The 56 Best Gospel Songs Of All Time: Music’s Most Moving Spirituals (2023)

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Everybody’s Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There Dierks Bentley Returns To Nashville’s Exit/In For ‘Same Ol’ Me’ Video Catie Offerman, Mackenzie Carpenter Among CMT’s 2023 Next Women Of Country ‘Sweet Dreams‘ Soundtrack: Patsy Cline’s Belated UK Album Chart Debut Hank Williams: I Saw the Light Sidney Bechet: When The Saints Go Marching In Sam Cooke: Peace in the Valley Marian Anderson: Move On Up A Little Higher Dinah Washington: The Lord’s Prayer Aretha Franklin: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood The Kossoy Sisters: I’ll Fly Away Sam Cooke: Touch The Hem Of His Garment Thelonious Monk: Abide With Me Mahalia Jackson: He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands Tennessee Ernie Ford: What A Friend We Have Nat King Cole: Down By The Riverside Big Bill Broonzy: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Louis Armstrong: Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen Johnny Cash: My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real) Grant Green: Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho Nina Simone: Sinnerman Edwin Hawkins Singers: Oh, Happy Day Ella Fitzgerald: What a Friend We Have in Jesus Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken Ry Cooder: Jesus On The Mainline Shirley Caesar: Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name Yolanda Adams: The Battle Is The Lord’s Etta James: Give Me That Old Time Religion Van Morrison: Just a Closer Walk With Thee Alison Krauss And The Cox Family: I’d Rather Have Jesus Fred Hammond: We’re Blessed Bob Dylan: Pass Me Not O Gentle Saviour CeCe Winans: Alabaster Box Donnie McClurkin: Great Is Your Mercy – Live Ray Charles: Amazing Grace Donald Lawrence: The Best Is Yet to Come Bruce Springsteen: O Mary Don’t You Weep Marvin Sapp: Never Would Have Made It Patty Griffin: Up To The Mountain (MLK Song) The Clark Sisters: Blessed & Highly Favored – Live Andraé Crouch: Let The Church Say Amen Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago: Awesome Whitney Houston: His Eye Is On the Sparrow Kierra Sheard: 2nd Win Beyoncé: Take My Hand, Precious Lord Hezekiah Walker: Grateful Chance The Rapper: Blessings Kirk Franklin: Wanna Be Happy? Tasha Cobbs Leonard: I’m Getting Ready Passion & Travis Greene: God, You’re So Good Ricky Dillard: More Abundantly Medley (Live) Tramaine Hawkins: Goin’ Up Yonder The Carter Family – Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By) Ferlin Husky – Wings of a Dove Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago – Awesome Alan Jackson – The Old Rugged Cross Elvis Presley – Mansion Over the Hilltop Israel & New Breed – Jesus the Same Honorable Mentions FAQs Videos

You don’t have to be religious to be affected by the power of the best gospel music. After all, – along with rock’n’roll legends such as Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones. Even Bob Dylan tried his hand at writing bona fide gospel songs. What follows is a list of what we think are the best gospel songs of all time, perfect for taking you to musical heaven…

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Everybody’s Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There

Elvis Presley, himself a fine gospel performer, named Sister Rosetta Tharpe as one of his favorite singers and guitar players. Tharpe, who was born in Arkansas in 1915, was singing gospel tunes from the 1930s and recording regularly for Decca Records. She was a true inspiration. All you need to hear is the guitar introduction to her 1947 hit “The Lord Followed Me” to recognize Chuck Berry’s musical debt to her. In 1948, Tharp released a 78rpm record for Decca of Lee Roy Abernathy’s song “Everybody’s Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There,” which was described as “a gospel boogie.”

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Hank Williams: I Saw the Light

Hank Williams’s “I Saw the Light” is one of the finest examples of country gospel. He reportedly penned the song on the journey home from a dance in Fort Deposit, Alabama, when his mother Lilly saw a beacon light near Dannelly Field Airport and roused her son with the words, ”Hank, wake up, we’re nearly home. I just saw the light.” Although the song initially had little commercial success, it subsequently becomes one of his best-known songs. To wit, the 2015 Williams biopic, starring Tom Hiddleston, was called I Saw the Light.

Sidney Bechet: When The Saints Go Marching In

This celebrated feel-good song (with lyrics that take much of their inspiration from the Book Of Revelations) became something of a jazz-gospel standard after Louis Armstrong’s impressive 1938 version. However, “When The Saints Go Marching In” also features in a brilliant instrumental version by the New Orleans legend Sidney Bechet.

Sam Cooke: Peace in the Valley

Sam Cooke grew up listening to “Peace in the Valley,” a song written in 1937 for Mahalia Jackson by Thomas A. Dorsey, and which was later recorded by hundreds of musicians, including Presley and Little Richard. In 1950, it was one of the first songs recorded by 19-year-old Cooke, during his time as lead singer of gospel group the Soul Stirrers. Cooke, who went on to be one of the best soul singers in popular music, showed he was also a natural interpreter of gospel in this period of his career.

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Marian Anderson: Move On Up A Little Higher

“Move On Up A Little Higher” was another seminal hit for Mahalia Jackson. However, there is a striking version of the song, written by the Baptist minister William Herbert Brewster in the 40s, which was recorded by Marian Anderson, the celebrated contralto singer from Philadelphia.

Dinah Washington: The Lord’s Prayer

Dinah Washington, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s, grew up singing church music. She sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, who was co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. In 1952, Washington recorded a singing version of “The Lord’s Prayer” – the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, when they asked him how they should pray – for Mercury Records, the label for which she recorded so many jazz classics. Washington’s voice soars and swells on these momentous words.

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Aretha Franklin: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood

Aretha Franklin was only 14 when she recorded the 1956 album Songs Of Faith (later reissued in 1983 as Aretha Gospel) at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was the reverend. Among the remarkable performances is her version of this hymn by the English 18th-century hymn writer and poet William Cowper.

The Kossoy Sisters: I’ll Fly Away

Written by noted gospel songwriter Albert E Brumley, “I’ll Fly Away” was recorded by close-harmony specialists and identical twins The Kossoy Sisters in 1956. A sublime version by Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss was later used by the Coen Brothers in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Kanye West has even recorded a version.

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Sam Cooke: Touch The Hem Of His Garment

This 1956 modern gospel gem easily makes this list of Best Gospel Songs Of All Time, and was penned speedily while soul singer Sam Cooke was on his way to a recording session with his group The Soul Stirrers. Their majestic harmonizing on “Touch The Hem Of His Garment” is a lovely example of male quartet singing from that period in American music when vocal groups were so popular.

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Thelonious Monk: Abide With Me

Doris Day cut a sweet version of this song for her 1962 album You’ll Never Walk Alone, but there is a very striking interpretation of the gospel classic by Thelonious Monk. His jazz instrumental take, for his 1957 album Monk’s Music, features jazz giants John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, and drummer Art Blakey.

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Mahalia Jackson: He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands

Mahalia Jackson, a singer with one of the finest voices in this history of gospel music, did full justice to this joyous spiritual from 1927. Her moving version even reached the 1958 Billboard charts, a strong showing for a gospel single at the time when Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis were dominating the rankings. You could fill a whole list of the best gospel songs just with Mahalia Jackson’s music, so a special mention also goes for her 1958 version of “Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho,” sung with such feeling and gusto.

Tennessee Ernie Ford: What A Friend We Have

This gospel standard, which was written by the influential gospel composer Thomas Andrew Dorsey, has been covered by numerous leading musicians, including Little Richard and Elvis Presley. In 1960, country music singer Tennessee Ernie Ford had a hit with it for Capitol Records.

Nat King Cole: Down By The Riverside

Many of the best gospel songs lent themselves to jazz interpretations. This famous spiritual – also known as “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More” and “Gonna Lay Down My Burden” – has its origins in the American Civil War (1861-65), though it was not actually published until 1918, when it appeared in Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular And Old-Time Negro-Songs Of The Southland, Chicago. The song, which is full of searing Biblical imagery, has been recorded by hundreds of leading musicians, including Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, and Van Morrison. Nat King Cole sang it regularly at concerts.

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Big Bill Broonzy: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

A favorite of vocal groups since The Fisk Jubilee Singers’ version in 1909, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is sung regularly in churches and has also become a favorite at sporting venues around the globe. There is a remarkably affecting version by blues legend Big Bill Broonzy on his Last Sessions album, recorded in 1961, shortly before his death.

Louis Armstrong: Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen

Louis Armstrong brought emotion and depth to this powerful spiritual song, written during the period of slavery and published in 1867. The song has been popular with other jazz musicians, and among noted cover versions are those by Harry James and, more recently, Dr. John, in his tribute album to Satchmo.

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Johnny Cash: My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)

This gospel classic is from Johnny Cash’s 1962 album Hymns From The Heart. Arkansas-born Cash said that when he was 16, he came in from working in the fields where he used to sing gospel songs he had heard on the radio. He recalled: “I sang those old gospel songs for my mother, and she said, ‘Is that you?’ And I said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ And she came over and put her arms around me and said, ‘God’s got his hands on you.’”

Grant Green: Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho

Some gospel songs are so well known for their melody as well as their words that they are covered purely as instrumental tunes. In 1963, for the iconic Blue Note label, guitar great Grant Green recorded a version of “Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho” – about the battle in which Joshua led the Israelites against Canaan – for his album Feelin’ the Spirit. The pianist was Herbie Hancock.

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Nina Simone: Sinnerman

Some of what we think of as the best gospel songs actually began life outside of the church. “Sinnerman” was based on a traditional African-American spiritual, which started life as a Scottish folk song. It was a tune Nina Simone would have heard at her local church, where she was the pianist from an early age. She would sometimes perform live versions of the song that lasted nearly 15 minutes.


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Edwin Hawkins Singers: Oh, Happy Day

“Oh Happy Day” is a 1967 gospel arrangement of an 18th-century hymn, and it was another song to reach the mainstream charts. The version by Edwin Hawkins Singers reached No.4 on the US singles charts, No.2 in Britain and Ireland, and was No.1 in France and Germany. The band won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance in 1970.

Ella Fitzgerald: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald recorded a version of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” – for her 1967 Capitol Records album Brighten the Corner – more than a century after the hymn was written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem to comfort his mother, who was still living in Ireland after he had emigrated to Canada. Fitzgerald’s haunting version features backing from the Ralph Carmichael Choir.

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Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water

“God’s not into pop music,” joked Paul Simon recently, “he likes the gospel shows.” This modern classic was written by Simon and recorded in 1970 by the acclaimed duo. A year later, Aretha Franklin noted its potential to stand alongside some of the best gospel songs, and released a more overtly gospel version. In June 2017, an all-star charity version was released to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London.

Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken

“Morning Has Broken” is a hymn written by the English children’s author Eleanor Farjeon in 1931. Cat Stevens’ almost reverential arrangement of the song – featuring the expressive piano playing of Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman – was recorded in 1971 for his album Teaser and the Firecat. The single reached No.6 in the charts. Stevens later admitted: “I accidentally fell upon the song when I was going through a slightly dry period. I came across this hymnbook, found this one song, and thought, ‘This is good.’ I put the chords to it and then it started becoming associated with me.”

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Ry Cooder: Jesus On The Mainline

Robert Plant and Randy Travis have both sung versions of this traditional spiritual, but the finest version is the tour-de-force live one by Ry Cooder And The Chicken Skin Band. A haunting example of roots music gospel.

Shirley Caesar: Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name

Shirley Caesar, who was born in 1938, has established a deserved reputation as one of the most important gospel singers of modern times. Caesar, who began recording at the age of 12, preaches at the Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina. “I am called to be a preacher-evangelist first, and a singer second,” she said. Her version of her own composition “Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name” shows off her rich, soulful voice.

Yolanda Adams: The Battle Is The Lord’s

Yolanda Adams, who was born in Houston, Texas, in 1961, is one of the most influential gospel singers around – partly down to the 10 million record sales she has racked up around the world, but also because she hosts a nationally syndicated television show. In 1983, for the album Save the World, she delivered a rousing version of “The Battle is the Lord’s.” A later live version of the track, from the album Yolanda… Live In Washington, was named Song of the Year at the 1994 Stellar Awards. “The Battle is the Lord’s” was composed by the talented gospel songwriter V. Michael McKay.

Etta James: Give Me That Old Time Religion

This traditional gospel song from 1873 is thought to have its roots in English folk music. It has proved popular with country music singers – Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, and Charlie Rich have covered it – but perhaps the pick is a vibrant version by Etta James.

Van Morrison: Just a Closer Walk With Thee

Van Morrison, who wrote his own gospel song called “(Lord) If I Ever Needed Someone” in 1967, included two gospel hymns on his 1991 album Hymns to the Silence. As well as “Be Thou My Vision,” the Belfast-born musician recorded a powerful version of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” the title and lyrics of which come from passages in the Bible. Morrison, who also references Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet in the additional words, is backed by the excellent singers Carol Kenyon and Katie Kissoon.

