“Amazing Grace” is probably the most well-known hymn in the world. Its lyrics were written by John Newton in 1779, though its musical setting was not finalized until 1847.
The popularity of “Amazing Grace” has endured all the way to the present day, and over the years a variety of musicians have performed it in unique ways.
Since I’m a fan of rock and metal music, I’ve long been interested in versions of “Amazing Grace” that are released by artists within these genres. I’ve come across a handful that are especially noteworthy and collected them here.
As you listen to these versions of the song, you may want to read the lyrics, so at the end of this article I have included the four most commonly-used verses.
Here are five amazing rock versions of “Amazing Grace”:
#1 “Amazing Grace” by P. K. Mitchell
I started the list with this gritty version of “Amazing Grace,” by P. K. Mitchell, because it is perhaps what most people would imagine a rock version of the hymn would sound like.
It’s from the album All Hail the Power: The Rock Hymns Project, and it deserves to be better known, since it’s excellent.
#2 “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew
Some versions of “Amazing Grace” experiment by expanding the lyrics, and that’s the case with “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew.
This powerful version of the hymn is from his album of the same name. It adds a chorus that fits the song well.
#3 “Amazing Grace” by Flatfoot 56
Flatfoot 56 effectively mixes the traditional and the modern in their version of “Amazing Grace,” which is from their album Knuckles Up.
The song starts out with just bagpipes, then adds all the instruments that you would expect in a rock song.
#4 “10,000 Years” by Stryper
Although most well-known as a metal band from the 1980s and early 1990s, Stryper has also regularly released new music in recent years.
“10,000 Years” is from their album Reborn, and it’s one of the most unique versions of the hymn that you’ll ever hear.
#5 “Amazing Grace” by Petra
Petra is an innovative rock band that was active from the 1970s to the early 2000s and consistently released a lot of good songs during that time.
In addition to their original music, they regularly recorded their own versions of hymns and worship songs. Their version of “Amazing Grace” appeared on their album Revival.
“Amazing Grace” Lyrics
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come
‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun