The Best Gospel Music Choir Songs

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The Best Gospel Music Choir Songs

There are many great gospel music choir songs out there. It can be hard to determine which ones are the best. Here is a list of some of the best gospel music choir songs.

What is gospel music?

Gospel music is a genre of music that is composed and performed for many different purposes, including religious or spiritual stimulation, entertainment, and education. Gospel music has been around for centuries, with some of the earliest recordings dating back to the mid-19th century. The term “gospel” typically refers to songs that are based on Christian lyrics and melodies, although some gospel music may also contain elements of blues, jazz, or other genres.

What makes a good gospel choir song?

When it comes to gospel choir songs, there are a few elements that make a good one. First, the song should have a strong message that speaks to the audience. Second, the song should be easy to sing and easy to remember. Lastly, the song should be able to connect with the emotions of the choir members.

The Top Ten Gospel Choir Songs

The Gospel Choir is a type of choir that sings religious music. They are usually found in churches and sing a variety of songs, from hymns to contemporary pieces. Gospel choirs are known for their powerful and soulful voices. Here are ten of the best gospel choir songs.

“Oh Happy Day”

Sung by Edwin Hawkins

“Oh Happy Day” is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of a 18th-century hymn by cleric and hymnodist Philip Doddridge. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 on the US Pop Singles chart and No. 1 in several European countries. It has been recorded by many other artists including Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Cassandra Wilson, Queen Latifah, Andrea Bocelli, Amy Grant, and the Māori singer Moana Maniapoto.

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is a Negro spiritual. The earliest known recording was made by Fisk University’s Jubilee Quartet on May 11, 1909. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was included in a Compendium of Negro Spirituals compiled by W. C. Handy in 1907.

The song is thought to have been composed by Wallace Willis, a Choctaw freedman who worked as a fiddler on the plantations of the Mississippi Territory in the early 1830s. In 1988, the United Methodist Church added “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to its official hymnal, also singing it during Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral service in 1968.

“Amazing Grace”

One of the most popular gospel choir songs of all time, “Amazing Grace” was written by John Newton in 1779. The hymn is based on Newton’s personal experiences with slavery and repentance, and it has since been performed and recorded by countless artists across multiple genres. In 2018, “Amazing Grace” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”

This gospel choir classic is a staple in black churches all across America. The upbeat tempo and simple, yet powerful lyrics make it a perfect choice for any choir looking to get their congregation on their feet and singing along.

“I’ll Fly Away”

“I’ll Fly Away” is a gospel hymn written in 1929 by Albert E. Brumley and published in 1932 by the Hartford Music company in Albert E. Brumley’s Famous Cowboy Songs. The song became a popular standard among gospel, bluegrass, and country music fans.

According to Brumley, he wrote the song while plowing a field on his farm in Powell, Missouri. He stated that he “was thinkin’ about the afterlife and rewards of faithfulness to the Lord.” The first known recording of the song was by the Alaskan singing group, The Sons of the Alaska Pioneers, in 1932. The best-known recording was made by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Alison Krauss on her 2001 album New Favorite.

“We Shall Overcome”

We Shall Overcome is a gospel song that has been covered by many artists and is a classic example of the power of music to bring people together. The original version was written by Reverend C.L. Franklin and made popular by Mahalia Jackson. The song has been used in protests and marches for civil rights and other causes since the 1960s.

“This Little Light of Mine”

This Little Light of Mine is a gospel song written for children in the1920s by Harry Dixon Loes. The song has been recorded by many artists and choirs over the years, and is a staple in the repertoire of many gospel choirs. The song is a simple call to action for children (and adults) to let their light shine, regardless of how small it may be. This Little Light of Mine is an uplifting and empowering song that is perfect for any gospel choir.

“Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”

“Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” is a traditional African-American spiritual. The song is based on a quote from the Bible, Matthew 19:14, in which Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” The spiritual was first published in 1885 in Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk University Quartette.

The spiritual has been covered by many artists over the years, including Mahalia Jackson, Lee Greenwood, Kirk Franklin, and Beyoncé. The song has also been featured in movies such as The Green Mile and Ray.

“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”

Considered one of the most influential gospel songs of all time, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” was first popularized by the Freedom Singers in the early 1960s. The song has been covered by a wide range of artists, including Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and U2.

“Wade in the Water”

“Wade in the Water” is a traditional Negro spiritual. The song is well known and has been recorded by many artists, including Mahalia Jackson, Eva Cassidy, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The lyrics of the song are thought to be based on the Book of Exodus, in which Moses led the Israelites through the parted waters of the Red Sea.


In conclusion, there are many great gospel music choir songs out there. It really depends on what you’re looking for in a song. If you want something upbeat and fast-paced, there are plenty of options. If you’re looking for something more mellow and reflective, there are also plenty of choices. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what kind of gospel music choir song is best for your needs.

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