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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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1,400 303
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kirk Franklin Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

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2
1,221 250
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

3
1,638 368
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Donnie McClurkin Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

4
1,154 230
Marvin Sapp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Sapp Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

5
1,289 275
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

6
874 158
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Fred Hammond Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

7
761 150
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

8
735 171
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe & CeCe Winans Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

9
631 134
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Winans Gospel music

10
561 113
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

11
573 123
John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
John P. Kee Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

12
622 148
Israel Houghton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Israel Houghton Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

13
544 119
AndraƩ Crouch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
AndraƩ Crouch Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

14
477 120
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Karen Clark Sheard Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

15
432 104
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kurt Carr Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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16
474 124
Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Chris Tomlin Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

17
525 156
Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Don Moen Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

18
399 100
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe Winans Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

19
352 78
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

20
497 153
Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Deitrick Haddon Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

21
404 134
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

22
358 109
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

23
299 83
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Youthful Praise Gospel music

24
328 120
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

25
241 70
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Twinkie Clark Gospel music

26
298 106
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Darlene Zschech Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

27
266 89
God's Property is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
God's Property Gospel music

28
281 98
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

29
230 75
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Albertina Walker Gospel music

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225 80
Ron Kenoly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Ron Kenoly Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

31
223 81
David Phelps is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
David Phelps Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

32
259 108
Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

33
118 20
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added Tasha Cobbs

34
184 66
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Daryl Coley Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

35
184 71
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Gospel music, Blues

36
191 87
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Sandi Patty Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

37
102 22
William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added William McDowell

38
173 77
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jason Crabb Christian music, Southern Gospel

39
168 74
The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Crabb Family Christian music

40
155 65
James Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

41
72 17
Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
shin-fukui added Michael W. Smith Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

42
133 69
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

43
125 65
Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Larnelle Harris Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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105 57
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jake Hess Southern Gospel

45
91 46
The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Hoppers Southern Gospel

46
91 46
Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Cathedral Quartet Christian music, Southern Gospel

47
108 61
Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Keith Green Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

48
112 67
Trip Lee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added Trip Lee Christian hip hop, Southern hip hop, Crunk

49
105 60
Michael English is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Michael English Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

50
48 13
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Thabie added Kari Jobe Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country