The 10 BEST Catholic Church Songs Of All Time

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys share their favorite Catholic hymns of all time and what makes a song great.

Episode 190:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• Our top 10 list of songs
• What makes a Catholic song “good”?
• What styles of Church music are best?
• Great on-Catholic church music?
• and much more


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11 comments on The 10 BEST Catholic Church Songs Of All Time

  1. Patty Hoffman says:

    I am so glad you played Ave Maria! My favorite. Thank you. Loved it for years. Love you guys. I love the way you play off each other. Great personalities together. I found you by accident and I am so glad that I did. Keep watching episodes every day. That’s my routine after my prayers. Trying to catch up on all of them. Thanks again for all you do. I appreciate you guys. God bless. Patty

  2. The Ave Maria you just played is not what you think it is: it is the secular “Lady of the Lake” love song that was used later by the Church when the real words of the Ave Maria, gratia plena ….. were inserted. I am a church musician of 62 years – so i have some credentials here!

    Play the real one and be even more transcended to the higher realms!

    Good show!
    Fr. Bill Dinga ordained 1975.

  3. Doug B. says:

    When you played Immaculate Mary, I was instantly taken back to grade school at Ss. Peter and Paul in Merrillville, IN. Sang that every Monday morning!
    I love how the music sparks memories!

  4. Victor de Sardis says:

    Salve Regina

    Sung with 450 voices

    3.5 million views:


  5. Randy says:

    Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord / The Hillbilly Thomists


  6. Kathy says:

    These are hymns not songs

    1. Jessie D'souza says:

      That’s the right word – HYMNS is indeed the word…. songs are all the others

  7. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    My favorite song/hymn was done by Cat Stevens, Morning Has Broken about Genesis and God’s creation of the world. Then almost every Christmas hymn ever written, especially the Messiah. Everything else comes in third place for me. O Night Divine is a divine hymn that brings a tear to my eye every time. Adeste Fidelis is another. Oh Come Emmanuel is so very Advent even if it pre-dates Jesus. A call to Christ. Silent Night is simply divine literally and figuratively. It is incredibly beautiful and the story behind who wrote it is so inspiring.

    As far as your list, Ave Maria is over-worked I think. Yes, it is beautiful but it is sung at every funeral practically. You hear it everywhere else besides. A bit much for my taste. I love Salve Regina however, and that is popular too. Immaculate Mary brought me back to my 12 years of Catholic School. Panis Angelicus is definitely lovely and was written by St. Thomas Aquinas, the doctor of Angels. I had not known he wrote music! I love learning something new every day. This was today’s tidbit or piece of spiritual trivia learned.

    I like the Honorable Mentions of Be Not Afraid sung, How Great Thou Art with Elvis, Were You There by Johnny Cash and Dark Was the Night I had never heard of before. Interesting. The background story was so sad.

    Excellent episode!! Excellent idea for an episode. Thanks guys!!

  8. Dr. Peter Pitzinger says:

    Sorry, but as an Austrian I have to say, that Silent Night is NOT a german song. Rev. Joseph Mohr was an austrian priest, living near Salzburg.

  9. John Craig says:

    I attended Sacred Heart in W. Cov., CA. Novus but my home Church!! Served Mass as a youth. Now in PA. With my 80 yo Dad, we go to Latin Mass at St. Michael The Archangel Church.
    I have such a Love for the second Ave Maria song, yes,yes I remember making a crown 👑 as did all the students and this song is goose bump worthy. My FAV. is Ubi Caritas, makes me cry with joy… I didn’t know why I was crying and filled with JOY!! You can have all the money in the world, but will not have the RUSH of LOVE that engulfed me means way more than ANYTHING I’ve ever felt!!! AMEN to you and yours!! Se Bene Diga 🙂 J Craig

  10. Brenda W Lintinger says:

    Can you give the actual names of the songs you’ve selected with the composer. I’m trying to get printed piano arrangements for each song, but I’m not familiar with all the details of each song. I would like to pursue copies of the music. Thank you!!

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