Alison Krauss And The Cox Family: I’d Rather Have Jesus

Proving that the best gospel songs truly span genres, in 1994, country singer Alison Krauss teamed up with The Cox Family (who later appeared in the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?) to record the album I Know Who Holds Tomorrow. Among the range of fine songs on the album is the gorgeous “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” written by the gospel star George Beverly Shea. Shea appeared live in front of hundreds of millions of people in his career as a singer with preacher Billy Graham. Krauss and The Cox Family won a Grammy for Best Southern, Country Or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

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Fred Hammond: We’re Blessed

Fred Hammond has carved out a reputation as the king of the urban gospel groove. The Detroit-born singer, who is also a talented bass player, recorded a version of “We’re Blessed” for his album The Inner Court. The song, co-written with regular collaborator Tommie Walker, has a pulsating funky melody and features his musical backing group Radical For Christ.

Bob Dylan: Pass Me Not O Gentle Saviour

Fanny Crosby, who was known as the Queen Of Gospel Song Writers, wrote this song in 1868. More than a century later, it was recorded by Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan, who is thought to have learned his version from The Stanley Brothers. In the late 70s and early 80s, Dylan also released a so-called “Christian Trilogy” of albums, including Saved, which features his own songs, such as “Precious Angel.”

CeCe Winans: Alabaster Box

Detroit-born CeCe Winans has won 12 Grammy awards and recorded five platinum and gold-certified gospel albums. Her gorgeous 1999 hit “Alabaster Box” was written by Dr. Janice Sjostrand, an academic and musician who once opened for Ray Charles. The heartfelt religious lyrics (“I’ve come to pour my praise on Him/like oil from Mary’s Alabaster Box”) suited the silky heartfelt delivery from Winans.

Donnie McClurkin: Great Is Your Mercy – Live

The famous Fairfield Halls in Croydon, England, was a regular stopping point for American jazz and blues stars in the 1960s. Gospel giant Donnie McClurkin picked the venue for his 2000 album Live in London and More. McClurkin delivers a sweeping version of “Great Is Your Mercy,” which features some haunting solo vocals by the members of his backing choir. “It was something inspired by Andraé Crouch, who did his own live album from London in 1978. London was one of my favorite cities,” said McClurkin.

Ray Charles: Amazing Grace

This may be one of the most beloved hymns/spiritual songs of the past two centuries. The soaring words and melody, describing profound religious joy, strike a chord around the world, and “Amazing Grace” is estimated to have appeared on more than 11,000 albums, including one featuring a version by Ray Charles with the London Symphony Orchestra. There are also terrific versions by Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, and Willie Nelson.

Donald Lawrence: The Best Is Yet to Come

Donald Lawrence, a former Minister of Music at the Southern Baptist Church on Cincinnati’s Reading Road, took on music full-time as musical director of The Tri-City Singers. With them, Lawrence recorded the funky, inspirational track “The Best Is Yet to Come,” the lead single of his 2002 album Go Get Your Life Back. Lawrence’s lyrics, “Hold on, my brother, don’t give up/Hold on, my sister, just look up,” have subsequently been regularly quoted in Christian inspirational literature and social media.

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Bruce Springsteen: O Mary Don’t You Weep

This haunting gospel spiritual tells the biblical story of Mary Of Bethany and her pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. Springsteen said that the challenge of singing gospel music is that “you have to find your individual place in it.” “O Mary Don’t You Weep,” which was an inspiration for “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” is a song that has also been widely recorded, including versions by Pete Seeger and Burl Ives.

Marvin Sapp: Never Would Have Made It

When Marvin Sapp’s father Henry died in September 2006, the 39-year-old singer said he was struggling to find the words to preach a few days later. Then divine inspiration hit him and comforting words came into his head. “I started singing, ‘Never would have made it, never could have made it without you, I would have lost my mind.’ The Lord told me that He would always be there for me,” Sapp later recalled. He finished writing the song with arranger Matthew Brownie and recorded a version for his 2007 album Thirsty. The single release of “Never Would Have Made It” topped the gospel chart for 46 weeks.

Patty Griffin: Up To The Mountain (MLK Song)

Country singer Patty Griffin has written two fine modern gospel songs, “Heavenly Day” and “Up To The Mountain (MLK Song),” the latter of which is a song celebrating religion and the inspirational power of the sermons of Martin Luther King. (“Up To” was later covered by Susan Boyle.) Griffin, who also sang a duet with Mavis Staples on “Waiting for My Child to Come Home,” admitted she did not have a background in gospel music before recording her 2007 album Downtown Church, which was recorded in the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

The Clark Sisters: Blessed & Highly Favored – Live

After a long period apart, the Clark Sisters (Twinkie, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Jacky Clark-Chisholm) got back together for the special Live – One Last Time album. The Karen-penned song “Blessed & Highly Favored,” a sumptuous example of the siblings’ natural gift for harmony, was given some highly polished production values by Donald Lawrence. The track went on to the 2008 Grammy for Best Gospel Song. The record stands as one of gospel’s greatest reunion tracks.

