25 Hymns That Every Congregation Should Sing

Already, my mind is spinning. I got the idea to write this post because I was thinking how helpful it would be if each congregation had 25 songs that they knew so well, they could sing the songs a cappella if necessary. This would be truly helpful for smaller congregations, in the event that they lose their accompaniment. Larger churches could also do this and I imagine would greatly benefit from singing a few of these songs a cappella but alas, most larger churches have musicians itching to play as it is.

The point is, that every congregation should have 25 songs that they sing so often, and so well, that they can sing without the need for musical instruments. As for my mind spinning, how do I pare the list of great hymns down to only 25? I don’t really know, but here is my list:

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
  3. Lead On O King Eternal
  4. O Worship the King
  5. Our God, Our Help in ages Past
  6. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
  7. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  8. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
  9. How Firm a Foundation
  10. Come, Thou Almighty King
  11. O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
  12. O Com, O Come, Emmanuel
  13. Joy to the World! The Lord is Come
  14. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
  15. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  16. What Child is This
  17. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
  18. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  19. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
  20. Thine Be the Glory
  21. Crown Him with Many Crowns
  22. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
  23. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  24. Be Thou My Vision
  25. Rock of Ages (both TOPLADY and New City Fellowship)

Well, I can see that I’ve left off quite a few that could also be added to the list. But these are a good start. What hymns would you add?

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8 thoughts on “25 Hymns That Every Congregation Should Sing

  1. A classic list though I may quibble whether a few are truly “Top 25”. For example: “O Love of God, How Strong and True” and “In Christ Alone” I would include in place of, say, “Lead On” or even one of the “Christmas” hymns.

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  2. PAUL

    If you are willing to consider more contemporary songs, I would add, in no order:

    Because He Lives, Matt Maher
    Before the Throne of God Above, Selah
    Christ Is Enough, Hillsong
    All I Have Is Christ, Sovereign Grace Singers

    and whenever I am discouraged,

    His Love Can Never Fail, Matt Smith

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  3. Marc J Haney

    Great list. Reminds me of how any list of any category of 25 songs that I pick always ends up with at least 50 titles. Since you asked, here are a few others on my list of “25+” . . .

    Blessed Assurance – “Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!”
    Fairest Lord Jesus – “Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations.”
    Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee – “All Thy works with joy surround Thee”
    How Great Thou Art! – “Thy power throughout the universe displayed,”
    Great is Thy Faithfulness – “Morning by morning new mercies I see.”

    This could easily be another situation where the idea of “seventy times seven” applies!

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