The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

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What are the best gospel albums? This list includes great gospel albums such as What if We Were Real, Thankful, and Kings of the Gospel Highway. Gospel music has been around a long time and has a large following of religious people who love to sing the praises of god. Dealing with life's ups and downs can be difficult, and music can make it better. Often these songs can be uplifting, they can help us understand, and sometimes they can just be comforting. 
 

The best gospel songs are often be the most moving of these songs because they are spiritual and create the strongest connection for us as listeners.   


This list is all about the best gospel albums out there. Vote up your favorites and add any that you don't already see listed.

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    Amazing Grace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin started singing in the church as a child, gospel music is her most natural form.

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    Pages of Life: Chapters I is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Pages of Life: Chapters I A two CD set filled with so many songs of praise.

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    God's Property from Kirk Frank... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation The Gospel Music Association named God's Property the Dove Awards Urban Album of the Year in 1998.

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    The Complete Specialty Recordi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    The Complete Specialty Recordings Of Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers A rather exhaustive compilation of gospel greats which has  some of the finest religious close-harmonies ever.

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    Journey to the Sky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Journey to the Sky Journey to the Sky is  collection of Dixie Hummingbird recordings from 1946-1950, 

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    Mississippi Mass Choir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Mississippi Mass Choir A vibrant album of high praise.

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    Thankful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Thankful Mary Mary A modern take on gospel that feature guest appearances by Destiny's Child.

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    Get Right With God: Hot Gospel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Get Right With God: Hot Gospel A collection of fringe gospel artists who originally recorded between the '40s and '50s  

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    Mountain High... Valley Low is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Mountain High... Valley Low Yolanda Adams An album often criticised and overlooked due t its more mainstream tendencies but nevertheless, great.

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    The Best of Dorothy Love Coate... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    The Best of Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes Coates has a magical, strong voice that could push gospel to the limits.

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    Holdin' On is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Holdin' On Five Blind Boys of Alabama a great calssic album from these gospel "boys"

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    Healing - Live in Detroit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Healing - Live in Detroit named the Traditional Gospel Album of the Year in 2000.

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    Whatcha Lookin' 4 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Whatcha Lookin' 4 Winner of the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album

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    Kings of the Gospel Highway: t... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Kings of the Gospel Highway: the Golden Age of Gospel Quartets A compilation of some of the finest gospel groups of the quartet heyday.

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    Warriors On the Battlefield: a... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Warriors On the Battlefield: a Cappella Trailblazers A record full of grand close harmony singing.

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    One Church is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    One Church Kurt Carr Project A smorgasbord of musical stylings all blended together seamlesly with traditional gospel and R&B.

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    Goodbye, Babylon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Goodbye, Babylon An anthology of old-time music.

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    What If We Were Real is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    What If We Were Real Mandisa Great lyrics punctuate upbeat songs and hearty ballads.

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    Live From Another Level is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Live From Another Level and album of cutting edge, moving gospel.

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    Live in Atlanta at Morehouse C... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College A great vibrant album of live samplings.

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    I Need an Angel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    I Need an Angel Ruben Studdard soulful second album from the American Idol alum

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    In My Home Over There is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    In My Home Over There An album full of sass an gusto

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    The Lord Will Make a Way is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    The Lord Will Make a Way Al Green a powerful and reverent album from master Al Green

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    Slide Guitar Gospel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Slide Guitar Gospel The complete works of Rev Utah Smith and Rev. Lonnie Farris. 

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    American Primitive Vol. 1: Raw... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    American Primitive Vol. 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel An awesome collection of rare and raw early gospel recordings.

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    Hero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Hero Kirk Franklin's debut album on his own label delivers.

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    The Fight of My Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Kirk Franklin One of the top performers in urban gospel his albums never disappoint.

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    Africa to America: The Journey... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Africa to America: The Journey of the Drum Sounds of Blackness Drum heavy gospel explores the journey from africa to america.

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    Live at Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Live at Newport 1958 A terrific live performance from a woman at the peak of her career.

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    Glory! It's the … is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Glory! It's the … A nearly fogrgotten collection of the finest Staples Sisters gospel music

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    Do It is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Do It A great classic tradtitional gospel album.

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    The Gospel According to Jazz: ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1 Kirk Whalum A smooth album of contemporary gospel-jazz

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    Decisions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    The Winans Winner 1988 Soul Train Awards -  Best Gospel Album Group or Choir

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    Home Once Again: Live in Detro... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Home Once Again: Live in Detroit Twinkie Clark With an appearance by the clark sisters this is a confident album from Twinkie

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    Return is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Return A forceful and r&b infused album.

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    The Sound is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    The Sound Winner of best gospel performance at the 2009 grammys

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    Her Very Best is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Her Very Best Highlights from four of her previous albums showcase some of her best work.

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    Limited Edition is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Limited Edition A collection of his live fan favorites.

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    Shine On Me is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Shine On Me The Shady Grove Band close harmonies and impassioned gospel.

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    Back to My Roots is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time

    Back to My Roots Bobby Womack An album from an R&B legend which showcases an array of gospel styles.

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