NOTE: This post contains a listing of 70 great Easter hymns, and links to where you can purchase them, as well as links to other good hymn resources, but no audio. I’ll be posting quite a few of thesehymns here at Lent & Beyond in coming days and weeks…. stay tuned.
I notice quite a lot of folks coming to L&B looking for Easter Hymns. I’m a lover of great Easter hymns, but sadly you might not really know it by browsing Lent & Beyond. In recent years I’ve posted much more CCM and Contemporary worship music than hymns, primarily because my digital collection of hymns and classical music has until now been quite small.
One of the greatest blessings of the internet, iTunes, YouTube, etc., has been the ability to learn and appreciate a much wider diversity of Eastertide hymns. In my Episcopal parish growing up, we seemed to sing the same 5 or 6 Easter hymns over and over and over again. And while that repetition made me grow to love them deeply – they became part of me in a sense – I never realized how much I was missing…
For instance, it wasn’t until I was in my late 20s and working in French-speaking West Africa that I learned the fabulous hymn Thine Be the Glory (actually learning it first in French “A Toi la Gloire, O Ressuscité”) – now one of my absolute Easter playlist essentials!
And then of course, there are online hymnals and their Easter hymn collections which make learning new/old hymns easy these days:
- The Cyber Hymnal (Easter hymns),
- Hymnary.org list of Easter hymns – (Hymnary.org is a MUST VISIT site for resources for hymn lovers. I haven’t mastered its search features yet – it is a massive database. I’ve mostly used it for looking up individual hymns. Take some time to explore it…)
- Calvin Institute for Christian Worship’s Easter Worship Resource Guide – here’s their list of Easter songs (hymns & contemporary)
- SongsandHymns.Org is also a good resource for hymns and related devotionals, but their Easter hymn list is rather short.
With all of these resources to scour for good hymns, I devoted a fair bit of time (and a bit of money) in recent weeks to significantly increase my Easter hymn and classical music collection and creating a great Easter hymns & classical anthems playlist.
So, in case it’s a blessing and encouragement and helpful resource, here is a current list of 70 favorite Easter hymns. For each hymn I provide details for the version that’s in my playlist (artist, album, purchase link). I have not included details on composers, tune or lyrics. In most cases you will find that information at Hymnary.org or the Cyber Hymnal.
For some hymns, I’ve included links to some alternate versions, including alternate tunes, instrumental versions, or contemporary renditions. There are a few modern hymns included – such as In Christ Alone. The majority of these hymns are from the Anglican tradition, but I’ve thrown in a few Evangelical / Gospel type hymns as well. My tastes are broad – any hymn that focuses on the joy and glory of Christ’s resurrection and His victory over death and His redemption of His people is fair game!
I’d love for commenters to add suggestions and tell us about your favorites! Let’s turn this into an OPEN THREAD about memories of favorite Easter hymns… what songs do you love and why?
Note: this list includes only hymns. I may try to create a separate post with some favorite recordings of Easter classical music, carols and anthems.
Below is a list of the Titles and Artists for all the hymns. Here is a link to the Excel Spreadsheet which will give you full details on the album and a purchase link in the iTunes store (US).
- 1 A toi la gloire, Les petits chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly
- 2 All Hail the Power – No. 1 [Instrumental – tune: Coronation], The King’s Brass & Tim Zimmerman
- 3 All Hail the Power (arr. Sterling Procter – tune: Diadem), The Chancel Choir, The Chapel Choir, Broadway Baptist Church and The Oratorio Chorus, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, The Festival Brass
- 4 Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven, The Choir Of Sheffield Cathedral
- 5 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (with handbells), Concordia Publishing House