The list author says: "**Note: My latest board game BIBLEQUOTE is now available on Amazon. My previous game BIBLE TRIVIA(The Game Where Trivia Is Not Trivial)is the best-selling Christian game of all time with sales of 3 million copies. The impetus for this Listmania was my realization that many new Christians of the past decade or more are largely unfamiliar with many of these great old hymns which we longtime believers have treasured and loved, and which have inspired and strengthened us. So this is somewhat of a crash course in traditional songs of worship. This was a difficult Listmania to make.When I started to compile this list, I ended up with over 100 hymns and so I repeatedly gave up the project as pointless.(Though many of those 100 are on the CD selection below, #15.) However I've finally reduced it to about 50. Though these are my personal favorites, with a few variations it's also safe to say that these hymns have influenced many or most other longtime Christians as well. If you're newly into the Bible or a beginner, these hymns capture both the spirit and the teachings of scripture. From #14 on this list down, I haven't listened to any of the music. I included them only because they are big collections of some of the best old hymns. Oh, you're welcome to check out my other Christian-oriented Listmania: INSPIRATIONAL FILMS FOR THE TIME CAPSULE, CHRISTIAN MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO OFTEN FIND IT BORING(Parts 1 & 2), NEED A FAITH LIFT?, MY FAVORITE GOSPEL ALBUMS/CDs., and CHRISTMAS MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO OFTEN FIND IT BORING. P.S. I didn't include beloved Christmas carols here. They're pretty familiar to everyone, so listing them would serve little purpose.."
"AMAZING GRACE. Willie may not be everyone's taste, but this CD has my favorite recorded version (except that it doesn't have all verses). But there are many other good recordings (such as BJ Thomas' below)and very few bad ones."
"RESURRECTION HYMN(See What A Morning). Actually a modern composition, which has become familiar this past decade,but gives me more joy to sing in church than maybe any other song. Prob more suited to a chorale than a soloist(such as on this CD.)"
"WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS, JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE,IT IS NO SECRET, many others including my favorite version of HOW GREAT THOU ART(but it omits many beautiful verses found in most other recordings). This is my favorite gospel album of all."
"FAIREST LORD JESUS, THIS IS MY FATHER'S WORLD, COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING, MY JESUS I LOVE THEE. This CD has many old favorites done sometimes in traditional, sometimes in more contemporary style."
"DOWN AT THE CROSS. Excellent gospel album includes fine modern song GOD ON THE MOUNTAIN. Also love IF THE LORD WASN'T WALKING BY MY SIDE.Several familiar favorites and a few contemporary goodies. Of singers who sing only gospel, she's my favorite by far."
"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (Willie Nelson here, with stellar support of Mariah Carey, Halle Berry and others) . GOD BLESS AMERICA(Celine Dion). These songs are so superior to the current USA national anthem, both as a song and in spirit."
"Good gospel CD. Many of the classics below plus CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD, LOVE LIFTED ME, WINGS OF A DOVE, I'LL FLY AWAY, WHISPERING HOPE, IN THE SWEET BY AND BY, LILY OF THE VALLEY. I haven't listened to the collections below, but they include many old classics."
"Some songs above plus Love Divine,To God Be The Glory, Trust and Obey,Blessed Assurance,Since Jesus Came Into My Heart,He Leadeth Me,When We All Get To Heaven At The Cross,I Love To Tell The Story,Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,I Know Whom I Have Believed. Continued..."
"Continued...Joyful We Adore Thee,He Leadeth Me,Showers Of Blessing,Power In The Blood,Tell Me The Stories of Jesus, The Lord Is My Shepherd,Great Is Thy Faithfulness,I Love To Tell The Story,All Things Bright And Beautiful, Wonderful Words Of Life"