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Andraé Crouch: Let The Church Say Amen

Andraé Crouch is one of the most influential gospel arrangers in modern music – he’s worked with Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Madonna – and his song “Let The Church Say Amen” featured the vocals of pastor Marvin Winans (brother of CeCe), a harmonic backing choir and the deft organ playing of Carl Wheeler. “All I want in life is to be remembered as a guy that really loved God. I want God to use me,” said Crouch.

Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago: Awesome

Charles Jenkins had some big shoes to fill when in 2010, aged just 34, he succeeded the Reverend Dr. Clay Evans, an acclaimed civil rights leader, as Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Two years later he teamed up with Fellowship’s celebrated radio choir to record the album The Best of Both Worlds, from which the ebullient single “Awesome” made it to the number one position on the Billboard Top Gospel Album and Singles Charts.

Whitney Houston: His Eye Is On the Sparrow

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” written in 1905, is a true gospel classic. It became a signature tune for Ethel Waters and has been recorded by Mahalia Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross – and was used in the sequel to Sister Act. In 2011 Whitney Houston recorded her own stirring version for the soundtrack of the musical Sparkle. Houston’s single was released in June 2012, just four months after her tragic death at the age of 48.

Kierra Sheard: 2nd Win

Kierra Sheard, granddaughter of gospel pioneer Mattie Moss Clark and daughter of Karen Clark Sheard, is at the forefront of progressive modern gospel, redefining the music in a way she described as “urban” and “relevant” to a young audience. Her 2014 album Graceland, contained the hit song “2nd Win” – co-composed by Sheard, her producer brother J. Drew Sheard II, and Justin Brooks – which includes contemporary R&B, pop, gospel, and hip-hop musical settings with traditional gospel sentiments about using God’s power to find strength.

Beyoncé: Take My Hand, Precious Lord

“Take My Hand, Precious Lord” is another gospel classic from the pen of Thomas A. Dorsey and is one of the most covered songs in the canon. There are stunning versions by Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Al Green. The song continues to have relevance, demonstrated by Beyoncé’s performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Following the outrage over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Beyoncé hand-picked a group of black men to join her for “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” (the gospel classic featured in the 2014 civil rights movie Selma) “to show the strength and vulnerability in black men”.

Hezekiah Walker: Grateful

Pastor Shawn Brown, who died in 2010, penned a number of gospel hits including Hezekiah Walker’s “Grateful.” Walker, a New York preacher, delivered his slow, soulful version for his album Better: Azusa The Next Generation 2. He was joined by actress and singer Antonique Smith. Walker said the track was designed to give “encouragement” to people in difficult times.

Chance The Rapper: Blessings

The best gospel songs continue to enthrall, as Chance The Rapper shows with his 2016 song “Blessings.” This intense and moving song features gospel singer Byron Cage and is built on the sound of a full gospel choir.

Kirk Franklin: Wanna Be Happy?

“It’s my goal to try to lead people to the manufacturer of their souls,” said Kirk Franklin, who won the 12th and 13th Grammy awards of his career in 2017 for his comeback album Losing My Religion. The track “Wanna Be Happy?” includes a portion of “Tired Of Being Alone” sung with Al Green, the veteran soul singer who also has a distinguished gospel pedigree, winning eight Best Soul Gospel Performance Grammy Awards.

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Tasha Cobbs Leonard: I’m Getting Ready

Natasha Cobbs Leonard, who is always known as “Tasha,” was born in Jesup, Georgia in 1981, and has taken the gospel world by storm since bursting on the scene with her 2013 album Grace. Her 2017 album Heart. Passion. Pursuit. includes the eight-minute tour-de-force “I’m Getting Ready.” The album was produced by her husband Kenneth Leonard Jr. and the soaring track includes vocals from rapper Nicki Minaj. This is energetic, modern gospel at its most passionate.

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Passion & Travis Greene: God, You’re So Good

Growing up with a mother who was a minister and choir director, Travis Greene said that gospel music “was like oxygen in our house, always part of my life.” In 2018, for the Capitol Christian Music Group, he recorded a moving live version of “God, You’re So Good” with gospel vocal group Passion, led by Kristian Stanfill, at Passion City Church in Atlanta.

