn.

  • 5. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

    In 1922, Helen Howarth Lemmel penned the words to “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” following many heartaches, including adult blindness and the abandonment of her husband. 

  • 6. Just a Closer Walk with Thee

    The author of this hymn remains a mystery to this day, but it’s first known recording was in 1941.

  • 7. How Great Thou Art

    This beloved hymn describing God’s wondrous work of creation was originally written as a poem by Carl Boberg, in 1885.

  • 8. Because He Lives

    Bill and Gloria Gaither composed this beautiful song during the late 1960s when the fear of war and social unrest left many, including the couple, seeking Him for hope and courage to face tomorrow.

  • 9. Blessed Assurance

    A personal favorite of mine and many others, penned by blind hymn writer, Fanny J. Crosby, in 1873.

  • 10. Rock of Ages

    Inspiration for “Rock of Ages”, written in 1763 by Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady, was said to have been based on Toplady finding shelter from a horrific storm within the rocks of a gorge.

  • 11. The Sweet By and By

    S. Fillmore Bennett, along with friend and composer, Joseph P. Webster, created this 1868 hymn.

  • 12. Jesus Paid It All

    In 1865, Elvina Hall penned the words to “Jesus Paid It All”, telling of His wondrous love for us and the incomprehensible price that was paid for us to be washed ‘white as snow.’

  • 13. What a Friend We Have in Jesus

    In 1855, Joseph M. Scriven originally wrote this hymn as a comforting poem to his ailing mother.

  • 14. Holy, Holy, Holy

    In 1861, Reginald Heber wrote the lyrics that accurately describe the “blessed Trinity.”

  • 15. Come Thou Fount

    At the age of 22, Robert Robinson wrote the words to this most beautiful of hymns in 1757.

    Didn’t see your favorite on the list? Feel free to share your beloved hymn in the comments. 

    About the Author: Renee Davis is a boy mom, PPD survivor, recovering fear-a-holic, and former educator. She lives on Christ and caffeine as she attempts to finally transcend mediocrity and live the life Jesus died for her to have. When not tied to her desktop and swimming in coffee, the native Floridian can be found wherever the water is salty, spending time with her son and husband of 15 years.

    She’s a contributor to The Good Men Project, Crosswalk, and, most recently, The Washington Post. You can learn more about Renee’s journey and her passion for helping women find their worth in the Word, not the world, at [email protected] Scribe.

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