Wow Gospel Music: The Best of the Best

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A collection of the best gospel songs from some of the most popular artists out there.


In 1998, the World Gospel Music Association compiled a list of the best-selling gospel music albums in the United States. The result was Wow Gospel Music: The Best of the Best. This double-disc compilation featured thirty of the top selling gospel albums of all time.

Sixteen years later,Wow Gospel Music: The Best of the Best is still one of the most popular gospel music compilations ever released. This compilation features some of the biggest names in gospel music, including Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, and many more. If you’re a fan of gospel music, this is a must-have collection.

The Gospel Music Explosion

The 1970s and 1980s were a time of great change and excitement in the world of gospel music. New artists and new styles began to emerge, and the music began to appeal to a wider range of people. The term “gospel music” started to be used more broadly, and it became clear that there was a huge demand for this kind of music.

In response to this demand, a number of different labels and companies started to specialized in gospel music, and the genre began to grow exponentially. Some of the most successful and popular gospel artists of all time emerged during this period, including Amy Grant, Andraé Crouch, Shirley Caesar, Edwin Hawkins, James Cleveland, The Winans, Kirk Franklin, and many others.

The 1990s saw even more growth in gospel music, as the genre continued to reach new heights of popularity and success. More and more people were exposed to gospel music through films, television shows, and other media outlets, and the genre only continued to grow from there. Gospel music had truly arrived as a force to be reckoned with.

Today, gospel music is more popular than ever before, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With so many different styles and sub-genres to choose from, there is something for everyone within the world of gospel music. Whether you prefer the traditional sounds of hymns or the contemporary style of urban gospel, there is a place for you within this genre. So come on in and join the conversation!

The Birth of Contemporary Gospel Music

The term “contemporary gospel music” is used to describe a wide variety of musical styles that have emerged since the early 1990s. This new breed of gospel music is a far cry from the traditional hymns and spirituals that have long been associated with the genre.

Contemporary gospel music is characterized by its use of modern pop and R&B musical styles. This new sound has captured the attention of both young and old alike, and has helped to broaden the appeal of gospel music beyond its traditional audience.

The birth of contemporary gospel music can be traced back to the early 1990s, when artists such as Kirk Franklin and Arrested Development began to experiment with different sounds and styles. These pioneers paved the way for a new generation of gospel artists who would go on to find success in the mainstream music industry.

Today, contemporary gospel music is one of the most popular genres in the world, and its influence can be heard in the work of artists such as Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, and Beyonce.

The Golden Age of Gospel Music

The late 1950s and early 1960s are often referred to as the “golden age” of gospel music. This was a time when the genre was evolving and growing, and many of the biggest names in gospel music got their start during this period. Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, the Staples Singers, and Clara Ward were just some of the big names in gospel music during this era.

The Modern Gospel Sound

In recent years, Gospel music has evolved to encompass a wide range of styles, from the traditional sound of hymns to the more modern sound of contemporary Christian music. This compilation features some of the best Gospel music from both the old and the new, offering a little something for everyone.

The album opens with a bang, with Kirk Franklin’s “Imagine Me,” a joyous track that is sure to get your toes tapping. Other highlights include CeCe Winans’ gorgeous rendition of “Alabaster Box,” Donnie McClurkin’s powerhouse performance of “We Fall Down,” and the always-inspirational “Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of Gospel music or are just discovering its many wonders, Wow Gospel Music: The Best of the Best is sure to be a welcome addition to your collection.

The Future of Gospel Music

Gospel music is on the rise and showing no signs of slowing down. With the advent of social media, there are more ways than ever for aspiring artists to get their music out there, and for fans to find new talent.

The future of gospel music looks bright, with a new generation of artists leading the way. These artists are fusing traditional gospel with modern styles, creating a unique sound that is both fresh and familiar. There is something for everyone in the world of gospel music, and the best is yet to come.

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