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

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

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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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Mississippi Mass Choir A vibrant album of high praise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What If We Were Real is listed (or ranked) 15 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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In My Home Over There An album full of sass an gusto

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

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

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The Sound Winner of best gospel performance at the 2009 grammys

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

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

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

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

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

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Return A forceful and r&b infused album.

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

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Goodbye, Babylon An anthology of old-time music.

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

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

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

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

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Do It A great classic tradtitional gospel album.

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

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

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

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Back to My Roots is listed (or ranked) 37 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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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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Worth Fighting For is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time
jwilson20 added Worth Fighting For Warren Barfield

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Pillars of Faith by Gold City is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time
DonB5750 added Pillars of Faith by Gold City

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John Justus added The Holy Ghost Writer Mighty Elohim -

Eternal Bangers for ALL!

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

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Limited Edition A collection of his live fan favorites.

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Pillars of Faith by Gold City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Albums of All Time
DonB5750 added Pillars of Faith by Gold City

Acapella Gold, honky-tonk Gospel, spiritual masterpieces, it's all here featuring some of the best all time voices ever in gospel music