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Ricky Dillard: More Abundantly Medley (Live)

In 2020, Grammy-nominated choirmaster Ricky Dillard made his Motown Gospel debut with a multi-track single “Release,” featuring Tiff Joy, which included the track “More Abundantly Medley.” The spirited music video for the song, filmed at Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, was viewed more than 1.7 million times on YouTube in its first year.

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Tramaine Hawkins: Goin’ Up Yonder

Tramaine Hawkins, who began singing with the Edwin Hawkins Group, pursued a solo career after 1968, becoming a gospel legend. One of her most celebrated songs, “Goin’ Up Yonder,” was written by her husband, gospel singer Walter Hawkins. Although they divorced in 1994, the song she had first sung in 1975 – on the album Love Alive: Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir – remained a firm favorite. In June 2020 she released a new version of “Goin’ Up Yonder” on the soundtrack for the fifth season of the television series Greenleaf. She said she had re-recorded the song “to comfort and lift up all those who have been so devastated by COVID-19 and police violence. Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

The Carter Family – Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)

Taken from a famous hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” The Carter Family brought this tune to greater prominence in the 1930s. It’s since been covered by just about any popular musician with religious or spiritual leanings. (The list includes Bob Dylan, The Band, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples, The Black Crowes, and many more.) Perhaps the most famous recent version, though, was by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which used a variation of the name for their all-star bluegrass and country-western album in 1972. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. – Sam Armstrong

Ferlin Husky – Wings of a Dove

Ferlin Husky made this 1958 song famous when he recorded it two years later. It went to the top of the country charts for ten weeks. As anyone familiar with The Bible knows, there are plenty of passages that mention doves, and the lyrics reference a number of them. It’s since become a country classic, covered by just about every old-school legend of note. – Sam Armstrong

Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago – Awesome

As the pastor of the large and vibrant Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, Charles Jenkins already had a large platform. Jenkins took it to the next level with “Awesome.” The album from which it came, The Best of Both Worlds, eventually reached the top of the gospel charts. – Sam Armstrong

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Alan Jackson – The Old Rugged Cross

This early 20th century hymn has been covered by plenty of soul, jazz, and country singers over the years, but our pick is the Alan Jackson version. It was first released by Jackson on the 2006 album, Precious Memories, a record that saw Jackson exploring his love of gospel. – Sam Armstrong

Elvis Presley – Mansion Over the Hilltop

Folks that know gospel music inside and out will know that Elvis Presley was a talented interpreter of some of the greatest worship songs. His version of “Mansion Over the Hilltop,” which came from his 1960 album, His Hand in Mine is just one shining example. – Sam Armstrong

Israel & New Breed – Jesus the Same

Throughout the early 2000s, Israel Houghton was among the most celebrated pop gospel singers by the Grammy Awards, earning a host of nominations and wins. It’s hard to pick one highlight from Houghton’s discography, but “Jesus the Same” is certainly among them, celebrating how the Son of God is steadfast “yesterday, today, and forevermore.” – Sam Armstrong

Honorable Mentions

Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God
Anne Murray – Put Your Hand In The Hand
William McDowell – You Are Here
VaShawn Mitchell – Nobody Greater
Ricky Dillard & New G – The Holy Place
Johnny Cash – Daddy Sang Bass
James Fortune & FIYA – I Trust You
Marion Williams – I Shall Be Released
Kari Jobe – The Blessing
Casting Crowns – Who Am I

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  • The Lord's Prayer by Dinah Washington.
  • There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood by Aretha Franklin.
  • He's Got The Whole World In His Hands Mahalia Jackson.
  • Sinnerman by Nina Simone.
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Ella Fitzgerald.

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Gospel Songs to Remember Your Loved One
  • Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There by Jennifer Hudson.
  • Amazing Grace by Soweto Gospel Choir.
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Eric Clapton.
  • Holy, Holy, Holy by Crystal Lewis.
  • I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe.
  • Abide With Me by King's College Choir.
  • Trouble of the World by Mahalia Jackson.
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1 and 2 positions of the year on the year-end streaming-, airplay and sales based Hot Gospel Songs tally with “Praise God” at No. 1 and “Hurricane” at No. 2. The top female gospel artist of the year is CeCe Winans, who is No.

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Zacardi Cortez regains the top spot with “You've Been Good To Me” followed by “Your World' by Jonathan McReynolds.

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"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks.

