Christian 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 and are making some of the best gospel and Christian songs of 2018. 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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2,271 615
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

2
1,207 279
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

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1,665 425
Marvin Sapp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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1,287 305
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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1,791 466
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

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1,674 429
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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1,976 526
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

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885 218
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

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798 192
John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

10
953 254
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

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772 187
Andraé Crouch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

12
872 231
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

13
782 216
Israel Houghton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

14
637 178
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

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551 162
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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535 155
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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482 131
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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613 206
Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

19
655 229
Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

20
646 235
Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

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421 124
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

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331 84
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added

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571 213
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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475 170
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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343 112
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music