A list of the top gospel music of 2016. These are the songs that have been played on the radio and online the most this year.
What is Gospel Music?
Gospel music is a genre of music that is characterized by its Christian lyrics and message. Gospel music is often upbeat and positive, and it often has a message of hope and love. Gospel music is popular among Christians and non-Christians alike.
The History of 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 accompaniments. Call and response vocals were a staple of Gospel music from its earliest origins until the late 20th century.
One of the earliest figures in Gospel music was Thomas A Dorsey, who was responsible for composing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” in 1932. Dorsey was influenced by earlier styles of music such as blues and jazz, but he adapted these genres to fit a religious setting. As gospel music moved away from traditional hymns in the 1950s and 1960s, more emphasis was placed on having a polished sound that would be acceptable to a wider audience. This paved the way for artists such as James Cleveland, Aretha Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson to achieve mainstream success while still staying true to their roots.
The Different Types of Gospel Music
Gospel music is a type of Christian music that is characterized by its joyful sounds and messages. It is often referred to as “good news” music because its lyrics often contain positive, uplifting messages.
There are many different types of gospel music, including:
-Contemporary Gospel: This type of gospel music is characterized by its modern sound. It often features electric guitars, drums, and keyboards. Contemporary gospel music is popular with both young and old listeners.
-Traditional Gospel: This type of gospel music is characterized by its more classic sound. It often features acoustic instruments such as pianos and guitars. Traditional gospel music is popular with older listeners.
-Urban Gospel: This type of gospel music is characterized by its R&B sound. It often features hip-hop beats and rap lyrics. Urban gospel music is popular with young listeners.
The Best Gospel Music of 2016
Gospel music has always been a source of inspiration and hope. In 2016, there were many great gospel songs released that ministered to the listener. In this article, we will list the top 10 best gospel songs of 2016.
The Top Gospel Songs of 2016
There was an abundance of great gospel music released in 2016. Choosing the best gospel songs of the year was no easy task, but we’ve narrowed it down to this top 10 list.
“You Deserve It” by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise was easily one of the most popular gospel songs of 2016. The infectious energy and positivity of the track made it a favorite among both gospel fans and mainstream music lovers alike.
Another standout track from 2016 is “Won’t He Do It” by Koryn Hawthorne. The feel-good anthem quickly rose to the top of the gospel charts and inspired listeners with its message of faith and hope.
Tamela Mann also had a big year with her album One Way, which included the hit single “God Provides.” The powerful ballad resonated with listeners who were struggling and in need of encouragement.
Jonathan McReynolds also released some great music in 2016, including the soulful ballad “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.” The heartfelt track touched on some important topics like self-worth and being grateful for what you have.
Travis Greene’s hit song “Made A Way” was yet another inspirational anthem that dominated radio airwaves in 2016. The powerful track is a reminder that no matter what challenges we face in life, God will always be there for us.
Other great songs that made our list include “Better” by Hezekiah Walker, “Too Hard Not To” by Tina Campbell, “Fill Me Up” by Casey J, and “Put A Little Love On Me” by DeVonne Harris.
2016 was an amazing year for gospel music and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!
The Top Gospel Albums of 2016
This was a big year for Gospel music, with many amazing albums being released. Here are our picks for the top 10 Gospel albums of 2016:
1. “Losing My religion” by Kirk Franklin
2. “Sinner’s Prayer” by Tasha Cobbs
3. “Fill this House” by Shirley Caesar
4. “A Greater Story” by Aaron Neville
5. “Let the Church Say Amen” by Andraé Crouch
6. “ Mighty to Save” by Joseph Habedank
7. “Class Reunion (The Other Side of Victory)” by James Fortune & FIYA
8. “The Art of Celebration” by Ricky Dillard & New G
9. “An experience with God” by Tye Tribbett
10.Decade of Difference: The Best of James Cleveland and the Cleveland choir 1954-1965
The Top Gospel Artists of 2016
There were many great gospel artists that released music in 2016. Here are some of the best:
1. Jonathan McReynolds
Jonathan McReynolds is a singer, songwriter, and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his hit single “No Gray”, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Gospel chart in 2013. He has released two studio albums, Life Music and Making Room for Life, both of which received critical acclaim.
2. Marvin Sapp
Marvin Sapp is a gospel singer, songwriter, and pastor from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is best known for his hit single “Never Would Have Made It”, which spent a record-breaking 43 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Gospel chart. He has released 11 studio albums, including his most recent release, Close, in 2016.
3. Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin is a gospel singer, songwriter, producer, and television host from Forth Worth, Texas. He is best known for his hit songs “Looking for You”, “I Smile”, and “Love Theory”. He has won 13 Grammy Awards and has been nominated for over 50 awards total. His most recent album, Losing My Religion, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.