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The song is generally played to be uplifting to the congregation, and is a frequent standard in gospel revivals.
Ada R Habershon
The Ballad Index notes that the tune now commonly sung differs substantially from the original tune by Gabriel. It also notes the first known recording of this variant, by the Metropolitan Quartet in 1927.
The original version of the song does not insert "Lord" in lines 2 and 4 of the chorus, though the Carter version does. Also, the third line of the chorus is phrased as a question in the original, but as a declarative sentence in the Carter version, and the Carter version as written begins the chorus with 'Can' instead of 'Will'.
In 1970, the music group The Doors performed their version live in Chicago. Changing the lyrics to "oh, the circle has been broken, me oh my Lord, me oh my." 
In 1988, folk singers Cathy Winter, Betsy Rose, and Marcia Taylor published an alternate lyric in the collection Rise Up Singing (ed. Peter Blood). A choral arrangement for treble voices was subsequently made by J. David Moore using these lyrics (pub. 2011 Fresh Ayre Music).
In 1988, Spacemen 3 released a version of the song titled "May The Circle Be Unbroken" as one of the B-sides on their single "Revolution". Aside from the change in the titular line, it is lyrically identical to the Carter Family version.
In 2014, Scottish singer Susan Boyle recorded a version as one of her tracks for her sixth studio album, Hope.
in 2014, Scottish singer and ex-Mànran front man Norrie MacIver (also of Skipinnish) included the song, as well as a cover in Scottish Gaelic titled "Am bi an Cearcall seo gun Bhristeadh", on his debut solo album, Danns an Rathaid.
In 2016, Guadeloupean punk band The Bolokos recorded a version of the song for their first LP.
The song is covered in Treme season 2 episode 10, "That's What Lovers Do", at Harley's memorial service.
A season 3 episode of Pretty Little Liars was titled after the hymn and featured the song within the episode.
The hymn is sung every year at the Country Music Hall of Fame, at the conclusion of each medallion induction ceremony. It is performed by the inductees of that respective year as well as any previously inducted members of the Hall of Fame who are present.
Two versions of the hymn are featured in the soundtrack for the 2013 video game BioShock Infinite: a traditional choir version, performed by Maureen Murphy, and an award-winning acoustic version performed by Troy Baker (guitar) and Courtnee Draper, the voice actors of main characters Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth, respectively. The use of the original lyrics was controversial: some commentators, apparently unaware of the differences between the original and Carter versions, criticized the omission of "Lord" from the chorus as anti-religious censorship. The choice was explained as simply being consistent with the 1912 setting of the game, at which point the word "Lord" had not been added. The song won "the Best Song in a Game" award during the VGX 2013. In March 2013, the score for BioShock Infinite contained "Will the Circle Be Unbroken (choral version)" with Ada Ruth Habershon, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (2:56) on Track 3.
Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke joined Willie Nelson onstage to play and sing "Will the Circle be Unbroken?" among other numbers at Nelson's annual 4th of July picnic, in 2018.
14 July 2019 in Nowlan Park Hurling Stadium in Kilkenny, Ireland Neil Young joined Bob Dylan on stage to play guitar and sing "Will the Circle be Unbroken?" together.
^ abHabershon, Ada R., and Gabriel, Charles H. (1907) [2nd. Pub. 1910]. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". In Alexander, Charles M. comp. Alexander's Gospel Songs No. 2. Fleming H. Revell Company, New York. p. 33, song 28.