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The Best Gospel Albums of All Time 

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Updated November 19, 2019 2.2k votes 1k voters 77.4k views 50 items

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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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Aretha Franklin started singing in the church as a child, gospel music is her most natural form.
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The Gospel Music Association named God's Property the Dove Awards Urban Album of the Year in 1998.
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A vibrant album of high praise.
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A rather exhaustive compilation of gospel greats which has  some of the finest religious close-harmonies ever.
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A two CD set filled with so many songs of praise.
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By Mary Mary (2000); Tracks: Still My Child (interlude), Thankful & I Got It
A modern take on gospel that feature guest appearances by Destiny's Child.
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By Yolanda Adams (1999); Tracks: That Name, Wherever You Are & He'll Arrive (Coming Back)
An album often criticised and overlooked due t its more mainstream tendencies but nevertheless, great.
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Winner of the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
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By Kirk Franklin (2007); Tracks: How It Used to Be, A Whole Nation & I Am God
One of the top performers in urban gospel his albums never disappoint.
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Journey to the Sky is  collection of Dixie Hummingbird recordings from 1946-1950, 
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Kirk Franklin's debut album on his own label delivers.
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By Al Green (1980); Tracks: Too Close, Highway to Heaven (reprise) & In the Holy Name of Jesus
a powerful and reverent album from master Al Green
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A compilation of some of the finest gospel groups of the quartet heyday.
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Coates has a magical, strong voice that could push gospel to the limits.
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By Five Blind Boys of Alabama (1997); Tracks: Down by the Riverside, Sing a Song & You'll Never Walk Alone
a great calssic album from these gospel "boys"
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Jesus Is King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time
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By Kurt Carr Project (2005); Tracks: My Time for God's Favor, Intro & They Didn't Know
A smorgasbord of musical stylings all blended together seamlesly with traditional gospel and R&B.
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By Ruben Studdard (2004); Tracks: Ain't No Need to Worry, Fix It & Jesus
soulful second album from the American Idol alum
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What If We Were Real is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time
By Mandisa (2011); Tracks: Free, Lifeline & Say Goodbye
Great lyrics punctuate upbeat songs and hearty ballads.
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named the Traditional Gospel Album of the Year in 2000.
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A nearly fogrgotten collection of the finest Staples Sisters gospel music
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An album full of sass an gusto
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A collection of fringe gospel artists who originally recorded between the '40s and '50s
  
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A forceful and r&b infused album.
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and album of cutting edge, moving gospel.