The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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Gospel music is one of the oldest forms of music. With its origins being traced back as far as the 17th century, Gospel singers have preached the words of the good book for centuries. Gospel singers for a long time had to sing without musical accompaniment outside of clapping and stomping - black gospel music has a strong tradition of using the human hands and feet as instruments. More recently, these hymns and songs feature the same strong harmonies, but also organs to tambourines to electric guitars. Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, gospel artists became some of the most popular singers in the world. The best gospel singers are wildly popular in the Christian community are closely associated with other Christian singers. Today, within the Christian community, gospel singers are as, if not more popular than Christian rock bands, which is saying a lot.

So, who are the best gospel singers? Any list of gospel artists has to include male gospel singers like Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, BeBe Winans, and Fred Hammond, as well as female Christian singers like CeCe Winans, Yalonda Adams and Shirley Caesar. These gospel singers are considered some of the best in the genre and it's with good reason that they're at or near the top of this poll. The best gospel artists are well represented on this list and with good reason. When you think of Christian singers and gospel artists, you should be able to use this list as a great point of reference.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best gospel singers. If you notice that a gospel singer is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gospel music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gospel musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular gospel music bands that you might've heard of. 
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    Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

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    Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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    Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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    Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

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    Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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    Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

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    Gospel music

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    Gospel music

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    Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music ...

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    Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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    Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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    Gospel music

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    Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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    Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues ...

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    Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music ...

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    Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music ...

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    Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

    Gospel music

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    Sinach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Gospel music

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    God's Property is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

    Gospel music

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    Gospel music

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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    Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

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    Gospel music, Blues

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    Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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    The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

    Christian music

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    Christian music, Southern Gospel

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    James Moore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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    William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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    Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

    Southern Gospel

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    Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music ...

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

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    Christian music, Southern Gospel

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    Christian hip hop, Southern hip hop, Crunk

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    The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

    Southern Gospel

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    Christian music, Southern Gospel

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    Southern Gospel

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    Christian music, Southern Gospel

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    Christian music, Southern Gospel

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