Hymns (Loretta Lynn album)

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Studio album by Loretta Lynn
Released November 15, 1965
Recorded June 3—8, 1965
Studio RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Country-Gospel
Length 31:55
Label Decca
Producer Owen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be
I Like 'Em Country
Singles from Hymns
  1. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"
    Released: November 1965
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Hymns is the fifth studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on November 15, 1965, by Decca Records.[2][unreliable source]

The album consists of 12 gospel and inspirational songs that were either popular over the years or were written by Lynn herself for this album. Well known Christian songs such as "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Sweet By and By" appear on the album.

It was reissued by MCA Records in 1973, after Decca's consolidation into the MCA label. It was reissued on CD by MCA Special Products in 1991,[3] then again by King Records in 1998. The King release features a different track running order than the Decca/MCA issues.[4]

"Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" was covered by Alison Krauss & the Cox Family on their 1994 album I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.


Recording of the album took place on June 3, June 7, and June 8, 1965 at RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, TN.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" Loretta Lynn June 8, 1965 2:20
2. "Where No One Stands Alone" Mosie Lister June 3, 1965 2:45
3. "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" Traditional, arr. by Loretta Lynn June 7, 1965 3:07
4. "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)" Thomas A. Dorsey June 3, 1965 2:53
5. "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" John Whitfield "Whit" Vaughan June 8, 1965 2:16
6. "The Third Man" Don Helms, Teddy Wilburn June 8, 1965 3:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "How Great Thou Art" Stuart K. Hine June 3, 1965 2:55
2. "Old Camp Meetin' Time" Traditional June 7, 1965 2:04
3. "When I Hear My Children Pray" (feat. Ernest Ray Lynn) Les Waldrop June 7, 1965 2:34
4. "In the Sweet By and By" Joseph Philbrick Webster, Sanford Fillmore Bennett, arr. by Loretta Lynn June 8, 1965 2:22
5. "Where I Learned to Pray" Loretta Lynn June 8, 1965 2:44
6. "I'd Rather Have Jesus" Traditional June 3, 1965 2:38

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak
1965 Country Albums 10[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Hymns – Loretta Lynn". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Loretta Lynn – Hymns". Discogs. 
  3. ^ "Hymns: Loretta Lynn: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Hymns: Loretta Lynn: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Loretta's Recording Sess - LORETTA LYNN FAN WEBSITE". lorettalynnfan.net. Retrieved 2017-05-27.