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The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

List Criteria: Vote up or down for the greatest gospel music artists of all time

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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    ... Again, Donnie McClurkin, The McClurkin Project

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  2. 2
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    Marvin Sapp, Diary of a Psalmist, Thirsty

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  3. 3
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    Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, The Fight of My Life, Hello Fear ...

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  5. 5
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    CeCe Winans, Purified, Thy Kingdom Come

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  6. 6
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    Free to Worship, The Spirit of David, God

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  7. 7
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    Heaven, Different Lifestyles, Still

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  8. 8
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    You Can Make It, Old Apple Tree, Live in Chicago

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  10. 10
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    Blessed by Association, We Walk By Faith, Not Guilty... (disc 2)

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  11. 11
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    Mercy, I'll Be Thinking Of You, The Light Years

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  12. 12
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    Real, A Deeper Level, A Timeless Christmas

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  13. 13
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    The Christmas Songs, Amazing Grace, Silent Night: Songs for Christmas

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  14. 14
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  15. 15
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    All In One, Finally Karen, It's Not Over

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  16. 16
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    Arriving, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, See the ...

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  17. 17
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    Bible Stories, A Songwriter's Point of View, Finalé Act Two

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  18. 18
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    Dream, BeBe Winans, America America

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    Christmas, Mas de Ti, Arise: A Celebration of Worship

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    Crossroads, Lost and Found, 7 Days

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    Try Me Again, Everlasting Life, No Ways Tired

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    Awesome God, Thank You for the Change

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    Real Talk, After the Music Stops, Church Clothes

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  24. 24
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    God Can & God Will, Testify, On Time God (feat. The Peoples Choice ...

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  25. 25
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  26. 26
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    God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation, Stomp

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  27. 27
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    I Believe the Promise, You Are Love, Change Your World

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  28. 28
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    Home Once Again: Live in Detroit, Playlist: The Very Best Of Gospel Praise ...

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  29. 29
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    I'm Still Here, The Divas of Gospel, Songs Of The Church - Live In Memphis ...

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  30. 30
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    Lift HIM Up Collection, Majesty, Dwell in the House

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  31. 31
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    The Voice, Journey to Grace, David Phelps

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    Live at the Apollo, Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Sermon

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    When The Music Stops, Oh, The Lamb

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    Find It on the Wings, Sandi Patti and the Friendship Company, Falling ...

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  36. 36
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    A Crabb Collection - Soundtracks

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    Jason Crabb, Because It's Christmas

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    Larnelle Live, From A Servant's Heart, First Love

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    The Good Life, 20/20, If They Only Knew

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    Gospel, Michael English, Hope

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    Vestal and Friends

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  43. 43
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    My God and I, The Blackwood Brothers, Grand Old Gospel

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  44. 44
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    Great Day

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  45. 45
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    Oh Lord, You're Beautiful: Songs of Worship, The Ministry Years

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  46. 46
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    A Tribute to Jake Hess

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    Faithful, A Reunion, The Best of Times

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    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Stand by Me, Building a Bridge

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    Are You Ready?, Preparing The Way, Super Southern Gospel: Gold City

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    A Sentimental Christmas, Draw Me Close: Songs of Worship, Kathy Troccoli ...

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