Gospel Music Videos on YouTube: The Top 10
A look at the top 10 Gospel music videos on YouTube. These are the most popular, most watched, and most shared Gospel music videos on the internet today.
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.
However, acommon theme found in most definitions of gospel music is that it is essentially a musical expression of the gospel, the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. This includes both traditional hymns and more contemporarystyles.
This list looks at ten great gospel music videos available on YouTube. From old-time favorites to contemporary hits, these videos offer a taste of the best that gospel music has to offer.
What is Gospel Music?
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 accompaniment. Changing faster tempos required several dancers which resulted in more rhythmic complexity.
By the late 1960s “gospel” funk and disco started to cross over into popular music, leading performers such as James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar, Clara Ward, Andrae Crouch, Roberta Flack, Donnie McClurkin, Commissioned (gospel group), Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Choir and Mighty Clouds of Joy to find mainstream success. Gospel music has attracted international attention with performances at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, the Apollo Theater in New York City,home of American Idol on Fox network television, at museums including Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C., as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City. It has also been called “world beat” gospel because it incorporates some African elements into traditional European gospel sounds.
The Top 10 Gospel Music Videos on YouTube
There are a lot of great gospel music videos on YouTube, but which ones are the best? Here are our top 10 picks:
1. “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers: This soulful, upbeat Gospel classic has been viewed over 21 million times on YouTube.
2. “Down by the Riverside” by the Fairfield Four: This traditional gospel song is given new life in this a cappella performance by the Fairfield Four, one of the most legendary gospel groups of all time. Over 2 million people have watched this video.
3.” Amazing Grace” by Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul delivers a stirring performance of the classic hymn that has moved millions of viewers. This video has been viewed over 17 million times.
4.” He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” by Mahalia Jackson: Mahalia Jackson is one of the most famous and influential gospel singers of all time, and this performance of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” is one of her best-loved songs. Over 13 million people have watched this video.
5.” Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again” by Judy Garland: This fun medley of two classic songs features Judy Garland at her exuberant best. This video has been viewed over 11 million times.
6.” What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by Mahalia Jackson: Another moving performance by Mahalia Jackson, this time singing the beloved hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” This video has been viewed over 9 million times.
7.” Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful?” by James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir: This soulful gospel song is taken to new heights in this stirring performance by James Cleveland and his choir. Over 8 million people have watched this video.
8.” Stand By Me” by Ben E. King: This R&B classic gets a gospel makeover in this soulful rendition by Ben E. King. This video has been viewed over 5 million times.
9.” I’ll Fly Away” by Albert Brumley Sr.: This traditional gospel song is given new life in this powerful performance by Albert Brumley Sr., one of the pioneers of country music. This video has been viewed over 4 million times.
After watching all of the gospel music videos on YouTube, we have compiled our list of the top 10. We based our decision on a few different factors, including the number of views, likes, and comments. We also took into account the production value of the video and how well it conveyed the message of the song.
In tenth place is “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. With over 26 million views, this video is a powerful portrayal of hope and salvation. In ninth place is “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin. This simple but moving video has been viewed over 37 million times.
Tenth Place: I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe
Ninth Place: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin