2016’s Best Black Gospel Music on YouTube

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This year was full of amazing gospel music. Check out our list of the best black gospel music of 2016 that you can find on YouTube.

Best Gospel Songs of All Time

There are many great gospel songs out there that can uplift your spirits and give you hope. If you’re looking for some good gospel music to listen to, check out these 2016’s best black gospel songs on YouTube.

“Amazing Grace” by John Newton

“Amazing Grace” is a hymn that has been performed and recorded by many artists over the years. The song was written by John Newton, a former slave ship captain who later became a clergyman. It is said that Newton wrote the words to “Amazing Grace” after he experienced a religious conversion.

The original version of the song was entitled “Faith’s Review and Expectation.” Newton submitted the lyrics to publisher John Wesley, who then published them in his hymnbook, A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists. The hymn became popular among Christians of all denominations, and it has been translated into multiple languages.

There have been many different recordings of “Amazing Grace” over the years, but one of the most popular is Mahalia Jackson’s version from her 1966 album Amazing Grace. Jackson’s powerful rendition of the song has inspired other artists, including Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, to record their own versions of the track.

“Oh Happy Day” by Edwin Hawkins

Originally written as a hymn by Phillip Doddridge and published in England in 1755, “Oh Happy Day” was adapted in the United States by African American musicians in the late 18th century. The best known gospel version of “Oh Happy Day” was recorded by Edwin Hawkins and the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1968. The song became an instant crossover hit, charting on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. It has since been covered by hundreds of artists across multiple genres and remains one of the most beloved gospel songs of all time.

“Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech

This anthemic praise song was penned by Darlene Zschech and initially released in 1993. Since then, it has become a modern classic, covered by a who’s who of Gospel music including Hillsong Worship, Mandisa, and Bird York. The song is based on Psalm 98:4, which calls believers to “shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.”

Best Gospel Songs of 2016

The year 2016 was certainly a great one for black gospel music. Many artists released chart-topping songs that had both critics and fans alike raving. If you’re looking for a good list of 2016’s best black gospel songs, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the best songs of the year.

“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Al Green

Al Green’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” was one of the best gospel songs of 2016. The song was released as a single in December 2016, and it peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” is a cover of the 1971 song by Jackie DeShannon.

“I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe

With over 19 million views, “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe is one of the best gospel songs of 2016. The moving ballad is based on the true story of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe, and his father’s relationship. The song is incredibly powerful and has resonated with fans all over the world.

“He’s Able” by Tasha Cobbs

He’s Able is a song performed by Tasha Cobbs. The song was released in 2016 and is part of the album, One Place Live.
The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart.

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