We are delighted with the tremendous response to our recent post “Are These the Ten Worst Hymns of All Time?” All along, our plan was to follow the ten worst with the ten best. So now, after much consideration (and a bit of solitary suffering, here and there, among our staffers; it does hurt, after all, to have one’s personal favorite hymn crossed off the list), we present, with musical links, what may be the ten best hymns of all time. We do, of course, welcome alternate suggestions and comments.
Note: We decided to considered hymns only, and not anthems, hymns being defined as those sacred songs that are written in poetic meter.
10. Holy, Holy, Holy
9. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
8. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
7. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
6. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
5. Oh Sacred Head, Now Wounded
4. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
3. Oh God, Beyond All Praising
2. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
1. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need