The Top 10 Gospel Music Lists

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A list of the top 10 gospel music lists.


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.

Gospel music usually has dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniments. Gestures or gestures were sometimes included in the performance as well. By the last quarter of the 20th century, this trend had changed radically within mainstream Protestantism as a result of musical “praise teams” becoming popular as a replacement for traditional choirs Many nontraditional songs have been composed specifically for praise teams.

During the second half of the 20th century, gospel music moved into secular territory with crossover artists such as Elvis Presley and Mahalia Jackson and faith-based singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan and Richie Havens. As a result, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) was born featuring songs with positive messages about Jesus Christ that could be played on secular radio stations. As CCM gained popularity, artists like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith crossed over from gospel into pop stardom while still remaining true to their message.

The Top 10 Gospel Music Lists are:
1) So Much to Say – Vashawn Mitchell
2) Nobody Greater – VaShawn Mitchell
3) Take Me to the King – Tamela Mann
4) I Smile – Kirk Franklin
5) Hold My Mule – Shirley Caesar
6) He Keeps Me Singing – LaShun Pace
7) Awesome Wonder – Ricky Dillard
8 ) No Limit – Tye Tribbett
9) Fill This House – Shirley Ceasar ft Anthony Hamilton 10) Jesus Can Work It Out – The Williams Brothers

List of the Top 10 Gospel Songs of All Time

10. “Oh Happy Day” – Edwin Hawkins Singers

“Amazing Grace” by John Newton

1. “Amazing Grace” by John Newton
2. “Oh Happy Day” by Edwin Hawkins
3. “He Touched Me” by Bill Gaither
4. “Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech
5. “We Fall Down” by Don Moen
6. “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong United
7. “How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
8. “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman
9. “Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes
10. “In the Garden” by Celine Dion

“How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg

How great thou art is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Boberg in 1885. The poem was translated into German and then into English. The hymn enjoyed limited popularity in Scandinavia and the United States until 1949 when British Methodist minister George Beverly Shea sang the hymn during a Billy Graham Crusade in New York City. Graham thereafter included it in all his future crusades.

The song quickly became one of the most popular gospel songs of all time and has been recorded by many artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Mahalia Jackson and George Jones.

“The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard

“The Old Rugged Cross” is a song written in 1912 by George Bennard. The song is most associated with the country and gospel genres, but it has been recorded by a diverse group of artists over the years.

The original version of the song was written as a hymn, and it quickly became popular in churches across the United States. It was not until 1925 that the song was adapted for use in secular music, when it was recorded by country artist Ernest V. Stoneman. Since then, “The Old Rugged Cross” has been recorded by hundreds of artists from a variety of genres, including gospel, country, pop, and rock.

The song’s enduring popularity is due in part to its simple, yet powerful lyrics which tell of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. The melody is also easy to remember and sing along to, making it a favorite choice for hymns and campfire songs.

“In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles

“In the Garden” is a song written by C. Austin Miles, an American gospel hymn lyricist, in 1912. The song was first published in a collection of poems titled Messages from the Sea in 1915. The melody was adapted from the English folk song “In the Gloaming”.

The song is about a personal experience that Miles had while walking through a garden near his home one evening. He recalled feeling the presence of God and hearing Jesus say, “My peace I give unto you.” The lyrics are written from the perspective of Jesus speaking to the listener.

The song became popularized in the early 1920s when it was recorded by evangelist Billy Sunday and singer Ada Ruth Habershon. Since then, it has been recorded by many artists and has become a staple of gospel music.

“Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott

Just As I Am is a gospel song written by Charlotte Elliott in 1835. The song is a prayer for forgiveness and salvation, and it has been recorded by many artists over the years. Some of the most well-known recordings include those by Bill Gaither, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Kirk Franklin. The song has also been performed by several choirs, including the Gaither Vocal Band and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

“Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady

Rock of Ages is a classic hymn written by 18th century pastor and hymn-writer Augustus Toplady. It is one of the best-loved and most well-known gospel songs of all time. The lyrics are based on a passage from the Book of Ephesians, and the song has been recorded by countless artists over the years.

“Saved by Grace” by Philip P. Bliss

First released in 1876, “Saved by Grace” is a gospel hymn written by Philip P. Bliss. The lyrics tell the story of a sinner who finds redemption through the grace of God. The hymn has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, and Alison Krauss.

“Softly and Tenderly” by Will L. Thompson

1. “Softly and Tenderly” by Will L. Thompson – Thompson wrote this hymn in 1880 as a reminder that Jesus is waiting for us to come back to Him, no matter how far we may have strayed.
2. “Amazing Grace” by John Newton – This well-known hymn was written by Newton in 1779, and it has since become an international anthem of hope and forgiveness.
3. “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg – Originally written in Swedish in 1885, this hymn was translated into English in the 1940s and has been recorded by many artists over the years.
4. “In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles – This 1912 ballad about walking with Jesus in the garden is one of the most recorded gospel songs of all time.
5. “Be Still, My Soul” by Katharina von Schlegel – This hymn of comfort was written in 1752 and translated into English in the 19th century.
6. “Blessed Assurance” by Fanny Crosby – Crosby wrote this popular hymn of faith in 1873, and it has since been recorded by many artists across multiple genres.
7. “He Touched Me” by Bill Gaither – Gaither wrote this gospel song after hearing the testimony of healing evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
8. “The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard – Bennard penned this classic gospel song in 1912 while on a preaching tour in Albion, Michigan.
9. “Peace In The Valley” by Thomas Dorsey – Dorsey wrote this gospel standard in 1937 after the death of his young son, Twisted Willie Dorsey Jr., who drowned just weeks before his first birthday. 10.”I Saw The Light” by Hank Williams Sr.- Williams Sr.’s signature country-gospel song was released in 1948 and has been covered by many artists over the years.”

“Whispering Hope” by Alice Hawthorne

1. “Whispering Hope” by Alice Hawthorne
2. “Amazing Grace” by John Newton
3. “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg
4. “The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard
5. “In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles
6. “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” by Traditional
7. “Be Thou My Vision” by Traditional
8. “Blessed Assurance” by Fanny Crosby
9. “Softly and Tenderly” by Will L. Thompson
10.”Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Wallis Willis

“Wonderful Peace” by Phillip P. Bliss

This Gospel song was written by Phillip P. Bliss in 1875 and has been recorded by many artists over the years. It is a beautiful song about the peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Savior. The lyrics are simple, but very powerful, and the melody is incredibly peaceful and calming. This is one of those Gospel songs that can touch your soul no matter what your current situation might be.


After much soul searching, prayer, and consideration, we have compiled our list of the top 10 gospel music lists. This was no easy task as there are so many amazing and talented artists out there making great gospel music. But we feel confident in our choices and we hope you enjoy them as well.

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