The Best Black Gospel Music on YouTube in 2015

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Check out our roundup of the best black gospel music videos on YouTube in 2015. From classic tracks to new hits, these videos will get you in the spirit!


Gospel music has been a staple in the African American community for many years and 2015 was no different. There were many great songs and moments that blessed us throughout the year. Here are just a few of the best black gospel music videos on YouTube from 2015.

What is Black Gospel Music?

Black Gospel Music is a genre of music that includes elements of both spirituals and the blues. It is a reflection of the African American experience and is typically characterized by its use of call and response, rhythmic singing, and improvisation.

Black Gospel music has its roots in the Negro Spirituals that were sung by slaves in the American South. These spirituals were often adapted from hymns that were sung by whites, and they typically dealt with themes of freedom, hope, and deliverance. As the African American community began to develop its own musical traditions, Black Gospel music emerged as a distinct genre.

Black Gospel music has been a significant part of the African American experience since the early 19th century. It is often associated with the Civil Rights Movement and is considered to be an important part of African American culture.

There are a number of Black Gospel music artists who have made an impact on the genre over the years. Some of these artists include Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, Andrae Crouch, Commissioned, Shirley Caesar, Clay Evans, Lester Sumrall, and Juanita Bynum.

The Best Black Gospel Music on YouTube in 2015

Black Gospel music is a genre of music that is rooted in the Black church experience. The music is a mix of African-American spirituals, blues, jazz, and even traditional Christian hymns. This genre of music has been around for centuries, and it is still going strong today.

Mavis Staples – “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”

Mavis Staples is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers, and has had a successful solo career. “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” is a gospel song written by Thomas A. Dorsey in 1932. Dorsey was inspired to write the song after the death of his wife in 1930. The song was first recorded by Mahalia Jackson in 1953, and has been covered by many artists since then. Staples’ version of the song was released on YouTube in 2015, and is one of the best versions of the song ever recorded.

Kirk Franklin – “Smile”

Kirk Franklin is one of the most popular Gospel artists of our time and “Smile” is one of his most popular songs. This feel-good anthem has been shared millions of times on YouTube and is sure to put a smile on your face.

The Blind Boys of Alabama – “I Shall Not Be Moved”

The Blind Boys of Alabama are an American gospel group who have been active for over 75 years. The group was formed in the mid-1930s by a group of boys at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, Alabama. The group has won five Grammy Awards, and they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

“I Shall Not Be Moved” is a gospel song that has been recorded by many artists, but The Blind Boys of Alabama’s version is one of the best. The song is about remaining strong in the face of adversity, and it is sure to give you goosebumps.

Mahalia Jackson – “Move On Up a Little Higher”

Considered the Queen of Gospel music, Mahalia Jackson’s soulful voice is unforgettable. In this performance of “Move On Up a Little Higher,” Jackson belts out the lyrics with such passion and power that it’s impossible not to be moved. The call-and-response format of the song allows her to interact with the audience, and by the end, everyone is on their feet clapping and singing along.

James Cleveland – “Peace Be Still”

James Cleveland was a celebrated gospel singer, songwriter, and composer who is often referred to as the “King of Gospel.” He is best known for his work with the Southern California Community Choir, which he founded in 1965.

“Peace Be Still” is one of Cleveland’s most well-known songs, and it has been covered by many other artists over the years. This performance by the SCCC is a true testament to his legacy as a musician and leader in the gospel community.


We looked at the most popular black gospel songs on YouTube in 2015 and found some interesting trends. There were several older songs that continued to be popular, but we also saw a number of newer songs rising in popularity. We hope you enjoyed our look at the best black gospel music on YouTube in 2015!

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