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Top Christian Artists & Worship Groups
  • How Great is Our God.
  • Jesus Messiah.
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  • Holy is the Lord.
  • I Will Rise.
  • I Will Follow.
  • At the Cross.
  • Our God.
Jan 11, 2023

What are the top 10 gospel songs right now? ›

2021 Top 50 Gospel Songs
  • Too Faithful. Moses Bliss.
  • Hosanna. Steve Crown.
  • Your Love ft. Tope Alabi. Steve Crown.
  • Faithful God (Live) Onos.
  • Taking Care. Moses Bliss.
  • Baba Ese ft. Yoruba Mass Choir. Mike Abdul.
  • Covenant Keeper. David G.
  • Ekundayo. Yinka Ayefele.

What are the top 5 most popular songs 2022? ›

Beyoncé's 'Break My Soul. ' Taylor Swift's 'Anti-Hero. ' These are the 10 best songs of 2022, ranked.
  1. Harry Styles, 'As It Was'
  2. Taylor Swift, 'Anti-Hero' ...
  3. Bad Bunny, 'Tití Me Preguntó' ...
  4. Beyoncé's, 'Break My Soul' ...
  5. Florence + The Machine, 'Free' ...
  6. Rosalía, 'Despechá' ...
  7. The Weeknd, 'Less Than Zero' ...
Dec 14, 2022

What is the most popular gospel hymn? ›

1. Amazing Grace – John Newton, England (1779)

Who is the most famous gospel singer in the world? ›

The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin started her legendary career singing gospel at new Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit and the influence of those years never truly left her music.

Which gospel is the most authentic? ›

Scholars tend to consider Luke's works (Luke-Acts) to be closer in genre to "pure" history, although they also note that "This is not to say that he [Luke] was always reliably informed, or that – any more than modern historians – he always presented a severely factual account of events." New Testament scholar, James ...

What are the 5 most recorded songs of all time? ›

Here's 5 of the most covered songs in history
  • “Yesterday” by The Beatles. ...
  • “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. ...
  • “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones: ...
  • “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. ...
  • “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, sung by Judy Garland.
Mar 24, 2022

What is the biggest music hit of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What is the number one song in America? ›

Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero

What are the top 10 most listened to songs of all time? ›

The Billboard Hot 100: All-time top songs
  • #1: "The Twist" by Chubby Checker.
  • #2: "Smooth" by Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) (1999)
  • #3: "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin (1959)
  • #4: "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) (2015)
  • #5: "How Do I Live" by Leann Rimes (1997)
Aug 5, 2018

What is the most beautiful hymn in the world? ›

The Best Hymns Ever
  • Abide With Me.
  • Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed.
  • All Creatures Of Our God And King.
  • All Glory, Laud And Honor.
  • Amazing Grace.
  • America, The Beautiful.
  • And Can It Be That I Should Gain.
  • At Calvary.

What was the Christians biggest hit? ›

Chart history

Their first five singles all made the top 40 in Britain, and their debut album The Christians (1987) entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2. It eventually sold over a million copies. The highest-placed single from this album was "Ideal World", which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.

What are the top 3 most popular songs right now? ›

Today's Top Hits
  • I'm Good (Blue)David Guetta, Bebe Rexha.
  • La JumpaArcángel, Bad Bunny.
  • Nobody Gets MeSZA.
  • Here With Med4vd.
  • I Like You (A Happier Song) (with Doja Cat)Post Malone, Doja Cat.
  • Rich FlexDrake, 21 Savage.
  • 10:35Tiësto, Tate McRae.
  • Made You LookMeghan Trainor.

What gospel songs are trending now in 2022? ›

Top Gospel Songs - March 2022
  • Kumama Papa (Tiktok refix version) ft. Grace Lokwa. ...
  • KuMama Papa (Instagram Edit) ft. Grace Lokwa. ...
  • Too Faithful. Moses Bliss.
  • Mmuo Nso Bilie. Enkay Ogboruche.
  • Yes And Amen. Tope Alabi.
  • Sapa No Fit Catch Me. Philipiano X Nimix.
  • Bigger Every Day ft. ...
  • You Are Yahweh.

What is the most popular song in the last 10 years? ›

100 Greatest 10s: The Best Songs of Last Decade
  • A Sky Full of StarsColdplay.
  • Be the OneDua Lipa.
  • Dance MonkeyTones And I.
  • Want to Want MeJason Derulo.
  • That's What I LikeBruno Mars.
  • Truth HurtsLizzo.
  • XO Tour Llif3Lil Uzi Vert.
  • I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)Icona Pop, Charli XCX.

