Owing to its ability to be adapted easily, the song is a popular recording choice. Inessence, it has a very basic tune. Singers can then very easily add melismaticphrases, and alter the melody to make it match their own style/genre of singing. Ithas been recorded by many artists over the last century; All Music Guide lists over1800 recordings.
Between 1970 and 1972, a version by Judy Collins spent 67 weeks in theUK Singles Chart, a record for a female artist, and peaked at number five.
In 1972, an instrumental version by the Pipes and Drums and Military Bandof the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards spent five weeks at number one in theUK Singles Chart; it also reached the top spot in Australia.
Christian metal pioneers Stryper also recorded a version of this song titled10,000 Years on their 2005 comeback album
. The Christianalternative rock band The Almost recorded a version entitled "AmazingBecause It Is" on their album Southern Weather.
The Italian one-man band Il Guardiano del Faro recorded an instrumentalversion in 1972, played on the Moog synthesizer that was very trendy at thetime. It was titled
Il Gabbiano Infelice
The Unhappy Seagull
Aretha Franklin recorded a notable version of the song nearly fifteenminutes in length on her live gospel album of the same name.
Rod Stewart and The Faces performed it live in their 1972-73 world tour.
The Australian singer Kylie Minogue performed this song as the final encoreof her Let's Get To It Tour.
Dropkick Murphys recorded this song for their The Gang's All Here cd in 1999.
New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra recorded a shortened version for her 2003 debut album
Diamanda Galás recorded it in her "Vena Cava" album. Like all other tracks, it's not listed.
Todd Agnew released the song Grace Like Rain in 2004, a rock version of Amazing Grace with an added chorus.
Chris Tomlin recorded a version of the song on his 2006 album "See The Morning" that includes a differentchorus and only some of the original verses.
Darius Rucker lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish recorded this song on his solo project Back To Then.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band included a short instrumental interpretation of this song on their 2004 albumFuneral For a Friend.
Phish has performed the song several times live, typically acapella
Victor Wooten performs the song on his electric bass, noted for tuning his bass to the final pitches instead of playing them on the fretboard.
Chris Squire recorded a version on his bass guitar, and can be heard on the expanded version of the Yes album"Going for the One", and the box set "Yesyears"
Ani DiFranco often performs the song live, and she includes it on many of her albums including Dilate andLiving in Clip
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have re-recorded it on their Spirit Of The Glen (2007) CD, between tours of duty in Iraq. It is believed the pipes & drums played Amazing Grace as they entered Basra in 2003.
Sufjan Stevens recorded a version on Disc 1: Noel  Vol. 1 of his 2006 box set, "Songs for Christmas."It has also been used in cultures beyond its Western origin:
Native American flautist Jay Red Eagle has recorded it.
In Asia, Cantopop singer Joey Yung borrowed the tune for a version named "Tomorrow's Grace".
Also in Asia, the group Nirgilis used the first verse of the hymn in the background of their song "Sakura," one of the opening themes to the anime Eureka Seven
Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 2007.
A piper plays "Amazing Grace"on Memorial Day. "AmazingGrace" is often played onbagpipes and in services to honorthe deceased.
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