The Top Gospel Songs of All Time

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The following list is a compilation of some of the greatest gospel songs of all time. These inspiring songs have brought hope and encouragement to people throughout the years, and they continue to do so today. From classics like “Amazing Grace” to more contemporary picks like “I Can Only Imagine,” there’s a little something for everyone on this list.

What Makes a Gospel Song?

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

There is no single definition of gospel music. Common elements include vocals (often with strong use of harmony), lyrics referring to a Christian message, and a distinctive style that arose in African-American churches in the 1930s from blues and jazz. This genre has its roots in the Black church experience of the African-American South. It quickly found its way into white churches throughout America where it was assimilated into mainstream Christianity.

The Top Gospel Songs of All Time

There are many great gospel songs out there that have been performed by some of the most talented artists in the music industry. Gospel music is a genre that is full of passion and emotion and it can be very moving and inspirational. In this article, we are going to countdown the top gospel songs of all time.

“Amazing Grace”

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807). Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s path was radically changed after he was pressed into service in the Royal Navy for a seaman in 1748. He became a devout Christian and later wrote many hymns, including “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”, “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”, and “Faith’s Review and Expectation”.

The tune to which “Amazing Grace” was originally harmonized has been identified as an 18th-century English melody titled “New Britain”, which appeared in a music book published by William Walker in 1835 entitled The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. In 2002, NASA made history when astronaut Cady Coleman played “Amazing Grace” on the shuttle Columbia as it flew over Great Britain.

“Oh, How I Love Jesus”

One of the most beloved gospel songs of all time, “Oh, How I Love Jesus” was written by Frederick Whitfield in 1869. The hymn quickly became a staple in black churches and has been adapted and recorded by artists across multiple genres, including Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Kirk Franklin.

“He Touched Me”

“He Touched Me” is a gospel song written by Bill Gaither in 1963. The song was first recorded by the Gaither Trio in 1963 and has been performed and recorded by many artists since then, including Elvis Presley in 1972. “He Touched Me” is a popular choice for Christian music concerts and worship services.

“How Great Thou Art”

“How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Boberg in 1885. The hymn was first translated into English by British missionary Stuart K. Hine in 1966 and became popular among English-speaking Christians. It has been recorded by many different artists over the years and has been ranked as one of the greatest gospel songs of all time.

“The Old Rugged Cross”

“The Old Rugged Cross” is a gospel song written in 1912 by George Bennard, a Christian minister and evangelist from Ohio. The song was first published in 1913 and quickly became one of the most popular gospel songs of all time. “The Old Rugged Cross” has been recorded by many artists over the years and remains a staple of gospel music.


In conclusion, these are some of the greatest gospel songs of all time. They have been performed by some of the most talented and anointed artist in the music industry. Each one has its own unique message that is sure to minister to anyone who hears it. If you have not had a chance to check them out, be sure to do so as soon as possible. You will be glad you did!

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