What is the number one song in the USA 2022? ›

Billboard: While “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals was secured the top spot on Billboard's 2022 year-end Hot 100 Songs chart, Bad Bunny was 2022's biggest winner, becoming the first Latin artist to rank as the top artist of the year and with his album Un Verano Sin Ti winning the designation as the top album (it was also ...

What is the coolest song in the world 2022? ›

The 10 Best Songs of 2022
  • “Unholy,” Sam Smith ft. Kim Petras. ...
  • 7. “ Finesse,” Pheelz ft. ...
  • “ChevyS10,” Sudan Archives. Sudan Archives. ...
  • 5. “ Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy. ...
  • 4. “ FNF,” Glorilla & Hitkidd. ...
  • 3. “ Part of the Band,” the 1975. ...
  • 2. “ Delincuente,” Tokischa. ...
  • “Titi Me Pregunto,” Bad Bunny. Bad Bunny. 44.9M subscribers.
Nov 22, 2022

What is the most played hymn at a funeral? ›

Here are seven of the most popular hymns for funerals:
  1. Jerusalem. And did those feet in ancient time. ...
  2. The Lord's My Shepherd (Psalm 23) The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want; ...
  3. Abide With Me. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; ...
  4. Amazing Grace. Amazing grace! ...
  5. How Great Thou Art. ...
  6. The Old Rugged Cross. ...
  7. Lord of All Hopefulness.

Who is the most famous female gospel singer? ›

Let's look at some of the greatest and most famous female gospel singers that have shaped and continue to shape the genre today.
  • Mahalia Jackson.
  • Tamela Mann.
  • CeCe Winans.
  • Vickie Winans.
  • Shirley Caesar.
  • Aretha Franklin.
  • Dionne Warwick.
  • Yolanda Adams.

Who is the biggest selling gospel singer? ›

Winans is considered to be one of the greatest gospel artists of all time, the most-awarded gospel artist of all time, and is the best-selling gospel act of all time.

Who has sold the most gospel records ever? ›

Aretha Franklin's album “Amazing Grace” sold more than two million copies, becoming the best-selling gospel album of all time. She recorded it over two days in 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

What are some false gospels? ›

Seven Counterfeit Gospels
  • The Good-People Gospel. This one says, “We're all basically good people. ...
  • The Self-Esteem Gospel. This distortion claims, “Believe in yourself! ...
  • The Expressive-Individualism Gospel. ...
  • The Optional-Jesus Gospel. ...
  • The Prosperity Gospel. ...
  • The Faith-And Gospel. ...
  • The Faith-So Gospel.
Nov 9, 2017

Which gospel is the oldest to think? ›

The two-source hypothesis: Most scholars agree that Mark was the first of the gospels to be composed, and that the authors of Matthew and Luke used it plus a second document called the Q source when composing their own gospels.

Which are the Lost gospels? ›

Gospels unearthed

They had unearthed several early Christian texts including gospels of Thomas, Philip and Mary that had been buried away for around 1,600 years. These gospels were some of the many alternative books about Jesus that weren't included in the Christian Bible.

What is the most listened music in 2022? ›

According to Forbes, the following was the most listened-to music in 2022: Billboard's most popular songs of 2022: “Heatwaves” by Glass Animals. “As it Was” by Harry Styles.

What is the highest selling song of 2022? ›

2022's fastest-selling singles

The charity track totalled over 59,000 first-week copies, becoming the most-downloaded song of the year in the process too.

What is the most streamed song of all time? ›

"Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd is the most streamed song on Spotify with over 3.3 billion streams.

What are the top 10 trending songs right now? ›

Today's Hits
  • Kill Bill. SZA. SZA. SOS. ...
  • Anti-Hero. Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift. ...
  • Unholy. Sam Smith, Kim Petras. Sam Smith, Kim Petras. ...
  • CUFF IT. Beyoncé Beyoncé ...
  • Rich Flex. Drake, 21 Savage. Drake, 21 Savage. ...
  • Flowers. Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus. ...
  • I Ain't Worried. OneRepublic. OneRepublic. ...
  • One Thing At A Time. Morgan Wallen. Morgan Wallen.

Who is the number 1 Musician 2022? ›

Bad Bunny is Billboard's #1 artist of 2022, making history for Spanish-language artists. Bad Bunny continues to make history. On December 1 Billboard announced its year-end charts and the Puerto Rican artist finished at number-one on the Top Artists chart for 2022.


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